Sambisa Memorial Day in Borno in 2024

Sambisa Memorial Day in Borno in 2024
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2025 Mon, Dec 22Regional Holiday
2024 Sun, Dec 22Regional Holiday
2023 Fri, Dec 22Regional Holiday
2022 Thu, Dec 22Regional Holiday
2021 Wed, Dec 22Regional Holiday

Borno only. Remembering victims of Boko Haram insurgents

About Sambisia Memorial Day

Beginning from 2017, December 22nd each year is to be marked as Sambisa Memorial Day which will be a public holiday in Borno State.

The purpose of the day is mourning victims of Boko Haram insurgents, the victory recorded by the Nigerian Military and the remembrance of fallen soldiers and volunteers who have sacrificed their lives fighting Boko Haram since 2009 in different parts of Borno State.

Boko Haram, an ISIS-aligned jihadist group, has killed over 30,000 people and displaced 2.3 million from their homes. At one time it was the world's deadliest terror group according to the Global Terrorism Index.

In mid-2014, the militants gained control of swathes of territory in their home state of Borno.

In December 2016, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the army had seized one of Boko Haram's last bases in northeastern Borno state, marking a key stage in the offensive against the armed group.

A long campaign in the 1,300sq km forest in Borno led to the "final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa Forest" on Friday, Buhari said in a statement at the time.

Governor of Borno, Kashim Shettima, said: "Based on Buhari's announcement, the Sambisa forest became deceased or dead at about 1.35 pm on December 22nd 2016."

As a result, Shettima announced that: "This day will be marked as Public Holiday in Borno for the purpose of celebrating the strength and the victory of our Armed Forces".

He noted that the day would also be used for remembering victims of the Boko Haram terrorism and the families they had left behind, adding that the day would also be used to remember members of the Nigerian Armed Forces and volunteers who lost their lives in the fight against the insurgents.

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