By Segun Odeleye
During Monday’s presidential media chat, President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the statement credited to the Borno governor, Kashim Shettima, in which he said that the Nigerian military is less equipped and motivated than the Boko Haram insurgents.
The president said “the governor of Borno should be mindful of what he says. If he says the military is useless then we would pull out thr military for just one month and we’ll see whether he will remain in that his government house.”
The president might have been unaware of it but that same evening, the convoy of Gov. Shettima was attacked by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. They fired gunshots at the convoy, hitting the official vehicle of the state Commissioner of Higher Education, Alhaji Bello Ayuba who escaped being killed.
The vehicle compartment of Ayuba’s car was destroyed but none of the occupants of the vehicle was hurt.
The governor was reportedly returning from Bama and Malari where he had gone to condole with the people over Wesnesday’s deadly attacks.
The attack itself occurred along the Maiduguri-Bama road.
According to a witness, “The suspected gunmen narrowly missed the commissioner and his driver, by firing several gunshots into the engine compartment, before convoy soldiers engaged the fleeing suspects into the Sambisa Forests, 30 minutes after the attempted assassination on the Borno official, while returning from Bama yesterday to condole and sympathize with the people.
“The gunmen capitalized on the fact that the Governor’s convoy was returning to Maiduguri and started firing at the commissioner’s official vehicle without hitting the commissioner or his driver.”
The attack was confirmed by the spokesman of 7th Division of Nigerian Army, Col. Mohammed Dole as well as the Borno State Police Commissioner, Tanko Lawal.
Gov. Shettima did not however show any sign of being shaken by the attack. He still stopped by Malaria, a small settlement along the 78km Barma-Maiduguri road where he also condoned with the people of the area over a fresh attack on their community by insurgents.