‘Buhari Loves Nigeria More Than Himself’ – Ganduje
Governor of Kano state Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a true and dedicated nationalist, whom he said loves Nigeria more than the way he (Buhari) loves himself.
Stressing that, Buhari is an embodiment of honesty, integrity, transparency, accountability and utmost patriotism for genuine national development, emphasising that, “We have in him a true and committed leader.”
He made the assertion at South East APC Dinner for Buhari, that took place at Owerri, capital of Imo state, in the presence of all newly emerged leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the region. As well as other distinguished personalities from the region.
“Buhari is a symbol of unity. Buhari loves Nigeria more than the way he loves himself. He is too much committed to bringing sustainable development to our dear nation. This Dinner in his honour is timely and apt,” says Ganduje.
Delighted again by the way President Buhari brings back the glory of the nation, governor Ganduje insisted that, “Before our dear President came in, we had series of bomb attacks all over the North East. So also in places like Kano, we had terrible experiences.”
Adding that, “There was a time in Kano when 10 police stations were bombed simultaneously. Over 300 people were killed. We can still remember when there were explosives at Kano Central Mosque, where another set of more than 200 were killed by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents. But everything is now history. When President Buhari came in now it is a different story.”
According to Ganduje before they came on board as leaders under APC, the military were in disarray, they were using almost obsolete weapons and there wasn’t much enthusiasm at the time for fighting insurgency then.
“But when Buhari comes on board things were put in good shape. Buhari is absolutely for Nigeria. If we are looking for economic prosperity for the nation, Buhari is the answer. If we are looking for integrity, Buari is the answer. If we are looking for honesty in the fight against corruption, Buhari is the answer,” he encourages.
On the recently concluded National Convention of the APC, governor Ganduje dismissed all speculations that were making round before the Convention that, the party would disintegrate after the convention.
He challenges ” Where are the Doubting Thomases who speculated that the party would disintegrate after the Convention? But because of our able President we had a very successful Convention.”
With a smiling face full of joy he further added, “The Convention is a huge success for Nigeria. It is a huge success for democracy. It is a huge success for South East and a huge success for Imo politics.”
Giving some accounts of what transpired at the venue of the Convention, Eagle Square, Ganduje discloses that, “I can remember when there was a gang up to humiliate our brother politically, Governor Rochas Okorocha, we went there directly and said ‘No that will not happen in our presence. And over our dead bodies!
“We all believe that Okorocha is a bridge builder. Therefore not in our presence for a gentleman like him to be dwarfed and to be rubbished. We didn’t allow that calculated attempt to happen. Any gentleman will not feel comfortable if another gentleman is being manhandled. So we said NO! Ganduje stated.
Revealing the critical role he played when some Northern Youth gave all Igbo people residing in the 19 Northern states ultimatum to leave North, Ganduje mentioned how he sought permission from Buhari to douse the tensed tension then.
“I went to Mr President and requested him to give me the go ahead in reconciling the situation. Our dear President said ‘Please go ahead’! I converged all the members of that Northern Youth group and also invited all the Igbo leaders from the 19 Northern states and sat with them for 5 days in Kano. We accommodated them all,” he reveals.
Ganduje continued, “We had a very fruitful discussion with all of them. It was after that, that they, the youth went to Abuja and announced their withdrawal of the ultimatum. We all believe in peaceful resolution of any tensed situation.”
The governor commended the South East APC for organising the Dinner and the Unity Rally for Buhari and to also rejoice with all those that were recently elected at the National Convention who come from South East. And other South East states party leaders who were recently elected.
At the event all newly elected members of the National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee from the region, alongside all other state Excos of the party from all the South Eastern states were introduced to governor Ganduje.
That singular act indicates Ganduje’s overwhelming importance in the party, as one of the APC governors who always see reason in following the footsteps of President Buhari in the execution of good policies for the overall societal development.
A standing ovation was accorded to Governor Ganduje after his down-to-earth remarks at the occasion. Many dignitaries were sighted applauding the governor incessantly.
On his part the governor of Imo state Owelle Rochas Okorocha commended Kano state for being a state that accommodates more Igbo people than any other state in Nigeria.
“I must commend your state for being the state that hosts more Igbo people than any other state in the country. This shows your receptive and accommodative postulation. As far as I am concerned also my friend the governor of Kano state Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje ‘Mai Gandujiyya’ is a bridge builder,” says Okorocha.