Maiduguri — Christmas celebration was peaceful in Maiduguri and many parts of Borno State, even though security forces have directed traders to vacate their shops at Baga, Gamboru, Monday and Bolori markets.
Though some traders expressed reservations over the closure of markets, security sources said business premises were closed down in order to safeguard lives and property.
Despite security challenges in the state, the celebration went on peacefully as a combined team of the army, police, navy, immigrations, customs, police and the SSS patrolled the city of Maiduguri and environs.
Some children were seen enjoying themselves with their parents at the Sanda Kyarimi Park Zoo and the adjoining amusement park.
Rebecca Joshua, a five year old girl, said she was very excited to see other children in festive mood.
But some residents said they will not take anything for granted and decided to remain at home after Church service.
A resident of Baga area, Mr. John Isa, said he resolved to remain at home with his family because of the happenings in town.
"The greatest joy is that we had an incident-free Church service, even though some people did not go to worship centres because of fear of the unknown. I am scared to move around and therefore decided to do the celebration at home," he said.
Esther Luka expressed gratitude for a peaceful Christmas. "We thank God for sparing our lives to witness this year's Christmas but there is no money to buy things needed to celebrate the festive period", she said.