Abuja – The Borno State Government has approved the sum of N150 million for the rehabilitation of the 53 schoolgirls who escaped from the camp of terrorists and the parents traumatized by the abduction of the schoolgirls in Chibok.
More than 200 girls are still held captive by the Boko Haram sect.
The State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, who announced the approval, said it was a sad narrative that Nigeria paid more emphasis on politics than finding solutions to the nation's numerous problems. He said the doubt of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls and the theory that his government stage-managed it was as painful as the actual abduction.
Responding to the address of the Chairman of the Presidential Fact Finding Committee on the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls, Brig, Gen. Ibrahim Sabo (Rtd.), Shettima said, “Borno has seen evil times. Our people have suffered. At times, when I lament this carnage in the midst of some associates, they remind me that I didn’t create Boko Haram, that in fact, I inherited it in 2011 when I was sworn-in amidst near complete breakdown of security in Maiduguri, the largest and most populated part of the State. But I normally say to them, that a leader is elected or appointed to solve problems, it doesn’t matter whether the leader created the problem or not. A leader is elected to find solution, this is governance. There is a whole difference between politics and governance.”
He reiterated his concern at the allegations the kidnappings were stage-managed.
“Every other unreasonable Nigerian that came to adopt that view, only anchored the unfortunate view that was first expressed by Kema Chikwe (People’s Democratic Party senior women’s official.)
Doubt over that abduction pained me as much as the incident itself. Doubts over that abduction pained me far more than the childish theory that as Government, we staged that abduction in order to create basis to stop the extension of emergency rule in Borno.”
- CAJ News