The Shehu of Bama, kingdom of the state of Borno, Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, expressed his joy on Monday that his people celebrated Eid-el-Kabir for the first time in five years.
El-Kanemi said that this was the first time in almost five years that the community participated in the religious festival celebrated worldwide by all Muslims.
He said this addressing his people on Monday during the Sallah party.
According to El-Kanemi: “Today we celebrate Sallah a Bama, which we have not had the privilege of celebrating for the past five years.
“In fact, we must be grateful to Allah SWT for saving our lives and not being among us here today who is thinking of living up to this moment to honor this celebration of Sallah a Bama.”
Bama was the target of the Boko Haram terrorists in the past, forcing the natives and other inhabitants to flee their homes.
El-Kanemi, the traditional ruler was not saved, since his wife and daughter were kidnapped in 2014 and released two years later.
The monarch, together with his counterpart Dikwa, Mass II Ibn Umar El Kanemi, fled even from their communities to reside in Maiduguri.
However, since then peace has been restored in the area.
As part of the rehabilitation and reconstruction process, the monarchs returned in July in the company of local government personnel and elementary school teachers accompanied by Operation Lafiya Dole troops who recovered the terrorists from the Kingdom of Boko Haram.
An eyewitness account revealed that there was free movement of people across the city, especially in public places without fear of violence or Boko Haram attacks during the Sallah season.
On Sunday there was also a mass prayer for the first time in a long time, directed by the monarch himself.