By Nkeremwen Cosmas
Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday enjoined citizens of Adamawa state to shake off the prevailing image of insecurity foisted on the state by Boko Haram insurgency and in reflection remember and bask in the contributions to national growth and development by sons and daughters from the Northeast state.
Speaking yesterday at the reception organised in his honour by the Adamawa Community in Abuja, to mark his elevation to the position of seventh Waziri Adamawa, at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, he said because of the false image painted by the insecurity in the geo-political zone, it is easy to gloss over the fact that the state has contributed to national development through the patriotic efforts of citizens like First Lady Aisha, the late Muhammadu Ribadu, Nigeria’s Defence Minister in the First Republic, Ahmed Joda; IGP Gambo Jimeta, Jibril Aminu, Bamanga Tukur, Mahmud Tukur, Haladu Hananiya, Murtala Nyako, Buba Marwa, late AVM Alfa, Air Marshal A. D. Bello, Air Marshal Bade, late IGP M. D. Sulaiman, late Senator Mahmud Waziri, Wakili Hassan Adamu, Nuhu Ribadu, Babachir David Lawal, and Musa Bello.
He said: “We have more than one story. Our story is not just the Boko Haram story. A lot has happened in Adamawa and Adamawa people have done a lot of good over the course of the history of this country and we continue to do so. Just think about it. Nigeria’s story would be incomplete without discussions of the contributions of Adamawa sons and daughters to the development of Nigeria. So don’t let anybody tell you that we have not contributed or that we are a basket case. We are not; and we are not defined by the current challenges. We are more than it. And we have the potential to be greater than we have been and to contribute more than we already have.”
While thanking the Lamido, Dr Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa and the Adamawa Emirate Council for his and his son’s elevation and Governor Jubrilla Bindow for his presence, he canvassed the need for his compatriots to pay attention to education at all the local governments, agri-business, politics without bitterness and the cause of IDPs in the state.