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Boko Haram Life returning to Michika communities captured by insurgents

Even though infrastructures and other means of livelihood were destroyed by the insurgents that chased away over 370,000 people, residents said hope is not lost as they are determine to tilt the ground for a better tomorrow.

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It is now all songs of praise by residents of Bazza, Watu, Tudun Wada Jidel and many other communities previously captured by the Boko Haram insurgents in Michika Local government of Adamawa State, North Eastern Nigeria.

Communities like Bazza, Watu, are all happy for their ability to return to their houses. Kanwe to Sangere Ward of Michika, Tudun Wada, Kuzo, Jidel, the people are in a state of joy because unlike other places, they are not guarded by security agents.

Some of the residents told our reporter that their joy knows no bounds as they can sleep and wake up well to cultivate their lands and trade.

I won’t want to talk about what happened in the past, but it is surprising to see the worst hit Wards by Boko Haram like Tsukuma, Jigalambo, Madzi,Michika 1, Michika 2, Minkisi/ Wuro Ngiki and Moda/Dlaka being centrally situated in the heart of Michika town to have pick up with unprecedented social and economic activities,” the lawmaker representing Michika constituency in the Adamawa House of Assembly, Joseph Ayuba told Pulse.

He said the towns are more peaceful now like never before adding that there are plans for the communities to hold the normal cultural festivals performed by the Kamwe people.

The lawmaker said the Yawale, Wasinata, the Ngarba and the Zhitta dance festivals will soon hold so that people yet to return could now have confidence.

Michika tourists’ sites and scenery like the Kwandree cold spring water at Dlaka and the Kamale peak at Kamale have began to witness visitors from various towns and villages of Higgi Kingdom.

Hon Adamu Kamale who is a House of Representative Member representing the area at the National Assembly Abuja, told Pulse that life is returning to the areas.

He said his people have to return to their communities because the Kamwe people embraced western education early with many intellectuals with highest number of primary school pupil enrollment in Adamawa State, so the people won’t want to keep staying in camps.

Michika which is the most populated LGA in Adamawa state with about 26 chiefdoms and 84 villages around the mountainous caves had their peace, unity and Joy ceased when Boko Haram began to launch incessant attacks in the entire North Eastern part of Nigeria.

The cosmopolitan town was entirely displaced by insurgents Boko Haram with banks, college of health technology, a technical college and many places of worship destroyed and leaving empty, the town that harbours more than 370,000 people according to the 2006 census.

The people left unceremoniously, their means of livelihood was tampered with, leaving their farms and their business areas for many months. Their farms products were taken away by the insurgents, leaving them with virtually nothing.

The town was said to have been seized by the Boko Haram terrorists in connivance with some Michika residence in September 2014. It was re-captured by the Nigerian military on January 29, 2015. Since then, no one pass the night in those communities except military personnel.

Despite the fact that Michika has produced prominent sons such as the former governors of the state Abubakar Saleh, Mr Boni Haruna and former military administrator of Lagos, Gen. Buba Marwa, huge amount of money will be required to fix the communities.

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