Stakeholders, political stalwarts and communities in Southern Borno have commenced the movement for rotation of power to the Senatorial District.
The movement under auspices of the Southern Borno Movement for Rotation of Power (SBMOP); is holding a one-day summit today in Maiduguri, with the theme, “Borno and the Challenges of Leadership,” under the Chairmanship of Peter Lassa.
The shift of power to Southern Borno; was announced by Ibrahim Usman yesterday at a news conference held in Maiduguri. He said that as democracy is a game of numbers, Southern Borno has been playing the second fiddle since the handing over of power by the military on October, 1979. According to him, Southern Borno electorates had the highest votes in each of the previous Governorship elections from nine Local Government Areas.
The affected councils in the senatorial district include, Askira/Uba, Biu, Chibok, Damboa, Gwoza, Shani, Bayo, Kwaya/Kusar and Hawul. He said the shift of power would be based on “negotiations, empathy and fear” of God to serve the people, irrespective of their religion, ethnicity and political affiliations. He also warned that whenever there is no “justice and equity” there would be no peace in the state.
This was why he said that the ‘movement for rotation of power,’ is sensitizing traditional rulers and Stakeholders on the power shift to the South.
Speaking on credible leadership, he said: “A good leader must not only have basic qualifications, but should ensure justice, equity and fairness to the people that elected him/her into office. “The power shift, which has commenced with this
summit in the state capital, Maiduguri, is a continuous process, 40 years after playing the second fiddle in good leadership and governance.”