Shettima Dismisses Calls For Military Administrators To Govern Borno, Adamawa, Yobe
BORNO State Governor Kashim Shettima Friday warned those people clamouring for an indefinite postponement of February 14 and 28 general elections in the country to desist from calls, insisting that there were “no constitutional provisions” for the office of Military Administrators (MILAD) to administer three states under Emergency Rule declared by Federal Government on May 13, 2013.
Shettima gave the warnings Friday, while swearing in 53 new special advisers at the Government House, Maiduguri.
His words: “Those people who are clamouring for and agitating for the postponement of this February 14, and 28, elections in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states threatened by Boko Haram insurgency had an agenda to impose military administrators.
“Any military man who is nursing an ambition to become a sole administrator if elections are postponed in Borno should have a rethink as there is no constitutional provision for that.”
He said the agitators for the shift in the February 2015 elections should have a rethink, insisting that elections could still be held in Borno and other Boko Haram affected states, despite the ongoing terrorists’ activities in the North East sub-region of the country.
Shettima also alleged that; “In case election is not held in Borno, Governor Kashim Shettima’s government would be extended for six months, because they know they cannot win election, that is why they are calling for postponement of elections in the state.”
He however noted that elections were held in Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali and Iraq, adding that: “I see no reason elections should not hold in Borno, so elections must hold in Yobe and Adamawa states.”
He said Borno had over 1,000 years of history and had survived previous invasions by rebels, overcome crises and uprising including the Maitasine Islamic sect crisis of 1982. He assured that the state and the neighbouring affected states of Yobe and Adamawa would overcome the current terrorists’ activities, hoping that; “Borno shall rise again.”