In a press interview of recent Governor Kashim of Borno state was asked: “What will you like to be remembered ?” He replied “….as someone who came at a very turbulent phase in Borno’s history, made his best efforts against all odds to ameliorate the situation of his people and left with high hopes that Insha Allah this madness will come to an end…” The governor was similarly asked of his regret in the administration of Borno and he responded: “…is my inability to do as much as I would have loved to do in the areas of afforestation, our environment is being abused and made inhabitable for human habitation. I would have loved to plant a billion trees. But, I could not because of the security challenges we are facing. I am a politician with a mission and a goal. If Allah gives me the will I might take Girl Child Education and Afforestation as my lifelong projects.” Pardon me to make a brief comment on that Kashim said he would be remembered leaving his regret to another opportuned day. No doubt Kashim is the most troubled governor in the most troubled state so far in the history of the nation. He inherited at the inception of his administration a Boko Haram war at its embryonic stage that gravitated into full scale war during Kashim’s tenure, and subsequently tamed but yet to be extinguished at the time he’s leaving the office. In short, Kashim is handing over to his successor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, a baton of an insurgency war already degraded and decimated – thanks to the Nigerian military and other stakeholders including Kashim Shettima, the man at the center of the Village Square battle.
Kashim will be remembered for so many things. To me I see Kashim as a man to be remembered for his guts in demystifying the Calvin doctrine of Predestination for the Mbororo Fulani race. According to the Calvin doctrine of Predestination, the generation of man born poor will remain poor forever. In short, this is just like a caste system where the believe is that one cannot grow beyond or outside the system once in the system. For Mbororo Fulani, they are the acclaimed and known traditional cattle rearers and security guards. This has been the generational or age long occupation from father to son and they do this with honesty, dedication and tenacity of purpose. However, in course of Kashim’s administration, the Mbororo Fulani fortune and history changed for better. The story has it that in course of his formal and informal visits to the locations of victims of the insurgency, Governor Kashim observed to his dismay the agony of some Mbororo Fulani cattle rearers who are dispossessed of their cattle by the insurgents and some forced to take up security job as a result. What struck him most was the sight of the children of this group of Fulani who flocked round their parents aimlessly with no future. According to report Kashim was provoked into action as he convinced himself that if the children are left with their parents unattended, the boys will certainly end up like their fathers as security guards and the girls with no future. Besides, Shettima is certain that in this age of CCTV and ICT, both the father and the son will end up sooner than later jobless. At this point Governor Kashim vowed to change the perceived destiny or Calvin Predestination doctrine as far as Mbororo Fulani is concerned. In making his vision of Mbororo Fulani a reality, Kashim’s first port of call is education for the young ones of this race. Hence, the birth Mbororo Fulani Integrated School in Maiduguri that has taken off fully. Commissioned recently by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, the school capable of accommodating hundreds of pupils has modern gadgets and facilities expected of a standard school. The pupils are fed twice daily and provided with all essentials including books, uniform and transport. Interestingly, the Fulani parents are appreciative of the governor‘s gesture giving the government the boost to forge ahead. With more efforts of the state government and the continuity of the Mbororo Fulani project, Kashim has not only demystified the legendary Calvin doctrine of predestination but has challenged the dormant nomadic education as well create safe future for the present and oncoming generation of Mbororo Fulani. This among others are the enduring legacies Kashim will be remembered. Kashim Shettima would be remembered as the Biblical Jabez story who was born and named “Son of sorrow” due to circumstances of his birth. Jabez refused to accept this tag or name on him and prayed to Almighty God to remove from him this odium. God, the Heavenly father heard his prayers and the label “Son of sorrow” gave way to successful and prosperous Jabez.