3 June 2010

Nigeria: Ex-Yobe Commissioner Bags Turakin Potiskum Title

Abuja — The Emir of Potiskum has conferred the title of Turakin Potiskum on the state's former commissioner of finance in the late Senator Mamman Ali administration, Alhaji Mohamed Hassan. The letter of honour was delivered recently to the former commissioner by the Emir's secretary, who is also known as the Zanna Ar-Gimba in Potiskum.

According to a close aide of the ex-commissioner who pleaded anonymity, the Turaki title was given to Hassan in recognition of his valuable contributions to the development of the state and his total loyalty and support to the people and government of the state.

It is one of the few powerful titles conferred on prominent indigenes of the state who have achieved certain level of recognition. Hassan was said to have been overwhelmed by the Emir's kind gesture and pledged to use it to further improve his contributions to his people where ever he finds himself in the future.

Hassan was also said to have gone to the Damaturu Government House on Sunday to congratulate the governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, over the celebration of the 11th anniversary of democracy, and commended the governor for what he is doing since he assumed office after the death of the former governor.

Gaidam was said to have together with his cabinet, received Hassan at the government house and thanked him for his solidarity

Two days before the recognition, Hassan was said to have held a rally in Potiskum where he took a tour of Potislum to thank the people for their support to him while in government.

According to his aide, the former commissioner was under pressure of his people who turn out in large numbers to ask him to seek any elective position in the state,but was said to have kept mum over the issue,saying he is yet to decide.

' The truth is that he was asked which position he wants to contest,wether the senate or the governorship,but he told them he was yet to decide on any. He is still waiting on Allah for direction',the aide.

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