Shut Your Mouth Up, Borno, Adamawa Governors, Ango Abdullahi Tell Okupe, Say He Is Ignorant About Boko Haram Operations

Governors of Borno and Adamawa states, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and Murtala Nyako respectively, as well as chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi and the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) have launched attack on Senior special assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on public affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe who said that Borno state governor lied by saying that Boko Haram members are better armed than the Nigerian soldiers.

Governor Shettima of Borno state, in a statement by his Special Adviser on media,   Mallam Isa Gusau said that it was unfortunate that Okupe disregarded  “the sensitivity of a highly traumatic people for no other reason but cheap goal of showing he is working.”

He said that it is an irony that while Okupe didn’t find the senseless killing of over 300 innocent Nigerians by the Boko Haram in February alone worthy of a press briefing, he found it urgent and convenient to attack an honest opinion expressed by him.

Governor Shettima insisted that his remark that Boko Haram members are better armed was a honest one, based on the principle of “one who wears the shoes knows where they pinch.”

According to him, most people can testify that  he had over the years been very diplomatic, but has had to open up for Nigerians to appreciate the situation on ground, adding: “a leader must be bold enough to tell the truth so that solutions can be found to critical situations.

“Dr. Okupe should kindly note that; if he is finding a governor to drive any rift with the Presidency, he has not found one in Shettima, because those who know me know me to be honest, courageous, respectful, humble but also dogged.”

The governor said that he is optimistic that with continued commitment through sustained deployment of the right military resources and men, the Boko Haram insurgency would end.

Also the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako berated Okupe for making false claims over the  battle against the Boko Haram terrorists, saying that judging from Okupe’s comments, it is now clear that he and his employer knew very little about the nation they claim to be administering.

According to him, Shettima  knew  exactly what he was  talking about.

“They (insurgents) struck in  Konduga for four hours in broad daylight on a market day. To tell you that the insurgents are organised, after the attack in Konduga, they went to the Girls’ Secondary School and carried some girls.

“You cannot tell me that they have been dislodged and that they are operating from remote villages. Konduga is not anywhere near Goza Hills, he (Okupe) is lying, it is nowhere near Goza Hills.”

Similarly, the leader of the Northern Elders’ Forum, Professor  Ango Abdullahi supported governor Shettima’s comment, saying   that the war at hand is unconventional.

“The governor is right; this kind of war cannot be won using conventional tactics. Those denying it are denying it for public consumption. The point is that the governor is right. He also talked of motivation.  In a war situation,  there are two factors to consider: your reason for going to war and  the  weapons to fight the war.

“The governor is right by saying the insurgents appear more committed to their cause than we on this side and they are also able to procure equipment which our conventional army has been unable to match.”

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