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Boko Haram: Tearful Shettima Breaks Down, Tells Buhari ‘I am Overwhelmed’ |RN

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The activities of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, on Monday overwhelmed the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, as he broke down in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Shettima was in the Villa with leaders and elders from Borno State. In his introductory remarks at the meeting, he told President Buhari that they came to present a set of observations and specific requests after an extraordinary security meeting they held a week ago in Borno State. He said the elders had concluded that the state required urgent intervention by the president.

Present on the occasion were the National Security Adviser, Major Gen Babagana Monguno (retd); Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; acting Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and the Director General, Department for State Services, Yussuf Bitchi.

Shettima amid tears following the current setback in the fight against insurgency, told Buhari that the leaders had not lost hope in his ability to win the war and restore peace to the state.

Following his surprise outburst of emotion, members of the press were excused from the meeting.

Then Shettima said: “Between 2013 and 2014, we witnessed the most daring and most vicious evil of the Boko Haram, losing 20 local government areas.

“However, we rushed here because of the recent upsurge in the activities of the demented monster called Boko Haram especially in northern Borno senatorial district. We are here because since 2015, Mr President, you were able to restore our hope.

“Sir, you have demonstrated empathy for Borno and an overriding commitment to ending the Boko Haram. This is why we rushed here on witnessing some set back.

“We are here because we thought that Allah will use you to fully reclaim Borno’s traditional glory of being the home of peace. We are here as a people who worked, prayed and waited for your presidency in the firm and under the belief that with you as the Commander In Chief, Boko Haram will become history in Borno.

“Mr. President, we have not, and Insha Allah, we will not lose hope in you because we have witnessed and survived worse moments before you came. We do not feel hopeless.

“Our hopes are very much alive and they are very high.

“We came with some observation and ten requests for urgent presidential (president’s) intervention. These observations and requests are products of discussion in the aftermath of our extra-ordinary security meeting held one week ago.

“We didn’t rush to come after the meeting. We felt the need to travel to northern Borno, interact with displaced persons and the military so as to strengthen public confidence.

“I will seek the understanding of the journalists by not making public any of our observation and ten requests. They are matters of security which we hope to discuss with Mr President in a closed door.”  (The Sun)

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Chibok Girls: Tell Nigerians Why You Concealed Your Fact-Finding Report, Shettima Replies Jonathan

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Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima

…Says no one helped Jonathan’s fight on Boko Haram like him

By Ismail Omipidan

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has fired back at former president Goodluck Jonathan, challenging him to make public report of a Presidential Fact-Finding Committee on the abduction of the Chibok school girls.

Shettima had, on Thursday, at a book presentation, in Abuja, exposed the poor handling of the abduction sàga by Jonathan, insisting that the former president believed, though erroneously that he (Shettima) had a hand in the abduction.

But Jonathan also replied on Friday, challenging the Borno governor to tell Nigerians all he knew about the abuction of the school girls.

Speaking yesterday through his Education commissioner, Inuwa Kubo, Shettima challenged the former president to tell Nigerians why he concealed the report of the fact- finding committee.

Shettima, who noted that his Education commissioner was among those interrogated, revealed that Jonathan had
constituted and inaugurated on Tuesday, 6th of May, 2014 a fact-funding committee on the matter and that the panel turned in its findings to the then President on Friday, 20th of June 2014.

He further said that former President Jonathan’s decision to constitute that committee was a “miraculous intervention by God to preserve” his innocence and that of his administration.

He added that if Jonathan was not the one that constituted the panel and received the report, no one would have upheld his (Shettima) innocence because Jonathan’s men would have questioned the report of any other fact-finding committee.

‎‎He therefore called on Jonathan’s media handlers to find something more important to do with their time rather than make baseless allegations just to confuse Nigerians.

While insisting that he remains one of the very few highly placed Nigerians that assisted Jonathan in the fight against Boko Haram, by approving the funding of civilian JTF without any support from the Federal Government and that Jonathan himself repeatedly acknowledged the role played by Civilian JTF in whatever success his administration recorded in the fight against insurgency, Shettima said “as a government we supported Jonathan’s administration by funding security agencies and mobilising community intelligence as publicly attested to by the then Director of Operations at the Defence Headquarters, Major General Lawrence Ndugbane. ”

“Jonathan’s anger with me was my decision to speak out, out of frustration though, by telling the world that the Nigerian Military wasn’t being equipped. And I have since been vindicated by former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, who acknowledged that he led a troop that had no tools to fight.

“For records purpose, Eze (Jonathan’s media aide) and his colleagues are pointing at the wrong direction.

” They should ask their principal why he deliberately refused to make public the report of a committee he constituted, inaugurated and received the findings on facts surrounding the Chibok abduction and who to blame for it.

“To refresh their minds, on Tuesday, the 6th of May, 2014, President Jonathan had inaugurated multi-agency/stakeholder fact-finding committee under the chairmanship of Brig. General Ibrahim Sabo (rtd), a one-time Director of Military Intelligence and secretary of the Committee was from the Niger Delta. President Jonathan single handedly selected all members of that committee which included representatives of the UN, ECOWAS, ‎retired and security officers from the Army, DSS and Police; representatives of the Chibok community, local and international civil rights organisations, representatives of the National Council of Women Societies, the Nigeria Union of Journalists and some of his highly trusted associates.

” For nearly two months, the committee undertook thorough investigations that included forensic assessment of all documents on the entire issues, held meetings with parents of the schoolgirls, visited Chibok, met with the then Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, the Director General of the DSS and the Inspector General of Police, all of whom were appointees of President Jonathan.

“The committee also met with officials of Borno State Government including the school principal, the committee held meetings with heads of different security agencies in Borno State including security formations in charge of Chibok and after compiling their findings, the committee submitted its report directly to President Jonathan on Friday, the 20th of June, 2014 in Aso Rock.

“The question anyone should ask is why President Jonathan deliberately refused to make that report public. What was he hiding from Nigerians? Here is another question, if the findings had indicted Governor Shettima or the Borno State Government in anyway, does anyone really think Jonathan would have concealed that report given his open hatred for me and the fact that I was in the opposition party?” Shettima asked.   (The Sun)

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Quit Notice: Again, Gov. Shettima Meets Northern Elders, Arewa Youths Coalition

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Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima

Northern governors represented by Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Kashim Shettima yesterday met with a group of Northern elders and key leaders of the Coalition of Arewa Groups in a closed door meeting that lasted four hours.

The meeting was held to persuade the coalition to withdraw the quit notice handed Igbo to vacate the region which elapses on October 1.
“The meeting, which is the third since July was at the instance of some northern governors who mandated Shettima to engage the coalition with a view to preventing possible outbreak of violence in the event hoodlums take advantage of the quit notice to perpetuate violence by the time the ultimatum expires on October 1st,” Shettima’s spokesman, Isa Gusau said in an emailed statement.
The meeting which began at about 2:30 pm lasted till 6:30 pm at the Borno Governor’s lodge in Asokoro, Abuja
The meeting was attended by members of the Northern Elders Forum: Professor Ango Abdullahi, Alhaji Sani Zango Daura, Air Marshall Al-Amin Daggash, AVM Mukhtar Mohammed, Professor Yima Sen and Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed who represented the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation. Key leaders of the Coalition of Arewa groups, Yerima Shettima, Ashir Sherrif, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, Aminu Adam, Balarabe Rufai and leaders of other groups in the coalition also attended.
“The meeting ended on a positive note while the Arewa coalition is expected to meet members of the AbdulSalami Abubakar led National Peace Committee who invited them for a meeting,” Gusau added.
The Governor has held three separate meetings with leaders of the Arewa coalition in Kaduna, Abuja and Maiduguri before yesterday’s meeting that included elders.
The Arewa coalition is expected to make its decision public at a date to be determined by members of the coalition.       (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Obasanjo Arrives Borno State For A Two-day Official Visit (Video)

By Ike A. Offor,
The former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has just touched down in Borno state for a two-day official visit. He was received by the Borno state governor Alhaji Kashim Shettima.
The reason of his official visit is not yet known at the time of this report.
Gov. Kashim Shettima was obviously happy about receiving him in the state and said so in his own words.
‘I just received Former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Maiduguri International Airport. The Former President is in the State for a two-day official visit’, he said.
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