A delegation of Borno leaders headed by the state Governor, Kashim
Shettima yesterday presented ten undisclosed demands to President
Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The demands are believed to be connected to measures the delegation
hopes, can help in the efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the
The delegation includes traditional rulers, elders, national and state
assembly members, local government chairmen, women groups, the
Nigerian Union of Journalists and labour unions.
The delegation presented a letter containing security-related
“observations” and ten undisclosed demands to the President.
Leading the delegation, Shettima said the demands and observations are
the outcome of an extraordinary security meeting which he convened in
Maiduguri last week Monday.
Shettima in his opening remarks informed Buhari that he was presenting
a letter on behalf of the delegation and pleaded with journalists that
because there were matters of security, he was not going to disclose
both demands and observations. He also said the delegation would
discuss the issues raised in closed door meeting with the president.
“Your Excellency, we came with some observations and 10 specific
requests for urgent presidential intervention. These observations and
requests are products of discussions in the aftermath of our
extraordinary 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,” Shettima said.