news Saturday, August 1, 2020 Islamic leaders decry mosque closure Suswam denies working against Idoma interest Itodo Daniel Sule was lopsided against his senatorial zone. Suswam said his love and interest for the people reflected in his administration when he was governor. “When they brought first an ambassador, a carrier ambassador, there were many Tiv people who were high up, I said no. You recall that when I was governor, there were three career ambassadors, some I bought them vehicles. They were all Idoma, only one non career ambassador was Tiv. As governor, I had more powers then to kick against it but I didn’t. Most of those people are very close to me. That is the politics of the National Assembly, and so my comment on this issue is no way to be interpreted as Suswam not liking Idoma. As governor, I showed clearly that these are part of my people in terms of appointment and infrastructure and so on. I cannot come to the National Assembly and hold a different view or disposition,” he said. T he senator representing Benue North East and former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has debunked allegations that he was averse to the emergence of an Idoma person as governor of the state, or that he was working against the Idoma interest. Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Suswam said he only said one of the ambassadorial nominees from the state, an Idoma, be dropped and not necessarily because he was anti-Idoma. He said he was only fighting for his zone which elected him as senator, and not because he was working against the Idoma. “I am fighting for my zone, that is the essence of my representation in that place,” he said. The former governor was reacting to allegations that he expressed antiIdoma sentiments in a recent statement where he spoke against the nomination because it PHOTO: Yobe celebrates Sallah without movement restriction Ibrahim Baba Saleh, Damaturu State Governor Mai Mala Buni said as relative peace gradually returns to the state, people should be allowed to enjoy the Sallah period without much restriction. Buni in a Sallah message issued by his Director General, Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, enjoined the faithful in the state to exhibit good neighbourliness through love, peaceful coexistence and generosity. The governor commended people of the state for their support and cooperation, stressing that the government would remain committed and focused to provide basic infrastructure for the development of the state and to improve the lives of citizens. residence for the Sallah prayer on Alansar Gujba road in Damaturu. He said many aged people, women and children in his area had stop attending Sallah prayer because they couldn’t trek the distance. “I am happy and have more energy today because I didn’t trek, I came to the eid ground with a tricycle and I will return with it,” he said. Malama Gambo Maina, another resident, said the restriction was not favourable to motorists because they had to park their vehicles at home and trek to prayer grounds irrespective of the distance. “As you can see we can now make our Sallah visits on time,” she said. When contacted on why the restriction was lifted this year, Yobe R esidents of Damaturu, Yobe State were yesterday delighted for celebrating Sallah without restriction of movement. Movement was restricted during Sallah over the last decade by the state government due to the Boko Haram insurgency. A resident, Alhaji Ali Kasaisa, said he was very excited over free vehicular movement this year. He said though the restriction was due to insurgency, it exposed people to hardships, especially those whose houses are far from eid grounds. He said he used to trek a distance of almost one kilometre from his
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