- Ex-governor Kashim Shettima has revealed why he is silent about Boko Haram attacks
- The former governor of Borno state criticised ex-president Jonathan over attacks in the northeast
- Shettima, however, said he has direct access to President Buhari unlike Jonathan
Former governor of Borno state and lawmaker representing Borno Central in the Senate, Kashim Shettima, has said that he has decided to speak less about Boko Haram attacks in Borno and northeast in the media because he has unrestricted access to President Muhammadu Buhari unlike when Goodluck Jonathan was the president.
Daily Trust reports that Shettima, who was the governor of Borno during the peak in Boko Haram related violence in 2014 and 2015, said that he was forced to express his grievances with former president Jonathan on the way he was handling the Boko Haram crisis because his private conversation with him didn’t get the desired action of the Jonathan-led government.
Legit.ng gathered that he said: “I have once explained the difference in my reactions under Jonathan and Buhari. First of all, if you were to dig into media records of my public comments under the presidency of His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, you will realize that from 2011 when I became governor up until January 2014, I never publicly criticised Jonathan’s handling of security situation in Borno state.
“I kept giving him the benefit of doubt and kept trying to discuss my perspectives with him privately. I rarely got the kind of attention I needed or even deserved. There was a time I resorted to writing to him and we made sure it wasn’t reported by the media.”
He added that he is willing to channel his inputs through the current governor of the state instead of grandstanding to win momentary applause but jeopardise the long term strategic interests of the people.
“As you know, I am no longer the governor of Borno state and there can never be two captains in the same ship. We have a governor who is supremely competent and has won the affection and respect of the president," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a Christian group said its member would not lose faith in God over the killing of Adamawa CAN chairman by Boko Haram terrorist.
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