On Abubakar Sani Bello’s SSG Appointment By Fodio Ahmed
Nigerlites. After reading this piece, many of you, especially those from Zone ‘B’ will say, “Don’t mind him, he is also from Kontagora that is why.”
But I don’t care what any one says about me. Anytime I feel that my zone is wrong on something, I don’t keep mute because I am from the Zone. I didn’t stay mute about the Kainji State idea, the Kontagora Water Project, Political Crusades, among others.
Nigerlites, as much as I hate to comment on his Excellency, Abubakar Sani Bello’s Appointments, especially that of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), I will be doing a great injustice to myself and posterity if I keep mute.
Your Excellency, I cannot support your decision of appointing the SSG from your Local Government Area, Kontagora, without minding the feelings of Nigerlite whose votes brought you to power.
It is said that, if you want to solve a problem, then get to the root first. I am not saying it’s should be a justification of Abubakar Sani Bello’s decision but as long as, the Governor’s decision will translate to purposeful leadership and good governance, so be it. I mean I will support Abubakar Sani Bello’s decision.
Let’s take a brief ride into the political history and the SSG appointment of our state: During the NPN days, the first Civilian Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Awwal Ibrahim, was from Niger East (Zone B), Suleja to be precise, his Deputy was from Zone A, while the SSG was from Zone B. The point here is, both the Governor and his SSG were from same Zone.
During Kure’s tenure, Zone B, the same Zone that have began crying foul over The new Governor’s decision, enjoyed the position of Deputy Governor, in person of Dr. Shem Zagbayi from Gurara Local Government and that of the SSG in person of Late Dahiru Awaisu Kuta of from Shiroro Local Government, while Niger North (Zone C) almost missed out, if not for the Ministerial Slot which was doggedly fought for Engr. Mustafa Bello; despite efforts by Engr. AA Kure to move it to Zone A.
The point is, during Kure’s tenure, the SSG was supposed to come from Zone C, but what happened?
Let’s xray the immediate past Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Aliyu Babangida; when he came to power in 2007, he appointed SSG from Zone A in person of Professor Yahaya Kuta.
We shouldn’t also forget that in all these times, even the Senator representing Niger North was not from Kontagora Local Government until in 2011. Compare the representation of Senator Nuhu Aliyu Auna and that of Senator Ibrahim Musa who is from Kontagora, you will see that Senator Ibrahim Musa’s four years cannot be compared to Senator Nuhu Aliyu Auna’s 12years of stagnation.
Niger North, Kontagora especially, suffered the highest discrimination in Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu’s tenure. The Deputy Governor, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, is from Magama Local Government; the Commissioner of Works is from Rijau Local Government.
In the same vein, a recent Chief of Staff to Governor Aliyu, Alhaji Umar Nasko was from almost the same place with the Former Deputy Governor. Nigerlites, are we saying Kontagora does not have qualified politicians? In the same Governor Aliyu’s administration, the most effective policy was generated from Kontagora; I am talking about the Ward Development Project..
Administratively, the appointment of Chief of Staff, Secretary to the State Government, Chief Press Secretary among others are purely that of the Chief Executive, I mean the Governor and not based on Zoning. For the past 16 years, what growth and development has Niger enjoyed from the Zoning arrangement? So, the change we crave for is not for positions but of a greater Niger, a Change away from ‘Business As Usual’.
On a final note, Nigerlites are to look forward to what they can do for Niger State not what Niger State can do for them.