Borno’s Commissioner for Higher Education and aspirant for the 2019 elections, Usman Jaha (Babawo) has clarified that distribution of some social welfare items that included cobbler’s kits with Polish for shoes, some fruits and wheelbarrows was done under his personal programme with absolutely nothing to do with the Borno State Government. The Commissioner also explained that the items were chosen based on the peculiar needs of his people, citing that a serving Governor from another part of Nigeria had once distributed life chickens to citizens of his State based on their peculiar needs.
The clarification followed reactions which trailed the programme with online commentators linking it with the State Government.
“The programme is my personal effort and it is based on the peculiar needs of the beneficiaries in Gwoza. All communities have their needs and these needs change from time to time. In my years as a politician who served at the Borno State Assembly before becoming a Commissioner, I have always interacted with particular constituents before making any welfare intervention. I make interventions based on their peculiar needs. There are times people ask for a particular support and we don’t have the liberty of imposing our preferences. We support communities in all sectors that include education, vocational skills and businesses. There are records. What do what our people want. I have once seen the picture of a serving Governor from a different part of this country distributing life chickens to citizens and I am sure it was based the peculiarities of needs. A good politician must be conscious of the peculiarities of needs in the communities he or she represents. A politician must be pragmatic and must not shamed of doing what his people want because the people make the politician. What is important to me is the happiness of our people in Gwoza, nothing else really matter” Jaha said.