Mubi (Adamawa) – The people of Mubi town in Adamawa jubilated on Friday following the return of its Emir, Alhaji Abubakar Isa, after the military recaptured the town from insurgents.
Isa was in Saudi Arabia as the state Amirul Hajj when insurgents attacked the town in October.
The residents lined the streets of Mubi and waved to the emir as he headed for the Mubi Central Mosque.
The residents chanted: “Baba yadawo, Baba yadawo’’ meaning “Baba is back, Baba is back’’.
“This is one of the happiest days of my life and I pray things have normalised for the better,” Buba Ibrahim, who was among those that trooped out to welcome the emir, said.
Hauwa Umar, who was also excited by the return of the emir, said the emir’s return was symbolic.
“This historic return symbolised that Mubi has been liberated from the insurgents,’’ Umar said.
The emir, who joined other Muslim faithful to observe the Jummat prayer at the Mubi Central Mosque, urged the residents to take what happened as the will of God.
Isa called for sustained prayers for lasting peace in the emirate and the nation in general.
The town had been under attacks by members of the Boko Haram sect since October until Nov. 12 when the insurgents were dislodged from the town by the military.
Calm has returned to the town except for the restriction of vehicular movement by the military. (NAN)