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Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2014

I can sacrifice myself for peace in Borno – Shettima

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Shettima govFrom Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

In an effort to find the lasting solution to the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state, the state governor, Alh. Kashim Shettima said he could sacrifice himself for peace to rein in the state.

The governor spoke on Wednesday on the Hausa Service of the BBC, monitored in Jos, while fielding questions on his opinion on the proposed extension of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Shettima said, “ If peace and harmony would be restored in Borno state in lieu of my life, I swear to Allah, I am ever ready to sacrifice myself for that. I have been so much worried about what is happening. My prayer has been that: let there be peace in the state and rescue of the abducted schoolgirls of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.

“The fallout of Boko Haram insurgency in the state has been the cause of poverty in the state, because most of our people engage in either farming or business in which the insurgency saga has prevented people from going to the farms and market places, “ he added.

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