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Borno Gov: Borno Attack On My Convoy Was A Publicity Stunt

But Questions For Gov Over Claim Of The Defeat Of Boko Haram



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Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has said that the Boko Haram attack on his convoy last Tuesday was aimed at gaining global and local media attention to the group.

The governor in a statement early Thursday while confirming the attack also mourned with victims of the attack as he promised to condole with the families of the deceased and those injured in the attack.

The governor’s explanation nonetheless, commentators are already bringing the governor and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to task over their past claims that the Boko Haram insurgency had been defeated by the Muhammadu Buhari administration. The governor had repeatedly praised the president for defeating the insurgency but only few months ago led a delegation of Borno elders to the president during which he cried over the fate of his state.

Shettima under the spotlight for claiming Boko Haram defeat

The statement issued by the special adviser to the governor on communications, Mr. Isa Gusau read in part:

“While the Governor is expecting full security briefing to get accurate information on the incident, preliminary report on Wednesday, confirmed the killing of three persons during the attack, which principally aimed to attract local and global media attention in order to sustain propaganda strategy and to instil fear in citizens and gallant troops. 

“Governor Shettima who returned at night yesterday, will today (Thursday) meet families of those affected by the attack. The Governor will also meet some security heads to review the incident and more importantly, to continue his determined collaboration with all security agencies and volunteers in remaining committed to the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.

“The unfortunate incident will not make the Governor have doubt in the capacity of the gallant and patriotic personnel of the Nigerian armed forces who have dedicated their lives fighting for peace and the freedom of Borno people. The Governor has absolute confidence in the armed forces and given his access to raw updates, he is aware of the successes being recorded by the armed forces despite Tuesday’s and previous attacks by the insurgents. For one success recorded by the insurgents, the armed forces record dozens against them. The Governor remains optimistic  and urges citizens to be calm, prayerful and supportive of the Nigerian armed forces and volunteers through means that include (as they have been doing) the sharing of useful information. 

“Tuesday’s incident happened while the Governor was on his way to Gamboru in continuation of campaigns for the Presidential and national assembly elections coming up on Saturday. The Governor had left Maiduguri on Tuesday morning and stopped for campaigns in Mafa and Dikwa local government areas before heading to Gamboru where he passed the night and returned to Maiduguri on Wednesday.

“He had on Monday traveled to Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar local government area in northern Borno. Before then, he had previously held campaigns in most parts of northern Borno including Monguno where he spent the night. He had also been to all the nine local government areas of southern Borno including Chibok, Gwoza, Askira-Uba and Biu where he spent days.”

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