Governor Shettima Commends NASS Efforts On NEDC Creation

Kashim Shettima, NEDC, NASS, North East, NortheastThe Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, has commended lawmakers at the National Assembly for their efforts towards the establishment of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

Governor Shettima gave the praise on Wednesday while he led a delegation from Nigeria’s northeast to the National Assembly in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said he was optimistic that the commission would address the challenges confronting the region, as a result of the insurgency.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, had said the lawmakers were looking to fast track the passage of the bill to set up the NEDC.

The lawmakers, however believe an institutional framework was required to facilitate the coordination of all the support provided towards the reconstruction and development of the region.

Mr Dogara said the House recognised the need for a legal framework that would address the overall development challenges of the northeast.

He pointed out that the existing legal frameworks on refugees, emergency management and boundary disputes resolution had so far not addressed the plight of the people in the region.

Rescued Chibok Girl, Others Arrives Borno State Government House

Recovered_GirlThe rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali, has arrived the Borno State Government House in Maiduguri, the state capital.

She was rescued on Wednesday with a child and other women in Sambisa following military operations in conjunction with the Civilian JTF members.

She has since been reunited tearfully with her family in Balala village.

The Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, is expected to make a statement after meeting with the freed mother of one.

Suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be Amina Ali’s husband.

The Nigerian military in a statement said “troops of 25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with Civilian JTF deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband.

“Both were brought to Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa at about 2.30pm today (Wednesday)”.

IDPs In Yola Return To Borno

IDPsMore than 1600 Internally Displaced Persons from Borno State who have been taking refuge at the Fufore and Bajabure IDP camps in Yola, Adamawa State, have been evacuated and relocated to Borno State.

The Chairman of Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State, Alhaji Kachala Konto, said that the move is in line with the directive by the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

Alhaji Konto said the state government has already put in a place other camps in Maiduguri capital of Borno State to accommodate them.

“We have a very good accommodation; feeding and other human needs are already in place. The arrangements were made by the State Government in conjunction with NEMA and other donor organisations.

“To that effect, I think everything is perfectly certified for their arrival,” he said.

Representative of the Secretary General, Nigeria Red Cross, Mr Aliyu Maikano, in the camp said that in preparation for the movement, the sick among the IDPs have also received some treatment to enable them embark on the journey.

Some of the IDPs, however, said that they would miss the camps as they were properly taken care of while there.


Okupe Assures Nigerians Of Military’s Ability To Defeat Boko Haram

The Federal Government has given the assurance that it is winning the war against Boko Haram and other forms of insurgency in the country.

This is coming on the heels of the assertion of the Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima that the militants are better armed and may prove difficult to defeat by the Nigerian Army.

The Federal Government also dismissed the governor’s position that the country is at war, saying what the country is experiencing is a guerrilla warfare from the insurgents.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, who addressed journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, said it was wrong for any one to say that the Nigerian military cannot defeat the Boko Haram insurgents.

Governor Shettima had spoken against the backdrop of the incessant killing of villagers by the sect members in various settlements in Borno State.

Okupe said, “It is wrong for anyone, Nigerian or foreigner, to assert that our armed forces cannot defeat the Boko Haram insurgents or to insinuate that the insurgents are better armed.

“We believe strongly that the statement made by the Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, that the insurgents are better armed than our military is based purely on a civilian perception of the situation at hand.

“It is clear that Governor Shettima does not have the expertise to categorize or classify the effectiveness of any weapon.

“We state categorically that the Nigerian military is one of the best equipped in Africa and that in 2014, the Federal Government made budgetary provision in excess of N1 trillion for the military and other security agencies, an amount, which is about 22 percent of our entire national budget for this year.

The President’s publicist also disagreed with the opinion in certain quarters that the morale of the military is low and that there is lack of motivation for members of the Armed Forces.

According to him, the Nigerian Armed Forces are spurred by patriotic sense of duty, national pride and strict adherence to professional ethics while the insurgents are motivated by ideological fanaticism.

Shettima Ali Monguno Is Released

Former petroleum minister, Shettima Ali Monguno, who was kidnapped on Friday, has been released. The 92-year old elder states man was released by his abductors at midday on Monday.

Mr Monguno urged sympathisers who had come to welcome him at his residence in Maiduguri not to cry.

“They did not kill me, so don’t cry” he stated solemnly.

The Governor of Borno state, Mr Kashim Shettima, also  appealed to the crowd to let him have some  rest and not disturb him for at least 24hours.

There has been no confirmation whether ransom was paid for Mr. Monguno release.

The former Minister of Mines and Power and also Petroleum Minister was abducted by gunmen as he left the mosque after Jumat prayers on Friday, in the Mafoni ward area of the city.

He was whisked away by four young and well-armed men as he was taken off to his house in GRA Maiduguri.