‘A dull person with power is the most dangerous person’ – Kashim Shettima | #MondayQuotes

‘A dull person with power is the most dangerous person’ – Kashim Shettima - #MondayQuotes
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This entry is part of 12 in the series Monday Quotes S01

“There is no dangerous person than a dull person with power. Even an intelligent man might be intoxicated.” – Kashim Shettima | #MondayQuotes

“There is no dangerous person than a dull person with power. Even an intelligent man might be intoxicated. If you give power to a dull person, he is threatened by his own shadow; he sees everyone as his enemy, and he is vulnerable to manipulation; of course power mongers who would come and surround him and create unnecessary scenario.” Kashim Shettima

‘A dull person with power is the most dangerous person’ – Kashim Shettima - #MondayQuotes
‘A dull person with power is the most dangerous person’ – Kashim Shettima – #MondayQuotes

About Kashim Shettima

Kashim Ibrahim Shettima, former governor of Borno state (2011-2019) is the current senator representing Borno Central (2019-date). Born on Friday, September 2, 1966 in the city of Maiduguri, Mr Kashim attended Lamisula Primary School in Maiduguri from 1972 to 1978; Government Community Secondary School, Biu in southern part of Borno State from 1978 to 1980; transferred to Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum (now in neighbouring Yobe State) where he completed his secondary education in 1983.

He studied at the University of Maiduguri and earned a Degree (BSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1989. He had his one-year compulsory membership of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, at the defunct Nigerian Agricultural Cooperative Bank, Calabar, capital of Cross River State in South-South, Nigeria, from 1989 to 1990. He obtained a master’s degree (MSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1991 at the University of Ibadan in Southwest, Nigeria.

Shettima joined the University of Maiduguri as a Lecturer with the Department of Agricultural Economics and was in the academia from 1991 to 1993.

In 1993, he moved into the banking sector and was employed by (now defunct) Commercial Bank of Africa Limited as head of accounts unit at the bank’s office in Ikeja, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria. Shettima was there from 1993 to 1997. In 1997 he crossed over to the African International Bank Limited as a Deputy Manager and rose to become a Manager in 2001.

In 2001, he moved to the Zenith Bank as head of its main branch in Maiduguri. At the Zenith Bank he rose to Senior Manager/Branch Head; Assistant General Manager (AGM)/Zonal Head (North-East), Deputy General Manager/Zonal Head (North-East) before he stepped out of the Zenith Bank as a General Manager in 2007 following his appointment as Commissioner for Finance in Borno State.

From 2007 to 2011, he served as Commissioner in five ministries: Commissioner of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs (2008), Education (2009), Agriculture and Natural Resources and finally to the Ministry of Health from where he contested the Governorship in 2011 which he won under the platform of the now defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP and was inaugurated on May 29, 2011.

He won reelection in 2015 under the All Progressives Congress, APC and was chosen as Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, an umbrella body of Governors in the 19 States located in northern Nigeria. He has so far been driving key changes in the affairs of the forum with focus on promoting northern unity and reviving ailing industries belonging to northern States.

As governor of Borno State, he efficiently managed challenges arising from the Boko Haram insurgency which he inherited in 2011. With the approval of the National Security Adviser and the Nigerian Army in 2013, his government formalized establishment of youth volunteers called the Civilian JTF. The volunteers have played very significant role in supporting the military in ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

In September, 2014, Maiduguri, the seat of Government, became very vulnerable to being occupied by insurgents. The fear was so intense that notable residents relocated their families to Abuja. However, in the midst of such fright, Kashim Shettima who was out of the country for an official assignment, returned to Maiduguri in a show of courage and patriotism.

On his return, the ex-governor mobilized residents towards rising up in defense of their ancestry. Although Maiduguri didn’t fall, the insurgents succeeded in occupying 20 out of the 27 local government areas of the State before the Nigerian Armed Forces liberated them between 2015 and 2016.

The ex-governor coordinated and led the temporary accommodation, rehabilitation and resettlement of victims of the Boko Haram insurgents. With peace building, the former governor

Quote Source: DailyTrust

Biography Source: Wikipedia

Picture Source: Aljazeera

 

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