Shettima names Durkwa Borno deputy governor
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has broken his silence about who becomes his deputy after the death of Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha on August 15, 2015 in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State while he was on official assignment.
Yesterday, Governor Shettima nominated the immediate past Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youths Empowerment, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, for the position of Deputy Governor.
The spokesman to the governor, Malam Isa Gusau, confirmed that Shettima had in a letter, dated Monday, October 5, 2015 and addressed to the Speaker, Borno State House of Assembly, forwarded the name of Durkwa seeking the approval of the Assembly.
Malam Gusau added that Shettima acted in accordance with the powers conferred on him by Section 191 Sub-Section (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).
“I have the honour to convey via this letter the name of Hon. Usman Mamman Durkwa for confirmation as Deputy Governor of Borno State, following the demise of Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha on 15th August, 2015. I wish to reassure the Honourable House of the continuous cooperation of the Executive arm and solicit for confirmation of the nominee, please. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration,” the read in part.
Gusau noted that given the very respectful and cordial working relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government in Borno State, Governor Shettima looked forward to the Assembly’s approval of the nomination.
He further said the governor again prayed to Allah to admit the late deputy governor into Aljannah Firdausi, recalling that the late deputy governor served Borno State with dedication, patriotism and selflessness that was very uncommon.
He added that the governor reaffirmed his earlier pledge to stand by the family of the late deputy governor and also ensure the sustenance of his good legacies.
However, Gusau said Governor Shettima called on citizens, particularly youth party supporters to remember the transience of power and not to take advantage of the appointment to tease anyone and incite public disturbances under the guise of celebrations, warning that any act of lawlessness will not be tolerated by security agencies.
He said the governor expressed his profound appreciation to the good people of Borno State, the federal and other state governments as well as individuals, groups, associations and corporate organizations for standing by the family of the late deputy governor and the current administration since the demise of Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha.
Alhaji Usman Durkwa, new Borno Deputy Governor