Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has nominated the immediate past Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Youths Empowerment, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, as his deputy.
The nomination followed the death of Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha in the early hours of August 15, 2015 in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, while he was on official assignment.
The spokesman to the Governor, Malam Isa Gusau, confirmed that Shettima has in a letter dated October 5, 2015 and addressed to the Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, forwarded the name of Durkwa and seeking the approval of the Assembly.
Gusau added that Shettima acted in accordance with the powers conferred on him by Section 191 Sub-Section (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).
“I have the honour to convey vide this letter the name of Hon. Usman Mamman Durkwa for confirmation as Deputy Governor of Borno State following the demise of Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha on 15th August, 2015. I wish to reassure the Honourable House of the continuous cooperation of the Executive arm and solicit for confirmation of the nominee, please. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration,” Shettima said in his letter as quoted by his spokesman.
Given the very respectful and cordial working relationship between the executive and legislative arms of Government in Borno State, Governor Shettima looks forward to the Assembly’s accelerated consideration and kind approval, Gusau noted.
Shettima once again prayed to Allah to admit Mustapha into Aljannah Firdausi, recalling that the late Deputy Governor served Borno State with dedication, patriotism and selflessness that was very uncommon.
The Governor reaffirmed his earlier pledge to stand by the family of the late Deputy Governor and also ensure the sustenance of his good legacies.
Governor Shettima called on citizens, particularly youth party supporters, to remember the transience of power and not to take advantage of the appointment to tease anyone and incite public disturbances under the guise of celebrations, warning that any act of lawlessness will not be tolerated by security agencies.
Shettima expressed his profound appreciation to the good people of Borno State, the Federal and other State Governments as well as individuals, groups, associations and corporate organizations for standing by the family of the late Deputy Governor and the current administration since the demise of Mustapha.
He prayed that God rewards all sympathizers abundantly.