Borno, one of Nigeria’s 36 states, is serenading news headlines because Kashim Shettima, its immediate past governor, has become a running mate in Nigeria’s next presidential elections.
Today, Bola Tinubu, APC’s presidential candidate and flagbearer, will officially unveil his choice for Shettima after announcing it on July 10 in Daura, Katsina state. The controversy behind both candidates is that they are Muslim despite the country having a population where 50% of people are Christians.
While a Muslim-Muslim ticket has been heavily criticised, the reasons behind the choice will be full-blown by September 28, when campaigns officially kick off. However, Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the country’s ruling party, already said the choice for Shettima was based on prioritising competence.
Competence is not easy to assess. We've discussed whether it is even possible to tell if 'Governors are working'.
However, Shettima’s tenure in Borno can give us a small glimpse into the economic performance he delivered, even though he vacated office in 2019. One indicator, albeit imperfect, which we shall use is internally generated revenue (IGR), which has sharply increased since 2016.
Economists believe a state's