Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has disclosed that plans are underway to seek partnership with the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to build a National Museum and Research institution in the State.
Shettima made the disclosure known inside the Sambisa Forest at the opening of the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship which is currently holding in the Forest formerly used by insurgents to perpetrate evil.
According to him, the museum will be used as collation centre for all de-classified information, materials recovered by the military in relation to the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
He added that it would also be used to document history of insurgents, their victims, fallen soldiers and relevant materials in order to preserve lessons learnt from the crisis and to attract local and foreign tourists.
Shettima also paid tribute to the armed forces for their successes in suppressing the Boko Haram, noting that the people of Borno State will remain indebted to all those who made contributions to addressing the Boko Haram crisis and it’s effects.
The governor also declared Dec. 22 of every year as Public Holiday to celebrate the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists by the Nigerian military.
“The Borno Government will from this year begin to declare Dec. 22 as Sambisa Memorial Day.
“This day will be marked as Public Holiday in Borno for the purpose of celebrating the strength and the victory of our Armed Forces,” Shettima said.
He explained that the day would also be used for remembering victims of the Boko Haram terrorism and the families they had left behind.