8 May 2008

Nigeria: Play Politics With Caution, Salame Advises Politicians

Sokoto — Acting governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Abdullahi Balarabe Salame, has described politics as a future embedded by realities and uncertainties which it's players must learn to practice with caution.

Speaking in Sokoto while receiving a delegation of members of the Association of Local Government Caretaker Committee Councillors' appointed shortly before January 26, 2008 councils poll in the state, Salame said in whatever capacity one was elected to serve the people, his perception of the office and personality should always reflect his ability to meet the challenges of developing the society in the interest of all.

" It is the electorates that gave you their mandate in reality and is expected of you to approach problems as they unfold with high sense of understanding to avoid or minimise the degree of temptation particularly as it affects public interest", Salame pointed out.

The delegation comprised of councillors from the 23 local government areas of the state.

According to the acting governor, the state government was aware of the contributions and effort of the councillors, assuring them that it would continue to identify with them in the collective interest of the state on relevant policies and programmes.

"You are not foregotten and we will do everything possible to compensate you based on what is your right as indigenes and party members", added Salame.

He similarly acknowledged their loyalty to the state government and PDP while calling on them to rally round the party with a view to returning Wamakko whom he described as " people interest and choice of the moment".

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Malam Bashir Sada said they were in Government House to pay their respect and solidarity to the acting governor for his foresight and wonderful appraoch to sustaining the policies and programmes of Wamakko.

He described Salame's commitment to steering the state as a demonstration of the kind of leadership he inherited with human face from Wamakko, for dispassionately accommodating all and sundry with a view to ensuring equity, fairness and transparency so as to sustain the confidence of all.

Mallam Sada further assured the acting governor of their unalloyed support at the grassroots to ensure the return of Wamakko in the forthcoming re-run election.

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