The campaign organization of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) repeated that Borno state governor Kashim Shettima is guilty for the April 2014 abduction of over 200 girls from Chibok by Boko Haram terrorists.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, supposed that the governor, the presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s spokesman, Lai Mohammed knew the whereabouts of the missing girls.
Meanwhile, Mr. Shettima, rejected the claim, saying no one should take Mr. Fani-Kayode serious as he “is one Nigerian that is physically an adult but mentally an infant. We all know that going into exchange with an infant is like having a dialogue with the blind, deaf and dumb.”
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But the party’s campaign organisation in a comment said it was time for Nigerians to know the truth about the APC leaders and the way in which some of them arose to become governors.
“The case of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state is instructive. This is a man who emerged as the governor only after the man that won the nomination to become the flag-bearer of his party, Alhaji Mode Fannami Gubio, was mysteriously gunned down in the sanctity of his home by a group of unknown gunmen,” the comment said.
“It was after Gubio was killed in cold blood that Kashim, who came second in the primary, emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the party. The question is: Who killed Gubio to make way for Shettima and whether it is true that the murder had the Boko Haram link.
“Could it be, as many suspect, that Boko Haram were more comfortable with Shettima as governor than with Gubio? Is that why they killed him? Is it true that Shettima is friend with Boko Haram and that he paid them protection money for a number of years? These are just some of the questions that Governor Kashim Shettima must answer.”
The organisation said opposing to Mr. Shettima’s claim; it never blamed somebody previously of the kidnapping of the girls.
“The fact of the matter is that our story has been consistent and clear right from the beginning and the records are there for all to see,” it said.
“We have said it from day one that the Governor of Borno State is culpable, and have questions to answer about the abduction of the Chibok girls. This is because he broke his promise to guarantee the security of those girls and he allowed them to be abducted.
“It is either he is suffering from memory loss or he is incompetent, insensitive and manifestly ignorant about what is going on around him, or together with others, planned the whole thing from the outset in order to embarrass the Federal Government and to bring our President and our armed forces into disrepute.
“Either way, come rain, come shine, at the appropriate time, Kashim Shettima would answer to God and he would answer to the Nigerian people for what has happened to those girls.”
The organisation added: “The questions are simple and clear: Did he or did he not ignore the Federal Government’s warning and that of WAEC when they advised him not to allow those examinations to take place in Chibok? And secondly, did he or did he not guarantee the security of those girls? Thirdly, is it not true that he failed to deploy any security personnel to that school that night?
“The record shows that despite his promises of ensuring that the girls would be protected, not one security operative, policeman, soldier, armed man or even adult was with those girls that night except for one elderly gateman who was unarmed.
“The governor failed to keep his promise. He betrayed those girls; he let down Borno State and he let down Nigeria. Instead of him, begging God for forgiveness, working hard for the return of those girls and to assist in finding them, all that he does is to hurl insults at us.”
President Goodluck Jonathan in an interview to on Africa Independent Television, has revealed that the abducted Chibok girls are still alive.
As it was reported earlier Nigerian military commanders supposedly leaked plans to rescue the abducted Chibok girls to Boko Haram insurgents.