A former aspirant for House
of Reps and Special Assistant to Governor Kashim Shettima, Honorable Yusuf
Sawa, had on Thursday attracted general commendation amongst supporters of the ruling
All Progressives Congress (APC) for donating 1, 250 pieces of wrappers to
support Governor Kashim Shettima and the party’s candidate, Professor Babagana
Umara Zulum’s 2019 ambitions. Sawa, a popular youthful politician
from Gwoza local government, had shocked Governor Kashim Shettima when he
stormed the premises of Government House Maiduguri with a pickup van filled
with brand new assorted wrappers all in donation to his party’s candidates. Presenting them as his campaign
support for the candidacies of Mr. Shettima, Professor Zulum, as well as other candidates
of the APC from Gwoza local government area, Mr. Sawa who was once a former vice
chairman of Gwoza local government said his gesture was driven by his love for
governor Shettima and the perfect choice of Professor Zulum as his su…
It was the most petrifying incident that may have happened in Borno state since 2011 when Boko Haram started carrying out high profile attacks of very public officials.
And it perhaps may also be one of the most needless trips as well. But it has happened.
The convoy of Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, and his party's flag bearer, Professor Babagana Umara, was on the way to Ngala, a border town, 140km away from Maiduguri, where they hoped to convince voters there to vote for their popular party come Saturday election.
The convoy did not leave Maiduguri early enough. When they got to Dikwa, soldiers there reportedly barred them from advancing because in their daily tradition, 6pm is a curfew time for road users. And Boko Haram attackers usually haunt the road at about that time.
But the convoy insisted on proceeding. After a heated argument, the politicians proved they know the terrain better than the soldiers and they couldn't afford to go back to Maidugur…