The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Monday evening took a swipe at politicians not part of the All Progressives Congress, APC, accusing them of turning the troubled state to their metaphoric fish pond.
“To those politicians other than our loyal and responsible members of the APC, Borno has become like an expedition ground; a fishing pond of a kind, which is only meant to be fished politically, materially, or better put, to be raped at the appropriate times; and when there was heat they would abandon it and relocate to Abuja or Lagos”, said Mr Shettima.
The governor made this remark while supervising the swearing-in of his newly appointed council chairmen for the 27 local government areas of Borno state.
“Now that things have started calming down, these same vultures will descend on Borno and try to deceive our people”, he said.
Calling on the people of the state to resist such politicians, Mr. Shettima admonished that the only way to the heart of the people was not through the traditional art of political deception but by standing by the people and working for them. He urged the new council officials to take his message to the grassroots.
“Politicking is around the corner, but we should remember that there is no better politics than the contentment of the masses; there is no greater politicking than working for the overall interest of the people. I urge you all to rededicate yourselves to the cause of good governance and to the cause of attending to the needs of our people, especially now that we are even being faced with the challenges of food security,” said Governor Shettima.
Mr. Shettima said the opposition politicians would continue to suffer defeat in all elections because they failed to identify with the people at all times.
He expressed happiness with the support he enjoyed from his party men, especially the state lawmakers and senators like Muhammed Ndume, who accompanied him back to Maiduguri from Abuja.
“I want to thank the speaker of the state assembly, as well as his competent and loyal members of the state house of assembly for not abandoning us here in Borno to flee to Abuja, Kaduna or Kano where some opposition politicians feel is safer,” he said.
Thanking the governor for appointing them, the caretaker chairman of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Abdulkadir Rahis, who took the oath for the fifth time since the coming of Mr.Shettima’s administration in 2011, assured the governor of his unflinching support and loyalty.
“I want to, on behalf my colleagues, express our absolute loyalty and commitment to all aspirations of your excellency, governor Kashim Shettima, to whom we have hereby assured that we are not only going to be loyal but ever ready to carry out any task we are asked to do. We want to assure your excellency that no jupiter will succeed you because you are the chosen one by our creator to lead us to the promise land; and come 2015, you would be the one to be sworn in because there is no vacancy in Borno state till 2019,” said Mr. Rahis.
Mr. Shettima had so far sworn in caretaker chairmen for the 27 councils of Borno state for five consecutive time, as the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency had made conducting proper local government elections impossible in the state.
Monday’s swearing-in of council chairmen would be the last for his turbulent administration before the 2015 elections come around.