President Goodluck Jonathan discusses with National Security Adviser Colonel Sambo Dasuki sitting beside Chief of Defence Staff Air Mashall Alex Badeh during a surprise visit to Maiduguri, on January 15, 2015.Jonathan met in a Maiduguri camp surviv ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN
Abuja - Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has appealed to his supporters and all citizens of the state to receive President Goodluck Jonathan and his entourage with respect when they visit for a campaign event scheduled for Sunday.
The governor, in a statement, by his media aide, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the call became necessary because of recent incidents in Bauchi and Katsina States, during which irate youths reportedly went on the rampage, stoning the President's convoy.
The handling of the kidnapping of the more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok in the state has also made the President unpopular among some sections in the state.
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Shettima described the behavour by youth in Bauchi and Katsina as "disrespectful", "a show of intolerance" and "extremely bad politics." "From what I have read or heard in the media, so far, there has not been any issue of such in any APC controlled State visited by the President and Borno should not be an exception," Shettima said.
"We have political differences and our differences are legitimate and based on the principles of our political parties and what we stand for. But we must remember that His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as citizens of this country, we have an obligation to respect his office and his person."
He said APC supporters in Borno State and the party's Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and anyone that supports him or any of its National and State Assembly candidates in the state should shun any act of violence, intolerance and unlawful political behavior before, during and after the President's visit.
"They should remain law abiding citizens of Borno State as our laws, norms and values demand," Shettima's statement read.