‘Yobe not side-lined by Buhari gov’t
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.
Supporters of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State celebrating the governor's victory at the election petition tribunal, in Jos yesterday.