The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima has described Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, as a lunatic.

Shettima stated this yesterday, January 6, during a national emergency meeting which held between President Goodluck Jonathan, all the service chiefs and the Governors of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Kaduna.

“We had very fruitful deliberations and pollination of ideas on how to find lasting solution to the insurgency bedeviling us in that part of the world. I’m an eternal optimist and I am passionate too for that matter that we shall have enduring peace very soon with the very robust framework on ground. We don’t want to mention a date or anything but I believe our military is arising to the challenges of the time. Our military will robustly respond to the challenges I believe. Like I said earlier, I’m an eternal optimist we have to hope for the best against whatever odds,” Shettima said.

“Well, there are some local governments that are partially under the control of the insurgents and there are some that are largely under our control. I really don’t want to bolster Boko Haram by quoting numbers and figures because these lunatics feast on the oxygen of publicity. The more publicity they get, the happier they become I don’t want to give them that luxury. But I want to assure you that with 1,000 years of recorded history, Borno shall rise again in spite of all the challenges, believe me Insha Allah,” he added.

On Shekau, Shettima said.

“Shekau is a lunatic, he is a deranged element, he is not somebody anybody should give any molecule of respect. His actions are beneath the act of even an animal, believe me.”

“But as I said, we are not resting on our oars; we will continue to support the military by providing them with quality information when it becomes available. We believe in spite of people’s pessimism that in the fullness of time and not in a distant time, we are going to get back the girls, we hope to,” he added.

Shettima also said that elections would hold in the region despite the activities of the insurgents.