The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Chairman, Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari, has lamented that first term governors, who assumed office in their states in May are unlucky in view of the harsh economic climate in the country at the moment.
Yari, who is Zamfara State governor, spoke in Enugu at the weekend in company of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, when they visited Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The governors, who attended the burial ceremony of Ugwuanyi’s mother in the state, said they decided to visit the governor in the spirit of their cordial relationships during their tenures as members of the House of Representatives.
The NGF Chairman noted that there was hope in efforts to revitalise the economy.
“Each and every nation has its own problems, especially on the issue of the economy.
“We were discussing with our brother here (Ugwuanyi). We came in as governors and we can say we are not lucky, but in reality, we are lucky because we won our elections. We came in at a time when the economy is down, but we are managing.
“You can see we have hope for Nigeria. When we have security settled and we have the economy gradually working to ensure that all the leakages are blocked, we can enhance the revenue generation to the betterment of our nation.
“So far, I can say, it’s so good. We are making progress, more especially on the issue of security”, Yari said after Tambuwal preferred that he address reporters in his capacity as the chairman of the NGF.
On their mission at the Government House, Enugu, the NGF chairman explained that it was because they had good working relationship with the Enugu governor during his days at the National Assembly and that they had come to see the Government House, wish him a successful tenure as well as see the good works he has started in the Coal City state.