•It’s not true, says Speaker

Insecurity has forced top Yobe State government officials to relocate from Damturu, the State capital, to neighbouring Jigawa State, Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu said yesterday.

The governor spoke in Abuja during the late Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation lecture series in Abuja.

Aliyu, who is also the chair of the Northern State Governors Forum, urged the North to stand firm against terrorism.

He said: “North must stand up against terrorism because of investing in the region.

“The (insecurity) situation has reached a situation whereby members of the state Executive Council in Yobe now run away to nearby Jigawa State for their safety. What is happening is very scary.”

He added: The implication is that “those who are after us have defeated us and have taken over, what is the best way out and how do we address this situation because if the government institution is relocating then it means nobody is safe. We must stand up and say no more to terrorism in northern Nigeria.

“We must tell the government what to do and many of us have access to government.

“ Don’t say my state does not have problem, you are in the middle of the problem and you must wake up and assist so that it won’t continue and we must appreciate that and I believe also that this guided Sardauna in making sure that he did not discriminate in terms of institutions or in terms of religion. He regarded people by what they can do to the transformation of the local community.

“This is indeed a moment of sober reflection for all of us; a moment that we should ponder to find out where we got it wrong almost a century after Sardauna left us and how it was possible for one person(the Premier) to achieve so much for the entire Northern Region and to unite the people to live in peace and harmony, while providing quality leadership.”

In those years, he said security of lives and property was almost taken for granted as people went about their normal lives without any hindrance.

“In the north (then), murder, kidnappings and extreme criminality were abomination,” he added.

He said history would forever be kind to the late Sardauna, who he described as a colossus, a quintessential philanthropist and a selfless and revolutionary aristocrat and humanist.

“This is indeed a moment of sober reflection for all of us to ponder and find out where we got it all wrong almost half a century after Sarduna left us and how it was possible for one person to achieve so much for the entire northern region and to unite the people to live in peace and harmony while providing quality leadership,” he said.

But Speaker of Yobe state House Assembly Adamu Dala Dogo, described the statement credited to Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu that Yobe state government officials have fled to Jigawa state as careless, reckless and immature.

“I am very disappointed with Governor Babangida Aliyu for making such careless, reckless and immature comments based on a newspaper report which is not true.

Governor Aliyu as the chairman of Northern Governors Forum should have called his colleague Ibrahim Gaidam (of Yobe) to clarify things before making such sweeping statements in the public.

“In the first instance, Governor Aliyu cannot differentiate between Jigawa and Kano State because that purported report said Kano but Governor Aliyu said Jigawa. In any case, I challenge Governor Aliyu and any body to come to Yobe and take a roll call of all government officials in the state. Everyone is on ground.

“All the members of the state House of Assembly are around. All activities in the state are moving smoothly, nothing is grounded. I am speaking from my house in Damaturu”, the Speaker said on the telephone.

The Speaker added: “come to my house right now and see all my children with my wives. I am right in my house with my children”.



Insecurity Forces Yobe Govt To Jigawa