Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has said he has no apology for the inclusive nature of his administration.
Al-Makura, was reacting to a statement credited to Dr Obadiah Mailafiya, the presidential candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADC), where he criticised the governor for favouring non indigene above indigenes of the state.
Dr Mailafiya, who spoke during the the golden jubilee of Mada Hills Secondary School Akwanga, said, “The APC Governorship primaries were conducted in Nasarawa State to favour a “foreigner and to deny the people of Nasarawa State an opportunity to be governed by their bonafide sons rather than a non-indigene who is a sugar cane seller from kano state!”
However, in his reaction, the governor said Mailafia who is vying to become Nigeria’s President, has the task to bring greater understanding and shape the attitude of ordinary citizens to collectively build this country on the basis of unity instead of whipping up primordial sentiments.
Al-Makura, in a statement signed by Yakubu Lamai, director general, Strategic Communication and Press Affairs, tasked the former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, to be a true Nigerian.
Lamai said, Al-Makura is a governor who believes in inclusiveness saying “Democracy can only work if all groups in a society feel that they belong to it, and it belongs to them”, which is why IN NASARAWA STATE, GOVERNANCE IS INCLUSIVE.
“Governor Al-Makura does not retreat into ethnic and regional shells, or religious conclaves in his commitment to promote social integration and nurture an INCLUSIVE NASARAWA STATE, where diversity is respected and all citizens have EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO the DEVELOPMENT of the state.
“The position of governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is clear. And we make no apology for it! The old order of igniting indigenes versus settlers or excavating vestiges of tribe and religion as political campaign issue to divide people, must be swept aside for the sake of equity and justice.
“The vested interests like Obadiah Mailafia, who sustain politics of tribe, preconceived prejudice and religious bias in Nigeria, must search their conscience and give up their vitriolic and outdated model of politics of hate and move decisively to accept the politics of hope.
“What is at stake in the forthcoming elections of 2019 is the future of Nigeria and politicians like Obadiah Mailafiya who aspire to “LEAD” Nigeria must in actual fact “LEAD THE WAY”, SHOW THE WAY and SET PATRIOTIC EXAMPLE by encouraging their followers to MOVE AWAY from looking at political campaign issues from the prism of religion, tribe or regional sentiment,” the statement said.
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