I Wasn’t ‘Dumped’ As Borno SSG, I Resigned, Says Jidda

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The immediate past Secretary to Borno State Government, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, has faulted newspaper headlines that said he was ‘dumped’ by Governor Kashim Shettima in recent appointments by the governor.

He said that it would be erroneous to refer to someone who has served the state for about 10 years as being ‘dumped’.

Mr. Jidda was reacting to reports in a section of the media yesterday suggesting that he was dumped by Gov. Shettima for another person for the position of SSG.

He described the report as untrue and malicious.

According to Jidda, long before the expiration of his tenure, he had given notice to the governor that he would not serve as SSG beyond May 29, 2015.

He said in the notice dated March 26, 2015, a copy of which was made available to the press yesterday, the former SSG informed the governor that he would be leaving office, by May 28, 2015.

The letter read in parts: “I wish to inform your Excellency of my considered decision to respectfully give you notice of resignation as SSG with effect from 28th May, 2015 or any earlier date suitable to your Excellency. My decision is to enable your Excellency scout for a suitable replacement and start your second term in office on a clean slate.

“I know between me and my creator that I availed to you all my experience, dedication and loyalty both in my official, personal and political conduct. My conscience as far as serving you loyally and with full dedication is never in doubt. I also cherish the respect and high regards you accorded me both in public and private”.

Mr. Jidda said that a careful observation of the content of his letter and what was reported in the media showed there was a clear attempt by some people to create mischief against him.

“From this letter, you would have seen clearly that the story was done in bad faith and maliciously skewed to serve the interest of some never-do-well persons in Borno. I am sure that even the governor would never have said he dumped me.  From day one, when I took the job, I told the governor I would not spend beyond one term with him.

“This is so because but for the pressure that was brought to bear on me, I did not even want to serve in the government, having served his predecessor. But when I was told I was needed to help stabilise the government, I had no choice than to stay back.

“And as at the time I took the decision, I did not even know the APC will be forming the central government. So from all these, you will know that there is no truth in the story”, Jidda added.

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