Former Kaduna Central lawmaker, Shehu Sani has said the former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima, is better qualified in terms of competence than many who were paraded to be the vice-presidential candidate of the ruling party.
Naija News recalls that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Sunday confirmed Shettima as his standard running mate for the 2023 election.
In a statement on Monday, Senator Sani said he witnessed the efforts made by Shettima at addressing insurgency when he was the governor of Borno State for eight years.
The former lawmaker said Shettima invested time, energy and the resources of Borno State in combating, containing and curtailing the activities of the terrorist group during his tenure.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, however, described Nigerians connecting Shettima to Boko Haram terrorist group as mischief-makers.
Sani also condemned the insinuations and allegations linking Shettima to the formation, growth and deadly destruction by Boko Haram.
He advised those aggrieved about the APC Muslim-Muslim ticket to express their objections through constitutional means.
The statement reads: “Those who are aggrieved over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the ruling party have the constitutional right to express their objections.
“However, the remarks that trailed the ticket, including insinuations and allegations linking Shettima to the formation, growth and deadly destruction by the Boko Haram group is condemnable and mischievous.
“Shettima as the Governor of Borno State invested time, energy and the resources of Borno State in combating, containing and curtailing the activities of the terrorist group.
“Shetima has no hand in the abduction of the Chibok girls. He has done more than anyone in contributing and supporting the operations of the Army and other security agencies in protecting the people of Borno state and by extension Nigeria.
“As a stakeholder and former Chairman Senate Committee on the Humanitarian Crisis in the North East, I’m privy to the fact that Shettima attracted massive presence and intervention of international NGOs and donor countries to the humanitarian situation in Borno.
“I’m not a member of the ruling party, but the truth is that other than issues of religion, he is better qualified in terms of competence than many who were paraded.
“Religion is a sensitive matter in Nigeria; other than that, Nigeria’s most important challenge is security, Shetima’s experience can be useful and is very much needed.”
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