Opinion | Prince or Villain: The Story of Kashim Shettima

By Isa Mohammed
Kashim Shettima

Referring with disdain and contempt,
to Wazirin Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar, and Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, last week, at a wishy washy event in Lagos , Kassim Shettima, the notorious APC vice presidential candidate tried to sell his equally dubious presidential candidate, a man who could not build a single hospital, that he can trust with his health in Lagos, as a man with ‘experience and track record’.

But those who were clapping for him, did not appear to understand, the desperate attempt by a terrorist sponsor and extremist of hate, violence and cruelty, to distance himself, not just from his past, but from his true person.

In January 2011, just one week to the deadline for submission of candidates names to INEC, for the coming elections then, the governorship candidate of the ANPP, Fannami Gubio and 7 others, was shot dead in front of his father’s house in Maiduguri, and the ANPP was forced to present Kassim Shettima, as candidate.

It was first thought to be a terrorist attack. But soon it became clear that it was a well calculated political murder.

To erase all doubts, a Boko Haram suspect held in detention, named as Mustapha Kolo, was reported to have said emphatically, that Kassim Shettima was a prime sponsor of political murders, and went on to mention some of those they killed for him, including Anwana Ngala and Fanami Gubio, the Bornu State ANPP Chairman and Gubernatorial candidate respectively.

It is instructive that Shettima’s lead Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, apart from a U. S Certified court sanction for Heroin smuggling activity, also shares his bloody record.

In similar circumstances to the murders perpetrated by Shettima, on July 27 2006, Anthony Funsho Williams, a fearless and very popular PDP politician from Lagos State, who was set to give the ruling AD, a tough challenge for the Lagos Governorship, was found strangled to death, in his Ikoyi home.

However, the worst atrocity in Shettima’s heinous history, was to come in 2014.

On March 12 of that year, the Minister of State for Education, citing security reports, advised Shettima as governor, to close down all remotely located schools in Borno.

Not only did Shettima ignore this advice, but, as if acting on cue, barely a month later, on April 14th, the Girls Secondary School, Chibok, was attacked by heavily armed terrorists, who took away, into the dark night, over 276 young girls, who had sought to educate, and improve themselves, in a state, where education of the girl child, was elevated to global priority.

Against all protocol, the Governor, Shettima, failed to inform the President immediately, by phone, of this disaster, and went on to employ so many other delay tactics of non-cooperation with the Federal authorities.

This ensured that the abductors had a free rein and smooth getaway, and that these young girls were successfully held as sex slaves, and forcefully converted of thier religion, while many who refused to cooperate, were outrightly slaughtered , or seriously maimed… their future destroyed, forever.

On 30 May 2014, a civilian militia discovered two of the kidnapped girls raped, “half-dead,” and tied to a tree in the Baale area. According to villagers, Boko Haram abandoned the two girls , and killed and buried four other disobedient girls.

Later in the year, four more girls escaped, after walking for three weeks, they claimed they were raped everyday, in a camp in Cameroon.

In addition to this and to underline his sponsorship of this deadly tragedy, the Principal of the Chibok School, who was then under investigation, for complicity, was immediately appointed a Commissioner in Shettima’s cabinet, an insult to the grieving parents, many of whom will never ever see their dear children again.

It is instructive to underline, that Shettima has never, to this day, faced criminal indictment and prosecution, for his role in this crime of untold proportion.

It is unfortunate and totally regrettable that these two accursed criminals, of shady and slimy background, are the best that could be presented by a political party, as Presidential candidates, in a country that still has men and women of decency, competence and integrity.

People like Shettima, represent the most dangerous, the most deceptive and the most chameleonic terrorists of our time who deserve their fate , upon trial and conviction, of facing execution by firing squad, for the same heartless and wicked death, he ordered and paid for, that denied the families of Ngala and Gubio, and these Chibok girls, their lives and the comfort of their beloved families.

It is even more of an insult, when a devilish character of such ignominious putritude, could assemble any audience to present himself in any iorta of decency, and worst still, to publicly seek to defame the public service record, of others, who in service to their people, increased their human index potential, placing them as champions of education, industry and business, all over the world, including in the same Maiduguri, where this heartless murderer, rose to power by directly killing his people, and indirectly supporting terrorism..

Many may be deceived for a while, but the sordid deeds of gutter swine, shall come to haunt them, when they least expect.

This time, the people of Nigeria have drawn the line against blood thirsty terrorists , drug pushing criminals and desperate killers, disguising as populist politicians, encouraged by their stolen wealth.

The leadership of Nigeria will never be available to such villainous degenerates, highly reprehensible and offensive in character, nature, and conduct, men of corruption and dishonor.

These people must be placed in the past, where they have contributed to national failure, or in the prisons, where their devilish acts have booked them lodging, but never again in the seat of government, because the people have this time, risen to identify and totally reject them, no matter to what fascinated audiences, they try to sell their rotten, blood stained images.



“However, Sheriff, in his reaction through his Special Adviser on Media, Inuwa Bwala, said Lawal was not being sincere and only acting a script written by Governor Shettima.

While advising the Attorney General of the state to look inwards so he could know those behind the Boko Haram menace in the state, Sheriff said: “The commissioner is talking rubbish. He’s acting the script of his governor. Sheriff made the governor what he is today.

“Those who are making the allegation should know that three of his (Sheriff) brothers were killed by Boko Haram, his family is being threatened by the Boko Haram.

“The AGF’s predecessor died in circumstances not clear. What killed him and who killed him? The people are suspecting who is behind the killing. I pity him, he doesn’t know what he is talking about. He is serving in a government that created and funded Boko Haram”, Sheriff alleged.”

Postscript culled from a news report By Timothy Enietan-Matthews

“It’s not me, It’s Shettima who created Boko Haram, Sheriff reveals”

Isa Mohammed is a Nigerian political commentator.