Boko Haram founder’s house to be converted to museum

Boko Haram commander

The Government of Borno State, North-East Nigeria, has announced plans to convert the house of the former leader of Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf, to a museum.
Yusuf, the leader and founder of the militant group, Boko Haram, was killed in 2009.
Mohammed Bulama, Borno State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, disclosed this during the 9th National Council for Culture, Tourism and National Orientation held in Dutse, Jigawa State.
The commissioner also revealed that the Sambisa Forest, which used to be the insurgents’ haven, will be turned to a tourist centre after fully stabilized.
Bulama told newsmen, “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.”
“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 centre in order to show the world what has happened.
“Before insurgency, we used to have a games reserve in the Sambisa Forest, we are going to revive that.”


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