Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has alleged that some powerful politicians in the state are out to bring his government down.
The governor said the powerful politicians though hail from the state are presently resident in Abuja and have sworn to use whatever means to bring his administration down.
The governor made the allegation while ordering investigation into alleged diversion of food items meant for internally displaced persons in the state.
The media is awash with video clips of food items donated by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to IDPs being re-bagged to be sold in the open market.
The governor last Friday directed the Borno State Command of the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Security, DSS to investigate and arrest anyone found culpable in the alleged diversion of the foodstuffs.
He gave the directive when he hosted heads of all security and para-military organisations in the state to Ramadan Iftar (breaking of fast) at the Government House.
The governor said while he would await the outcome of the investigation and subsequent arrest of the culprits, he was very much aware that a group of Abuja based politicians who hail from Borno State have sworn to bring down his administration using all kinds of mischief.
He said the politicians were behind the printing and circulation of posters alleging he was contesting for presidency in 2019, and that he had picked Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state as his running mate.
He said: “When Borno wasn’t safe, they retired to Abuja and completely stayed away and left us but now that peace is emerging, they have lost relevance in their party the PDP and they have started their brand of politics. They know that they can’t take us in terms of performance and their party is crumbling so they have set up an office in Abuja with another one in Maiduguri with some youths hired to cause trouble and mischief, they don’t care if the whole of Borno goes into flames so long as they bring Shettima down. They are coming up with all kinds of mischief including trying to set me up against the Presidency, they don’t care if doing that obstructs our success against Boko Haram.”
He alleged that the same group worked against harmony between Borno State Government and the Goodluck Jonathan administration and they are repeating the same tactics this time around to stop the ongoing collaboration between Borno and the Buhari Government in the fight against Boko Haram.
He said “no amount of mischief will destroy anyone who has Allah’s protection,” noting that “Power comes from God almighty and not from mortals.”