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IBB, Abdulsalami’s Emotional Farewell To Aliyu

Posted: May 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie, Minna

IT was indeed a rare expression of emotions when former Military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, and former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, paid a farewell visit to the Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, on Monday May 25, 2015.

Both statesmen, indigenes of the state, were known to be close to the governor throughout his eighth years in office.

Speaking at the occasion, Babangida said that contrary to widespread speculations, the current fuel scarcity and epileptic power supply in the country were peculiar trend in developing countries and not aimed at sabotaging the in-coming Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Babangida, who expressed concern over the suffering of Nigerians, however, stated that the allegations that the ongoing challenges were aimed at sabotage the incoming administration was wrong.

“Are you people (press) not concerned about the situation? I am concerned as you, but we should support government to solve the problem”, Babangida said, as he urged journalists to educate Nigerians rightly on the prevalent situation in the country.

He explained that as a developing nation, Nigeria was bound to be confronted with several challenges from time to time and it required the collective will of the entire populace to surmount same.

According to him, “Every developing country has its challenges, but we will by the grace of Almighty Allah, overcome and this is what I want every Nigerian to understand.”

On his own, Abubarkar appealed to Aliyu to share his experiences with the incoming administration in the state as he wished him well in his future endeavours.

Abdulasalami’s in-law, Abubarkar Sani Bello of the All Progressive Congress (APC) it would be recalled, would be taking the reigns of governance in the state from Aliyu.

It was understandable that Bello being into private business all through his life and had never held any leadership position, Abubarkar would want his inlaw to avoid administrative pitfalls, hence he urged Aliyu to his share his experience with the governor-elect.

Also, Aliyu, corroborating Babangida’s view, ruled out sabotage in the current fuel and power crises in the country, attributing the blackout to shortage in the water level needed to keep the hydro-electric dams in proper functioning, while the gas supply to the power plants had been zero.

Aliyu also linked the current fuel crisis to the difference in exchange rate, which he said, was largely responsible for the current fuel controversy.

Aliyu commended the two former leaders for their visit and their untiring roles in fostering unity among the diverse people of the country.

He stressed that but for the role played by Abubarkar’s National Peace Committee, the outcome of the last general elections would have been different.

While commending Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the elections, Aliyu urged them to continue to maintain peace, even as he decried the new wave of kidnapping that had crept into the state.

Aliyu said: “We thank God for the peaceful conduct of the last elections and the fact that the results were generally acceptable by all is also worth thanking God for as a developing nation”.