Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima
From Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has called on all stakeholders in the state, including members of opposition parties, to expend their energies towards re-inventing the state and making her to live up to the dreams of her founders.
In what could be tagged as an extension of an olive branch to the opposition after his election was validated by the Supreme Court last Friday, the governor said he believed every lover of Borno State has a common goal which would see her return to the path of peace and development.
The governor said his victory at the apex court was for the entire people of the state and divinely sanctioned to bring needed development back to the state and wrestle her from the jaws of extinction brought about by the Boko Haram crisis.
He said the decision of the apex court to him does not make anyone a winner or a vanquished, but rather a clarion call to all to come together and work out a master-plan towards recreating the “Borno of our dream.”
The governor who spoke yesterday through the State Commissioner for Information, Inuwa Bwala said: “We are using this opportunity to call our people in the opposition to join us in our desire and determination to improve the lives of our people and in the interest of our state.”
He further said: “We thank God that it has been resolved and even to our favour but I must add that for us, it is a no winner and no vanquished situation. What is important to the government in Borno-led by the able Governor Kahim Shettima, is to deliver what we have promised the people of Borno because our people now deserve good life and benefits of the trust they repose in this government through their mandate in last year election,” he declared.
He said the court cases which started from the election petition tribunal in Maiduguri before it was relocated to Abuja due to the prevailing security situation in Borno, the appeals at the Court of Appeal and that of Supreme Court was a big challenge to the government.
He however noted that the last Friday ruling by the Supreme Court brought a lot of relief, adding that the government would now settle down well for work. “We set to give to the people what we promised them during the electioneering campaign and I can tell you that in the next 12 months, the people will see the difference, they will have casue to smile."
In his invitation to the opposition, he stated that "service to the people was paramount to the Kashim Shettima government, the differences in political parties notwithstanding." He added that political parties were platform to express views, aspirations and ambition but the service to the people ought to be a collective one.