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Boko Haram: Wake up to your responsibilities, Borno elders tell Jonathan

Worried about the worsening insecurity in Borno, and the
rumoured planned removal of the state governor, some
Borno elders have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to
live up to his responsibilities as the Commander in Chief of
the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The elders also accused the Jonathan administration of
failing to implement various report of various committees
set up to review the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Many committees that have worked on the insurgency and
submitted their reports and recommendations remain
disappointed that no action has been taken by the Federal
Government to date.
“We see this as an abdication of responsibility and lack of
political will,” they said.
The elders, under the aegis of Borno Elders Forum, on
Monday also vowed to use every possible means, including
going to court, to resist an alleged ploy by Mr. Jonathan to
replace Governor Kashim Shettima with a military
administrator.
The elders were reacting to a publication in a national daily
on Sunday that alleged that the presidency planned to
replace Mr. Shettima with a military administrator as a final
strategy to combat the Boko Haram terrorists.
The elders said they were worried because the report
suggested that Mr. Shettima’s days as governor would be
cut short on Wednesday when the administrator would take
over the control of the volatile state.
The federal government has already denied that it has such
plans.
Speaking on behalf of the Elders at the end of an emergency
meeting held at the Kanem Borno Cultural and Historical
Centre, Maiduguri, Bulama Gubio said, “If the presidency
goes ahead and removes Governor Kashim Shettima as
executive governor of Borno State, then we will go to court
and seek redress, and get justice.
“The President should live up to his responsibilities by not
only rescinding this intended action but also empower our
Military forces to bring the insurgency to an end
professionally.”
The Monday statement was endorsed by several Borno
Elders including Usman Galtimari as Chairman, Mohammed
Goni, Asheikh Jarma, Umaru Shehu, Ahmed AlGazali, Kyari
Sandabe, Gambo Gubio, Abdullahi Shettima, Garba Satomi,
Umaru Ibrahim, Kaumi Damboa, Shettima Ali Kidaji, Said
Shettima, Wali Askira, Ibrahim Ngulde, Dujuma Askira,
Ahmed Yusufari, Bukar Biu, Abubakar Ghide, Mohammed
Adam, Mukhtar Alkali, Zanna Mamadi, Nur Alkali, Bukar
Gana, Lawan Usman, Lawan Badawi, Abubakar Biu, M. D.
Lawan, Adam Kyari, Bata Kwajjafa and Bulama Gubio as
Secretary.
Read the full text of the Borno Elders statement below.
“The Borno Elders Forum held an emergency meeting over
the news report that the President has completed the plan to
remove the democratically elected Governor of Borno State,
Alhaji Kashim Shetimma and appoint a military
administrator to rule the state.
“We received this news with shock and disappointment and
we see the plan as evasive, diversionary and abdication of
responsibility by the Federal Government in tackling the
crisis of insurgency.
“The Elders Forum condemns in no uncertain terms this
move which will lead to further escalation and complication
of an already bad security situation on ground. The Elders
Forum is aware of the inaction of the Federal Government in
bringing this conflict to a decisive end.
“There was no serious action or political will to deal with
the problem of insurgency in Borno and the rest of the
Northeast. The Presidency should be reminded of the
illegality of this move and we see it as an arbitrary action
inconsistent with good governance and democratic
principles.
“We call on the Federal Government to retract this infamous
intended action. Many committees that have worked on the
insurgency and submitted their reports and
recommendations remain disappointed that no action has
been taken by the Federal Government to date. We see this
as an abdication of responsibility and lack of political will.
“We feel that military operation is purely a professional
matter and should not be politicised. Security issues are
handled by constitutionally established security outfits. The
Nigerian Armed Forces have the constitutional mandate to
protect the nation under civil authority. And the Governor of
a state is the head of civil authority of the state and his
presence does not in any way prevent necessary military
operations. Of course the President is the Commander–in–
Chief and Chief Security Officer of the nation. This implies
that should there be any success or failure of the forces the
bug stops at the Presidents doorsteps.
“The Governor of a state is only the Chief Security Officer of
his state but lacks any control over national security forces.
States do not have lawful security outfits. Therefore it is an
aberration and vindictive to remove the Governor over
issues he has no control on. The President should live up to
his responsibilities by not only rescinding this intended
action but also empower our Military forces to bring the
insurgency to an end professionally.
“We are also appealing to the National Assembly to quickly
intervene and stop this injustice. Meanwhile we wish to
appeal to the President to appreciate the sustained efforts of
the Governor of Borno State. The Governor has so far
clearly demonstrated a sense of good and effective
leadership in cushioning the effects of the insurgency on
both the military and civilian population.”

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Boko Haram: Wake up to your responsibilities, Borno elders tell Jonathan

Worried about the worsening insecurity in Borno, and the
rumoured planned removal of the state governor, some
Borno elders have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to
live up to his responsibilities as the Commander in Chief of
the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The elders also accused the Jonathan administration of
failing to implement various report of various committees
set up to review the Boko Haram insurgency.
“Many committees that have worked on the insurgency and
submitted their reports and recommendations remain
disappointed that no action has been taken by the Federal
Government to date.
“We see this as an abdication of responsibility and lack of
political will,” they said.
The elders, under the aegis of Borno Elders Forum, on
Monday also vowed to use every possible means, including
going to court, to resist an alleged ploy by Mr. Jonathan to
replace Governor Kashim Shettima with a military
administrator.
The elders were reacting to a publication in a national daily
on Sunday that alleged that the presidency planned to
replace Mr. Shettima with a military administrator as a final
strategy to combat the Boko Haram terrorists.
The elders said they were worried because the report
suggested that Mr. Shettima’s days as governor would be
cut short on Wednesday when the administrator would take
over the control of the volatile state.
The federal government has already denied that it has such
plans.
Speaking on behalf of the Elders at the end of an emergency
meeting held at the Kanem Borno Cultural and Historical
Centre, Maiduguri, Bulama Gubio said, “If the presidency
goes ahead and removes Governor Kashim Shettima as
executive governor of Borno State, then we will go to court
and seek redress, and get justice.
“The President should live up to his responsibilities by not
only rescinding this intended action but also empower our
Military forces to bring the insurgency to an end
professionally.”
The Monday statement was endorsed by several Borno
Elders including Usman Galtimari as Chairman, Mohammed
Goni, Asheikh Jarma, Umaru Shehu, Ahmed AlGazali, Kyari
Sandabe, Gambo Gubio, Abdullahi Shettima, Garba Satomi,
Umaru Ibrahim, Kaumi Damboa, Shettima Ali Kidaji, Said
Shettima, Wali Askira, Ibrahim Ngulde, Dujuma Askira,
Ahmed Yusufari, Bukar Biu, Abubakar Ghide, Mohammed
Adam, Mukhtar Alkali, Zanna Mamadi, Nur Alkali, Bukar
Gana, Lawan Usman, Lawan Badawi, Abubakar Biu, M. D.
Lawan, Adam Kyari, Bata Kwajjafa and Bulama Gubio as
Secretary.
Read the full text of the Borno Elders statement below.
“The Borno Elders Forum held an emergency meeting over
the news report that the President has completed the plan to
remove the democratically elected Governor of Borno State,
Alhaji Kashim Shetimma and appoint a military
administrator to rule the state.
“We received this news with shock and disappointment and
we see the plan as evasive, diversionary and abdication of
responsibility by the Federal Government in tackling the
crisis of insurgency.
“The Elders Forum condemns in no uncertain terms this
move which will lead to further escalation and complication
of an already bad security situation on ground. The Elders
Forum is aware of the inaction of the Federal Government in
bringing this conflict to a decisive end.
“There was no serious action or political will to deal with
the problem of insurgency in Borno and the rest of the
Northeast. The Presidency should be reminded of the
illegality of this move and we see it as an arbitrary action
inconsistent with good governance and democratic
principles.
“We call on the Federal Government to retract this infamous
intended action. Many committees that have worked on the
insurgency and submitted their reports and
recommendations remain disappointed that no action has
been taken by the Federal Government to date. We see this
as an abdication of responsibility and lack of political will.
“We feel that military operation is purely a professional
matter and should not be politicised. Security issues are
handled by constitutionally established security outfits. The
Nigerian Armed Forces have the constitutional mandate to
protect the nation under civil authority. And the Governor of
a state is the head of civil authority of the state and his
presence does not in any way prevent necessary military
operations. Of course the President is the Commander–in–
Chief and Chief Security Officer of the nation. This implies
that should there be any success or failure of the forces the
bug stops at the Presidents doorsteps.
“The Governor of a state is only the Chief Security Officer of
his state but lacks any control over national security forces.
States do not have lawful security outfits. Therefore it is an
aberration and vindictive to remove the Governor over
issues he has no control on. The President should live up to
his responsibilities by not only rescinding this intended
action but also empower our Military forces to bring the
insurgency to an end professionally.
“We are also appealing to the National Assembly to quickly
intervene and stop this injustice. Meanwhile we wish to
appeal to the President to appreciate the sustained efforts of
the Governor of Borno State. The Governor has so far
clearly demonstrated a sense of good and effective
leadership in cushioning the effects of the insurgency on
both the military and civilian population.”

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