“To hell with restructuring” – Governor Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima
Governor Kashim Shettima Photo: VOA Hausa

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday downplayed the clamour for restructuring in Nigeria, describing it as a “madness” that can be stopped by good governance.

Mr. Shettima spoke at the book launch of a former Minister of Youths and Sports Development under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Bolaji Abdullahi, who is now the spokesperson of the All Progressive Congress, APC.

The event took place at the Yar’Adua Centre in the Central Business District of Abuja.

The book titled “On a Platter of Gold” was written on how Mr. Jonathan became president of Nigeria in 2011 but lost the office at the 2015 general election.

Mr. Shettima, who was the Father of the Day, dismissed the clamour for restructuring, saying “To hell with restructuring.”

According to the governor, if jobs are provided and other sectors of the economy, especially the education sector is developed, “this madness”, referring to restructuring, “will stop.”

“People are talking about artificial intelligence, other nations are talking about nano technology or robotics engineering but unfortunately, the topical issue in Nigeria is restructuring. Restructuring my foot! To hell with restructuring.

“Let us improve on governance, let us work for the people, invest in education, create jobs for our people, this madness will stop,” the governor said.

Several Nigerians including ethnic organisations like the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Afenifere have demanded restructuring of Nigeria, saying it was the way to resolve many of the challenges facing the country.

Based on the clamour, Mr. Shettima’s party, APC, set up a committee to review the various restructuring calls.

Mr. Shettima, who described Mr. Jonathan as an honest man, said it was the people he surrounded himself with that made his government fail.

“Comparing (former President Olusegun) Obasanjo and the people he worked with and those Jonathan worked with, you will understand why.

“If you look at Obasanjo, hate him or love him, you have to respect Obasanjo for not only believing in the Nigerian project, but for surrounding himself with men of quality.

“If you mention Obasanjo, the names that readily come to mind are those of Oby Ezekwesili, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Nasiru el-Rufai, Nuhu Ribadu, Bukola Saraki and other quality Nigerians who have the capacity to add value to the system.

“But when you think of President Jonathan, with all due respect, he surrounded himself with an assorted crop of religious bigots, tribal kindred and all sorts of reactionary elements. Ateke Tom, Government Tompolo, Late Oronto Douglas, Asari Dokubo, Edwin Clark, Ayo Oritsejafor and others.”


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    Aboki defender of dysfunctional status quo

  • This Governor must surely go to hell the day she sees a restructured Nigeria.

  • Jon

    Parasites are angry. They can’t find oil in the North. So, why restructure?

  • Intrepid

    Now the HYPOCRITE is showing his real self.

    Shettima, to hell with your INJUSTICE call Nigeria.

    Is your Buhari exhibiting any for of good governance, with his administration clothed all over with nepotism ?

    Restructure Nigeria or she will die.

  • Bryan

    I thought this Governor had tact, intelligence and was very diplomatic? I was a big admirer of the way he carries himself and the amount of knowledge that he exudes . I am so disappointed at the brazen way he can wave off the clamour for restructuring, not minding how those that truly want the country to be restructured will feel. That’s really sad.

    I agree with him completely that if the government provides the basic amenities and tremendously improve the living conditions of our people, that the clamour for restructuring will reduce… But he should know that the issue of restructuring to so many people is not just about the quality of life but a sense of belonging to this entity called Nigeria. For instance, since the country has been divided into geopolitical zones, I don’t see any reason why the south-east should have just 5 states. Other zones have 6 states and the north-west even has seven. This is not good for obvious reasons like representation in the national assembly and also the allocation to state and local governments.

    Personally, I believe in one Nigeria but with very minimal adjustment and a very responsive government. If we get our act right, which by the Grace of God and dedication to the spirit of excellence I am optimistic we will, Nigeria will be the ‘centre of the world’ and a genuine pride for the black race.

  • 0tile

    There is no atom of justice in the minds of these parasites. He analyzed the administrations of Obasanjo and Jonathan but played dumb about Yar’Adua and Buhari. In the first place, what does his Borno state contribute to one Nigeria? Take away the crude oil from Niger Delta 90 percent of Borno people will perish from hunger and Muslim terrorists. These are the most ungrateful people on God’s earth. Haba

  • NwaIgbo

    Mallam,you are saying to Hell to over 70% of reasonable Nigerians. For the umpteeth time, while we are all for one Nigeria that is equitable and progressive, we are at the same time vehemently opposed to this master- slave relationship.
    Why are you afraid of restructuring?
    One Nigeria, one Nigeria, is this based on your own terms alone and for what.
    In the 60, while the rest of us in the South were eager and fighting for independence, you and your kith and kin dragged your feet and when independence was worn, we handed the ruling class to you. Is that all you care for, master/ owner forever?
    You talked about providing jobs which will act as panacea for restructuring, who holds the jobs presently today. 80% of today’s jobs are handed to you in a platter of gold. This is the Nigeria I grew up in. Who owns the oils fields in Nigeria today? Who occupies top echelons of our corporations, service chiefs and civil service?
    If you love Nigeria as most of us do, we must restructure this lopsided structure called Nigeria.

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Over 70%? Na lie,and restructuring is another big lie from the corrupt elites popped up to deceive few gullibles like you.

    • HAMZA

      …………for you and any other unreasonable illiterate to believe (and even proclaim) that 80% of today’s jobs and ownership of Nigeria oil wells are handed to the North is to show the level to which you have been deceived. Bring up data to support your claim!

  • Mizch

    Democracy gives all the opportunity to express themselves, even the most absurd. We shall hear this man again tomorrow.

  • Bule Bulala

    This Malalam could afford to reject the clamour for restructuring because the prevailing injustice in the Nigerian political system favours the Northern Nigeria that contributes little or nothing to the national coffers, the progress, justice and equitable distribution of wealth in Nigeria depends solely on the liberation of the Niger Delta region, we all need to rally round the SS and ensure that Nigeria is restructured before the oil dries up or before oil becomes irrelevant source of income.

  • Spoken word

    dumbo was and will always be a Mumu.

  • John Okoh

    Shetima should deal with his Boko Haram and stop running his mouth as if he is relevant. He does not know the full meaning of restructuring. He wants handouts for his lazy people and thereby draw the South backward. If not for his military people that took power several times, he would not t even be Governor. Our pre military governments were the right kind of system Nigeria needed to keep. Shetima has done has done nothing for his people but looted his State Treasury to become millionare or billionaire at the expense of his people. Give me a break.

  • Buharin daji

    Quota system region even your dentition needs restructuring so they would be perfect but then what do I know from parasitic kautol parading as Governor

  • Jon

    Gentlemen, Hausa /Fulani parasites are angry. Buhari can’t find oil in the North. So, why restructure? The present status quo that favors the parasites must be maintained. Parasites prefer handouts rather than go out there and produce.

    • AryLoyds

      They are parasites

  • Arabakpura

    To hell with the aid being given to Borno state; that’s why this governor has lost his senses! The good governance that Buhari is now providing using Maina and the thieves around him!

  • Sunday Kayode

    Shettima doesn’t display adequate knowledge of the so called Nigeria history. That is why he is condemning restructuring that has been in place even in the days of ahmadu bello What he is accusing Jonathan of is what we are passing through now. Yes, it is favouring him and his pple. But restructuring must come to play sooner than later.

  • emmanuel

    A very unintelligent mind and member of Boko Haram insurgent group cannot think better than his low education and hardly exposed mind.
    That calls for restructuring is madness. How st*pid he is in his line of thought? How can a call to narrow down governance to a fairly managable unit become madness to a fo*l?
    One wanders how a call for regional governance is same thing with separation (As for me, separation is the answer, that way, such senseless character like Shettima will not be in the same country with me)?

  • emmanuel

    The time will come when they will beg for restructuring and it would be too late. The younger southerners are all beginning to discover why they must not leave in the same country with these cows.
    A time comes and soon, when the thieving retired Generals who are untied in partitioning Nigeria for themselves and have a chunk of the proceeds with Dangote go the way of the earth and the battle for the soul of Nigeria will begin in earnest.

  • thusspokez

    “But when you think of President Jonathan, with all due respect, he surrounded himself with an assorted crop of religious bigots, tribal kindred and all sorts of reactionary elements. Ateke Tom, Government Tompolo, Late Oronto Douglas, Asari Dokubo, Edwin Clark, Ayo Oritsejafor and others.”

    The last thing any rational person would accuse GEJ is tribalism.

    I have just checked the names given by Shettima against the list of GEJ’s first cabinet to 2010, and 2011 cabinet. Not one was a member. Note that he Shettima didn’t even mention Dasuki.

    Shettima is supposed to be literate and well-informed and yet his claim here puts him on the same level of ignorance as illiterates and ignoramuses one finds in most parts of the north-east.

  • Terry bandit

    It’s not your fault. Na Bolaji wey he make u father of the day. I believe this Shettima and Elrufai are eyeing the position vice president and president respectively.

  • KBE

    This quota system half illiterate governor is really running his mouth.

  • Darlington

    I don’t blame you Mr. Governor. I blame Southern fools & misfits who couldn’t ride on the back of Nnamdi Kanu’s formidable agitation to get justice and equity enthrone via restructuring.

    Shettima, keeping on insulting the sensibilities of Southerners, it serves us right. We are educated cowards without spine and focus. We love the chains of slavery.

  • Folawewo Olufemi

    Chai! Whalahi talai! This goat called shetimah he’s a big dick head. Why God! See people oyinbo merge us with… lazy people of the north.

  • Frank Bassey

    It is the willful stupidity of our brothers (politicians) in the South specifically the Niger Delta and the East who have made it possible for beggarly elements like this wretched fry called Shettima to throw his bacteria laden spittle at us. The fact that these our brother politicians driven by self-aggrandizement condescend to levels that make them lose their heads and forget what noble heritage they have. A people blessed with everything that the people of the North can only dream of. Imagine a Shettima being bold enough to say “to hell with restructuring” and even accuse President Jonathan of tribalism – a man widely acclaimed to be the opposite – a man who allowed the INEC chairman that supervised the election to come from the same region as his opponent. A man who allowed the supreme court and even the defense and home land security outfits to reside in the hands of people of the North. How could he be tribal? But not to worry. Shettima should know and know rightfully so, that the generation of the South that will turn around things is already here. That generation that will place the North forever where it belongs is already here. In fact, work has already begun and is at highly advanced stage. And people like Shettima will be caught off guard. It is only in Nigeria that the blind leads the sighted. That the poor oversees the finances of the rich, that the illiterate coaches the educated and the devil performs deliverance for he possessed with demons. This cannot and will not and must not continue.

    • NwaIgbo

      Shettima has stirred the hornet’s nest.

  • Raphael Oladapo

    People are talking about artificial intelligence, other nations are talking about nano technology or robotics engineering but unfortunately, the topical issue in Nigeria is restructuring. Restructuring my foot! To hell with restructuring.
    This was a governor of a state where all class of young people and adult carry begging bowls on the street thousands of them across the capital it is a truism that a man cannot give what he does not have it will be a total wishful thinking to expect shettima to show any intelligence beyond is almajiri education. Is this the caliber of northern APC elements? they need restructuring of the mind.

  • Ogundu

    I sincerely believe that Governor Shettima of Borno comes across as a man that is trying to maintain the status quo because the status quo favors his area of the country. He is a smart and an intelligent man that is doing what most people that have upper hands in a system will do. He loves his area of the country more than the other parts of the country and he iscalled self protection.