Secretary to Borno State Government (SSG), Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, has described the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, as a pathological liar, for telling Nigerians that both the Minister of state for education and the West African Examination Council (WAEC) had written to the governor not to allow exams to hold in Chibok, but that the Governor insisted.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos yesterday, Jidda, who showed the reporters the purported letters from the Minister and WAEC, challenged newsmen to ask Mu’azu to produce the letters which asked the state government not to conduct exams at Chibok.
The SSG further showed the reporters the letter Borno State Goverment wrote to the police, asking the police to provide security on a daily basis to all examination centres, including the school in Chibok, based on the request made by WAEC.
“He is a pathological liar. I don’t know if any of you watched the Channels Television today (Thursday), I took the letters there, and the panellists all read it. There was nowhere any of the letters asked us not to conduct exams in Chibok.
“In any case, the minister did not have the locus standi to direct the Governor on such matters. We provided logistics as requested by WAEC. We wrote the police too, to provide security on a daily basis, as per the request from WAEC.
“But let me reiterate here that at no time did we receive any letter either from the police, WAEC or even the Minister, advising us not to hold the exams in Chibok. At any rate, as at the time of the exams, Chibok was considered one of the safest locations in the state.
“In actual fact, the Minister’s letter only asked that security be provided for WAEC officials in Federal Government Colleges in Borno State. The letter did not request that security be provided for students, let alone Chibok students.
“So, I see Mu’azu’s claim as not only ridiculous, but one that smacks of mischief. I have known him for a long time, but I did not know he could go to this length, all in the name of politics.
“But he should know that he should not be dabbling into executive matters. Maybe, we will ask our National Chairman, Bisi Akande, to also reply him,” the SSG added.
On the claim by Mu’azu that the governor was not in the country at the time Jonathan was to visit Chibok, Jidda again said it was not true.
“I am in Lagos now for something else, but here I am talking to you. This was not what brought me, but it just happened. So, that was what transpired when my Governor went to London. He did not go just to grant interviews, he was in London for a different purpose.
“However, as soon as we got information that the President would, on his way to France, stop over in Chibok, my Governor cut short his trip to return to Borno. And while we were waiting to receive the President, we got the information that it had been called off.
“In fact, I was even telling the Governor before we returned to Borno that normally, if the President was going on a state visit, they give at least one week notice to prepare. But in this case, we had less than 24 hours notice. And my Governor said we just had to return irrespective of the short notice.
“So, this shows you the Governor is willing and ready to cooperate with the Federal Government to end this insurgency. And I must say that we must stop the blame game now, and concentrate our energies on how to bring back our daughters who are still in captivity.
“If not for the lies being told every now and again, we never wanted to make these letters public. But we have been pushed to the wall, that is why we are doing this now,” the SSG said.