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Governor, Jonathan aide in Borno war of words

20 February 2014, 08:25

Abuja - Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, hit back at Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, who criticized Shettima’s remarks that the military was losing the war against the Boko Haram.

“I learnt of unfortunate remarks by Dr Doyin Okupe. The statement was rather unfair and insensitive to the sorrowful plight of Borno people and its government.

"It is an irony to realize that while Okupe didn't find it worthy to hold a press briefing in sympathy with the people of Borno and to join in condemning the horrible serial attacks that left nearly 300 innocent citizens killed in February alone, he found it very urgent to try to take advantage of an honest opinion just to show his face on television in the name of doing his job.

"At the end, it is Okupe that would attract ill feelings of the people towards the Presidency and not his targeted prey,” the governor in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Alhaji Isa Gusau.

The governor told the president's aide to desist from using the welfare and security of the people of Borno state and the entire Northeastern region.

Gusau added, “The Governor's very honest remark was a case of 'one who wears the shoes knows where it pinches'. The Governor is the person on ground, he knows exactly what the problems are.

"As most Nigerians would testify, Shettima had been very patient before he aptly opened up and the sole aim was for Nigerians to appreciate the situation on ground. Unless if Dr Okupe wanted Governor Shettima to tell lies or to conceal the truth by deceiving Nigerians, or perhaps he wanted the people of Borno to die in silence.”

He said the governor did the right thing any responsible leader should do in the circumstances he found himself in.

“A leader must be bold enough to tell the truth so that solutions can be found to critical situations.

"Dr Doyin Okupe should kindly note that if he is finding a Governor to drive any rift with the Presidency, he has not found one in Kashim Shettima because those who know Shettima know him to be honest, courageous, respectful, humble but also dogged.”

– CAJ News

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