Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has commended the military for the security situation in the state, saying Maiduguri, capital of Borno is now more secured than Lagos and Abuja. The governor said this today in an interview with NAN.
He said with the return of peace, his administration would unfold a developmental agenda in the next few months.
“Maiduguri is more secured than even Lagos or Abuja. There are 2 million people living in Maiduguri; we celebrated Sallah without any incident,” he said.
“By the grace of God, we are poised for a great change. Believe me, in the next couple of months,
you will see changes in the fortunes of the people of the state.”
Shettima also said that he had abandoned his bulletproof cars, and that only his guests who are afraid to move around without such vehicles, make use of them.
He said that the action was also aimed at showing that Boko Haram members had no super natural powers.
“We have to dare the terrorists; I have bullet proof cars, but I do not use them; I want to be exposed to the elements as the ordinary people do,” Shettima said.
“We have so many bullet proof cars but we only use them for our guests.
“Sometimes I drive myself round the town to see things for myself.”
On his achievements in office, the governor said: “There is no magic in our achievements, except that where there is will, there is the way; like I always say, there is no politics better than the contentment of the people.
`You are there not because you are the best among the people of the state; I am the governor not because of my political sagacity, intellectual prowess, parental back ground or physical strength.
“This is because even within my cabinet, there are many people who supersede me in all these attributes.
“Power to me is a very humble experience; it is about what you can do to a great number of people within the time allotted to you to pilot the affairs of the state,” he said.