Boko Haram attacks ​ ​”​ordained by God​”​ – Shettima

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Monday, asked victims of the Boko Haram attack in Monguno to see the ​incident as “ordained by God”. He also prayed for God’s intervention to bring an end to the security challenges.

Mr. Shettima​, ​in a statement in Maiduguri​,​ expressed sadness over Sunday’s attempt​ by Boko Haram to take over Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He asked the residents of the state ​to remain calm and reassured them that security forces were making frantic efforts to safeguard lives and property.

He commended the gallantry of the military in repelling the attack on the state capital.

He, however, regretted the attack on Monguno, headquarters of Monguno Local Government Area in the northern part of the state.

He said that as result of that, properties were destroyed, lives were lost and many people were now taking refuge in different parts of the state with some sustaining gun injuries.

Mr. Shettima said ​the ​government was screening and taking records of surviving victims from Monguno with a view to accommodating and offering them immediate palliatives as internally displaced persons.

The statement said the administration was providing necessary support to armed forces involved in counter insurgency operations across the state.

He promised to continue to do everything humanly possible until territories seized by insurgents were reclaimed and sustainable peace and stability achieved.

“Our armed forces gallantly repelled attacks on parts of Borno State,” Mr. Shettima said. “We must commend their patriotic efforts. We are very much in touch with leaders of security forces. And we will continue to afford them all the support they need as we have always done from our first day in office till date.”

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  • Eze1

    typical of all muslims

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      What Oyedepo reportedly said yesterday, is it typical of we Christians?

      • Joe

        Yes!, if for example jonathan has being anointed by God and someone was trying to stop him, then what Oyedepo said is right, but if otherwise, nothing will happen. No one can fight God’s anointed. Read through the whole scripture. Even prostitutes and harlots that helped men of God in time of their needs were blessed beyond measure. Know that the definition of the word wicked by man is quite different from God’s perspective.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Please read 1Samuel 11: 15.

      • growthengine

        It has been clarified that Oyedepo was referring to Boko Haram and not any enemy of the president. Take note. And stop defending some statements with other statements, condemn all inappropriate statements please.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Growthengine,

          Wrong presumption. “The Gates of Hell” is not the only ‘misjive’ coming from the god of Men!

          Go and listen to him preaching in Church that they should kill anyone who looks like boko haram, spill his blood and not bother to tell the police!

          Tell me, how do you identify “someone who looks like boko haram”?

          • Ekerete Etukudo

            “Tell me, how do you identify “someone who looks like boko haram”?” Classic question and GEJ’s headache exactly! Now, Buhari needs to answer that, and explain how he’ll wipe them off in one month.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Good response, Ekerete.

            The seriousness of the matter is only amplified when it is coming out of the mouth of a civilian pastor who has not been to the theatre of war.

            The professionals on the frontline are better placed to make that distinction when faced with armed insurgents.

          • growthengine

            I condemn his (Oyedepo) preaching as inappropriate too. I just needed you to correct Shettima, so the people of Borno will not misunderstand his assertion that the attacks were ordained by God, and start welcoming them.

          • kamal Kamoru

            Excellent responses! This was profound ;
            ‘stop defending some statements with other statements, condemn all inappropriate statements’!
            However, kay soyemi like most lawyers will argue blindly to defend whatever position he has taken..no matter how glaringly wrong that position is.
            He’s the ‘defender of the universe’.
            Defender of ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING that comes out of the APC stables.. no matter how absurd.
            A crying SHAME!

          • betty

            The Kay man is very dishonest indeed.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bruv, what Shettima said should be seen in the cultural and religious context of the people to whom he spoke.

            This is different from GEJ’s stance that “it is our share of global terrorism and we will get used to it”!

            eeek, did a President say that?

          • growthengine

            Should be seen. Oyedepo and GEJ do not get the benefit of Should be seen in the context? Only Shettima and whoever Kay feels deserves the Should be seen context.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Have you lived in the North before?

            Do you understand and appreciate that culture?

          • growthengine

            I have. For several years. That is exactly the problem. Viewing this attacks as ordained by God. That is why Boko Haram is able to grow and recruit more followers. The governors statement is wrong, admit it. God will never allow his people to be slaughtered that way. He is mocking God. He just ran out of words to say, like most of our leaders out there, like most of us too. We are tired. We have not experienced war in the last 3 decades. The outcome of the elections will not end BH, only a long drawn war of at least another 3 – 4years may end it after more loss of lives, and Nigerian army becomes more hardened and better trained to fight terror. Look at Africa, Iraq, Syria, you will understand. So Shettima should leave God out of this. Instead pray God should help crush BH

          • Onike24

            But the two are not mutually exclusive, has he said do nothing? Has he said support BH? All he said was to reiterate the Muslim faith of acceptance of any situation you find yourself ;bearing the unfortunate with patience and perseverance. I am very skeptical of some Haddiths, but my favorite saying of Our Prophet Mohammed is “Pray but tie your camel” which means heaven helps those who help themselves. On a personal level I have seen that faith help Muslims overcome the most devastating loses.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Ba komi!

            Thanks for the candid response.

          • Bigzy

            It is the mark of a man to accept correction and I applaud you for it. For far too long, we have accepted all sorts of notions about the Fulanis. In Lagos, it was that they are inexonrably disposed to stab you with a dagger at the slightest provocation, and it is best to avoid them. Thus in a bus, hardly anyone would dare to sit next to them, for fear of being attacked. Why should everyone not conform to the societal value of live and let live? Our moral compass should be guided by our own values of mutual co-existence.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          By the way, even if I was discussing the “Gates of Hell” comment, should you not be asking him how come an acclaimed “man of God” is boasting about the Gates of Hell rather than the Gates of Heaven?

  • Adebenson

    which God? ordained by God No no your Excellency

    • Psalm 35

      Is he still qualified to be called ‘your excellency’ ? With this type of sour and uninformed statement ?

      • Adebenson

        lol.. yes. It is an institution which I duely respect tho’

        • Psalm 35

          A travesty of our democratic institutions which should in the first place not have allowed these dull characters of questionable understanding to mount such positions. The last time I checked mallam shekau said their actions were of God too

          • Otile

            O yes, Imam Abu Shekau is acting according to the Holy Koran. Don’t deny reality.

      • blueeyedkitten

        you’re the one that is uninformed. why do you people like to translate comments the way it suits you? ofcourse you have that right; but don’t make it look as the gospel truth. honestly, i don’t know whether to laugh or cry at you guys translation of such a simple statement.

  • G4

    Is FEMA there

  • Psalm 35

    Ordained by your own god Mr Governor, not the true GOD

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Which “god” is he talking about ? Terrorist attacks were planned and carried out by Islamic terrorists of Boko-haram from the Sharia north………The governor should leave God out of this !!

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Mr Governor, God doesn’t ordain bloodshed, murder, arson, rape, and general destruction. These are the handiwork of the devil.

    • dd

      That is what Mohammed told them. He is indirectly saying that they shouldn’t worry as Boko Haram are from God.

      • Chuks007

        …because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.–1 Samuel 6:19

        “You Ethiopians will also be slaughtered by my sword,” says the LORD. And the LORD will strike the lands of the north with his fist. He will destroy Assyria and make its great capital, Nineveh, a desolate wasteland, parched like a desert. The city that once was so proud will become a pasture for sheep and cattle. All sorts of wild animals will settle there. Owls of many kinds will live among the ruins of its palaces, hooting from the gaping windows. Rubble will block all the doorways, and the cedar paneling will lie open to the wind and weather. This is the fate of that boisterous city, once so secure. “In all the world there is no city as great as I,” it boasted. But now, look how it has become an utter ruin, a place where animals live! Everyone passing that way will laugh in derision or shake a defiant fist. (Zephaniah 2:12-15 NLT)

        • Joe

          He can fight for His people and the oppressed by sending death angel

    • Chuks007

      because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.–1 Samuel 6:19

      “You Ethiopians will also be slaughtered by my sword,” says the LORD. And the LORD will strike the lands of the north with his fist. He will destroy Assyria and make its great capital, Nineveh, a desolate wasteland, parched like a desert. The city that once was so proud will become a pasture for sheep and cattle. All sorts of wild animals will settle there. Owls of many kinds will live among the ruins of its palaces, hooting from the gaping windows. Rubble will block all the doorways, and the cedar paneling will lie open to the wind and weather. This is the fate of that boisterous city, once so secure. “In all the world there is no city as great as I,” it boasted. But now, look how it has become an utter ruin, a place where animals live! Everyone passing that way will laugh in derision or shake a defiant fist. (Zephaniah 2:12-15 NLT)

    • Onike24

      Isn’t that the Christian world view? Which by the way I totally respect, can you understand that some people’s faith stops them from attributing calamity to the devil?

      • Otile

        Young lady, be aware that the devil did not create anything. When people misbehave they attribute it to the devil. Should Imam Buhari overthrow an elected government or commit perjury he attributes his actions to the devil. That is wrong. Suffering and death came into the world as a result Eve’s sin. The devil did not create sin or suffering.

        Young lady, write me I’ll teach you the way to salvation. There is a lot of distortions in Islam.

        • Onike24

          Keep posting your puerile nonsense

  • Otile

    Islam is a bane on society. I hate when Imam Buhari, Imam Abu Shekau and Sultan of Sokoto take advantage of the power of Beelzebub to inflict suffering on the Northerners and console them that it is ordained from above. Taqiyya is the worst invention in Islam.

  • Joe

    Not the God that I worship. The God I worship is love, good shephered, does not shed blood, a give of life. So, shetimas’ God is obviously different from mine.

  • Hadiza Okafor

    We must back the efforts of the army. They are doing their best and while they couldn’t save everyone, they still should be praised for every victory they inflict on BH. It’s a tough war to lead, but this is evidence that the government is doing the right thing. May all those lies about GEJ not caring enough disappear under the light of the recent events.

    • blueeyedkitten

      what about the lie on your name? which light would clarify that?

      • Hadiza Okafor

        Rich from someone called “blueeyedkitten.” Plus, I fail to see any form of argument whatsoever in your remark. Are you just about to insult people? I was reacting with facts to a madman’s declaration about a terrorist group who kills and pillages. That is nothing he Holy Qur-an teaches. But then again I doubt you know about that. All you seem to do is repeat what you were told. Please don’t waste my time with puerile slender. I was trying to make a point here. Maybe it has reached people who unlike you, aren’t dead at heart.

        • blueeyedkitten

          you’ve not said anything new in your main post that warrants any argument from me. what caught my eyes, was the lie in your name. stop the lies!!!

          • Bigzy

            And you should stop picking unnecessary fights.

          • blueeyedkitten

            DUH!

          • Hadiza Okafor

            You don’t even make sense. I won’t waste more time with you. You must be a paid propagandist or a 15yr old internet troll. No point in talking.

          • blueeyedkitten

            and you a 30 year old internet troll?

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Shettima, this is not an ordination of God but of Muhammed(may peace not be upon him) Amin

    • Maverick

      Which peace? (Punishment be upon him).

      • BlackieUmukoro

        I said May Peace not be upon it
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Arogbo

    Boko Haram attack is the ordination of the devil who has come to steal, kill and destroy. Shettima is another oxymoron of a governor.

    • blueeyedkitten

      in islam whatever happens to one has been ordained by God(either good or
      bad) before he/she was born. you might think its bad, but God in his infinite wisdom knows
      better. by the way, unto you your religion, unto him(shettima) his religion. he spoke according to the tenets of his faith. you have absolutely no right to call him a moron. i know you’d still misunderstand me.

  • Akinfenwa Mikel

    The only part this ordained by God was the military intervention to repel the Boko Haram back into the fields and keep them out of Monguno. I am inspired that finally the security force managed to do something good and it is important for all of Nigeria to give them confidence to defeat Boko Haram. There has been so much negativity toward the military around the presidential campaign, as Buhari runs around saying how bad they are, and it does our country no good.We must believe in them now.

  • Spoken word

    I am not sure I understand what shettima is saying.

    • Otile

      What kind of Muslim are you? What do you not understand about Beelzebub your god sending Imam Shekau to inflict attacks on the North for their wrong doing? When in doubt about these things ask Imam Buhari, did you people not say he is an intelligent Muslim man?

  • Comfortkay

    This Governor is Mad.

  • FadeelahO

    I don’t believe there’s anything holy behind those attacks but the work of fanatics who have lost any contact with their religion. Truthfully, our soldiers have shown that despite what lies Buhari tries to spread around, they are willing and ready to fight this threat. This only shows GEJ’s commitment to protect our democracy at all cost.

    • Otile

      You are right, Mohamed/Muhammadu Buhari and Sultan of Sokoto are deceiving the Muslims all over.

  • Ayodele Ohakim

    Whose God would ask for the blood of innocent to be spilled in his name? It must be the one that asked Buhari for Sharia to be upheld everywhere in the country. The same God that ask from Boko Haram daily sacrifices. Let us not be fooled! The time has come to rally around the true defenders of our Nation : our soldiers and our President.

    • Otile

      These guys are very funny. Who answers Ayodele Ohakim? It is like saying Buhari Orunmila.

      • Bigzy

        Can you pelase re-read the comment.

  • Caleb Adams

    smh, i just don’t understand how these people think….

  • Onike24

    Before Jonathains unleash torrents of abuse on this man, it is crucial to understand that Muslims are told by the Quran to bear affliction and calamity with Patience and perseverance, Whilst constantly and consistently supplicating to God for a change in circumstances and believing that nothing is beyond God.

    • Otile

      You don’t sound like a good Muslim. You are talking like a Christian young lady.

      You don’t understand jihad. Jihad which is one of the capital pillars of Islam is contrary to what you are preaching here. I don’t believe you have ever opened the Holy Qur-an. Omode

  • Bigzy

    Boko Haram attacks ordained by god? What an imbecilic thing to say. Now, we have hard it all.