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Governor loses sleep over girls' abduction

21 April 2014, 13:47

Abuja - Days after the abduction of more than 120 schoolgirls in the area, Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, described the period as the worst in his life.

The governor, in his Easter message released by his spokesman Alhaji Isa Umar Gusau, said he had hardly slept since the suspected Boko Haram members abducted the children at a government school.

“I have seen very serious moments since I became the Governor of Borno State in 2011 at a period of insurgent crisis. I have seen many innocent lives lost for no reason and I mourn every life lost with empathy and high sense of responsibility.

"But the last one week have been my worst days as a Governor and even the worst in my life. I am troubled as a father, as a leader and as a politician,” a statement quoted him as saying.

“I am deeply pained and I very much share the agonies of the parents. More than everyone, as the leader, on whose area of governance, this unfortunate incident took place, I am very anxious to have our daughters freed because I know very well that the most important obligation of any Government be it at the Federal, State or Local Government level is to ensure the safety and welfare of its good citizens.”

The governor said he was more pained by his inability to visit Chibok and give moral support to the parents of the missing children.

“As a leader and politician, I am also troubled that I have not had the important opportunity to meet the anguished parents of these girls in Chibok because I have, on a number of instances, been advised to hold back the trip in order not to interrupt security operations as well as search and rescue efforts which are our topmost priority, especially now.”

– CAJ News


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