Gov Shettima Blames Jonathan: Says He Gave Adamawa N4bn Over Borno’s N200m Over IDP


The Borno state government yesterday took a swipe at former president Goodluck Jonathan, accusing him of not doing enough to alleviate the sufferings of the people of the state, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the face of attacks by insurgents.
Governor Kashim Shettima, who spoke through his deputy, Zanna Umar Mustapha, at the government house in Maiduguri yesterday said, the Jonathan administration only gave N200 million to support the state within the last four years as against N4billion which he gave to the Adamawa State government.
According to the governor, the state government has spent about N11 billion to cater for the victims of insurgency.
Mustapha, who was speaking while receiving relief materials donated to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), said it was a good thing that Nigerians asked for change and a new government is now in place.
He said with the sack of 22 local government areas by insurgents, resulting to over one million displaced persons, the federal government under Jonathan only gave the state N200 million whereas Adamawa state which lost about six local government areas received about N4 billion from the federal government within the same period.
He said, “I must say here that the then federal government led by former president Goodluck Jonathan, did not pay attention to the people of Borno at all. For the four years that we were engaging the insurgents, the only thing the government gave us was N200 million.
“Jonathan and his entire cabinet were playing politics with issue of insurgency and Boko Haram in Borno. We lost 22 local government completely to insurgency, where as Adamawa state lost about six local governments and Adamawa state was given N4 billion,” he said.
He also disclosed that the National Emergency Management Agency were in and out of the state during Jonathan’s administration without taking full charge of the humanitarian situation of the displaced persons.
However, he said after the emergence of president Muhammadu Buhari, NEMA officials visited the state some days ago, indicating readiness to now take over full responsibility of the situation.
While expressing gratitude to Customs for donating relief items to IDPs, he called on other agencies to emulate the Service and come to the aid of displaced persons in the state, whom he said the state has spent over N11 billion catering for.
He also solicited more help from Customs in the area of building schools and drilling water bore holes in recovered communities, after their wells have been contaminated by dead persons thrown into the wells by the insurgents.
Earlier, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko, who was represented by Deputy Comptroller General, Musa Tahir, said the relief materials were voluntarily donated by officers and men of the Service with support from their wives.
He thanked the state government for the support given Customs command in Borno despite the challenges the state is undergoing.
“Today, we are here to present to you some relief materials that were voluntarily donated by officers and men of the Service. This is coming from the heart of of officers, they were not bought with government money. There are more than 71 different items from food stuff, clothing, shoes, medical needs, chocolates for children and so on,” Tahir said.
He added that “the NCS feels the pain of the IDPs, they are our brothers, sisters and mothers. The NCS will work hand in hand with you in whatever way to alleviate the sufferings of the IDPs until they are returned back safely home. We pray this situation will come to an end soon so that Borno state will take its pride and place among the states of Nigeria,” Tahir added.

Jonathan’s men keep mum on Shettima’s Allegation
Meanwhile, efforts made by our correspondent to get former presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati to react to the allegations raised by the Borno State governor against the former president and his erstwhile boss turned out to be futile.
The former senior special assistant to the former president on public affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe could also not be reached.
Calls made to them and an email message sent to Abati did not yield any result.


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