Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State said he abandoned the use of bullet proof cars as an act of sympathy with the suffering masses who have no means of self protection from terrorists.
Shettima stated this on Sunday, September 18, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.
He said that the action was also aimed at showing that the terrorists have no supernatural powers.
“We have to dare the terrorists; I have bullet proof cars, but I do not use them; I want to be exposed to the elements as the ordinary people do,” Shettima said.
He said the bullet proof cars were only kept for the use of visitors who might be afraid to use ordinary cars.
“We have so many bullet proof cars but we only use them for our guests.
“Sometimes I drive myself round the town to see things for myself,” Shettima said.
The governor also attributed his numerous achievement in office to dedication and hard work.
“There is no magic in our achievements, except that where there is will, there is the way; like I always say, there is no politics better than the contentment of the people.
“You are there not because you are the best among the people of the state; I am the governor not because of my political sagacity, intellectual prowess, parental back ground or physical strength, ” he said.
Shettima added: ” This is because even within my cabinet, there are many people who supersede me in all these attributes.
“Power to me is a very humble experience; it is about what you can do to a great number of people within the time allotted to you to pilot the affairs of the state.”