When the chief security officer of a state decides to smuggle members of his family to undisclosed location over security fears, then you realize how dire our situation is as a people – what now happens to the ordinary man?
A source within the government of Yobe State has told SaharaReporters that Governor Ibrahim Gaidam had moved his family out of Damaturu, capital of Yobe State, to an unknown location. The source said the governor’s decision to relocate his family was informed by Boko Haram’s widening insurgency and terrorism in the state.
A security source in the state also revealed that the governor had adopted extraordinary security measures to insulate himself as well as members of his close family from the violent activities of the militant Islamist group.
The state governor earlier decided that Yobe State should not have any official activities linked to “the Governor’s Wife’s Office.” It is a common practice in most states to create a formal office for the governors’ wives, complete with programs and high-profile activities.
Governor Gaidam’s spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, recently went on radio to deny that the governor had moved his family. Even so, Mr. Bego could not explain the whereabouts of the governor’s family. Nor did he affirm that they were still in Damaturu, the state capital. Our source insisted that the First Family had been moved.
A top opposition politician in the state, who asked for anonymity, criticized the governor for moving his family to a safe place even as Boko Haram continues to make the lives of other residents miserable.
“It is a bad omen for the governor to hide his family somewhere when he has been pleading with others not to flee the state.”