Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, the director of media and publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), has said that a notice has been served the Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, to be ready for investigation and prosecution after leaving office if found complicit in the circumstances that led to the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls.
This is just as Governor Shettima said that Fani-Kayode’s statements are not to be taken seriously as he is only begging to be reported in newspapers and shown on television screens with the sole aim of creating an impression that he is working.
The PDP campaign team was responding to Governor Shettima’s attack on Fani-Kayode over his comments that he ignored security reports and the counsel of the federal government against holding the 2014 May/June West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examinations in Chibok.
Fani-Kayode alleged that the abducted Chibok schoolgirls would have been saved the ordeal to which they have been subjected these past 329 days had the governor taken the advice and acted in accordance with the security reports that the town was not safe for the examinations.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by his special assistant (Media), Mr Sufuyan Ojeifo, Fani-Kayode said “Shettima will not be governor forever and when he is no longer in office, his role in the Chibok affair would be investigated and if found wanting, he would be prosecuted.”
He accused the governor of reflecting the thinking of his party over the whole mess that his insensitivity allowed to happen.
The statement reads: “The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima is the most irresponsible, insensitive and callous governor in Nigeria. He is a wicked man whose mindset reflects the thinking of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC). He, more than anybody else, is responsible for the abduction of the Chibok girls.
“And he should bear full responsibility for it. The man should shut up and bow his head in shame because it was due to his irresponsibility as the chief security officer of Borno State that those little girls in Chibok were abducted, raped, sold into slavery and subjected to terror.
“The circumstances that led to the abduction of the innocent girls, who were writing their examination in an environment that was everything but secure, underscored the governor’s negligence”.
Meanwhile, Governor Shettima has also issued a statement through his spokesman, Isa Gusau, where he argued that Fani-Kayode was only trying to get attention as it is public knowledge that a presidential fact-finding committte on the missing Chibok schoolgirls had declared him free from any complicity in the unfortunate incident.