- The Equity And Justice: Borno For All (EJ &BoFA) has called for zoning of the gubernatorial seat in Borno state
- EJ &BoFA said the governor of the state, Kashim Shettima, should be from the southern part of the state
- According to the group, such action would bring justice, equity and assuage frayed nerves in a land which desperately needs immediate healing and genuine reconciliation by all
A justice group has called for zoning the gubernatorial candidacy for Borno state to the southern part of the state.
The group, Equity And Justice: Borno For All (EJ &BoFA) said the successor of Governor Kashim Shettima must be from the southern part of Borno state.
In a letter to the governor, the EJ &BoFA said all the past six democratic governors have either come from Borno North or Borno central Senatorial districts.
The letter jointly signed by the group's coordinator and secretary general, Abubakar Usman, and Mohammed Aji, said ceding power to Borno state is possible.
The group also said that such action would be a major step which can bring about justice, equity and assuage frayed nerves in a land which desperately needs immediate healing and genuine reconciliation by all.
The group said it became compelled to write to Governor Shettima before the heat of electioneering campaigns for 2019.
The duo said the letter is aimed at reminding the governor that since its creation on Februarry 3, 1976, the six democratically elected Governors, including your humble self have ruled the state.
"But incidentally, all the six democratic Governors have either come from Borno north or Borno central Senatorial districts, with Senator Ali Modu Sherrif and yourself serving two tenures each. We consider it as rare privileges the people extended to you based on the quality service offered them," the group said.
"May we remind that since the return of democracy in 1979, Borno state has been governed by His Excellencies, Governors Mohammed Goni, Asheirk Jarma, Maina Maaji Lawan, Mala Kachalla, Ali Modu Sherrif and yourself, who will complete your second term in office in 2019 in that order. And all these Governors are either from Borno Central or Northern districts.
Quite informative, the multi-ethnic composition of Borno state is very complex and fairly spread in almost all the 27 LGAs, with the Kanuri and Shuwa Arabs people being the dominant ethnicity.
And Borno South which reflects a good percentage of major and minor ethnicities in the state, pegs next to Borno North, in numerical strength, with nine LGAs, with the latter’s 10 LGAs, has one of the major tribes, Kanuri and many others.
Unfortunately, southern Borno has been marginalized, abandoned and suppressed on leadership of the state in the capacity of Governor for over four decades.
For emphasis, the southern part of the state has never been given the opportunity to rule the state since its creation in 1976.
However, despite this obvious denial and unkind treatment, the people of Borno South have remained silent, accommodating, understanding and supportive to these sister-senatorial districts both at balloting times and while in governance for the years they gunned for and controlled state power," the group noted.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that all the 28 members in the Borno State House of Assembly have asked Governor Shettima to vie for the Senate in 2019.
The lawmakers said under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the governor can vie for Senate as he completes his eight years tenure as governor of Borno.
The members of the Borno state House of Assembly said the people in his senatorial district would need the quality of his knowledge and experiences in the upper chamber.
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