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Published On: Tue, May 20th, 2014

Chibok: Shettima won’t join issues with Dokubo – Aide

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Shettima govFrom Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima’s Special Adviser on Communications and spokesman, Isa Gusau, yesterday said his boss will not trade words with a jester like ex- Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo over the missing schoolgirls abduction saga.

Gusau spoke in reaction to some media reports yesterday, quoting Dokubo alleging that no girl was abducted in Chibok and that Governor Shettima and his party, the APC staged a political scam on the kidnap to hit at President Goodluck Jonathan ahead off 2015 elections.

“Governor Shettima is too serious-minded to reply Asari Dokubo, who is just a joker as most Nigerians regard him. As a one-time journalist covering the Niger Delta, I had come in direct contact with Asari when he organised a rally in support of late Gaddafi in Port Harcourt and also when he organised the 2011/2012 Isaac Boro Lecture in Port Harcourt, which he kept interrupting, taking over the microphone from people like respected lawyers like Festus Keyamo, intermittently speaking without protocol and without shame like a child.

He is just a joke; no reasonable Nigerian takes him serious. He was reported saying Chibok abduction was a sham. I won’t be surprised if by next week the same Asari Dokubo leads another rally to counter the one he just held”, the spokesman said.

How can Governor Shettima reply a jester? How can he respond to such a play by Asari that falls far below the standard of Nollywood, when he is busy working very hard with all relevant bodies finding ways on how to secure the freedom of his and Borno’s precious daughters in captivity?” Gusau queried.

He added that Dokubo is one of those attracting very negative impression against the Presidency, noting the “earlier the Presidency distances its self from Asari, the quicker his childish views don’t do further damage to those he tries to please”.

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