The governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has made a strong appeal to his supporters and all citizens of the state not to throw stones and other objects at the entourage of President Goodluck Jonathan who is due to be in the state capital tomorrow, Saturday in continuation of the campaign, seeking the votes of Nigerians that would return him to the Presidential seat for his second term.
Governor Shettima’s appeal which was contained in a statement by his media aide, Mallam Isa Gusau, came today, on the heels of the stoning of Jonathan’s campaign convoy in Katsina and Bauchi states, early in the week.
The governor confirmed that the appeal became necessary because of recent incidents in Bauchi and Katsina states during which irate youths reportedly went wild, pelting the President’s convoy with various objects. He described the act as disrespectful, show of intolerance and extremely bad politics.
“From what I have read or heard in the media, so far, there has not been any issue of such in any APC-controlled states visited by the President and Borno should not be an exception. We have political differences and our differences are legitimate and based on the principles of our political parties and what we stand for.
“But we must remember that His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as citizens of this country, we have an obligation to respect his office and his person.
“Our millions of citizens, who support the APC in Borno State and our presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, and anyone that supports me or any of our National and State Assembly candidates in the state, should shun any act of violence, intolerance and unlawful political behaviour before, during and after the President’s visit and should remain law abiding citizens of Borno State as our laws, norms and values demand.” [myad]