Daily Trust (Abuja)

1 February 2013

Nigeria: Kebbi Indigenes Thank Jonathan Over Ministerial Nominee

Birnin Kebbi — Indigenes of Kebbi States have expressed appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan for putting to rest, the controversy surrounding the ministerial nomination from the state.

Chairman of the group under the auspices of Kebbi Indigenes Resident in Kaduna Dr. Ibrahim Yauri during a courtesy visit to Ambassador Umar Farouk Kaoje at his residence yesterday in Kaoje also congratulated the President and his new ministerial nominee from the State, Barrister Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (SAN) for successfully scaling through the screening by the Senate.

He said the controversy surrounding the nomination generated last year has almost polarized the once peaceful co-existance of the state between ethno-religious line.

"The situation has heated the polity and has almost split the state between religious and ethnic divide. We are also expressing our appreciation to governor Saidu Dakingari and the people of the state for taking a bold step of submitting Turaki's name based on merit and conviction of moving the state and Nigeria forward", he said.

The executives of the Kebbi indigenes, who are on a sensitization tour of the state for the proposed Kebbi Peace Week also called on the people of the state to support government activities geared towards progress and continued peace and unity of the state.

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