Pressure mounts on Dakingari to choose successor from Kebbi South
The pressure mounted on the Kebbi State Governor Saidu Dakingari to choose a successor from the Southern senatorial district of the state came to the fore over the weekend, when the Emir of Zuru, retired Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Sani Sami, and former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi openly called on the governor to consider somebody from the zone as his successor.
In his address at the Zuru Emirate Uhola cultural festival and agricultural show held in Zuru, the Emir said that Zuru emirate has never had the opportunity to govern the state, calling on the governor to now make that possible.
He said: “I will turn my attention to His Excellency, Alhaji Sa’idu Dakingari, the Governor of Kebbi State and the ruling party caucus to consider zoning of Kebbi State governorship to Kebbi South senatorial zone.
“For us in Zuru, there is no more cobbling together. This is because people who are united think less of themselves but more of others. We cannot continue to be defined by our disunity. We are now determined to work to transform our hitherto animosity/adversity into an opportunity.”
He described the Uhola festival as the creation and tradition of the Emirate’s ancestors who have sacrificed to bequeath a rich culture that would draw recognition from the world.
Earlier in his speech, chairman of the occasion Gen. Bamaiyi called on politicians to play politics with the fear of God and with the interest of the common man in their hearts.
Bamaiyi said: “Let me assure everyone here that those who do not believe in our unity are misguided. The time when people go about spreading falsehood and rumours about our people, especially our leaders, is gone.
“The time when people from outside Zuru emirate use such rumours to divide us is also gone. We must from now on carry our cross. Anyone who wants to decide the fate of our people outside the emirate must think twice because we shall not allow such people to divide our people for their selfish gains and our people’s loss.”
Governor Dakingari, who was represented by the commissioner of commerce, industry and tourism, Muhammad Sani Rukubolo, said government has set aside N2 billion for the promotion of small, medium and large scale industries in the state.