Boko Haram: I won’t reply presidency – Governor Shettima

Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima

The governor briefed the president on the Bama attack.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday, said he would not reply the presidency on the latter’s statement accusing the governor of falsehood and ignorance.

The presidency, had on Tuesday, through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, berated the Borno governor for suggesting that the members of the Boko Haram were better armed and motivated than Nigerian soldiers battling the insurgents in the North East.

Mr. Shettima had made the statement on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after briefing President Goodluck Jonathan on the recent upsurge in attacks on civilians in Borno by the Boko Haram.

On Wednesday, Mr. Shettima was again at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to further brief the president on the happenings in Borno including the early Wednesday attack on Bama by the Boko Haram.

The governor confirmed to reporters that the Bama attack occurred, but did not provide details. Security agencies are also yet to provide details with residents saying many people may have been killed.

“There was an attack on Bama,” Mr. Shettima told journalists after a short meeting with Mr. Jonathan. “We are yet to get the actual number of casualties but I am told that they have inflicted a lot of damage on the town, but the military are doing their best.’’

The attack, suspected to have been carried out by Boko Haram members, reportedly took place at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

I won’t reply presidency

When asked whether he was summoned by the President on account of his earlier comment on Monday that the Boko Haram was better equipped than the military, the governor said “not at all.’’

He said he came to the Presidential Villa “to adequately update President Goodluck Jonathan on the happenings in Borno State.”

He, however, declined to speak further on the earlier comment he made and the response from the Presidency.

“I do not want to comment on that. President Jonathan is our president and I am here to update him on the Bama attack and I do not want to make additional comments.”

Earlier on Monday, after meeting with Mr. Jonathan, Mr. Shettima had said,

“What we are being confronted with is that we are in a state of war. It is what I came to update Mr. President; the sooner we stop playing the ostrich and rise up to the challenges of the day, and marshal all resources towards visualizing the antics of Boko Haram, the better for all of us.

“But the bottom line is that we need more resources, more vote on ground. In all fairness to the officers and men of the Nigerian Army and Police, they are doing their best given the circumstances they have found themselves in. But honestly Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops.”

Mr. Okupe had on Tuesday replied the governor, saying the military was winning the war against terror and Mr. Shettima, not being a military expert, was not in a position to assess and compare the sophistication of the weaponry of the Nigerian Armed Forces with that of the Boko Haram.

He added that “Nigeria is not in a state of war’’ as claimed by the governor, saying that what was being witnessed in some parts of the Northern region were guerrilla attacks.



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  • Man Enough

    That animal called Doyin Okuugbe is one of GEJ undoing. At this point in time, GEJ should understand that politics is about relationship management and not about surrounding yourself with dogs. Little wonder he was described as a kindergarten president.

    • Williams Adeleye

      I cannot be agree with your thoughtful comment. GEJ won’t go places with the likes of belligerent Okupe as SSA public affairs. Okupe Gov Shettima was ignorant of the capability of the Nigerian military might, but now that the Boko Haram has launched another attack on innocent citizen in Bama, Borno state to prove that they indeed have superior weapons and are better motivated as Gov Shettima claimed, who can we describe as silly ignoramus if not Okupe.

    • h madaki


  • max

    Where will Jonathan bring the resources to waste on boko haram? When we have a lot of problems that demand attention.
    Since Jonathan became president he has been using Niger Delta resources to waste on boko haram and yet the north are so ungrateful to say the least.
    If am Jonathan I will either grant the demands of boko haram or I will declare total war and apply odi style and bomb bornu out of Nigerian map.
    I agree with shettima no need to play ostrich Jonathan should order the military to shoot anything in sight.
    The military should corner boko haram in a local government and clear that local government of any human movement. Obj did it and we were better for it.

    • ABB

      Max or Mani_Kay or whatever you like to call yourself, you are just an ignorant fellow who does not understand issues.

    • redeem

      the thing again is that the fulani elites are not doing enough to quell the crisis–look boko haram can afford to fight federal troops from now till the year 2099- but that will not get them anywhere-are they using their resources to fight government’ No theirs is to impose Buhari on the masses-period–the Niger delta people fought for resource control–and its their chief revenue earner crude oil that is being used to fight boko haram—governors from the rebel state have all been contributing money to fund boko haram–if the emirs and the elites from the fulani zone want to end the evil activities of boko haram they will-

    • h madaki

      You write and gives impressions of a pig and maroon or I mean Ijaw man.yar’adua of blessed memory did not bomb Niger pigs deltans out of Nigerian map,instead he put an Ijaw man Jonathan to dialogue with those murderous militant,established Niger delta ministry to developed those pigs Ijaw, yar’adua also budget huge amounts of naira to retrained those pigs into human beings.why for God sake yr brother Jonathan can not do to the northeast by negotiating with ahlis sunah lildawati(boko haram)and also create a new ministry for northeast and empower the youths with skill which will motivate them.I still wonder why.

  • tiko

    useless country, useless people

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Okupe goofed. No doubt about that. It is enough for GEJ to relieve him of his duty before he does more damage to the presidency

  • muzik

    doyin okuppe is even worse than a dog