Pres­sure mounts on Dakingari to choose suc­ces­sor from Kebbi South

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Garba Muham­mad, Birnin Kebbi

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.

Gover­nor Sa’idu Dakingari

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