Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, has described leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, as a Lunatic, who does not deserve any respect.
The governor made this known while speaking with State House Correspondents at the end of a closed door security meeting between governors of the three North-East States currently under emergency rule, security chiefs, relevant ministers and President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
Baring his mind on the insurgency that has threatened the conduct of 2015 general elections in the North-East, Shettima said: “Shekau is a lunatic. He is a deranged element. He is not somebody anybody should give any molecule of respect. His actions are beneath the act of even an animal, believe me. I’m an eternal optimist and I am passionate too for that matter, that we shall have enduring peace very soon with the very robust frame work on ground.
“We don’t want to mention a date or anything but I believe our military is rising to the challenges of the time. Our military will robustly respond to the challenges, I believe. Like I said earlier, I’m an eternal optimist; we have to hope for the best against whatever odds”.
The governor, who insisted that elections must hold in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa albeit under very tight security, affirmed that some local governments in his state are partially under the control of Boko Haram but expressed the optimism that the state would ‘rise again’.
He said: “There are some local governments that are partially under the control of the insurgents and there are some that are largely under our control. I really don’t want to bolster Boko Haram by quoting numbers and figures because these lunatics feast on the oxygen of publicity. The more publicity they get, the happier they become. I don’t want to give them that luxury. But I want to assure you that with 1,000 years of recorded history, Borno shall rise again in spite of all the challenges, believe me Insha Allah”.