Jonathan Threatens To Take Over Borno As Governor
……following recent Boko Haram attacks
President Goodluck Jonathan in his latest media chat, which was held on Monday 24th February, 2014, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, lashed out at Governor Kashim Shettima, whose Borno State in North East Nigeria has been under a series of attacks by members of insurgent group, Boko Haram, resulting in the loss of hundreds of lives in recent weeks.
The media chat was held barely 24hours after the convoy of Shettima was attacked by gunmen on Sunday, when suspected insurgents fired gun shots at the Governor's convoy, hitting the official vehicle of the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Alhaji Bello Ayuba who escaped being killed.
Speaking at the interactive session, the President reacted to the recent Boko Haram attacks and the Governor's remarks that the military appeared incapable of reining in the insurgents, saying that the Borno State Chief Executive was wrong.
“If the Governor of Borno State thinks that the Nigerian forces are not doing anything, he should tell Nigerians and I will pull out all the military personnel there for only one month. Let's see whether he will stay in that government house,” the President said.
The President added that if the situation remains unchanged after the one month expiration, he would recall the troops to the state. 'If after one month, the insurgency continues, I will send the troops back to take over the state,' he noted.
Meanwhile, Jonathan denied planning to replace Governor Shettima with a Military Administrator in further implementation of State of Emergency, but warned state Governors to be mindful of their choice of words on issues of National importance.
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