Insecurity: Group Flays Shettima For Neglecting Southern Borno

By Ibrahim-Gwamna Mshelizza

The People's Vanguard, a non political group in Borno state has expressed worry over the continuous neglect of southern part of the State by the administration of Governor Kashim Shettima, insisting that, the rate of marginalization into political positions meted against southern Borno people is contrary to the dictates of democracy.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the Coordinator, People's Vanguard, (Borno States Projects 2015), Mr. Ijudical Fali and made available to Journalists in Maiduguri.

The coordinator while commending governor Shettima for his giant stride in managing the Boko Haram crisis which had claimed many innocent lives and property worth billions of naira destroyed in the last three years under the present administration, however alleged that , " it is unfortunate that the governor had visited many areas attacked by the insurgents by giving them relief materials, ordered for immediate rebuilding of their burnt houses and shops, but his recent visit to southern part of the state to sympathize with the victims of the deadly attacks, rather ended up in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa state, without going down to Izge, Daggu, Lassa among other neighbouring villages of Gwoza and Askira-Uba Council areas to see the large number of displaced persons, after killing over 200 hundred of their people by the insurgents". Fali said.

Fali in the statement also frawned at the composition of Borno Elders Forum, alleging that the Forum has drawn its membership from one political zone and no representation from southern Borno senatorial District, as according to him, the people of southern part of the state had been relegated to the background.

While praying for Almighty God to restore peace back to the state which is known to be a (Home of Peace), the group however called on selfish politicians who are eating fat on the state's scarce resources to desist from such act, and advised the people of the state to put away sentiments aside and elect credible leaders in the forthcoming 2015 general elections.