Governor Ibrahim Shettima of Borno state broke down in tears in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari inside the council chamber of the presidential villa, Abuja on Monday.
The governor had led Borno elders for a meeting with the president on the resurgence of Boko Haram hostilities in the state. But while enumerating the condition of things during his speech, he was overtaken by emotion and openly shed tears.
Wiping the tears with his hands and with his voice cracking, he expressed confidence in the ability of the president to restore normality to the state and called for for speedy action on the delegation’s request to end the crisis.
Shettima said: “Between 2013 and 2014, we witnessed the most daring and most vicious evil of the Boko Haram, losing 20 Local Government Areas. However, we rushed here because of the recent upsurge in the activities of the demented monster called Boko Haram especially in northern Borno senatorial district. We are here because because since 2015, Mr President, you were able to restore our hope.
“Sir, you have demonstrated empathy for Borno and the overriding commitment to ending the Boko Haram. This is why we rushed here on witnessing some set back.
“We are here because we thought that Allah will use you to fully reclaim Borno traditional glory of being the home of peace. We are here as a people who worked, prayed and waited for your Presidency in the firm and under the belief that with you as the Commander In Chief, Boko Haram will become history in Borno.
“Mr President, we have not, and Insha Allah, we will not lose hope in you because because we have witnessed and survived worse moments before you came. We do not feel hopeless.
“Our hopes are very much alive and they are very high. “We came with some observation and 10 requests for urgent presidential intervention. These observations and requests are products of discussion in the aftermath of our extra-ordinary security meeting held one week ago.
“We didn’t rush to come after the meeting. We felt the need to travel to northern Borno, interact with displaced persons and the military so as to strengthen public confidence.
“I will seek the understanding of the journalists by not making public any of our observation and 10 requests. They are matters of security which we hope to discuss with Mr President in a close door.”