Governor Shettima of Borno State has explained why he quit using bullet proof cars despite the volatile nature of his terrain.
The governor has said he sees it as an act of sympathy with the suffering masses who had no means of self-protection from terrorists.
Governor Shettima said:
“We have to dare the terrorists; I have bullet proof cars, but I do not use them; I want to be exposed to the elements as the ordinary people do”
“Sometimes I drive myself round the town to see things for myself. There is no magic in our achievements, except that where there is will, there is the way; like I always say, there is no politics better than the contentment of the people.”
“You are there not because you are the best among the people of the state; I am the governor not because of my political sagacity, intellectual prowess, parental back ground or physical strength.”
“This is because even within my cabinet, there are many people who supersede me in all these attributes.”
“Power to me is a very humble experience; it is about what you can do to a great number of people within the time allotted to you to pilot the affairs of the state.”
“By the grace of God, we are poised for a great change. Believe me, in the next couple of months, you will see changes in the fortunes of the people of the state.”
Governor Kashim Shettima said the recent successes recorded by the military against the Boko Haram terrorists, had made the state capital a safe haven for all Nigerians.
“This crisis has accorded us the opportunity to merge small settlements and provide better infrastructure to uplift the living standard of the people. This is more especially for those living in remote communities.”