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Why I back Buhari to re-contest in 2019 – Gov Masari


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari has said there is no better sacrifice for Nigeria than allowing president Muhammadu Buhari to continue leading the country until 2023.

The governor, in an interview with BBC Hausa Service monitored in Abuja on Friday, said President Buhari’s strides speak volumes on why only his continuity would be the best decision Nigerians would ever make for the country’s prosperity.

“I’m one of those who support him (Buhari) to re-contest. But you know everybody has his own opinion. We want Nigeria to be truly on track,” he said.

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On the challenges in some states, especially the inability to pay workers salaries, the governor said “I want you to understand that any state that fails to settle its workers’ salaries has nobody to blame than the stare itself, and not Muhammadu Buhari, because there was the opportunity (to settle backlog of salaries).

“The Paris Club fund was released but some states refused to pay workers. He sourced this fund and each state was given with mandate to pat salaries, pension and gratuities.

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“And don’t forget he came at the time when the country plunged into economic downward, yet he laboured to continue to steer the country and you want to tell me of any blemish in that man’s leadership?” he queried.

Governor Masara explained that it is evident to all Nigerians of Buhari’s achievements thus far, which are glaring enough to be reversed.

Asked on the alleged cabal dictating the affairs of the administration, Mr Masari said “what I know President Muhammadu Buhari is the Nigeria’s president. The nature of opposition in Nigeria is such one that accuses you of everything.”

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But when reminded of the recent boards appointments brouhaha, the governor said “nobody is sure of seeing tomorrow. What of If I submitted your name and before a week you die? This is a simple thing. That state should just replace the deceased person. Nobody has control on life and death.

“But if you know the cabal, then name them. I personally don’t know them.”

The former speaker of the House of Representatives also dispelled rumours of a crisis in Katsina APC over ministerial nominees.

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