The Secretary to the Borno State Government, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, has described the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, as a pathological liar for telling Nigerians that the Minister of State for Education and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had written to the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, advising him against allowing the conduct of examinations in Chibok, but that the governor ignored the advice.
Speaking with reporters yesterday in Lagos, Jidda, who showed the purported letters from the minister and WAEC, urged journalists to ask Mu’azu and his likes, to produce the letters they referred to, which allegedly asked the state government not to conduct examinations at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, where over 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram.
The SSG also showed the reporters a letter the state government wrote to the police, asking for daily security at the examination centres, including the school in Chibok.
This, the SSG said, followed a request by the WAEC.
Jidda said: “He (Mu’azu) is a pathological liar. I don’t know if any of you watched Channels Television today (Thursday). I took the letters there, and the panelists all read it. There was nowhere any of the letters asked us not to conduct examinations in Chibok.
“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.
“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 examinations in Chibok. At any rate, at the time of the examinations, Chibok was considered 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.
“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.
“But he should know that he should not be dabbling into executive matters. Maybe, we will ask our National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, to also reply him”.
On Mu’azu’s claim that Governor Shettima was out of the country at the time President Goodluck Jonathan was reportedly scheduled to visit Chibok, Jidda again said, it was untrue.
He said: “I am in Lagos now for something else. But here I am talking to you. This was not what brought me; it just happened. So, that was what transpired when my governor went to London. He did not go just to grant interviews, he was in London for a different purpose.
“However, as soon as we got information that the president would be on his way to France, with a stopover in Chibok, my governor cut short his trip to return to Borno. And while we were waiting to receive the president, we got information that it had been called off”.