Coalition in North East tasks Nigeria’s President-elect on all-inclusive governance

Samuel Luka, Bauchi

A Coalition known as North East Development Association (NEDA) has called on the Nigeria’s President-elect, Alhaji Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to run an all inclusive government upon taking oath of office come May 29, 2023.

Addressing a press conference in Bauchi, the Secretary General of the coalition on Friday, Comrade Bitako Abubakar Umar, charged the President-elect to see Nigeria as an entity and strive to govern it irrespective of ethno-religious and political affiliation.

NEDA while congratulating the President-elect, Bola Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima, described their victory as a sign that Nigeria and Nigerians are gradually shifting away from religious and sectional politics.

The group which drew membership from the States that make the sub-region, also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the enabling environment for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2023 General elections in an atmosphere of peace.

The North East Development Association also commended INEC
under the chairmanship of Professor Mahmud Yakubu for organizing what they described as one of the most transparent, peaceful, free and fair election in the history of Nigeria.

NEDA stressed that the elections was adjudged the best considering that, “opposition defeated the sitting Senators who were unable to be re-elected different from the trend in Nigeria where incumbents dictate who get elected.”

“They were defeated in States and Constituencies where they control, but as it can be seen clearly by the voting, incumbents lost in their home States, sitting Governors losing their ambitions to become Senators and
pattern, the electorates are aware and voted for their wishes”, he pointed out.

The Secretary General stated that,
“In the 21st century, as civilized people and the world largest black nation, we should not be seen falling short of common sense as many nations, particularly, African countries are looking up to us for emulation.”

Comrade Bitako Abubakar Umar said it was imperative for Nigerians (youths, elderly, women and children) to live peacefully and maintain their means of livelihoods.

He stressed that the recent End-SARS crises should teach Nigerians a lesson because according to him, same
Nigerians are used by politician to aspire to become their leaders.

“No any politician, pressure group or political group is worth dying for, without people, Nigeria is just a seven letter words, there has to be people as
social, cultural and religious groups”, he said.

“We should use what happened and make Nigeria to move on, and still Nigeria will move on, no ambition of any politician is above the unity and peace of the country,” Umar explained.

According to him, issues and problems should be resolved through civilized and constitutional means in order to protect, preserve and safeguard the sanctity of our dear country and nation Nigeria first.

“As Nigerians, we should recall back that in 1993 during the June 12 crisis, a lot of Nigerians lost their lives and means of livelihoods. There is how to channel these matters arising and grievances. NEDA is calling and appealing to all tow that line”, he said.

Comrade Bitako Umar who said Nigeria belong to all Nigerians irrespective of region, religion, culture, tribe or political affiliation, noted that the Presidential election has been concluded, winner declared and as such, any matter arising or grievances, provisions had been made under the constitution which all citizens swore to uphold.

He called on Nigerians to abide by the constitution that gives them the right to exist as citizens.

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