- Former governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, has reacted to the abduction of students in Katsina
- About 600 students of GSSS in Kankara local government area of the state were kidnapped on Friday, December 11
- Shettima faulted Buhari for keeping the service chiefs despite the level of insecurity in the country
Following the spate of killings and abduction of people in every nook and cranny of Nigeria, a former governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the president is not God.
TheCable reports that Shettima said he and many people would be correcting Buhari in the manner he is addressing Nigeria’s security challenges.
Legit.ng gathered that the ex-governor, who represents Borno Central at the Senate, said the successes recorded by the president in the fight against Boko Haram have been overshadowed by the deteriorating security situation in the northeast.
He made the comment when he featured on an Arise TV programme on Tuesday, December 15.
Shettima was speaking amid the outrage that trailed the abduction of hundreds of students following an attack on a secondary school in Kankara, Katsina state.
He said that though morale of the troops in the northeast is high, the service chiefs have outlived their usefulness.
The former governor said:
“In all fairness to Muhammadu Buhari, we are not questioning him, we are not questioning his commitment to the cause of our people, we are not questioning his passion for restoring peace in the northeast.
”We respect him. We cherish him. We love him. But don’t deify him because deification is [for] God. Buhari is not God. If there are things that need to be corrected, we are going to point it out to him and equivocally and unambiguously, but without playing to the gallery.”
The senator said the service chiefs have done their best but “their best is no longer enough,” adding that justice, equity and fairness, even common sense demand that these service chiefs should go.
“There’s been some improvement in the security landscape in the state (Borno) especially in the first two years of the Buhari administration, but since then the security situation has been deteriorating and it’s high time federal authorities should fine-tune the security architecture not only in the northeast sub-region but across the whole federation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that days after about 600 students were abducted in Kankara local government area of Katsina state, another attack by suspected bandits in northern Nigeria reportedly resulted in the abduction of about 19 people.
It was reported that the latest incident reportedly occurred in Ogu and Tegina communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state.
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Source: Legit Newspaper