Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima yesterday broke down in tears over the federal government’s perceived indifference to the plight of the people of the state since the insurgency began.
Shettima, while presenting KYAN machines to 40 teachers trained in India at the Government House, Maiduguri, noted that the federal government gave N25 billion to communities affected by oil spillage in Cross Rivers, N3 billion to the Nollywood and Borno, seriously affected by the activities of Boko Haram over the last four years, was given a paltry N200 million as assistance.
He said the money paled to insignificance when put side-by-side the magnitude of killings and destruction of both public and private properties worth billions of naira by terrorists
Insurgency, he explained, is worse than the Niger Delta crisis, oil spillage that affected only crops and farm lands as against deaths arising from bombings, burning of properties as experienced in the state in the last four years.
In tears, Shettima said: “Power belongs to God and he gives it to whoever He wants. Nobody is interested in assisting Borno. We have spent billions in trying to bring peace to the state and the federal government gave just a meagre N200million and this is the same government that gave N25 billion to Cross River State and N3 billion to Nollywood.”