When we see young men in their flows brandishing daggers and cutlasses at the coming of some political gladiators from the Maiduguri International Airport to the Government House, what immediately comes to our minds is the story of Rwanda. This is probably how it began and in the presence of our security operatives. We are yet to deal with the issues of the nine years of insurgency, and recent attacks in Borno tell us that are yet to sing Uhuru
This is indeed worrisome even as some of them are being seen going to the Maiduguri Monday market to buy swords and cutlasses in an open day. We asked, what are they going to use these weapons for? How are they being metamorphos from chasing Boko Haram to political foot soldiers? What kind of politics is Borno planning for 2019. Our fears are too many, and we do not want bloodshed in the land.
Yes. Our concern is on the 2019 gubernatorial election beginning with the party primaries in the state. We are not worried when people out of genuine interest to salvage Borno state came out to indicate their interest in the governorship contest. Our concern is much more on the manner at which the varying interest in being maneuvered. For example, 15 out of the current 27 APC Aspirants, who bought the form for the governorship, were being sponsored by public funds, as we learnt the money for their forms were withdrawn from the same account. This is something we are calling on the ICPC and EFCC to immediately take action.
Some of these people did not tell Borno citizens how and where they got twenty-two million naira (N22,000,000) over night to buy form for the governorship seat even when they are known to have no such amount. Others who have their mouth running faster had revealed their source of sponsorship, which is why we are calling on the anti graft agencies to come in as these are public funds intended for political chaos that may lead to another unrest in the state.
Another area of concern is the complained we are receiving from some of our wards heads, district heads and other local traditional title holders of being force to play part in the political arena. These people are not politicians and they position should be respected even if a royalty is involved in the build up for 2019 guber seat in the state. We regard this as infringement on the rights of this people.
We would like to stress that, the party at National level should beam its light more on the planned political chaos being put in place by the rise of another political militia. We are tired of bloodshed in Borno state, we have seen enough of it and have buried many innocent souls in the last nine years and are still burying.
Culled from: Borno Concern Citizens