Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Nigeria. The stories here come from users.


Governor Shettima admitted responsibility for terror

05 August 2015, 11:26 Peregrino Brimah

“All leaders are to blame for this; no one is an exception, including me.”

“…democratic governments were allegedly either engaged in senseless looting of public funds or were more interested in corpse dressing by way of making ambitious claims to attract publicity or focusing more on city centres leaving villagers exposed to financial manipulation by insurgents.”

 “…we all contributed in the making whether by indifference; by directly fuelling it; by failing to address it or by standing in the ways of those who make efforts to address the problems. No active group is free from blame, from those of us who are political actors to even journalists.”

The above excerpts are from the lecture delivered by governor of Borno, Kashim Shettima via deputy Governor Zannah Umar at the NUJ Award held at Sheraton, Abuja last Thursday, 23rd July 2015.

*Note: The speech transcript presents Boko Haram as a year 2000+ phenomenon. Thus, the reference “democratic governments” in paragraph 2, a plural reference, implicates the administrations of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff (2003-2011) and current Governor Kashim Shettima (2011-current), also the commissioner of finance and development, Sheriff’s tenure (2003-2011).

As is read, Governor Shettima (the Democratic government at State level) perspicaciously accepted responsibility for the creation and success of Boko Haram terror, while also proportioning blame to journalists who were at the time of the lecture, rather astonishingly conferring on him an Award as “Best Governor of 2014.” The full lecture text can be read here: [http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sunday/index.php/politics/21436-democracy-and-security-in-northeast-the-borno-story-gov-shettima]

By declaring culpability and accepting responsibility in the etiology of Boko Haram, the Governor of Borno State has constitutionally rescinded his authority to remain in charge of the governance of the State and remain entrusted with the security of the citizenry and is expected to do the dutiful and honorably resign immediately.

The Governor remains in office having admitted culpability as part of “all levels of the democratic government” in charge of the nation and its parts that abdicated their sworn obligations and are thus responsible for Boko Haram crisis; while the president of Nigeria, the other party his deposition implicated has been removed from office appropriately, as has former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff, whose tenure ended.

As happened in South Korea last year April, where the Prime Minister honorably resigned in address of the unfortunate incident of deaths related to a ferry mishap, and as happened in the United States, where the director of the Security Service resigned last September over White House security breaches, so also it is Governor Shettima’s obligation to resign and allow a new direction, new hope and new Governance by un-implicated, “clean” persons for Borno. This will be in the best interest of the devastated people of Borno.

Also Read: Dr. Brimah calls for the arrest of Shettima in the US

We have in earlier releases listed several ways that the Borno Governor has been culpable as he admitted via indifference, obstruction, inaction and indirect support of the terror saga in the northeast.

At the Borno lodge, Asokoro last year, in the early days of the Chibok girls abduction, in the presence of two members of our organization, ENDS, and as recorded on video and reported in the news, Governor Shettima confessed knowing sponsors of Boko Haram but refrained from revealing them with the words, “leadership calls for restraint; believe me, if I should speak, heads will roll.” Our ENDS members in attendance urged him to speak and reveal these sponsors but the Governor refused.

Many of us who have attended Universities with confraternal activity do understand the way Governor Shettima has gotten muddied and roped in, in the politics and ills of Boko Haram. Realizing that Governor Shettima is totally compromised and unable to free himself from the web of terror, which is now beginning to affect him emotionally and mentally, we urge him to resign; and if he will not be allowed to do so (by hidden elements), we impress it on the Nigerian administration to declare a Full State of Emergency and help him out of this mess.

Governor Shettima has become a fervent advocate for an amnesty for Boko Haram. We believe this campaign is tied to possible blackmail and is being urged on him by members of the sect.

The Governor’s Religious Adviser was according to him, imposed on him in 2013 by ex-Governor and alleged group sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff. The man, Junaid Khadi was arrested last December by the Nigerian Security department for terror related activities.

In 2012, Kabiru Sokoto, the Boko Hara mastermind charged with the Madalla St. Theresa Church bombing that claimed 40 lives, was similarly arrested in Borno Governor’s lodge in Abuja and released by Deputy CP, Zakari Biu from Borno; this shows the levels of compromise in Kashim’s Borno. It is time to act.

We thank God the Governor has been honest. Now it is time for Nigeria to put the lives of its people and their future ahead of the bloodily complicated ambition of one man. The Governor cannot say more than this. It is our duty to help him out.

Solving Boko Haram requires serious political action [in addition to military force] and not kid gloves.

- MyNews24

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...