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God, Not “Abuja politicians” Will choose My Successor- Kashim Shettima

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God, not ‘Abuja politicians’ will choose my successor- Shettima

By Haruna Yusuf Bama  22/8/2018

The Executive  Governor of Borno State, Hon, Kashim Shettima, said on Tuesday that he does not have knowledge of the person that will succeed him come 2019.

He said he leaves the decision in the hands of God. The governor was however emphatic that his successor will definitely come from amongst politicians of the younger generation, an age bracket he said some ‘top persons’ in Abuja are not comfortable with.

“I, Kashim Shettima, cannot choose a governor for the people of Borno State. Only Allah can choose a governor for Borno,” he said.

“Whether one likes it or not, Allah has destined who the next governor of Borno will be,” he said.

Hon, Shettima who said this while hosting members of his cabinet and party officials to a Sallah lunch at the Government House, spoke in a tone that betrayed the fact that all is still not well within the larger APC family in Borno State.

The governor who came to power in May 2011 is already on his last year as the chief executive of Borno State having served for over seven years now.

This year’s Sallah celebration would be the last Mr Shettima will celebrate as a sitting governor.

He chose the opportunity to deliver what he called a farewell message and also address some of the issues concerning the politics of 2019.

The governor’s speech seemed largely triggered by what he described as ongoing comments from those he tagged as ‘Abuja Politicians’ whom he said have expressed displeasure that Borno State is derailing because governance is left in the hands of “inexperience younger generation”.

Mr Shettima, who is currently aspiring to become a senator did not however speak on his already settled ambition which is to take over the Borno central senatorial seat from the current occupant, Baba Garbai – his political ally.

Mr Garbai was also at the event when Mr Shettima made this statement.

In Borno State, everyone, including those considered very close allies and members of Hon, Shettima’s kitchen cabinet are in darkness as to who is likely going to be the governorship candidate of the APC.

When the governor decided to host his colleagues at the Borno State executive council to a luncheon on Tuesday, many who attended were expecting some form of clarity on the issue of 2019.

The only clarity they got was that it will certainly be from the new political order that is powered by the younger generation.

“This might be my last bit lunch with you, but believe me Insha Allah, life is a marathon, and in the fullness of time we will have the cause to celebrate more occasions.

“Electioneering season is around the corner. I want to assure you that Insha-Allah we shall put in our best to see that we leave behind a lasting legacy.

“Sadly, uncomfortably but truthfully, there can never be two captains in a single ship. There are quite a handful of ambitious colleagues of ours, but only one can be a governor. And that governor has been ordained by Allah.

“Kashim Shettima has no power to appoint a governor. I have no power to elect or impose a governor. It is Allah in his infinite mercy that will select the governor for us, Insha Allah. Our prayer is may that person be a symbol of our unity, a beacon of exclusivity, a symbol of a resurgent Borno.

“We are moving from a period of insurgency to that of resurgence. Borno shall rise from the ashes of defence.

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Army Releases Another Batch of Boko Haram Wanted List

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ARMY RELEASES ANOTHER BATCH OF BOKO HARAM WANTED LIST

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Military has made public another batch of 86 wanted Boko Haram terrorists to the general public in it’s efforts to finally defeat insurgency and also flagged off the operationalization of the members of the Civilian Joint Task Force ( CJTF) in the Super Camp concept of the Nigerian Army.

The 86 wanted Boko.Haram lists includes that of it’s leader Abubakar Shekau on number 100, ISWAP leader Abu Musa Al Barnawi, , modu Sulum, 304, mallam Umar, Mallam Bello Husba, Abu Musab Barnawi, Abu Imma, Ibrahim Abu Maryam, Baka browsing, Kwasari, Mallam Yan Kolo, Bana Gomna, Mohammed Abu Maryam, Abu Dardda among others

While flagging off the operationalization of the CJTF and launching of the fourth batch of the wanted list of the Boko Haram terrorists at the Chabbal Super Camp, Maiduguri on Wednesday, the Chief of Army Staff , (COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai said ” as we are poised to carry out our final push to flush out Boko Haram, it’s therefore my opportunity to invest the 4th list of the wanted Boko Haram list.”

” We are going to make the list available to all our formations and CJTF locations, they may be at your backyard or your markets, you should fish them out, and arrest them. During the first, second and third wanted list we have succeeded in arresting many insurgents and made them to face the wrath of the law”, General Buratai added.

The COAS further said ” the concert of the Volunteer forces started back in 18 century with the volunteers from various war front to form Delta force,. The CJTF started in 2013 to 2014 here in Maiduguri, where they played a major role in chasing out Boko Haram out of Maiduguri and other towns in the state, since then they have been playing a great role in the counter insurgency war “.

General Buratai said ” the induction of the CJTF into the operation of Super camp will help in identifying, the Boko Haram and their enclaves, we have been stressing that the fight against insurgency is not left for the military alone, hence the collaboration with the government in releasing the CJTF is important in our final push”.

He commended Governor Zulum for approving the release of the CJTF, adding that with the collaboration between the military and CJTF the insurgency will soon come to an end.

Also speaking, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said ” this occasion of streamlining the CJTF into the operations of the Nigerian military in a collaborative efforts and the launching of 4th Batch of the wanted list of Boko Haram is very important in the fight against insurgents and the kind of collaboration we have been calling for”.

While announcing the donation of additional100 motorcycles to be injected into the concert, the governor ” this government will continue to support the CJTF in complimenting the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko Haram”

“Peace is necessary, the nexus between peace and development cannot be over emphasis, this operation would help us in our developmental efforts”,the governor stressed.

Governor Zulum further said ” for those Boko Haram that are still in the bush, I am calling on you to surrender, because you are killing your sister and brothers and destroying infrastructures built with your money. You should have a rethink and give peace a chance”.

He also called on the people of Borno state to support the military in discharging their duties and also played for the repose of the souls of those killed in the fight and their families the fortitude to bear the lost.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Farouk Yahaya said* the super camp concept has been conceptualize in the theater but the induction of the CJTF in the Super camp is major step in the fight against Boko Haram.

He commended governor Zulum for supporting the military and the state Attorney General of the state which have being the link between the government and the military for his commitment and support to the operation .

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UN Assures Northeast of It’s Support In Resettlement Programs

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UN ASSURES NORTHEAST OF ITS SUPPORT IN RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMS

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Hajiya Amina Mohammed has assured Borno state government that the UN will continue to support the resettlement and stabilization process in the Northeast.

Speaking shortly after her assessment visit to Banki at the Maiduguri International Airport on Tuesday, Hajiya Amina Mohammed said ” we are in Borno as part of our visit to Nigeria, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Cameroon to assess the security situation and the needs of the people”

‘” I was in Banki and I am pleased to see life is retiring to normalcy in the areas. I interacted with the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPS) and thousands of them are willing to go back to their communities’, the Deputy Secretary General stated.

While at a courtesy Call on Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state at the Government House, Maiduguri, Hajiya Amina Mohammed said COVID 19 pandemic have affected the socio-economy of the world but the UN is doing everything possible to see to the funding of the resettlement process in the Northeast.

” Borno state was greatly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency but there is also opportunities in the state.we look forward for continued partnership and collaboration with the Borno state government”, she added.

She commended the way and manner the Borno state government was handling the post insurgency resettlement process and the humanitarian activities in the state, saying that ” yesterday I was discussing with President Buhari and he told me he was impressed with the way you are handling the post insurgency resettlement process.”

Responding Governor Babgana Zulum of Borno state said ” your presence indicates the UN concern and support to the people of Borno state. I am happy to inform you that there is appreciable peace in Borno and we have returned most of our IDPs back to their communities.”

” I want to also inform you that we have finish discussion and InshaAllah come December 5th 2020, we are going to relocate our people from Minawawo camp in Cameroon republic to Banki”, the governor said.

He urged international donor to support the stabilization process of the government, as the programme has run out of fund and called on all partners to put the Borno state government at the driving seat of the resettlement program .

He also assured that the Borno state government will continue to work in collaboration with all partners in transparent way in the provision of shelter, foods, health and other liviilhood supports.

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Troops of operation lafiya dole neutralized scores of Boko Haram insurgents, recovers several arms and ammunitions

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Troops of Operation Lafiya dole neutralized scores of Boko Haram insurgents, recovers several arms and ammunitions

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The troops of Operation Fire Ball under to the Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army have in continuation of it’s ongoing war against insurgency in the Northeast neutralized scores of Boko Haram insurgents and recovered many arms and ammunition’s.

The Army in a statement issued by Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director Defence Media Operations on Sunday said *troops of Operation FIRE BALL under Operation LAFIYA DOLE has commenced its robust operations meant to rout out the remnants of Boko Haram/ Islamic State of West Province in the theatre. “

.”Consequently, on 21 October 2020 troops of Special Response Area Gajiram deployed at Check Point 3 under Sector 3 decisively dealt a heavy blow on BHT/ISWAP criminal elements. The eagle-eyed troops who were on alert noticed unusual vehicles tailing the convoy of vehicles conveying Internally Displaced Persons from Maiduguri metropolitan City to Baga town in order to infiltrate own position.”

The statement said ” the troops canalized the criminals and inflicted heavy casualty on them. After the ensuing firefight 3 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized, One Gun Truck, One Anti Aircraft Gun ,One AK 47 Rifle, 3 Shells for making Improvised Explosive Device were captured. Further exploitation carried out by the resilient troops recovered additional 2 AK 47 Rifles. Troops have dominated the area with aggressive patrols.”

“In a related development, troops of Army Super Camp Magumeri decimated several Boko Haram terrorists who attacked the location. After the fierce encounter 11Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized. Items captured from the terrorists include: One Guntruck, One Dushka gun, 2 Guntrucks and 2 Anti Aircraft Gun destroyed. The gallant troops have continued to carry out mop up operation and dominating the general with aggressive patrols and ambushes, the further added.

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Similarly, General Onyeuko said “On 24 October 2020 the gallant troops of Army Super Camp located at Mallam Fatori routed elements of Boko Haram/ ISWAP criminal elements who attacked their location. After the the fierce battle 2 Boko Haram terrorist were neutralized others escaped with gunshot wounds as traces of blood of dragged casualties by the criminals were seen during exploitation. The troops captured the following: 3 AK 47 Rifles, One Light Machine Gun, 466 Rounds of 7.62x54mm ammunition, 24 Rounds of 7.62x51mm ammunition and One Tecno cell phone. The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE are in high spirit and dominating their Area of Responsibilities with robust fighting patrols.”.

” The troops of Operation Fire Ball under operation LAFIYA DOLE are hereby commended for the resilience, doggedness and commitment exhibited during the above encounters. They are equally encouraged not to rest on their oars but build on the successes recorded.” , the state further stressed.

The Army therefore, assured the entire populace of the North East zone that the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are determined to finally rout out the remnants of the BHT/ISWAP criminals from their enclaves.

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