Ali-Modu Sheriff Sponsored Boko Haram – Shettima

By Ikenga Chronicles February 13, 2017

Ali-Modu Sheriff Sponsored Boko Haram – Shettima

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, The All Progressives Congress, APC, has on Monday revealed how the former Governor of Borno State and factional chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, sponsored Boko Haram by his inaction.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima made this disclosure at the annual lecture in honour of late Head of State, Murtala Mohammed in Abuja.

Recall that Sheriff recently in a statement had stated that Boko Haram did not hold any territory in Borno when he handed over power.

Reacting, to Sherrif’s statement, Shettima who delivered a paper “Managing the Boko Haram crisis in Borno state, experiences and lessons for a multi-party, multi ethnic and multi religious Nigeria”, said Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, took advantage of Sheriff’s failure to provide leadership to declare a jihad.

“The fact is that Sheriff allowed his ego to overcome his action and failed to settle the differences between armed forces and members of Yusuffiya movement at the time,” he said.

The governor recalled that he was aware the late Boko Haram leader, Mr. Yusuf, was a constant critic of the Sheriff administration.

He said that in July 2009, some armed security agencies clashed with members of the sect over the use of helmets and shot 17 of them.

“A governor should have at least visited victims of the shooting to lay foundation for peace and he should have set up a commission of inquiry just like what Governor El Rufai did in Kaduna recently,” he said.

“He chose to mismanage the incident. He did not send anyone or settle the medical bill of anyone and he played into their hands. That gave Yusuf an opening to declare jihad.”