Kashim Shettima, Borno State Governor
By Michael Olugbode
Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, was welcomed back to the state from Abuja where he won the legal battle against his election by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a bomb explosion believed to be aimed at putting the shine off his celebration.
The explosive device which was suspected to be by Boko Haram went off in Maiduguri, Borno State capital about the time the governor’s motorcade was expected to arive the area. The state police Commissioner, Simeon Midenda, said the blast came from a canister thrown at a police patrol vehicle “but did not affect neither the targeted vehicle nor any person around.”
Midenda, who spoke on phone to journalists said “we have taken serious security measure that led to frustrating the attempted attack at our vehicle and we can assure all members of the state that we are on top of the situation.”
ThisDay gathered that barely 40 minutes after the Governor’s motorcade had begun to inch towards the city from the Maiduguri International Airport where he arrived the state from Abuja at about 3.30pm, an explosion was heard at about 1km ahead of the governor’s convoy which sent residents that had filed out to cheer him to scamper for safety.
it is believed that the heavy presence of security along the route that the governor was to pass might have frustrated the plan of the bombers to hit at the governor and they instead decided to throw the bomb at one of the patrol vehicles stationed on the road.
The governor who arrived moment later, did not let the bomb incident take the shine off his celebration as he waved to the crowds who had to come out on hearing the siren from his motorcade.
Shettima later told newsmen shortly after arriving government house Maiduguri that his government will continue to toe the path of peace and negotiation, and called on those in opposition to take the path of honour by withdrawing their swords of political hostility and join him in running the state.
He said though the victory was a thing of joy to him and his party, but he said “honestly we do not even enjoy the luxury of a protracted legal tussle in Borno taking into cognizance the developmental challenges and the insurgency facing us in the state.”
“So I wish to once again implore on members of the opposition to shelve their swords and come and join hands with us for the greater glory of Borno”.
Governor Shettima called on the people of the state to join him in administering the state most especially as the petition induced-distraction was over, adding that he does not claim the monopoly of knowledge and with all sense of humility he is calling on all and sundry to join hands with his government as “Borno is for all of us and it is our duty to see that we catapult the state to the highest level of development; for our people have suffered more than enough and it now beholves on all of us to ensure that their sufferings are alleviated.”