Below we [ENDS] submit a series of reasons from an
inexhaustible list which support a vote of no confidence in the current Borno
administration and suggest its suspension in the interest of properly tackling
the Boko Haram menace.
St. Theresa Church Bomber Arrested In Borno Governor’s
January 2012, the kingpin of the Madalla, Christmas day St.
Theresa Church bombing that killed more than 40 people, Kabiru Sokoto was
arrested in Borno Governor Kashim Shettima’s Abuja State lodge in Asokoro. The
very next day, Kabiru
Sokoto “escaped” police custody, affirming he was not in the governor’s
lodge by accident, but had authentic connections. Reinstated Deputy Police
Biu who “coincidentally” hails from Borno State was implicated in his “escape.”
Till date, there is no record of Governor Kashim Shettima being investigated in
relationship to the arrest and/or escape of this terror suspect.
Shettima’s Deposition Against Himself
In 2013, despite the apparent media war between governor
Shettima and his ex boss who Shettima accuses of being Boko Haram sponsor,
governor Shettima by his own admission appointed a later arrested and accused
Boko Haram sponsor as his chief adviser on “Religious Affairs.”
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"Alhaji Junaid Khadi (Arrested) known to be an
associate of Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff. It was Sheriff as Governor of Borno
State that first appointed Khadi in 2010 as one of his Special Advisers without
known designation given the fact most advisers under Sheriff as Governor, had
no clear jurisdiction. When Shettima succeeded Sheriff as Governor in 2011, he
appointed his advisers without Khadi. Sheriff persistently requested that
Shettima appoint Khadi as an Adviser in charge of Religious Affairs which Shettima
later accepted in 2013, two years after other Advisers were already in office.”
media office, December 16, 2014.
Note: Late Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf’s
disciple, Buji Foi was similarly appointed Religious Affairs Commissioner by
Shettima’s former boss, ex-Borno governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
“Sheriff became Governor and made Buji Foi, a
Yusuf disciple, Religious Affairs Commissioner and through this channel
provided funds to Yusuf. Yusuf used the money to organize micro-credit
that gave his disciples capital to set up businesses and they in turn provided
financial support to Boko Haram, which then bought arms from Chad. Yusuf’s
father-in-law, Baba Fugu, was the supplier.” – World Watch Monitor,
October 18, 2014.
Governor’s Chairman, Now Rep Member Kadiri Rahis, A
Serially Indicted Terrorist
Kadiri Rahis, a popularly known thug, accused of various
terrorist activities such as the Post office bombing and assassination of
various politicians and used to bribe his ways out of custody and get
extenuated with the help of Kashim Shettima has been Kashim Shettima’s anointed
four times CTC Chairman of MMC and is now a House of Reps member for the State.
Borno Youth Pursued Shettima’s Party Chairman, Mala
Othman For Boko Haram Sponsorship
In July 2013, a period Nigeria had an upper hand on Boko
Haram, empowered Civilian-JTF youth went after the recognized sponsors.
Chairman of governor Shettima’s then party, ANPP was one. He narrowly escaped,
whisked away and protected by the Joint Task Force, JTF and then moved to
safety with Jonathan in Abuja as youth set his home ablaze.
“This is not the first time Mala Othman has been on the run
for his alleged possession and supply of arms and ammunition to terrorists. ‘In
fact, during that period, Othman had to flee from the state to unknown
destination for almost eight months to avoid being arrested.’ One of the youths
said: ‘We knew most of the members of Boko Haram sect and their families. We
have vowed to ensure that Othman and Sherriff will never escape arrest as we
have evidence that they have been supplying firearms to terrorists in the
National Mirror, July 02, 2013.
Ali Modu Sheriff had at the time called
on Governor Kashim Shettima to “cut short his trip to China” to get
Mala Othman released from JTF protective custody.
Former Borno Governor, Fani-Kayode Accused Shettima Of
Hand In Assassination Of 2011 ANPP Governorship Primaries Winner
Governor Shettima’s former boss, Ali Modu Sheriff and PDP
spokesman, Femi Fani-Kayode have for some reason accused Borno governor
Shettima’s administration of having a hand in the assassination of the winner
of the initial 2011 party primaries.
“Former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and leader of PDP in Borno
State yesterday accused some prominent officials of the present administration
in the state and their associates (names withheld) of allegedly conniving to
kill the man who would have succeeded him in office, Alhaji Modu Fannami Gubio
in 2011. Gubio, who was elected the governorship candidate of the defunct All
Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, was killed shortly afterwards by unknown people
(paving the way for Shettima).” - First
Africa News, February 13th, 2015.
himself of the accusations.
There is no evidence of investigation into these accusations
against the Borno administration.
Admission Of Concealing Boko Haram Sponsors
In 2014 on at least two occasions captured on Video,
governor Kashim Shettima publicly proclaimed about Boko Haram sponsors that he
was keeping mute for their (?elite/politicians/military bosses) heads not to
“Leadership calls for restraint. Believe me, if I should
speak, heads will roll.” –
Governor Shettima, Today, May 13, 2014.
He is yet to be made to speak.
Impoverishment of the State, corruption and lack of
commitment to supporting reasonable counter-terror initiatives are other
reasons among too many to discuss here. Presumably, bad advisers and
influencers and a lack of ideas are part of the problems with the Borno
In 2013, while we, as part of a think-tank, recommended
the aggressive deployment of troops and State of Emergency then
President Jonathan went on to order which
rescued 20 conquered local governments from Boko Haram, we emphasized the need
for the State of Emergency to be full, with the suspension of the northeast
We repeat this prescription. A Military administrator should
immediately be assigned to Borno while Governor Kashim Shettima is suspended
and investigated. Nigeria cannot win the war against Boko Haram with a compromised State
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