Jonathan never showed commitment to fight against insurgency – Shettima

by Azeez Adeniyi

Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima has said former President Goodluck Jonathan did not show commitment to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

Shettima said this in a book titled, ‘Against the Run of Play,’ written by the Chairman, Editorial Board of ThisDay, Olusegun Adeniyi.

The governor said only one meeting was initiated by Jonathan out of 13 meeting he had with him over Boko Haram terrorism.

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“All the others were at my seeking appointments to see him and on some occasions, it took several weeks for such requests to be granted. There was a belief around President Jonathan that the whole Boko Haram crisis was orchestrated to undermine him and his administration and because of that, there was no interest in resolving the problem,” he added.

Shettima alleged that Jonathan resolved to remove him for pushing for meetings, as well as two other governors in the North East.

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Shettima said, “He particularly wanted to remove me….I heard that his Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, said there was nowhere in the constitution where the President had the power to remove a governor. In fact, I was told that President Jonathan reportedly interjected by asking, ‘How come President Obasanjo removed Governor Joshua Dariye?’ to which he was reminded that the Dariye aberration had been declared illegal by the Supreme Court.”

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