‘Yobe not side-lined by Buhari gov’t

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

The Yobe State gov­ern­ment has de­nied re­ports that it was side­lined by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in his ap­point­ments.

Mal­lam Ab­dul­lahi Bego, the Di­rec­tor of Press Af­fairs to Gover­nor Ibrahim Gaidam, says in line with his in­cli­na­tions and val­ues, Pres­i­dent Buhari was mak­ing his choices of ap­pointees in a care­ful and painstak­ing way, and that fed­eral ap­point­ments are still a work in progress.

In a chat with our cor­re­spon­dent in Da­maturu yes­ter­day, Bego said “Pres­i­dent Buhari is not some­one you can ac­cuse of side-lin­ing one part of the coun­try or one State in favour of an­other. He has this en­tire coun­try as his con­stituency and his modus of gov­er­nance re­flects that.

“It is still a work in progress but his over­ar­ch­ing ob­jec­tive is to put this coun­try back on the path to great­ness af­ter years of PDP’s mis­rule.

“Here in Yobe State, we are sat­is­fied that Pres­i­dent Buhari means well for the State, for the North­east re­gion and for the en­tire coun­try. He has brought a new sense of pur­pose and a level of se­ri­ous­ness to the fight against in­sur­gency that we haven’t seen be­fore. His choice of min­is­ter from our State is great and we re­main con­fi­dent that as one of the States af­fected most by the vi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties of Boko Haram, Yobe re­mains a pri­or­ity area for the Pres­i­dent”, Bego said.

“Yobe is not the only State where only a min­is­ter was ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Buhari. There are oth­ers that have voted for him too but where no ap­point­ments were made ex­cept that of a min­is­ter. We can­not judge the pres­i­dent only on the ba­sis of whether or not he picked in­di­vid­u­als for ap­point­ment to gov­ern­ment po­si­tions from a State”, he said. The 13-mem­ber leg­isla­tive coun­cil of Isin Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kwara State who sus­pended the coun­cil chair­man, Mr. Ab­dul­maaruf Ab­dul­lahi Thanni, for three months over al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds has lifted the sanc­tion.

It would be re­called that a re­cent joint state­ment signed by nine out of 11 coun­cilors in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, presided over by the Speaker, Jo­layemi Julius, an­nounced the sus­pen­sion of the chair­man.

But while ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists at the week­end, the speaker said fol­low­ing the in­ter­ven­tion of the sen­a­to­rial chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), the is­sue has been re­solved.

“Like I said, it is a fam­ily mat­ter and our chair­man has in­ter­vened in the mat­ter, we there­fore re­scind our de­ci­sion to sus­pend the chair­man,” Jo­layemi said. In his re­sponse, the coun­cil chair­man, Ab­dul­lahi Thanni, said he had been dis­charg­ing his du­ties well.

Photo: NAN

Sup­port­ers of Gover­nor Si­mon La­long of Plateau State cel­e­brat­ing the gover­nor's vic­tory at the elec­tion pe­ti­tion tri­bunal, in Jos yes­ter­day.

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