Borno governor cuts short foreign travel over Bama attack

Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday cut short his official trip to Sudan and the United Kingdom following renewed attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of the state.

Mr. Shettima, who left Nigeria Sunday night, returned the same day his predecessor, Ali Modu Sheriff, addressed a press conference in Abuja denying sponsorship of the Boko Haram sect.

The sect had attacked several areas with the most recent being an attempt to seize Bama town, one of the most populated areas in the state, located about 70 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.

Thousands of residents have thronged to Maiduguri from Bama following the attacks.

Mr. Shettima had planned assessment meetings with school authorities and about 70 students sponsored by his administration to read medicine and petroleum geo-sciences, in the two countries.

The governor was scheduled to meet officials at a university in Sudan where 50 women from the state are currently undergoing state-sponsored degree programs to become medical doctors under the State Female Medical Education/Intervention Programme designed to train abroad, 300 female doctors in five years.

He was also to travel to UK to meet 20 students undergoing training in petroleum and geosciences courses in addition to signing agreements for other human capacity development programs.

He was to do a follow-up meeting with a water systems company required for domestic use and irrigation agriculture in Borno aimed at boosting jobs creation as a strategy to discourage economic based recruitment by Boko Haram insurgents.

After he returned, Mr. Shettima held meetings in Abuja on the taking over of Bama by the sect.

He also approved the setting up of a committee to coordinate the distribution of relief and management of victims.

The governor was also billed to go to Maiduguri despite the increasing attack on the city.

The governor’s media aide, Isa Gusau, explained that he returned to provide needed leadership, be with his people, build public confidence, coordinate relief for victims, step up co-funding and psychological support for military.


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  • ND

    There is fire on the mountain. Ur immediate Job is galvanize the youths and join forces with the military. A good thing the terrorists are now in the open. They can now be observed, studied and dealt a big blow. Civilians should be made to leave town. Nite air raid should be intensified while troops should start marching during the day. Boko haram are desperate for membership. Now is the best time to infiltrate. ATTACK NOW

  • ND

    This is time to retake Gworza. The insurgents has made grave mistake in opening 2 front war. We need lion hearted soldiers not necessary military gadget.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    I don’t really know what’s happening in the nation anymore. A serious emergency situation happens, only the state governor seems to show some concern. The federal govt or its agencies remain silent, shall I say conspiratorial silence? Something has to be done quickly before the roof collapses on the nation.

    • Baraman

      What do mean? Is it the federal govt that will run the state for him? It is the state govt that should approach the agencies to his state otherwise he is incompetent.

  • ebifork

    I don’t understand this. The governor of a state constantly under attack by Boko Haram is always traveling abroad at the slightest opportunity instead of being on ground to serve the people what they need most now – security. What is he doing in Sudan or UK for70 students that his commissioner of education cannot do? Or does he expect the FG to govern his state for him? It is his responsibility to attract federal presence to his state.

  • SAM .A

    Nice one , uncle Joe, I would have loved you to dwell more on these commercial Pastors who had thought in their rented & artificial power they could stop the victory God in Heaven had already ordained Buhari .Shame on all of them.Nobody try God & win.

  • BankyMons

    Another political jobber! Always on the wrong side of history @ Mr Joe Igbokwe!