"Despite insurgency, Governor Shettima has ensured developmental quantum leap of Borno" - former Borno Milad

By Ahmed Abu, The Nigerian Voice, Maiduguri

The Ex- Military Administrator of Borno State during former President Ibrahim Babangida regime, Col. Abdulmumini Aminu (rtd), has praised Governor Kashim Shettima for what he describes as the quantum leap the state has achieved in terms of development in spite of the Boko Haram insurgency that crippled all aspects of state life.

Col. Aminu, who left Borno State exactly 30 years ago this July, was over the weekend in Maiduguri to attend the wedding ceremony of the daughters of the business mogul, Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, and commiserate with the people of the state over their losses during the Boko Haram insurgency.

"In spite of the Boko Haram insurgency, I have observed a lot of development," he told newsmen yesterday in Maiduguri, emphasising, "the little I have seen, especially secondary schools with computers and air conditioned classrooms, is very amazing; no university can boast of this.

" Although I limited myself to only the physical development I have observed, I appreciate the tenacity of Governor Kashim Shettima, because it is amazing that development has taken place so fast across all the local government areas of the state, " he said.

Col. Aminu prayed that come 2019, the state elects another resourceful and committed person in the class of Governor Shettima to keep on with the good work and maintain the tempo of qualitative governance for the prosperity of the state.

Admonishing the people of the state to be grateful to Governor Shettima, Col. Aminu rebuked Nigerians for their persistent failure to appreciate the service every government offers to them, decrying, "people in most cases don't appreciate the efforts of government in providing development.

"It is only in Nigeria that is trying to provide everything, and the people still complain; but we have to understand governance so that while government tries its best to work for the people, the people should Also play their role and ensure all the government's efforts are maintained and appreciated.

"People have to change their attitude towards government and reorient themselves to align with the focus of government, otherwise we will continue to be in problem in this country.

" When the government provides, people should appreciate and join efforts with government towards better achievement; governance is the business of both the governor and the governed," he advised.

The former Borno Military Administrator also praised the Federal Government, the armed forces and the police for their efforts in the fight against the Boko Haram war, noting, "fighting insurgency is the most difficult type of war; it is not easy; government has done well."

He, however, rebuked the people for their lackadaisical attitude towards helping the government to expedite the end insurgency, saying,"government has been urging people to report questionable characters among them to security agents, but people do not respond."