Revealed: 'Only Gov Shettima Knows Boko Haram's Whereabouts'
It has been revealed to Huhuonline.com that the incumbent Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and his predecessor former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff are the only persons who have access to the hideouts of members of the dreaded Boko Haram
The revelation, made by the Borno state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Baba Basharu came on the heels of statements credited to Governor Shettima in an interview with Associated Press (AP) where the Governor claimed that the issue of Boko Haram is over following the recent arrest of a top ranking member of the sect alongside five others.
Huhuonline.com findings confirmed that Alhaji Baba Basharu revelation is also hinged on the fact that 'the issue of Boko Haram started during the Ali Sheriff's led-ANPP government, which led to the extra-judicial killings of top members of the sect, including their leader Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf, as well as arrest of some members of the sect, but unfortunately, all the arrests made so far has not stopped the conflict, instead, it aid in regenerating more attacks.
The PDP state chairman, who said he was shocked that 'this statement coming from the governor, and not from members of the JTF, it simply means that the governor is a brain behind the formation of the sect, especially at this critical period when the Federal government is looking for ways of dialogue with the sect.
'I am really disappointed with Shettima for his comment on Boko Haram arrest. Is it now that boko haram members were arrested? He queried, there were a lot of arrests, but all the arrests made so far has not nip the problem in the bud, instead, it add to more attacks from the sect, so why would he as a governor tell the whole world that Boko Haram is over, when we in Borno state are still sleeping with our two eyes not closed.
'It is very undemocratic for the governor to conclude that when some few members of the sect were arrested, then the insecurity being experienced in the state is over, while his government which has failed to address the problem of poverty, unemployment, injustice among others that breeds criminal activities, is posing more harm than good to the state.
'If Shettima would come out and said that some members of the sect were arrested and that he believed that attacks from the sect are over, then he is telling the federal government to overlook or throw to the dust bin the Ambassador Gaji Galtimari led-Committee Report on the security challenges in the North East'.
'If arresting members of the sect would bring to an end of Boko Haram, there wouldn't have been any crises since the 2009 uprising. Even as I prayed that the issue of Boko Haram would be a thing of the past, I want to emphasized that dialogue is the best option, rather than for a serving governor to come out and started deceiving Nigerians on an issue best to known to him'.