Borno state governor Kashim Shettima has distanced himself from Alhaji Junaid Idrisa Khadi said to have been arrested by the security agencies over some issues saying the suspect has been a close associate of former governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
According to a statement by Isa Gusau, media associate to governor Shettima, Khadi was first appointed by Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff in 2010, and was retained by Governor Shettima in 2011 on Sheriff’s request.
“I am compelled to respond to enquiries by the media following the display of Alhaji Junaid Idrissa Khadi by a security agency Tuesday after he was said to have been arrested by the agency,” the statement said.
Part of the statement reads: “While it is not the tradition of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State to join issues with security agencies as he holds each of them in high esteem, we are concerned about an insinuation concerning the status of Khadi who was presented as an aide to Governor Kashim Shettima. We don’t want to question the integrity of the security agency involved and hence cannot out rightly allege political motive to bring Governor Shettima’s image to disrepute.
“First, let it be noted that our clarification here is not intended to pronounce Khadi guilty of whatever reasons that led to his arrest. The clarification is simply to put the records in their proper perspective.
“Alhaji Junaid Idrissa Khadi was a Special Adviser to Governor Kashim Shettima following his appointment in 2013 on the insistence of Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff who at that time, had the listening ears of his successor, Governor Shettima. Khadi is known to be an associate of Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff. It was Sheriff as Governor of Borno State that first appointed Khadi in 2010 as one of his Special Advisers without known designation given the fact most advisers under Sheriff as Governor,had no clear jurisdiction. When Shettima succeeded Sheriff as Governor in 2011, he appointed his advisers without Khadi. Sheriff persistently requested that Shettima appoint Khadi as an Adviser in charge of Religious Affairs which Shettima later accepted in 2013, two years after other Advisers were already in office. Khadi as everyone can attest to, remained closer to Sheriff before he was sacked by Shettima four months ago when Governor Shettima dissolved his cabinet, relieving all commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants of their positions to reposition his administration.
“It is important to note that Governor Kashim Shettima never found Khadi with any questionable character as at the time he was appointed. If at all Khadi had any questionable character, such can only be best known by those he first associated with before Shettima became a Governor in 2011 or perhaps, those that persistently recommended him to Shettima for reappointment.
“Not withstanding the records put in proper context, Governor Kashim Shettima expects and he is very hopeful that the security agency concerned will accord the fairest hearing to Khadi as it should to every other Nigerian arrested for whatever reason. The Governor expects that anyone found guilty of committing any crime that goes against the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and other existing laws laws be made to face the full wrath of the law after a competent court pronounces him guilty with no iota of doubt.
“Governor Kashim Shettima is always committed to the welfare of all good citizens of Borno State and remains in their defense while at the same time, he is in strong defense of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution which he is under oath to defend and preserve as a Governor and citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”