Niger State Governor and Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, on Saturday said he had information about 400 northerners, who have been penciled down by pro-Goodluck Jonathan forces to betray the North after they must have been financially settled. He promised to reveal their identities soon.
Aliyu, who made this disclosure as part of his tribute to the late Emir of Minna, Alhaji Ahmadu Bahago at the 25th anniversary of the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umaru Faruk Bahago, said the North was not afraid of the 2015 general elections.
He said, “We hear rumours of some people who say they have the list of four hundred northerners that they are going to settle, and they are sure if they settle the 400, everything will be okay. We are looking for that list so that we will tell the people that these are the people that want to betray you. This sense of betrayal on the northerners has festered into a groundswell of mistrust.
“I must advise all of us to be conversant with the happenings in our country, we must be cautious that through the ballot papers we can always determine who becomes our leader in Nigeria, by God’s grace plenty good things will happen in 2015. Whoever God brings we will follow. Do not be afraid, let there be 200 candidates, God will allow only one candidate emerge.’’
Gov. Aliyu while condemning the outcome of the Anambra governorship election said: “With what happened in Anambra State, we don’t pray it repeats itself in 2015 general election because that could cause a problem for all of us as a nation. We must all put our hands on deck to ensure the people understand the right.”
He added, “INEC and others must understand that election is not about money. If politics is about number, then the northern states should not complain, because whatever touches one, touches all us.
“We must therefore, not be afraid of 2015; Allah shall do well for Nigeria. However, our major concern should be focused on our electoral laws and the performance of the Independent Electoral Commissioner, especially with what happened in Anambra State.”
In his tribute to the late Emir, Aliyu described Alhaji Ahmadu Bahago as ”An epitome of leadership commitment and foresight, measurable by the time and energy he invested in everything.
“I think the greatest legacy left behind for this nation by the late Emir was his ability to provide a pragmatic and dynamic leadership that balanced the interests of all the diverse people of Minna Emirate Council as a foundation for the remarkable growth and development we are witnessing in Minna today,” he said.
He pointed out that there would be no ethnic violence in any part of the country if every leader behaved like the late Ahmadu Bahago.
In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion and former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida said Nigeria needs peace and security to develop, adding that “we must all join hands to together to make this happen because Nigeria belongs to all of us.”
The occasion was attended by dignitaries such as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, and Ambassador Hassan Adamu.