Shet­tima At­tends Promptly to Se­cu­rity Chiefs, Says Deputy Gov

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Michael Olug­bode

Borno State Deputy Gov­er­nor, Us­man Durkwa, has said the doors of his boss, Gov­er­nor Kashim Shet­tima’s of­fice are al­ways opened to mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity chiefs, stat­ing that they are al­ways im­me­di­ately ush­ered in to see the gov­er­nor and never al­lowed to wait at least for five min­utes.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists at the week­end, Durkwa said: “In the last six years, no past or serv­ing head of mil­i­tary for­ma­tions, Com­mis­sion­ers of Po­lice or Di­rec­tors of the Depart­ment of State Service (DSS) spends at least five min­utes to see the state gov­er­nor with or with­out prior ap­point­ment.”

The deputy gov­er­nor said he needed to clar­ify the mat­ter “for all Nige­ri­ans to know the ex­tent of Shet­tima’s sup­port for suc­ces­sive heads of se­cu­rity agen­cies in the state as part of the state gov­ern­ment’s de­vo­tion to the fight against Boko Haram ter­ror­ists.”

He added that: “I know that ma­jor­ity of Nige­ri­ans within and out­side Borno State deeply appreciate the sin­cere ef­forts of Shet­tima in fight­ing the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists; sup­port­ing in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons, re­build­ing and re­set­tling IDPs but I am also worried that some mis­chievous politi­cians are do­ing ev­ery­thing within their pow­ers to dis­credit my boss through all kinds of daily mis­chief.

“Gov­er­nor Shet­tima is a very hum­ble and mod­est per­son who will not say what he is do­ing, but I feel com­pelled to let ev­ery­body know that I have been part of his ad­min­is­tra­tion since 2011 as a com­mis­sioner be­fore I be­came the deputy gov­er­nor in 2015, I can tell you with­out any fear of con­tra­dic­tion that in the last six years, no se­cu­rity chiefs whether past or present, Theater Com­man­ders of Op­er­a­tion Lafiya Dole, past or present Bri­gade Com­man­ders, Air Force Com­man­ders, Gar­ri­son Com­man­ders, Com­mis­sion­ers of Po­lice both past and present or Di­rec­tors of DSS have ever spent up to five min­utes in the Gov­ern­ment House be­fore hav­ing ac­cess to the gov­er­nor and most of the times, they come with­out ap­point­ment.”

He re­vealed that “the gov­er­nor gave a stand­ing or­der since 2011 that any se­cu­rity chief should be given un­re­stricted ac­cess to his of­fice so long as he is not pre­sid­ing over a state coun­cil meet­ing. All the se­cu­rity chiefs just come to the Gov­ern­ment House and walk straight to his of­fice; no mat­ter what the gov­er­nor is do­ing, he would sus­pend it and at­tend to the se­cu­rity chiefs.”

He stressed that “To Shet­tima, what comes first is se­cu­rity. And if they need any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, he will im­me­di­ately call stake­hold­ers from the com­mu­ni­ties in­volved and do his best to get the in­for­ma­tion.

“I want to urge mis­chief mak­ers to al­low the gov­er­nor re­main focused as he has al­ways been in or­der to con­tinue to at­tend to the chal­lenges of the state.”

“The mil­i­tary is do­ing its best and mak­ing huge sac­ri­fices. Fight against in­sur­gents is dif­fi­cult all over the world. Mis­chief mak­ers should stop try­ing to dis­tract him even though I am con­fi­dent that if Boko Haram couldn’t dis­tract the gov­er­nor, I don’t see any­one who can suc­ceed,” Durkwa stated.

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