Former Nigerian Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, may have chosen traditional rulership as he accepted to serve as Waziri of Adamawa, in Adamawa State.
The position is equivalent tp Prime Minister in the Adamawa Emirate and he is now the most senior King maker and adviser to the Lamido of Adamawa, who is the paramount ruler of the Emirate.
Atiku’s appointment as Waziri of Adamawa followed the death of former Waziri, Alhaji Muhammad Abba in April this year.
Speaking at a reception in Abuja his honour over the new appointment, Atiku said that the political differences in Nigeria needs ‘fixing’ in order not to jeopardize national development.
Atiku said that it is normal for Nigerians to have their political differences and political flights but to that there is need for the citizenry to know when to apply the brakes.
“This is key so that what is getting to Adamawa, be it projects, provisions or positions are not lost because of dirty quarrels and what some people call ‘pull him down syndrome’.
“I believe we will be remembered not by the number of people we pulled down but by the number of people we lifted up.
“For those of us who God has spared our lives up till now…how do we forget the contributions of Air Marshall Badeh or late M D Suleiman, the Inspector General of Police, people like Senator Mahmood Waziri or late Justice Buna?
“Or how do we forget people like Nuhu Ribadu, Babachir David Lawal or Emmanuel Musa Bello just to mention a few?
“We even gave our President, Muhammadu Buhari his very smart and beautiful wife (Aisha), an accomplished professional in her own right.
“I stand to be challenged by any state; which has given so much to this country? So don’t let anybody tell you that we have not contributed or that we have a basket case.”
Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow, President of Adamawa Community Association in Abuja (ACA), Alhaji Sali Isa Bello, an ex-Head of Service of the Federation, among others at the event commended Atiku for his contributions to the state and nation. [myad]