Shettima donates N14 million to suicide bomb victims

Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday gave out various cash compensation, amounting to N14 million, to those who lost their valuables during the last week’s suicide bombing in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The compensation was given to the owners of the four vehicles, mostly petroleum tankers, that got burnt after two teenage female suicide bombers detonated their devices outside the NNPC depot.

The governor also announced a N200 million loan facility for the members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) to help the members boost their businesses that were negatively affected by the insurgency.

Mr. Shettima made these commitments when he visited the scene of the blast that occurred last while he was out of the country on official function.

He implored the victims to bear the pains caused by the incident as God destined it so.

The governor however advised the petroleum marketers on the need to get an alternative and secured parking space for their trucks and fuel tankers.

Mr. Shettima directed the State Ministry of Land and Survey to carry out a comprehensive survey of the proposed IPMAN Zonal Area Office and Central Garage located near NNPC Mega Station Damboa Road Maiduguri and to forward the survey plan to his office for further necessary action.

The state Chairman of IPMAN, Maiduguri Depot, Mohammed Kuluwu, informed the governor that three petroleum product tankers and one private Volkswagen golf were damaged the suicide bombers attacked.

No other lives, apart from that of the suicide bombers, were lost in the blasts.


Source: Premium Times

Amosun, Shettima in UN headquarters as Amina Mohammed takes oath of office

Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state, and Kashim Shetimma, his Borno state counterpart, were among the Nigerian politicians who witnessed the swearing in of Amina Mohammed as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN).

Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, administered the oath on Mohammed, former minister of environment, at the UN headquarters in New York.

Guterres appointed her in December.

She had served Ban Ki-moon, the immediate past UN secretary-general, as under-secretary-general and special adviser on post-2015 development planning.

Mohammed was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, including the sustainable development goals.

Before joining the UN, she worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as special adviser on millennium development goals.

She provided advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating poverty reduction interventions.

An adjunct professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels.

Speaking in Abuja during a valedictory service organised in her honour last week, Mohammed said the development of Nigeria and Africa, will be her priority at UN.

One of the notable projects that the ministry of environment embarked upon under her watch was the flagging off of the cleanup of Ogoni land.

Maiduguri explosions: Governor Shettima visits victims in hospital.

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Friday donated cash to the seven members of civilian JTF injured in a suicide bombing on Maiduguri-Gamboru road on Thursday.

Mr. Shettima made the donations when he visited them at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, where they are being treated.

He urged the hospital management to provide proper treatment to the victims to ensure their quick recovery.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed that eight suspected female suicide bombers were involved in the attack on Maiduguri-Gamboru road.

The NEMA spokesman, Sani Datti, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri.

“On Thursday at around 11.00 p.m., suspected Boko Haram members attempted to attack Maiduguri. They came through Mafa- Dikwa road along Muna community,” Mr. Datti said.

“The suicide bombers came in a Volkswagen Golf, carrying eight suicide bombers most of whom were female teenagers.

“The driver attempted to overrun the security post where the security personnel were stationed, but few of the security operatives sustained minor injuries.

“A few bombers detonated their explosives around Muna Dalti community, injuring seven local vigilantes -Civilian Joint Task Force.”

Mr. Datti further said that some of the suicide bombers found their way to a place where people gathered with their trucks, loaded with goods, for onward movement to Mafa, Dikwa and Ngala Local Government Areas of the state.

He said that over 14 trucks were burnt by the bombers, adding that the injured were taken to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, for treatment.

He said that only the suicide bombers were killed in the attack.


Source: NAN

Boko Haram: UN fires back at Borno governor over allegations on misuse of funds

Edward Kallon, the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator to Nigeria, has refuted Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima’s allegations of under-performance and misuse of funds against UN agencies in the North-East.

Mr. Kallon said during a courtesy visit to the Executive Director of Victims Support Fund (VSF), Sunday Ochoche, on Wednesday in Abuja, that UN agencies had scaled up their presence and assistance in the area.

According to him, UN agencies have currently reached over 2 million people with humanitarian assistance as against barely 100,000 people as at October 2016.

“The challenges are enormous but there has been a lot of progress on humanitarian response since October 2016 when I assumed duty as the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP resident Representative to Nigeria.

“Before I came, the international community was barely reaching 100,000; however, in December, humanitarian assistance was reaching over 1 million families,” he said.

“Presently, humanitarian assistance is reaching about two million people in the North-East; there has been a huge progress so far.

“The UN system is an accountable system and if we receive a request from the Governor of Borno on what we are bringing in and what is being spent we would give that information.

“Such information is not hidden.’’

Mr. Shettima had on Tuesday attacked UN organisations and over 100 nongovernmental in the north-east, accusing them of misusing funds meant for people displaced by Boko Haram crisis.

He singled out UNICEF for rebuke, but also praised eight organisations for their efforts.

On allegations of misuse of funds, the UNDP representative described it as unfair as the operations in the North-East were being executed at a cost which must be met.

He explained that respective UN agencies had the moral obligation of ensuring the security and safety of its staff in the country.

The UNDP Chief therefore advised the Federal Government and relevant authorities at all levels no to politicise the role and response of the UN and international communities in the North-East.

Mr. Kallon advised government agencies to ensure the accountability of government funds being contributed to the efforts in the North-East.

According to him, his principal goal is to ensure coordination among stakeholders in the field through effective synergy.

He applauded VSF for its role in the reconstruction efforts in the North-East towards rebuilding public and personal structures as well as rebuilding lives and livelihoods.

Mr. Kallon said the UN had launched a humanitarian response plan, where it is requesting a million dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to over 5.6 million people affected by the conflict in North-East.

Responding, Mr. Ochoche thanked the UNDP chief for his efforts so far since he assumed duty.

He said the challenges in the North-East were beyond one agency or government to manage, adding that partnership and collaboration were inevitable moving forward.

Mr. Ochoche said the fund was focusing on addressing the crises around health, social services, education and economic empowerment of women.

According to him, VSF has been supporting the safe return of IDPs and rehabilitating those trapped in Boko Haram enclaves back to their communities.

Mr. Ochehe urged Kallon to collaborate with the state government as Shettima’s allegations could be due to a mild miscommunication.

Shettima asks UNICEF to leave Borno, accuses it of exploiting IDPs

Kashim Shettima, Borno state governor, has accused UNICEF and some aids group in north-east of spending money meant for the victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

Telling the aid agencies “exploiting” the crisis to leave the region, Shettima told journalists in Maiduguri, the state’s capital, that only eight of 126 registered agencies in the state had “truly assisted” internally displaced persons (IDPs).

He listed the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Danish Refugee Council among the few organisations that were doing a good job.

UNICEF recently launched a campaign to raise N1 billion for those facing starvation in the region.

According to the organisation, over five million people in the crisis-torn region are starving, while 100,000 children are at risk of dying.


But President Muhammadu Buhari accused the UNICEF of exaggerating the crisis in the state in order to more funds.

Boko Haram: Governor Shettima lambasts UNICEF, 126 other ‘nonperforming’ NGOs

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has advised all “nonperforming” United Nations agencies, including UNICEF, and 126 other nongovernmental organisations to leave the state for alleged failure to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency.

Short of calling the groups thieves, the governor said most of the NGOs were using funds released to them for servicing only their overheads and personnel costs.

He accused them of enriching selves in the name of providing service to victims of Boko Haram in his state.

Mr. Shettima said of the 126 NGOs that have mobilised to the state, only about eight were actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons.

He specifically singled out UN agencies for bashing when he said they were in the habit of using large portion of the money meant for providing for IDPs to fund their logistic needs.

The governor said he would no longer tolerate the presence of NGOs that were in the habit of “using the name of Borno to make money and enrich themselves”.

The governor said the UN system would announce millions of dollars as intervention for victims of Boko Haram, but more than half of what was released would end up being used for recurrent spending of the humanitarian agencies.

Mr. Shettima said he was fed-up hearing the UN’s rhetoric and had decided to take tackle his problems on his own.

“We have the list of all NGOs operating in this state; apart from the officially functioning NGOs,” he said.

“Some of the United Nations agencies are doing their best in their own way of doing things; but to me I am not satisfied.

“The huge chunk of what they are budgeting for Borno goes to service their overheads. I, as a governor don’t ride in bullet proof cars; but they spend more than $50, 000 buying bullet proof cars for themselves.

“They will construct five toilets in Gwoza and fly in helicopters more than seven times to inspect the toilets.

“We are in the post-conflict phase of insurgency era where we are concentrating on recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation. But the foreign NGOs have near fixation on the IDP camps.

He however singled out some few NGOs for commendation.

“The World Food Programme is doing a very good job,” he said.

“The ICRC is doing a very good job. We also appreciate the efforts of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Danish Refugee council. The International Organisation for Migration is doing a good job. The UNHCR is also doing a good job.

“Apart from these eight NGOs, the rest of them are merely existing. I have a list of 126 NGOs in Borno state.

“But we hardly know what the UN agencies are doing. We only see them in some white flashy bullet proof jeeps; apart from that, we hardly see their visible impacts. But particularly the UNICEF, considering the huge quantum of funds at their disposal, they are not really trying.

“We have become a cash cow; and people are smiling their ways to the banks from the agony of our people. This is unacceptable. People that are really ready to work are very much welcome here. But people that are here on to use us to make money, may as well leave. We don’t need them, since they are only he to use us to make money.”

We Are Working Hard To Rescue Other Chibok Girls, Shettima Says.

Hopes of the parents of the yet to be rescued Chibok girls have been raised, as the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, reassures them that the government is doing everything possible to ensure the return of their daughters.

Over 200 girls were abducted by members of Boko Haram Islamic sect on April 14, 2014.

Since their abduction, less than 70 of them have been rescued, with the last set, 21 of them, spending the Christmas season in their hometown, Chibok.

The girls on Monday spent time with Governor Shettima in Chibok town, where they were taken from their school’s dormitory over two years ago.

Their freedom is an outcome of negotiations with the insurgents brokered by International mediators.

The 21 girls have been in custody of the Federal Government in Abuja and their visit to Chibok saw huge presence of armed soldiers and officials of the Department of State Security who remained their strict guards throughout their stay.

Nothing Is Too Much

The girls appeared excited meeting Governor Shettima again after they had met him in Abuja days after their freedom from Boko Haram’s captivity.

Governor Shettima told the girls that with their cheerful mood, the next concern had to be their future.

“As you know, 56 of your colleagues who escaped abduction are currently in two international schools where they have been since 2014.

“We are taking care of all their educational needs from school fees to other basics.

“Left to me, I would want the 21 of you to join them in those two schools so that you can all feel at home and move on.

“However, the Federal Government has a plan which we will jointly discuss and come up with a decision that is acceptable to you our daughters.

“President Muhammadu Buhari loves you so much and he is deeply concerned about our daughters that are yet to be freed. He is working on that and we are all working” Shettima said.

Consoling parents whose daughters are yet to be rescued, Governor Shettima said all hands are on deck to ensure the return of all the girls.

“Nothing is too much for these girls and their parents.

“They have suffered too much and deserve our support” the Governor said.

The happy girls presented a gift of a medium size photo frame with a bold ‘THANK YOU’ printed on it to the Governor. ?

The frame has pictures the Governor took with the girls when he visited them in Abuja months back. The frame also has individual pictures of each of the 21 girls.

Glory Dama, one of the 21 girls, presented the photo frame on behalf of her colleagues. She said they deeply appreciate the show of love by Governor Shettima and his wife, Nana Shettima.

Shettima: This is the best #Christmas I’ve witnessed

Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state, has described the Christmas of 2016 as the best he has witnessed since his assumption of office over five years ago.

Speaking at the reopening of some major highways in the state, Shettima said 2016 signalled “Nigeria’s year of victory and Borno year of hope and liberation’’.

The highways are Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak and the Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga roads.

“I want start by declaring that since I became the governor of Borno state in over five years, this is the best Christmas season that I have ever witnessed,” he said.

“This is the best December we ever witnessed and the year 2016 is my best year so far as governor of Borno state. 2016, for me is Nigeria’s year of victory and Borno year of hope and resurrection.

“It is in 2016 that we began to have access to major roads like Gwoza, Bama, Dikwa,Monguno and Damasak, following their liberation by our gallant armed forces.

“It is in the year 2016 that major highways began to be reopened, it is in the year 2016 that we accelerated our major reconstruction of liberated cities.”

He also said not only were some of the Chibok abducted school girls recovered in the year, the country established its supremacy over the Sambisa forest, a stronghold of Boko Haram.

“It is in the year 2016 that we recovered some of our daughters abducted at Government Secondary School, Chibok in 2014,” he said.

“And fellow Nigerians, it is in the year 2016 that the Federal Republic of Nigeria established its supremacy over the Sambisa headquarters of the Boko Haram (terrorists).

“For the government and people of Borno that there is no better Christmas and New Year gift that is more precious than the conquering of Sambisa forest by our gallant armed forces.”

Nigerian Military Set To Reopen Key Borno Roads After 3 Years Of Closure


The governor made the announcement while meeting with Muhammad Dandano, governor the Diffa region in the Niger Republic. Diffa, like Borno, has been ravaged by Boko Haram attacks.


According to Mr. Shettima, the Borno State government will begin to rebuild Damasak in 2017 so as to allow local residents to return to their homes. He explained that the government is prioritizing Damasak due to the vulnerability of people in that area.


“Rebuilding Damasak is our priority. The Borno Abadam, Mobar and Magumeri people are rich farmers; they do not need any help if you return them to their communities,” he said.


The governor lauded the government of Niger for its cooperation in protecting and supporting internally displaced persons (IDPs).


“We commend the Republic of Niger for hosting about 90,000 internally displaced persons,” Mr. Shettima said.


Mr. Dandano said his government would continue to support the IDPs and others affected by Boko Haram violence. He added that Nigerians and Nigeriens are living peacefully together in Diffa.


“We are giving the IDPs our maximum support, as many of them have taken up farming and other ventures,” he said. “When you go there, you will hardly differentiate between an IDP from Nigeria from a Nigerien.”

Borno govt to employ 5,000 teachers – Commissioner

The Borno Government on Tuesday said it would employ 5,000 teachers to improve the quality of education in the state.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Inuwa Kubau, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Mr. Kubau said the effort would boost quality of education and resuscitate the lost glory of the education sector in the state

He said the teachers would be employed to teach Mathematics, Physics, history, English, Hausa, Arabic language.

“Newly introduced subjects such as civic education, computer studies and trade also need specialized teachers.

“Gov.Kashim Shettima has accorded priority to the education sector since the beginning of this administration.

“While the sector has suffered great setback following attack on schools by Boko Haram insurgency across the state, the government has remained resilient and determined to revolutionise it.

“In line with this determination, the government has introduced free feedings to boost enrollment of students.

“The government has also introduced 120 shuttle buses to be transporting pupils to school. Already, 20 buses are operating in Maiduguri metropolis and Jere Local Government Area.

“The remaining 100 buses will be deployed to other 25 local government areas as soon as normalcy returned in the state,” Mr. Kubau said.

The Commissioner urged parents to senf their children to school, and appealed to humanitarian agencies to sensitise parents on the need to send their children to school.

“We also urge them to assist our teachers, especially those in difficult areas,” he said.

Borno IDP camps will be closed by May 2017 – Shettima

The Governor of Borno Kashim Shettima, says all Internally Displaced Person camps in the state would be closed down by May 29, 2017.


Shettima said this on Friday in Maiduguri while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria.


He said the government was working hard to rebuild towns destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists to ensure speedy return of the displaced persons to their homes.

“We have reconstructed Bama by 25 per cent; my target is to reach 50 per cent by the end of this year and 75 per cent by first quarter of 2017.


“I want to close down all IDP camps latest May 29, 2017, because the IDP camps are becoming a huge problem on their own.


“If we allow the entrenchment of these IDP camps, they are pregnant with loads of challenges of early child marriage, prostitution, drug abuse, gangsterism.


“And we will be confronted with huge social challenges of an entitlement complex of people feeling that they are entitled to be catered for.


“So in as much as we observe the Kampala Convention, we will not compel anybody to return to their communities.


“But we know our people better than any other person, and it is not for somebody sitting in Abuja, Paris, London, US and any other places to dictate to us on how we should live our lives.


“Our people, in spite of their poverty, still have some pride left in them, a lot of them will rather go back to their communities and eat guinea corn and millet than to eat your rice and chicken in the IDP camps.


“This is why we want to restore the dignity of our people by rebuilding their homes, rebuilding their schools, engaging them in gender empowerment initiatives so as to enable them return back to their homes, ” Shettima said.

Shettima resumes construction of abandoned roads, drainages in Borno

Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said that with relative peace and the degrading of remnants of Boko Haram sect by the military, his administration has resumed work for the construction of abandoned roads and drainage networks in Biu local government area and other communities in southern senatorial district of the state.


Shettima added that the ongoing projects for rehabilitation of township roads in Biu and the construction of 40 kilometre Miringa- Gunda road and bridges that was abandoned due to insecurity will be completed before the end of first quarter of next year.


The governor stated this when he paid courtesy visit to the Emir of Biu, Alhaji Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu, at his palace in Biu.


Shettima represented by the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Hon. Adamu Lawan said: “The weeklong official engagement in the area, is to inspect the commencement of ongoing roads and drainage projects to ensure that quality work is not compromised.

“We are in your domain to spend at least a week to inspect projects being executed by the Borno State government through Borno Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA).


“As you are aware that this government had embarked on massive projects in your area, but due to activities of Boko Haram, the roads and drainages as well as other meaningful projects were at a point abandoned. Now that peace have returned, we have no option than to see to their completion.


“We have visited the newly acquired Quarry Plant near Kwaya Kusar Local Government Area, and the decision by government to acquire this plant became necessary, as it will reduce cost of construction of roads to at least 50 per cent. We have been to 40km Miringa- Gunda and other road projects that were abandoned to activities of insurgency, and very soon we will mobilize our people back to sites for speedy completion”.

Stop your children from school, risk prosecution – Borno State

The Borno State Government on Monday said it would prosecute parents who fail to enroll their children and wards in schools.

“Any parent either out of ignorance or willingly refuses to send his child to school will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” the Borno State Attorney General/Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Kaka-Shehu Lawan, said.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri that government was already offering parents several incentives to encourage them to send their children to school.

The commissioner noted that it was lamentable that some parents still refused to send their children to school in spite of the incentives.

Lawan said, “The government has directed the Borno State Basic Education Board to mobilise all children of school age to be enrolled in schools.

“It has also invested heavily in constructing new schools and renovating those vandalised by the Boko Haram terrorists in the course of the insurgency, so as to provide a conducive atmosphere for learning.”

Lawan added that government had introduced the free school bus service and other incentives to attract children back to schools.

Boko Haram has dragged Borno 50 years back – Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima has said Borno State has been dragged 50 years back because of attacks on lives and property by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The governor disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while presenting a request to the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the recognition of Borno State University.

He revealed that a total of 5,335 classrooms and other academic buildings were destroyed by insurgents in 512 primary schools, 38 secondary schools and two tertiary institutions in the state.

According to him: “Borno State has been taken 50 years backward, no thanks to the vicious Boko Haram terrorists we inherited in 2011. As we all know, hate for education is the fundamental principle of the group. This explains why they focused their attacks on educational institutions.

The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the commission was working assiduously to ensure the smooth take-off of the new university.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said more cooperation from the citizens would help the military to end terrorism in the country.

Buratai also described the death of Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-Ali, the Commanding Officer of the 272 Tank Battalion as a great loss to the nation.

He stated this during an interview with journalists at a seminar on “Assessing the threats of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.”

According to him: “The death of Lt. Col. Mohammed Abu-Ali is a challenge to all of us to understand that the fight against insurgency is a collective effort by all Nigerians and indeed globally to ensure that terrorism is defeated.”

Chibok Girls: Action confirms Buhari’s sincerity – Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State yesterday said that the rescue of 21 Chibok schoolgirls by the military has strengthened the determination of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to rescue others.

In a statement issued in Maiduguri by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Isa Umar Gusau, Shettima said: “As people of Borno State troubled by the deaths and destruction of Boko Haram insurgency, one of our major sources of strength since May 29, 2015, has been the undiluted sincerity we saw in President Muhammadu Buhari based on his administration’s absolutely genuine commitment towards recovering our schoolgirls.

“We had faith in Buhari from the very day he took off as President.

“I am certain that the recovery of our 21 precious daughters from insurgency only strengthens the resolve of the Buhari administration to continue to work tirelessly until all the girls and all Nigerians abducted are freed.”

Shettima also commended the Nigerian armed forces and all those who worked towards the release of the 21 Chibok schoolgirls, saying: “We shall forever be grateful to those who contributed in any form towards this major feat that renews our hope to recover all our girls alive and in good health.”

Shettima To Rebuild Churches Destroyed By Boko Haram Before Christmas

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno has promised to rebuild churches and other structures destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in Lassa as he visited liberated communities in the southern senatorial zone of the state

“We will rebuild churches, private and public buildings destroyed by the insurgents,” Mr. Shettima said when he accessed the level of damage in Lassa in Askira-Uba Local Government Area on Wednesday.

He expressed shock at the magnitude of destruction, saying that the government would commence the rehabilitation in a short while.

“We are going to rebuild churches and others structures destroyed in Lassa and other communities around.

“We are saddened by the large scale destruction in Lassa which is a predominantly Christian community,” Mr. Shettima said.

He added: “We are doing this because we have a duty as a government to ensure fairness, equity and justice in all our endeavors,” he said.

“We believe that the Christian community has rights to be served like its Muslims counterpart, since we have rebuilt Mosques destroyed in other places, we must rebuild churches too.”

Mr. Shettima said the churches would be rebuilt before Christmas ahead of this year’s Yuletide.

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No amount of intimidation will stop our reconstruction efforts — Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Monday said he was going ahead with the planned rebuilding of damaged buildings in spite of recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of the state.

Shettima stated this while interacting with newsmen in Bama, headquarters of Bama Local Government Area of the state.

He was reacting to the recent attacks by insurgents at the border villages of Logumani and Dara/Jamal, where an army officer and two soldiers were killed.

The governor, who relocated his office to Bama since last Wednesday to launch the reconstructions and renovation of over 2,500 destroyed houses, shops and public buildings in Bama in 2014, said “the Boko Haram insurgents are merchants of fear.

“They are also vendors of fear. They want to instill fear in us.

“I think we should be stubbornly enough to follow our convictions against the wanton destruction of lives and property not only in this state, but the entire affected sub-region of the country.

“We have the courage to realise our dreams of an enduring peace in the state and the North East.

“The Borno State Government and its entire citizens must put hands together to rebuild Borno brick by brick, as the rebuilding and rehabilitation processes of Bama has commenced last Wednesday.

“Any life that does not involve taking risk is not a life worth living. At the end of the day what story are you going to tell your grandchildren,” he asked.

Shettima added that the relocation of the Borno governor’s office to Bama since last Wednesday was an indication
that the Boko Haram insurgents have already been defeated physically and psychologically.

“So, let us maintain the tempo of visiting some of the affected towns and communities; lets visit those places and ensure that they are safe before the displaced persons return to their ancestral homes,” the governor added.

Shettima Gets 565 Boko Haram Wives, Kids

The Nigerian Army yesterday released 565 Boko Haram women and children detained by the military to the Borno State Government. Governor Kashim Shettima gave the explanation while receiving 366 breastfeeding babies, 149 mothers and 62 under-aged children evacuated by the Nigerian Army from camps operated by Boko Haram insurgents in different parts of the state.

Majority of them are believed to be families of the insurgents saved after the military took over the camps during operations. It was the fourth time he received such families and detained suspects freed by the military.

The General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu handed over the 566 persons to the governor at a rehabilitation and reintegration centre newly opened by the Borno State Government in Maiduguri.
The centre is to provide medical services, education and welfare of the families which the state government is working in partnership with the UNICEF, NEMA, security agencies and other stakeholders to provide reintegration.
The governor said what is important to know, is that an average male member of Boko Haram has one great wish and that is for his child to inherit his doctrine of violence.
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Shettima Petitions IG Over Presidential Campaign Poster

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has petitioned the police to unravel the origin of presidential campaign posters depicting him and Governor Rochas Okorocha as teaming together for the 2019 presidential election.

Shettima in the petition addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase affirmed that the posters were the handiwork of his political enemies and were aimed towards causing animosity between him and President Muhammadu Buhari. Besides, he alleged that the posters could also scupper the good relations between the state and the Federal Government which has helped in turning the tide against the Boko Haram insurgency.

The petition written on behalf of the governor by the permanent secretary, Government House, Mr. Ahmed Sanda dated May 29, 2016 and with reference number BOSLO/ABJ/14/IV/407 read in part: “I have been directed by His Excellency, the Executive of Borno State, Kashim Shettima to bring to the IGP’s notice, dozens of fraudulently produced posters bearing his name and picture claiming he is aspiring for the 2019 Presidency. The posters have been pasted on some routes in Abuja and Kaduna.

Governor Kashim Shettima regards this development as a highly mischievous plot that is aimed at destabilizing the emerging peace in Borno State through creation of unnecessary political tension while on the other hand it might aim at creating gap between the Borno State Government and the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration (which just marked it’s first year in office) with a wicked agenda.”

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Chibok Girls Will Be Found Soon- Shettima

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima disclosed Tuesday that the 276 Chibok girls who were abducted on April 14th 2014 will soon be united with their families.

Shettima disclosed this during a visit to the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA in Abuja, stating that  based on the information at his disposal the Chibok girls are still alive.

He said, “I am an optimist, and based on the information at our disposal the Chibok girls are still alive and will be united with their families soon, we are hopeful that the girls will be recovered.

He said, “Though security falls within the area of responsibility of the federal government, the government is doing all it can not only to rescue the girls but to care for the well-being of the generality of the people. We have started rebuilding most of the communities; we are determined to rebuild all.

“The military has been doing so much in the past week, which led to the influx of IDPs to our camps, presently because of the successes by the military we have over 75000 IDPs in Zifar, 28,000 in Bama, 38000 in Banki town, 27000 in Polka, right now there is an inflow of 2,300 people to Gusa today which necessitated the visit to NEMA to solicit for the usual assistance.

“As a state government we are doing our best, but NEMA has been our partner in taking care of the IDPs for the past one to two years. Within the Maiduguri metropolis alone, apart from the IDPs in the camps we have 1.7million people within the host communities. Even in the best of times our people were the poorest of the poor, and Boko Haram has further compounded the problem.

“Our visit is to solicit NEMA support towards the current government; we need the support of NEMA in whatever way they can assist. Though we have reached out to so many organizations, but this is where the real support lies. Borno is free now, though there are hiccups here and there, but not like before again. I am not saying they are completely liberated. Peace is gradually returning to the state. By the end of the year the people will return to their homes.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammed Sani Sidi assured the governor of NEMA assistance at all times and promise to immediately move to assist in the influx of IDPs in the state.

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Why I Didn’t Call Jonathan After Chibok Girls Were Abducted By Boko Haram- Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said he did not call former President Goodluck Jonathan to brief him after Boko Haram abducted over 200 school girls from Chibok, because he knew that security agencies must have briefed the president of the development the day it happened.

Mr. Shettima said as president, Mr. Jonathan had wide resources to keep him abreast of serious national security issues on a daily basis.

Mr. Shettima was responding to an inquiry which sought to determine why the governor waited for almost three weeks expecting the president to reach out to him over a major incident that happened in his domain.

The governor had said recently that Mr. Jonathan took 19 days to telephone him to ask about the abduction.

He made the remark while receiving former President Olusegun Obasanjo whom he praised as having a better record of contacting governors of crisis- prone states on a daily basis.

“In our own case, Your Excellency, after the Chibok abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in April, 2014, it took 19 days for me to receive a call from the Presidency,” Mr. Shettima said to Mr. Obasanjo.

Analysts have accused the governor of not also taking the security of his state serious enough to have to wait for the president to call, and not contact him.

Mr. Shettima spoke through his Special Adviser on Communication, Isa Gusau, who assured that his comments were the governor’s position.

Mr. Gusau said he “had it on good authority that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was well briefed by security agencies soon after the abduction and this is to be expected given the magnitude and for the fact that as at that time, Borno was under a State of Emergency as declared by the president, which made him directly in charge of security issues in Borno and happenings there”.

“So, ?when the Chibok abduction took place on April 14, 2014, Governor Kashim Shettima who is Chairman of the State Security Councils remained within Borno State as he was expected to do, to build public confidence and presided over series of daily security council meetings held at the Government House in Maiduguri  to analyze the situation and developments, to identify strategies and to coordinate deployment of security responses to containing the emergency,” he said.

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Boko Haram Not Occupying Any Local Govt In Borno – Gov Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, yesterday dismissed media report credited to Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai that three local government areas of Abadam, Mobbar and Kala Balge, were fully under the control of Boko Haram insurgents, insisting that none of the councils in the state was being occupied by the insurgents.



Shettima said the military and other security operatives on the platform of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, had been doing their best in the last six months as the terrorists’ capacity had been whittled down leaving only pockets of them remaining in the Sambisa Forest.



Recall that the Senator representing Borno Central, Garbai, who visited Dalori, Alomari and other villages surrounding Maiduguri attacked by insurgents who killed over 100 residents, had informed newsmen that: “The military are not doing their best to end the war against terrorists, as only Maiduguri, Bayo and Kwaya Kusar council areas were safe and free of insurgents, while 21 of the council areas are partially controlled by terrorists with other three fully still under boko haram caliphate.”



But Governor Shettima, who just returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia where he led some other northern governors for a meeting with officials of Islamic Development Bank and Saudi authorities on rebuilding the north, particularly north east, said, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, all the 27 local government areas had been liberated by the military.


He said: “As Chief Security Officer of Borno State, I am telling you authoritatively that our military deserves commendation, because all my local government areas have been liberated. Only few insurgents that remain in the Sambisa Forest desperate to launch some pockets of attacks are what we are now witnessing as a result of the bombardment that is going on in their hideouts. “Maybe, the statement Senator Garbai gave to the media was done out of his emotions when he visited the affected areas or he was misquoted. I have been trying to get contact with the Senator on this unfortunate statement.”


The governor later drove straight to Dalori and other surrounding villages that were destroyed by insurgents last week where he condoled with the victims and prayed for quick recovery of the injured.


The governor told the people of the affected communities that government had already liaised with the military to provide them with adequate security and urged them not to flee as his administration would spend N100 million to rebuild their destroyed houses.


He immediately set up a committee headed by his deputy, Usman Durkwa to ensure that all the houses destroyed by the insurgents were rebuilt promptly. Governor Shettima also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his determination towards ending the deadly activities of Boko Haram and other terror act in the country.


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Gov. Shettima Sets Up Task Force On IDPs Feeding

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Monday set up an Independent Task Force to ensure regular supply of foodstuff to all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.



Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the governor on Communication, said this in a statement issued in Maiduguri.



“Following recent developments, Gov. Kashim Shettima has constituted an Independent Task Force with the mandate of monitoring and evaluating feeding, supply and distribution of foodstuff in all internally displaced persons camps numbering about 30, established by the Government in Maiduguri, “Gusau said.



He said the task force had also been mandated to reassess the exact number of IDPs being fed, keep track of quality, reasonable quantity and regularity of meals.



The governor’s spokesman said the body was also charged with the responsibility of strengthening stock keeping and transparency in all supplies, distribution and utilisation of foodstuff meant for the IDPs.



“The Task Force is to take any other lawful step relevant to its terms of reference with a view to guaranteeing the welfare of IDPs under the custody of government.


“The Task Force which is to be immediately inaugurated by the Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Mamman Durkwa, is to be in place until May 29, 2016.


“It is expected to regularly report to the Deputy Governor who has been assigned by Gov. Kashim Shettima to directly supervise all affairs concerning IDPs in Borno,” he said.



The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 24-man task force is to be headed by Dr Bulama Gubio, a one-time Head of Service of the state, while Alhaji Muhammad Babadiya will serve as secretary.





“Why Islamic Scholars Are Silent On Boko Haram” – By Governor Shettima

The fight against Boko Haram cannot succeed unless leading Islamic scholars with mass followers come out of their silence to preach against the ideology from an intellectual perspective so as to change the narrative to discourage young men from being recruited by the sect.

Governor Kashim Shettima whose state, Borno, has been at the centre of attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents has said.

The governor said that notable Islamic scholars with the capacity to fight the ideology through preaching have maintained silence because they were afraid of being killed like many of their colleagues who were without security details to protect them from the sect.

Report says Shettima made the observation when he delivered a paper entitled,
“Democracy and Security in Northeast, Nigeria – The Case Study of Borno” at a fellowship and award dinner organised by the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) during which he was awarded Governor ?of the Year, 2014, at Sheraton Hotel in Abuja.

“Changing the ideology of the Boko Haram will require intellectual roles by leading Islamic scholars with mass appeal.

“It is most disturbing to note that today in northern Nigeria, there is no single Islamic scholar that preaches against the Boko Haram ideology and the reason is because everyone is afraid.

“Leading scholars like Sheikh Jaafar Mahmud Adam and Sheikh Albani Zaria who vehemently preached against the ideology have been killed.

“In Maiduguri, scholars like Sheikh Ibrahim Gomari, Malam Bashir Gomari and over 30 different scholars who were opposed to the Boko Haram ideology have all been killed.

“Today, the only group in the north that can speak against the sect are holders of public offices who have security men surrounding them. shocked shocked

“It is hugely important for us to identify Islamic scholars with the intellectual depth and mass followers to change the Boko Haram narrative so that we can save young souls from listening to the sect.

“We must support these scholars and provide them with maximum security for not only them but their families as much as public office holders are adequately protected.

“These scholars will be performing very important national security assignments that are as important as those of any public office holder, no matter how highly placed,” Shettima said in his prepared paper that was delivered by his Deputy, Zannah Umar Mustapha.

Governor Shettima whose paper went memory lane to discuss the evolution of the sect in Borno blamed democratic institutions for failing to address the problem at the early stage.

He also blamed leaders including himself for not rising up to the occasion. The Governor also blamed journalists for unknowingly helping insurgents.

“We all have roles to play in addressing the insurgency because we all contributed in the making whether by indifference, by directly fueling it, by failing to address it or by standing in the ways of those who make efforts to address the problems. No active group is free from blame, from those of us who are political actors to even journalists,” he said.

“In exercising its freedom of expression and sharing of information, the media has had running battles with those in position of authority; security agencies in particular.

“Oftentimes, security agencies devise strategies aimed at fighting insurgents but these strategies end up being disclosed by the media and as a result, these steps are killed by these media reports despite enormous human and material resources that might have been put in by security agencies over time.

“In some cases, deployments made to haunt insurgents get reported, thus giving insurgents clues about number of boots coming after them, sometimes including telling the world the routes being taken by troops. Insurgents in turn prepare to ambush troops. Apart from these instances, certain avoidable reports give undue superiority to Boko Haram, which boost their confidence. In fact, disorganised commanders of Boko Haram rely on the media to reach their fighters.

“I remember with serious concerns, how a particular media house reported in April, 2015, that leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau was calling on his followers to continue fighting and not to relent in their struggles. A national and otherwise respected media house reported this.

“I also remember how another media house reported someone calling himself a soldier, alleging that Nigerian troops were behind Boko Haram attacks and I was wondering how unreasonable it was for someone to declare that his only eyes with which he sees are rotten, when the alternative to those eyes, is simply blindness. What do we do if we are made to believe that those who are our only hope are those killing us? That would be a hopeless situation.

“These instances however, are not to say that the media hasn’t helped in the fight against Boko Haram. The media has done far more positive things than posing some challenges. Journalists even sacrificed their lives in an attempt to expose activities of insurgents. The media remains a hero in the fight against insurgency.

“Perhaps, even on the challenges posed by the media in exposing security strategies, I think the problem has largely been refusal to take the media into confidence. The worst mistake one in authority can make is to disregard or underrate the capacity of a journalist to know what the man in authority tries to hide. So long as you want to hide, the journalist wants to expose. For me, the best approach is to take a journalist into confidence by treating him or her as a partner rather than an opponent.

“I therefore respectfully suggest that the incoming President and National Executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) consider the need to establish a National Standing Committee on Strategic Media and Security Co-operation under the co-chairmanship of the NUJ President and may be the National Security Adviser or any appropriate official with President of the editors guild to serve as Secretary.”

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Governor Kashim Shettima Insists On Amnesty For Boko Haram

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday once again asked that the federal government  grant pardon through a programme of amnesty to Boko Haram members
According to Thisday, Shettima’s support for an amnesty programme for the terrorist group was re-emphasised at an interactive session organised by his Special Adviser on Communications and Strategy, Mallam Isa Gusau, with selected journalists in Abuja.

Gusau said Shettima’s call was scientific and had been vindicated by a very desperate effort of Boko Haram leaders to stop their fighters from leaving their fold when a group of 16 members renounced the sect’s ideology in Borno State following which they were slaughtered by the sect’s leaders.

He said: “Governor Kashim Shettima was misunderstood by many Nigerians when in his May 29 inaugural remarks revisited his stance on the need to apply a political solution to fighting the Boko Haram by way of granting a window to admit those willing to surrender their arms and renounce the Boko Haram ideology.
“Shettima has held this position from his campaign days ahead of the 2011 elections for his first term. He had always advocated a combination of three approaches, which are:  the military which is what we have in place, an economic approach which is aimed at providing jobs for people and discourage citizens that Boko Haram terrorists are recruiting.”

“It is important to note that the governor has always advocated that the three approaches should be applied together not exclusively. However, the amnesty issue has been the controversial one. The governor is not really talking about dialogue as a start, what he is advocating is to create an opening for those ready to abandon the sect to be able to do so freely, so that the sect can be broken.

“He is very particular about hundreds, if not thousands of members that were conscripted or forced to join the sect and became killers against their wish. If attacks on all communities can be efficiently done, then there wouldn’t be need for any debate on amnesty but we all have seen that many communities have continued to suffer from these attacks because the communities are so much, not only in Borno but round Nigeria and we don’t have the right proportion of security personnel to secure all communities.”
“When insurgents attack communities, they mostly target male youths, they arrest them and guard them into bushes. In most cases, even before taking them out of the towns they attacked, they preach in support of their ideology with promises of heaven for adherents and then openly ask aloud if any of the youths is willing to join them or not and whoever said he is not ready to join them, they slaughter him right there sometimes in the presence of his parents or they lay them on row and shoot all of them in matter of seconds targeting their skulls.

“We have seen many of these instances in videos recorded in Gwoza and other parts of Borno State. Now, what Governor Kashim Shettima has been saying is that hundreds of these forcefully arrested and initiated young men may want to run away and drop their arms and there should be a policy and programme to admit them so that insurgents lose members and their strategy of arresting youths and forcing them to join them which is what they apply in sustaining their membership, can be deflated and I think the governor’s call on May 29 has been vindicated less than two weeks ago.

“You might have read it on most news platforms that on Friday, July 3, 2015, Boko Haram insurgents beheaded 11 of its members who renounced their ideology. According to accounts by some locals, what happened was that some members of the sect who are indigenes of some villages in Damboa Local Government Area indicated interest in abandoning the ideology but most of them were afraid of the consequences. Out of them, 16 summoned courage to renounce the ideology and they moved to Miringa village in Biu Local Government Area of Southern Borno. They wanted to join some communities like Ajigin and Talala in Damboa.
“The 16 insurgents went to Miringa on Friday, July 3 according to locals, then at night, commanders of Boko Haram sent a team to Miringa to fish out the 16 members that denounced the sect. The team went from house to house and got the 16 members intact. They didn’t fire any shot in order not to attract soldiers. They took the members out of Miringa and slaughtered 11 of them and went away with five. The bodies of the 11 executed members were found the following day while the other five were not seen,” he said.

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Shettima Urges Fleeing Residents Of Attacked Villages To Return Home

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has urged fleeing residents of attacked Zabarmari and Hadamari villages to return, as troops will provide protection against any Boko Haram attacks or bombings on the affected farming and herding communities in the state.

The governor, while addressing surviving residents of Zabarmari, urged the fleeing villagers trooping to Maiduguri to return to their respective houses.

“Since the military have repelled the insurgents from destroying this village, the people should not run and flee to Maiduguri for safety, but return to your homes which were burnt apart from the torched shops and local market,” Shettima said.

He also assured them that the state government will rebuild the destroyed shops and market, so that the people could continue with their normal daily activities.

“Meanwhile, I am going with two village heads now along with your councillor to Maiduguri to collect food items and other basic needs of life for distribution. A patrol vehicle will be released to CJTF for this village’s patrol and surveillances,” Shettima promised.

Councilor of the affected area, Alhaji Mohammed Bello while briefing the governor on recent attacks, said  the soldiers have tried their best in repelling the insurgents. However, the soldiers should be re-equipped with modern fighting weapons, because the insurgents’ three-hour attacks could have been nipped in the bud to save people’s lives and property.

A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Ahmadu Bello, told Vanguard that after the soldiers repelled the insurgents, they fled to a nearby village known as Koshobe, seven kilometres east of Zabarmari village.

“As I’m talking to you now; the insurgents are hiding in Koshobe village, not very far away from this village attacked recently when seven people were killed, with the injuring of nine others taken to Maiduguri hospital for treatments,” said Bello.

Borno: Shettima Announced Winner As APC Trumps PDP With Over 600,000 Votes

The Returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Yaganami Karta has declared Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, as the winner of the April 11th 2015 gubernatorial elections.

Declaring the results at the INEC headquarters in Maiduguri, Professor Karta said the APC candidate, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest votes of 649,913 out of 690,182 total votes cast was declared the governor elect.

Karta however said that election was cancelled in one unit of Hawul local government area of the state where 547 voters were affected because of electoral irregularities.

Speaking after the declaration of the result, the APC agent, Senator Kaka Mallam Yale thanked the people of Borno for not only coming out en-mass to exercise their political right and voted all APC candidates, stressing that this indicates the confidence they have in APC.

He said the APC will work hard to develop the state, most especially in the area of post Boko Haram reconstruction of destroyed communities.

Reacting to his re-elections shortly after the declarations of the result, Governor Kashim Shettima said he will not play God or equate himself with God because of his reelection as some politician’s think they can determine who occupies power, make rich or be poor.

He said his election was purely based on the will of God and the determination and confidence of the people to effect change, describing Internally Displaced Persons, as the heroes of democracy, as according to him, they defied all odds and voted massively for APC, despites the conditions they found themselves.

He promised to work tirelessly, as reconstruction of destroyed communities will be his first priority, stressing that he will seek the intervention of the Federal Government and assistance from agencies and foundations across the globe.

He also called on all other candidates, who lost the election, to join hands with him in the task of developing Borno State, as the state belongs to all citizens of the state.

The APC also swept all the 28 seats in the State House of Assembly with landslide victory.

Gov. Shettima Is Culpable For Chibok Girls’ Abduction, Says Fani-Kayode

PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation on Tuesday insisted that Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State is culpable in the April 2014 abduction of over 200 girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, by Boko Haram insurgents.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, alleged that the governor, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s spokesperson, Lai Mohammed knew the whereabouts of the missing girls.

Mr. Shettima, however, denied the allegation, saying no one should take Mr. Fani-Kayode serious as he “is one Nigerian that is physically an adult but mentally an infant. We all know that going into exchange with an infant is like having a dialogue with the blind, deaf and dumb.”

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