Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Gov Yero Preaches Peace, Love... Gets Deputy

Governor Mukhtar Yero has asked the people of Kaduna State to allow true love for their fellow human beings, Kaduna State and Nigeria to prevail over all forms of hatred, bitterness and malice, just as he urged them to be security-conscious as they celebrate Christmas.

Yero made this known in his Christmas message to the people of the state, yesterday.

In a statement by his Press Secretary, Malam Kabir Kaura, the governor said: "Christmas was not only a time for celebration, but a period for sober reflections and stock-taking of God's many blessings to us as a people."

"One of the areas we must reflect on is our relationship with God and with our fellow humans. All Christians and the entire people of Kaduna State must, therefore, be committed to religious harmony, peaceful living and understanding of one another.

"Our people must shun tribal, ethnic and religious teachings not in consonance with that of Jesus Christ, who came as an embodiment of peace and love."

He then reiterated his administration's commitment to "ensuring and continuing with a dedicated, robust and focused intervention in all socio-economic sectors of the state in the New Year.

"I ask all to continue to be security conscious at all times."

... gets Deputy

SUBJECT to the approval of the state House of Assembly, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, aged 63, is the new Deputy Governor of Kaduna State. Governor Muktar Yero of Kaduna State has nominated Bajoga, ending days of high-wire consultations over who should occupy the top spot.

State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Saidu Adamu, told newsmen that the governor took the decision after meeting with principal officers of the state House of Assembly.

Bajoga's name had been forwarded to the House of Assembly for screening.

Yero became governor two weeks ago following the death of his principal, Ibrahim Yakowa, penultimate Saturday in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa State, which killed all six persons on board, including former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi (rtd).

Reaction

Meanwhile, the nomination of Bajoga has continued to generate reactions from youths in Southern Kaduna, where Bajoga comes from.

A coalition of youths, stakeholders and opinion leaders from Bajoga's area, rejected his appointment, saying it was designed to rob the area of the position of the party chairmanship.

Those protesting against the appointment of Bajoga said the new governor and his mentor, the Vice President, Namadi Sambo planned to re-zone the position of the party chairman to the northern part of the state where both of them hail from.

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