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Lamido: It is No Crime to Aspire to Be President of Nigeria

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The Jigiwa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, yesterday stated that it was not a crime for him or any other Nigerian to aspire to become the president of Nigeria next year.

He said those occupying political offices today never thought that they would be there some years back.

According to him,  “Those who are there today never imagined that they would have been there 10 years ago. So it is high time we began to separate emotional attachment from national office like the office of the president of Nigeria.”

On the speculation clouding his presidential ambition, he said: “And I don’t see any crime being committed by people saying that I want to be the President of Nigeria, because it is not a personal office.

“Every Nigerian should be able to aspire to that position, provided it is not based on the criteria of tribe, religion or culture. Anybody elected to that position should be a Nigerian president.”

The governor made the disclosure to THISDAY aboard the Overland Airlines, in its first commercial flight from Dutse to  Abuja.

Asked to rationalise former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s view  describing him as a presidential material, he said: ”You see, former President Obasanjo was simply making a very honest and genuine assessment about me when he averred that I’m a presidential material.

“However, he also said the same thing about Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Godwills Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, and even the governor of Sokoto State. You know he has been there before.

“And in any case, the current president is his own godson, it was he who discovered the qualities and potential in President Goodluck Jonathan and he brought him up.”

On the speculation that he was nursing a presidential ambition, Lamido stated: “Every Nigerian has the right to aspire to be the president of this country. Every Nigerian is a presidential material.

“You see, they tend to personalise the presidency and therefore anybody who aspires to become the president is like committing a crime. That office is a national office for all Nigerians and therefore should not be appropriated, anybody can be there.”

Asked on his political plans in the months ahead, he said: “What do you mean by plans? By my political culture and belief as a Muslim, I would always allow God to be my guide; He has been there for you and I.”

The governor explained that he felt fulfilled on completion of the Dutse International Airport under one year, which commenced its first commercial flight yesterday.

While calling on both local and foreign investors to come and invest in the state, the governor promised that the airport would open the state agricultural potential to the outside world

In a remark, the Chief Executive Officer of the consultant to the government on the construction of the airport,  El-Mansur Group, Mr. Tunde Oyekola, explained that the timely delivery of the project under a year was as a result of Lamido’s tremendous commitment and determination to build an airport of international standard in such a record time.

He said: “Today, the first commercial flight was accomplished in and out of Dutse.

The airport has received flight certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for flights to commence.

“With a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Overland Airlines, the flights will be three times a week. “This is a truly historic occasion for indigenes of the state and Nigerian at large. The airport has passenger terminal facility and cargo terminal being built by the federal government for the state and therefore the airport will operate both functions,” he said.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 5 Years ago

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