Sambisa Memorial Day
Sambisia Memorial Day is a holiday that’s observed annually in Nigeria — or more specifically, Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria. This day remembers the victims of Boko Haram insurgents and remembers the fallen soldiers and volunteers who sacrificed their lives fighting Boko Haram.
It’s also used as a day by the general public for celebrating the strength of the armed forces in Nigeria. It’s a day that’s been observed since 2017 and is commemorated with political speeches, memorials, and religious services. Over the years, Boko Haram has displaced millions of people from their homes and has killed over 30,000 people. This makes them one of the deadliest terror groups in the world.
The History Of Sambisia Memorial Day
In December of 2016, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari announced that his army had seized Boko Haram’s base in the Sambisia Forest. This would lead to the terrorists being crushed by Nigerian forces on December 22, 2016.
The following year, Sambisia Memorial Day was created to remember the victims of Boko Haram and to rejoice in the victory by Nigerian forces in the Sambisia Forest.
Facts About Borno State
Below are some quick facts about Borno State in northern Nigeria.
- Borno received its name from two Arabic words that together mean “Sea of Nuhu.”
- Borno has an area of 72,609 square kilometers.
- Borno State was formed on February 6, 1976.
- This Nigerian state has a population of approximately 4.1 million people.
- Borno State has 28 different languages—but only Kanuri, Marghi and Shuwa Arabic are the most popular.
- This Nigerian State is rich in minerals including limestone, silica sand, gypsum, uranium, and salt.
Observing Sambisia Memorial Day
On this day, memorial services are held and special events such as military parades are organized. Since this day is a public holiday in Borno, Nigeria, the general public also receives a day off with schools, government buildings and businesses closed.