Borno Lawmaker Sacks Aide For Describing Shekau’s Suicide Heroic

By Bukar Bolori 

A lawmaker representing Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) in the House of Representatives, Hon. AbdulKadir Rahis, has sacked one of his aides, Bukar Tanda for exalting the leader of Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau of committing suicide during an attempt to capture his by a fractional terrorist group.

Tanda, in a Facebook post had referred to Shekau as an admirable true hero, 

Aide to Borno Rep member celebrates Shekau’s suicide, calls him “true hero, who had the courage to take his own life, rather than surrender during combat. 

Tanda, had posted his view on Thursday, on his known Facebook, saying: “I admire and appreciate his (Shekau’s) courage to terminate his life. He lived a life of a hero and died a true hero. He did it in such a way that not even traces of his corpse will be found.” 

Tanda’s comment was greeted by a lot of criticism both on the social media and on the streets of Maiduguri.

Many saw it a a confirmation of constant accusations from the military, alleging that some residents sympathize with Boko Haram fighters who have since 2009, killed countless number of people of all ages, majority of them men from hundreds of communities in Borno and parts of the northeast. 

Reacting to Tanda’s comment, Rahis in a letter addressed to the legislative aide and titled: “Notification of Termination of Appointment,” said: “I wish to formally write and notify you of the termination of your appointment as my legislative aide, forthwith.

“Your actions, utterances and opinions of recent are at variance with my interests, that of my constituency air great party, APC.

“This letter also serves as a disclaimer to any action or position you took or wish to take, on any matter that may have the remotest connection with me in a person or my office.”

Rahis, when he was called up by our correspondent to authenticate the letter, said it was from him and that he was tired of the embarrassment of the aide.

He said: “The guy has always been a source of embarrassment to me, he has always spoken against the party and has continued to speak against the former Governor of the State and Senator representing Borno Central, Senator Kashim Shettima

“I have always be cautioning him without him changing, but this I cannot definitely take anymore informing the reason for the sack.”

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