By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
AHEAD of 2019 general elections coming in less than six months, Nigerians have been told not to take politics as a do or die affair.
The Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko who made the urge said” God gives and takes leadership to and from whosoever He wishes and at His appointed time. All Nigerians have the equal rights to aspire to any position.
Wamakko, a former Governor of Sokoto state stated in Sokoto during an interview with newsmen added” We can only have one Chairman, Governor or President at a time .”
The lawmaker who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District pointed out that, the underlying motive for seeking any elective position should be meeting the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
Wamakko who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education averred , ”’ the main idea here is that , people are more important than any egocentric interests .
”’ We have to continually put this at the back of our minds, if our democracy must be allowed to grow, to be in tune with the extant global trends. ”
He further admonished Nigerians to ”’ consider all Nigerians as Nigerians’, ” if the nation would grow and prosper , to be at par with the comity of nations.
” We should consider all Nigerians as Nigerians as the country belongs to all of us.
” Until we believe this, we have a long way to go , and doing otherwise is retrogressive and would continue to retard the growth , as well as development of Nigeria. “”
However, Wamakko noted that God has blessed Nigeria with abundant human and natural resources, which were not being effectively harnessed.
He stated that, Nigeria has abundant natural and mineral resources which should be fully explored and exploited, if the nation must surge to more greatness.
” We have everything to survive in this country, we must therefore stand up in this direction, just as we should shun corruption in all its ramifications.
” Nigerians must also learn to be law abiding, be self reliant, be industrious and learn myriad of trades, rather than solely depending on elusive , non existent white collar jobs.
” We have abundant fertile land, we can go into poultry and other related agricultural ventures, ” Senator Wamakko, maintained.
On democracy, the Sarkin Yakin sokoto opined, Nigeria’s political space was maturing, adding, ” we have been faring very well in the last nineteen years .”
While acknowledging that there was still room for an improvement, Senator Wamakko opined, ” We will soon reach the promise land .”