The Borno State Chairman of Christian Association in Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Naga Williams Mohammed has supported Sen. Kashim Shettima as the running mate of Asiwaju Bola Tininu Presidential candidate on the platform of APC.
Unveiling the attributes of the former Governor, yesterday (Monday), in Maiduguri, Mohammed said: “My brothers, those who are not from Borno State may not know, but you and I know better.”
He disclosed that in the history of Borno State, there is no Governor that has been fair to the Christian Community as much as Sen. Shettima.
Besides, he added that he is saying this in the presence of God Almighty and this is nothing but the truth.
Shettima, according to him, is the only Governor that has sponsored the highest number of Christian Pilgrims every year since 2011.
He stated that; “I am speaking boldly without fear or favour because as CAN Chairman I do not receive salary or a kobo from Government or any institution, but the facts need to be told.
He noted that the Governor has shown compassion to the Christian Community.
While citing Gwoza people, he said: “When the people were driven from their ancestral homes, they fled to Maiduguri, and the Governor personally came to CAN Centre in Jerusalem ward two times in June and July 2014.
“He gave N10 million for their upkeep at the first instance, but the victims were not many.
” By the end of October 2014, the IDPs from Gwoza increased to 42,000 in that camp alone. “He came again and gave another N10 million. He also gave additional N5 million for Christians from Borno who fled to Cameroon to be returned home.
“He gave another N5 million for non-indigenes who fled to Cameron to come back to Nigeria.
He added that the former Governor even directed the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA to be supplying food directly to the IDPs under the Christian leadership.
He also insisted that he wanted Christian IDPs to stay together with their Muslim counterparts in various designated IDP camps here in Maiduguri. This is why the CAN leaders felt it wise to separate Christian IDP’S to avoid frictions between displaced persons dealing with trauma.”