Shettima lauds enlistment of civilian JTF members into army
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State yesterday lauded the Nigerian Army for recruiting 250 local vigilantes called Civilian JTF from the state into the Nigerian Army.
Shettima made the disclosure when he received some of the recruits who visited him at the Government House, Maiduguri after successfully completing their seven months training in Zaria.
He said the recruitment had safeguarded the future of the vigilantes who were true heroes of the state.
“Today I am proud to welcome some of our heroes, who had helped in bringing back hope to the state following the Boko Haram invasion. These true sons of the state have successfully completed their training into the Nigerian Army after they had been shortlisted and screened,’’ Shettima said.
He said the soldiers were recruited in batches by the Nigerian Army during its various recruitment exercises.
Shettima appealed to the army high command to explore the possibilities of posting the new soldiers to the state to continue their fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.
“Although you are now Nigerian soldiers, not Borno soldiers, you can be posted to serve in Sokoto, Kebbi or even Abakiliki.
“I wish to appeal to the military high command to look at the possibility of posting you back home to continue with the fight against the Boko Haram madness,’’ he said.
According to him, the appeal was based on the fact that the trainees had good knowledge of the terrain in the state.
Also, Alhaji Kakashehu Lawan, the Commissioner for Justice, said the soldiers were recruited based on understanding by the army authorities.
“When the Nigerian Army advertised for recruitment, we pleaded with them to help fill our slots with the Civilian JTF members in line with the Federal Character principle.
“The Chief of Army Staff approved the request based on the condition that they must meet the necessary requirements, they met them and were recruited,’’ Lawan said. NAN