Some allegations by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, on the mishandling of abduction of the Chibok girls by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, have been weighed in on by the state’s former governor, Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff.
According to Vanguard, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by Sheriff’s Special Adviser on Media, Adams Kolo, the former national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), advised Governor Shettima to concentrate on governance and desist from all attempts to pull him down.
He said: “In Maiduguri, Governor Shettima cannot walk free on the streets, while Sheriff walks freely every day. In Maiduguri, the citizens know that Shettima is the Boko Haram boss and the keeper of Chibok girls.”
“In Maiduguri, the citizens know that Sheriff left N58 billion in the treasury when he left office, but Shettima converted it all into personal use. The good people of Maiduguri and Nigeria in general are hereby advised to discountenance the fake video.”
Governor Shettima had recently taken a swipe at ex-President President for surrounding himself with religious bigots and tribal warlords who made him believe that the Chibok girls’ abduction was a hoax.
He had said: “When the Chibok girls saga started, they made the President to believe that there was no abduction; that the Chibok girls were kidnapped by the governor of Borno State, ostensibly to embarrass the Jonathan administration and he believed that line of story.
“I was in Chibok, my wife was in Chibok and there was a global outcry on the issue but Jonathan was in a world of his own, created by the clowns and also the misfits around him. I wasn’t invited to Abuja until nearly three weeks later and even when I was invited to Abuja, I was quiet thrilled that at last I was getting the attention of my leader.
“I was asked to come along with Commissioner of Police, the Divisional Police Officer in Chibok, the Commissioner of Education, the Military Commander in Chibok and the Director of DSS in Borno.”
Ali Modu Sheriff’s aide in the statemement further said;
“About 18 months ago, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the former Governor of Borno State and the immediate past National Chairman of PDP paid a condolence visit to Alhaji Waziri, Chairman APC Maiduguri metropolitan.
“As soon as news filtered that the most respected and distinguished Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff was in town, a mammoth crowd gathered as usual to have a glimpse of their respected leader.
“The interest of the crowd draws from the fact that the current state governor has been abysmal in performance to say the least. When you listen to the video you will hear clearly the chanting of Sai SAS, Sai SAS, Sheriff, Sheriff, Sai SAS. This is a mark of love.
“The aggression of the crowd was not toward Sheriff, but the security personnel who were preventing them from interacting with their respected leader.
“The Government of Borno State has been playing pranks and employing mischief to dampen the image of Ali Modu Sheriff for six years now. Tact and tactics of different types continue unabated but they always fail.
“Event after event in Maiduguri have proven Sheriff as the indefatigable leader of his people, a good example was during the wedding of his daughter earlier this year, Maiduguri was closed for two days as people of all works of life came to celebrate the man, Sheriff. Alas, 2019 is at hand and Governor Shetima will have cause to produce a report card, off course there will be no surprises”, the statement added.