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Arewa Youths On Northern Speaker

Posted: May 15, 2015 at 3:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu –  Bauchi


A political group, Arewa Youth and Women Collation for Good Governance (AYWCGG), has endorsed the aspiration of Yakubu Dogara from Bauchi State as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Addressing a press conference at NUJ secretariat, Bauchi, the North East Coordinator of the group, Aminu Garba Sidi, said their decision to support Dogara was informed by the need to give a sense of belonging to the North East region, which, according to him, has been ravaged by insurgency.

He noted that the North East region made the second largest contribution to the electoral fortunes of the APC in both the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“The region came second to the North West and we are very sure if not for the violence it would have been ahead of the North West,” Sidi said.

He explained that North East region as a home to hundreds of minority tribes in Nigeria has a sizable population of Christians who should be given a sense of belonging in the new government in order to consolidate the unity and peaceful coexistence the APC victory brought to the region.

“Efforts by the PDP to use religion and ethnicity to divide the people failed because of the determination of the North East people to effect change of leadership in Nigeria.

“It will therefore be fair to zone the speakership to the North East and particularly to Hon. Digara who has distinguished himself as a credible, honest and patriotic legislator.

“Hon. Digara is now a ranking member who is coming back for the third consecutive term.

“General (Muhammadu) Buhari needs people with Dogar’s  qualities to help him succeed in his government because  he is a lawyer per excellence, dynamic parliamentary, administrator and incorruptible person.”

The group called on Buhari and all APC leaders as well as House members from all geo- political zones to support the aspiration of Dogara as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Sidi expressed optimism that Dogara will help cement the relationship between Northern Christians and Muslims as well as further unite the people in order to have a sense of belonging in the country.