Secretary to the Borno State Government (SSG), Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, yesterday declared that the National Chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), lied in a recent television interview, where he claimed that the Minister of State for Education and the West African Examination Council (WAEC) wrote the state governor, Kashim Shettima, not to allow examinations hold in the Government Secondary School, Chibok.
The PDP National Chairman had, in an interview granted by a television, alleged that the Borno state governor was aware that there was a letter from both the WAEC and the minister, specifically telling him that Government Secondary Chibok was not safe for the 2014 WAEC exams but that Shettima disregarded it.
However, speaking with journalists in Lagos yesterday, Jidda, who showed the reporters the purported letters from both the minister and WAEC, challenged Mu’azu and his likes to produce the letters which asked the state government not to conduct exams at Chibok.
Instead, the SSG showed the reporters the letter the state government wrote to the Police, asking it to provide security on daily basis, to all exams centres, including the school in Chibok, based on the request, made by the examinations body.
“I did not know Mu’azu, a former Governor in the north-east that is suffering from this crisis, to be a pathological liar. I don’t know if any of you watched the Channels Television today, (Thursday). They showed Mu’azu telling lies, which compelled me to react. I took the letters he is misquoting with me and the panelists all read it. There was nowhere any of the letters asked us not to conduct exams in Chibok. This is the letter; all of you should look at it. Mu’azu didn’t read the letter before he went to the media to speak out of outright ignorance and falsehood. This is very unfortunate”, he stated.
“In any case, the minister does not even have the locus standi to direct the governor on such matters. We provided logistics, as requested by WAEC. We wrote the Police too, to provide security on daily basis, as per the request from WAEC to all the centers throughout the duration of the exams.
“But let me reiterate here that, at no time did we receive any letter either from the Police, WAEC or even the minister, advising us not to hold the exams in Chibok. At any rate, as at the time of the exams, Chibok was considered as one of the safest locations in the state.
“In actual fact, the minister’s letter only asked that security be provided for WAEC officials in Federal Government Colleges in Borno state. The letter did not request that security be provided for students, let alone Chibok students. Here is a copy of the letter; you go through it and make your own judgment.
“So, I see Mu’azu’s claim as not only ridiculous, but one that smacks of mischief. I have known him for a long time, but I did not know he could go to this length, all in the name of politics”, he further said.
Jidda explained that Borno State Government and its people have been the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency but are being made to look like the accused persons.