By Kayode Tokede,
Deputy governor of Borno State, Usman Mamman Durkwa, has revealed how the state governor, Kashim Shettima, treats GOCs of the military, commissioners of Police and directors of the Department of State Service (DSS) since he became chief executive officer of the state.
He said under the governor’s watch, no past or serving head of different military formations, commissioner of Police and director of DSS spends as little as five minutes to see him with or without prior appointment.
Durkwa who stated this on Friday night when he spoke to journalists asserted the extent of Governor Shettima’s support for successive heads of security agencies in Borno State as part of the state government’s devotion to the fight against Boko Haram.
He said, “I know that majority of Nigerians within and outside Borno State deeply appreciate the sincere efforts of Governor Kashim Shettima in fighting the Boko Haram insurgents, supporting internally displaced persons and resettling IDPs but I am also worried that some mischievous politicians are doing everything within their powers to discredit the governor through all kinds of mischief.
“Governor Kashim Shettima is a very humble and modest person who will not say what he is doing but I feel compelled to let everybody know that I have been part of Governor Shettima’s administration since 2011 as Commissioner before I became Deputy Governor in 2015 and can tell you without any fear of contradiction that in the last six years, no security chief, whether past or present theater commanders of operation lafiya dole, past or present Brigade Commanders, Air Force Commanders, Garrison Commanders, Commissioners of Police, both past and present, Directors of SSS has ever spent up to five minutes in the Government House before having access to the governor and most of the times they come without appointment”.
He added that since 2011, there had been a standing order issued by the governor that all security chiefs should be given unrestricted access to his office so long as he is not presiding over a state council meeting.
The deputy governor continued: “All the security chiefs just come to the Government House and walk straight to his office. No matter what the governor is doing, he suspends it and attends to the security chiefs. He reads every intelligence report they bring, attend whatever issue they come with and he doesn’t attend to anything else until he finishes attending to security chiefs.
“You can go and ask any of them, even those who served in Borno State from 2011 to date or those who are currently serving. To Kashim Shettima, what comes first is security and if they need any information, he will immediately call stakeholders from the communities involved and do his best to get the information across”.
The deputy governor further urged mischief makers to allow Governor Shettima remain focus as he has always been to continue to attend to the challenges of Borno State, saying that even if Boko Haram couldn’t distract the governor, he doesn’t see anyone who can.