Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has appealed to friends, family members, political associates and companies dealing with the state not to sponsor any goodwill messages in any print or electronic medium as he marks his 48th birthday.
A media associate of the governor, Isa Gusau, said the governor had circulated a message where he made the appeal since last week through personal means but decided to use the mass media after he saw paid goodwill messages in some newspapers yesterday sponsored by some well wishers, acting though good faith but in defiance of the governor’s appeal.
“The governor had since last week directed appointees and pleaded with so many friends, families, political associates, and companies dealing with the state not to place any goodwill message as they did in previous years on his 48th birthday mainly because the governor feels celebration of any kind on his behalf for the purpose of birthday is outright insensitivity to the plight of Borno citizens, many of whom are troubled by the Boko Haram insurgency.
“He was actually embarrassed yesterday when he saw some advert placements, congratulating him for attaining 48 years of age. The governor believes the message was placed by those who might not have received his initial appeal and as such, uses the media to appeal to others who may choose to follow suit,” he stated.
Gusau added that: “Shettima strongly thinks he doesn’t have the luxury of marking a birthday with all the killings of innocent citizens and destruction of communities in his state. He however pleaded with anyone desirous of placing goodwill message on his birthday to kindly channel the funds to victims of insurgency in different camps within and outside his state or use the funds to organise prayer sessions for the return of peace in the state and Nigeria at large.”