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NIGERIA: Again, Shettima Visits Jonathan

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, was again at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday, 48 hours after he visited to brief President Goodluck Jonathan on the massacre in his state by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram.
 
Asked by journalists why he was at the Villa again, the governor said: “Do I need your consent to come and see my president? He is the President of Nigeria and I need to update him adequately  on the goings-on in the state.”
 
Asked about the presidency’s reaction to his earlier comments that Boko Haram was better armed than the military, Shettima said: “I don’t want to comment. He is our president and I am here to update him on the goings-on in Bama and I don’t want to make additional comments.”
 
On the latest development in his state, he said there was an attack on Bama, noting that “we are yet to get the actual number of casualties but I am told they have inflicted a lot of damage on the town, otherwise the military is doing its best.”
 
Asked whether he came on his own or summoned, the governor said: “I came on my own. He is the President of Nigeria for God’s sake. Why can’t I come and update him? Is it wrong or is it a crime to do so?”
 
However, besides intimating Jonathan on the development in Bama, checks indicated that the war of words between the governor and an aide of the president on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, was discussed.
 
Okupe had taken a swipe at the governor for likening the Boko Haram activities in his state to a state of war, saying it was not a conventional warfare.
 
The comment of Okupe drew the ire of Shettima who accused the presidency of being insensitive to the plights of the people of his state.
 
Findings indicated that the president was not comfortable with the war of words between his aide and the governor, especially when efforts are being made to curb the violent activities of the sect, and as such, resolved to douse the tension that the rift between Okupe and Shettima may generate.
This development, checks indicated, was why the governor was at the Presidential Villa Wednesday.

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