Borno’s Gov. Shettima attacks predecessor, Sheriff, over Boko Haram

Governor Kashim Shettima
Photo: VOA Hausa
Governor Kashim Shettima Photo: VOA Hausa

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has come down hard on his predecessor, Ali Sheriff, accusing him of inaction that he said led to the escalation of Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr. Shettima, who stated this on Monday at the annual lecture in honour of late Head of State, Murtala Mohammed in Abuja, said he was responding to a “political statement” by Mr. Sheriff in which he said Boko Haram did not hold any territory in Borno when he handed over power.

The governor, who delivered a paper “Managing the Boko Haram crisis in Borno state, experiences and lessons for a multi party, multi ethnic and multi religious Nigeria”, said Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, took advantage of Mr. Sheriff’s failure to provide leadership to declare a jihad.

“The fact is that Sheriff allowed his ego to overcome his action and failed to settle the differences between armed forces and members of Yusuffiya movement at the time,” he said.

The governor recalled that he was aware the late Boko Haram leader, Mr. Yusuf, was a constant critic of the Sheriff administration.

Ali Modu Sheriff
Ali Modu Sheriff

He said that in July 2009, some armed security agencies clashed with members of the sect over the use of helmets and shot 17 of them.

“A governor should have at least visited victims of the shooting to lay foundation for peace and he should have set up a commission of inquiry just like what Governor El Rufai did in Kaduna recently,” he said.

“He chose to mismanage the incident. He did not send anyone or settle the medical bill of anyone and he played into their hands. That gave Yusuf an opening to declare jihad.”

Mr. Sherrif has repeatedly been accused of being a Boko Haram sponsor. He denies the allegation.


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  • Watch man

    I hear; birds of the same feather! Shettimah >= Sheriff. Same BH entrepreneurs.

    • Dike Dickson

      Nobody should commend El Rufia.He caused the Kaduna wahala by his actions and entrances.Lets pray that the shittie,s issues will not go the ways of the first boko haram leader .The way the Government is going about it doesn’t leave much to admire.

      • Enejo

        Mr Dike Please go away, El rufai is the best Governor in Northern Nigeria

  • Ifeanyianadu

    The truth will sooner than later be known…that both governors were sponsors of Boko haram. It’s going to get worse in the NE especially in Borno State where the economy has been wiped out and businesses can’t return with this unending climate of war. The IGR is not even enough to pat salaries.

    • blueeyedkitten

      please stop talking crap! a mind full of prejudice can never be objective.
      you’re just playing to the gallery

      • Kickboxer

        says a terrorist or a Yariba slave?

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