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Friday, July 22, 2011

I will never apologise to Boko Haram —Gov Mu’azu Babangida of Niger state

In his usual characteristic manner, the Niger State Governor Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said last weekend that he has not done anything that warrants his being attacked by the Boko Haram Islamic Sect and vowed not to apologise to empty threat
“I will only apologise to the people of my state if at all I have done something wrong, my concern at all times is to seek peace and address my wrongs if any at the appropriate place, as stated in the holy book. I will continue to say what is right as truth will one day prevail.”
The Governor who was speaking at the closing ceremony of a 3-week retreat organised for Commissioners-designate, Permanent Secretaries and top civil servants, declared that “Nobody can make me afraid, I can’t apologise to anybody, as “I have not offended anybody.” 
The Governor who was on a three-week vacation at Saudi Arabia arrived Niger State last Thursday stating that nothing can distract his efforts towards making Niger State a better place to live without minding where everyone comes from.
Aliyu’s declaration is coming on the heels of rumour making the rounds that he is one of the targets of members of the sect because of his opposition to their activities. 
He said “It is unfortunate that we are making terrorism to thrive in this country. I can only apologise to the people of Niger State if I made mistakes.” 
Aliyu therefore told the officials that the administration in its second and final term have no room for excuses “We don’t have room to make mistakes; we must get our priorities right.” 
He challenged the Commissioners-designate and top civil servants to ensure that they do something that the country would be proud of during their tenure.” 
The government, he stated would in its second term focus on the emancipation of youths by ensuring they were well trained to be gainfully employed by government and the private sector. 
Among those who attended the two-week retreat were 23 Commissioners-designate, 24 Special Advisers and top officials of the government. Certificates were presented to the participants.
It would be recalled that some Jamatul Nasir Islam (JNI) from Niger State attended a meeting held at the Central Mosque in Bauchi last year where they resolved to meet northern state governors to impress on them to demolish churches within the town of state capitals.

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