Addressing journalists after a security meeting at the Villa on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Shettima noted that he would be visiting the location without any bulletproof car.

Despite the attack on his convoy, the Borno governor maintained that security has improved in the state since President Muhammadu Buhari came into office in May 2015.

President Buhari meeting with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari meeting with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

"When you juxtaposed the sorry state of the north east four years ago and what it is now, you will admit there has been great change in our fortune security wise," Shettima said.

"The threats and challenges are still there but when you put it in proper perspective, I think the president deserves commendation not condemnation. 

“Be that as it may, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. I am the chief security officer of the state, I should have the courage and believe me not that I am not petrified, no! John McCain says 'Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act in spite of it.'

"As the chief security officer of the state, the day I say I cannot go to a certain part of the state because of the insecurity, then what sort of confidence are you inspiring on the common man? 


“The Boko Haram bask in the oxygen of publicity, by attacking my convoy, by targeting my person, they have gotten the much needed boost. But then as they say if you cannot with stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Leadership requires courage. I will go back to Gamboru Ngala next week and ready to pay the supreme price if need be and I will not be going in a bullet proof car. I will go in a normal car like any other members of my convoy and expose myself to all the risk that they are bearing for me to be protected. 

“But believe me, no matter how long the night is, darkness must give away to the light of the dawn, no matter how stormy the weather may well be, it won’t rain forever. This madness will come to an end because is fight between light and darkness, it is a fight between cause and justice," he declared.

Despite attacks on military formations and some villages, the Federal Government claims that Boko Haram has been technically defeated.