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Published On: Tue, May 6th, 2014

Abduction: ‘Why Shettima’s wife shunned Dame Patience’s invitation’

Hajia Nana Kashim ShettimaFrom Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

Facts emerged yesterday on why the wife of Borno state governor, Hajia Nana Kashim Shettima didn’t attend the last week’s stakeholders meeting summoned by the Nigerian First Lady, Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan to discuss the abduction of the schoolgirls.

Apparently expressing her dismay over the issue, Mrs. Jonathan had reportedly accused the governor’s wife of showing less concerns over the abduction saga.

However in a swift reaction, Press Secretary to the governor’s wife, Aisha Muhammad Hassan, in a statement alleged that Mrs. Jonathan had a clear motive of humiliating Mrs. Shettima, at a scheduled meeting in the Villa and it was part of the reasons why the governor’s wife sent a representative and remained in Maiduguri to prepare for her planned trip to Chibok where she met with parents of the abducted girls and the affected schoolgirls in order to support them.

“The first lady painted a different picture, Mrs. Shettima had actually travelled to Abuja all the way from Maiduguri on 28th of April and on the evening of that day, she met the First Lady at the Villa and took two hours to brief her on the schoolgirls abduction as well as her (Mrs Shettima) personal efforts and that of her husband, Governor Shettima towards the freedom of the girls.

Some wives of service chiefs and National women leader of the PDP, Mrs Kema Chikwe were prsent when the governor’s wife met with the First Lady, noting that the First Lady appreciated the efforts of the governor’s wife and was consoling her on noticing how depressed she was”, the statement said.

The press secretary noted that it was therefore shocking to the governor’s wife when she saw Dame Patience on the television accusing the governor of Borno as being responsible for the abduction.

” It became clear to the Governor’s wife that from the body language of the First Lady and some of her close associates at the Saturday meeting, there was high possibility that the First Lady’s demand for the governor’s wife on Sunday was to humiliate her by accusing her husband to her face in the midst of participants at the meeting. For this, she thought it was better she concentrates on her planned trip to Chibok on Monday morning”, it added.

Hassan explained that before her meeting with Dame Patience on April 28, the Governor’s wife had held a meeting with coalition of women groups, after which a communiqué was issued as was reported by the media.

“The communiqué was shown to Dame Patience by the governor’s wife, which she also appreciated”.

In addition, she said, Mrs. Shettima had met virtually all the groups from Borno that the first lady was meeting and that her representative was more than capable of representing her at the Villa meetings.

The Press Secretary added that the Governor’s wife had led women in Borno for one week fasting and at the end, she hosted them again to review the situation while she was part of the procession at the workers day to call for the release of the schoolgirls.

“The fact of the matter is that Hajiya Nana Shettima is right now in Chibok, she has met with Parents of our daughters and sisters, the schoolgirls abducted to offer support to them. Some of the parents have been discovered to have health challenges that will be immediately addressed.

Mrs. Shettima left today (Monday) for Chibok after she was finally given a security clearance that was delayed since last week for operational reasons we can’t fault.

Mrs. Shettima is more concerned about the release of the schoolgirls who are daughters of Borno as well as providing crucial support to their parents who are having serious trauma that can affect their health and which require prommpt attention”, the statement concluded.

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