Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno has promised to rebuild churches and other structures destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in Lassa as he visited liberated communities in the southern senatorial zone of the state.
“We will rebuild churches, private and public buildings destroyed by the insurgents,” Mr. Shettima said when he accessed the level of damage in Lassa in Askira-Uba Local Government Area on Wednesday.
He expressed shock at the magnitude of destruction, saying that the government would commence the rehabilitation in a short while.
“We are going to rebuild churches and others structures destroyed in Lassa and other communities around.
“We are saddened by the large scale destruction in Lassa which is a predominantly Christian community,” Mr. Shettima said.
He added: “We are doing this because we have a duty as a government to ensure fairness, equity and justice in all our endeavors,” he said.
“We believe that the Christian community has rights to be served like its Muslims counterpart, since we have rebuilt Mosques destroyed in other places, we must rebuild churches too.”
Mr. Shettima said the churches would be rebuilt before Christmas ahead of this year’s Yuletide.