5 December 2012

Nigeria: Gaidam Chides Aliyu Over Comments On Insecurity

Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, yesterday said it was unfortunate for his Niger State counterpart, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, to depend on newspaper reports to conclude that 'governmental institutions' have relocated from the state due to insecurity.

Gaidam, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, said Aliyu, who also presides over as the Chairman of the Northern States Governors' Forum (NSGF) should cross check his facts before making such a sensitive public pronouncement.

Aliyu was quoted to have said on December 3, 2012 at the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre Abuja, while delivering a speech at the Sardauna Memorial Lecture, that: "I wasn't very happy when I read in the papers that in Yobe State, the legislators and the commissioners were moving to Jigawa State. Is it true Gwanman Jigawa? It is true! That means we are already giving up, because if the governmental institutions moved, it means those who are after us have defeated us and have taken over. What is the best way out? How do we arrest the situation because if governmental institutions in Yobe State moved, then it means gradually we will begin to move...?"

Gaidam said: "First, if the Niger State Governor feels strongly about the report, we would expect that the first thing he would do was to contact his colleague in Yobe to find out if it was true that his commissioners and lawmakers in the state were moving to Jigawa."

He added that for Aliyu to alleged that 'governmental institutions' in the state 'have moved' out of the state as a result of the deteriorating security situation in the area, was in bad light.

The governor also added that for Aliyu to rely on a speculative, unattributed report from a newspaper, would speak of 'governmental institutions' taking flight out of the state was bad.

The statement noted that even if Aliyu was unable, for whatever reason, to contact Gaidam, one would have expected him to show circumspection using a newspaper report to make such weighty comments.

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