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Borno to turn Home of Boko Haram Founder to Museum, Sambisa Forest to Tourist Centre



Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State

The Borno State Government says it will convert the house of the former leader of Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf, to a museum.

The state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Mohammed Bulama, disclosed this at the sidelines of the 9th National Council for Culture, Tourism and National Orientation held in Dutse, Jigawa.

The council, with the theme “Tourism and Culture as Panacea for Nigeria’s Economic Recovery,’’ was organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

Bulama, in an interview, said that the museum would help to archive all things related to Boko Haram insurgency to attract tourists and for the benefit of future generation.

“We are going to convert the house of the leader of the Boko Haram sect Mohammed Yusuf where the insurgency all started from, to a museum.

“The place is called Maarcas; we want to build a museum there where all the things that had happened relating to the insurgency will be archived.

“We want to document and archive all that had happened so that our future generation will be able to have first hand information,” he said.

Yusuf, sect leader and founder of the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram was killed in 2009 and his group has continued to constitute serious security threat to Borno and other states in the North-east.

The Commissioner said the State was also planning to turn the Sambisa forest, which used to be the insurgents’ haven, to a tourist centre by reviving the already existing games reserve in the forest.

“Last year, Governor Kashim Shettima made a pronouncement to the effect that every December 22, will be declared a public holiday in Borno because that is the day the military declared that they had captured Ground Zero in Sambisa forest.

“What we intend to do when stability is fully achieved is to convert the forest into a tourist attraction in order to show the world what has happened.

“Before insurgency, we used to have a game reserve in the Sambisa forest, we are going to revive that,” he said.

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  1. momo

    November 26, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    don’t even know what to comment sef?? SMH..try winning the war first

    • Lifeisbeautiful

      November 27, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Ha! I’m at a lost for words myself.

  2. John

    November 26, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Just speachless..It shall never be well with Lord Lugard and his mistress

  3. Cozygal

    November 26, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Game reserve and tourist centre? After all that has gone down? Are they going to monetise people’s pain as if it didn’t happen? I don’t understand these people. Sometimes I wonder if it’s the same blood that flows in everyone’s vein that we cannot even make empathetic decisions at best.

  4. Mariam

    November 26, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Insurgency and terrorism thats still ongoing. Isnt this a cruel joke?

  5. Alhaji Abiso Zanna Eli

    November 26, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    But we (Borno) the peoples are remain home of peace for ever. We understand that its international politics.

  6. June

    November 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    The bigger joke is this boko haram scam!

  7. nnenne

    November 27, 2017 at 12:09 am



    November 27, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Who’s fooling who? This is clearly a case of misplaced priority on the part of this joker of a governor. Didn’t your mother teach you not to count your chickens before they hatche? These kleptocratic governor have just found another way to syphone money from the coffers of his poor State by trying to swap tourism for terrorism. Well, my dear mediocre governor. No tourists will ever venture to visit your bloody state only to be blown the fuck up. Why not use some of those money to cater for the needs of all the displaced Citizens of your State instead of wasting it on such stupidity? Have you forgotten how you got to where you are? Just my opinion. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  9. The Real Oma

    November 27, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Ehm, I dunno, perhaps too soon, Mr governor?
    *Scratches head and walks way*

  10. Momotaro

    December 4, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Kashim Shettima, the Boko Haram grand master himself. The film these people have been acting is not coming to an end, I see.

  11. umaru musa

    December 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I will be die nex sute

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