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2023: North may settle for Akpabio

by Salisu Hamisu Ali
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Prominent Northern politicians, academicians and opinion leaders stormed Kano on Sunday  for what turned out to be  the first mammoth crowd to drum up support for  Niger Delta Minister, Godswill Akpabio, ahead of 2023 general elections.

Although the coordinator of the group, Senator Godswill Akpabio for Common Good( SGACG) that hosted the event tried to convince the audience that the event was not about 2023, few who spoke to our correspondent after the event believed him but many insisted it was like the icing on the cake, regarding the possibility of drafting the Minister into the 2023 presidential race.

The event, according to the convener of SGACG, Malam Jibril Tafida, who delivered a detailed speech on the group and its  objective, was meant to officially launch ‘The National Interest’ Magazine. 

Elsewhere in the speech however, he said the magazine was meant to correct the erroneous impression that many Nigerians  have about the Minister, describing him as  ” the most misunderstood politician”.

” Mr. Chairman, to say that our current effort is a volunteer initiative by like-minded individuals who share a  belief in good governance and one Nigeria. It is  also an effort to tell the world the truth about the most  misunderstood  politician in Nigeria today”

“This organisation, Senator Godswill Akpabio for Common Good,   is for public education and  not  for 2023 campaigns. Therefore,  the magazine is out  to let  the world know who Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio really is,  and what he stands 

“I would like to use this opportunity to tell you about a man whose generosity has  reached every nook and corner of Nigeria. Someone who is generous and kind with everyone. He likes to help people irrespective of where they  come from or what religion or tribe they  belong to. Above all,   he doesn’t expect anything in return. This is the man that built mosques and churches all over Nigeria and sponsored many to the holy land . 

“This is the man that sponsored many to further their education both  within Nigeria and abroad. This is the man that does not differentiate between the high and  low class in his relationship with people. I must admit here that there is no politician today that loves Nigerians  like Senator Akpabio. I’m sure many of you here will testify to that, therefore he deserves our appreciation and support any time.

Mr. Tafida said  Nigeria needs him as he has the necessary  capacity  to redirect the focus of this nation  to the promised land,  as an experienced public servant who is versatile  in managing men and resources.

“The National Interest magazine is therefore here to serve readers the true position of things and how they are, anywhere they are, within the political circle” he added.

Also, Professor Abdullahi Hassan Goron Dutse of Nigeria Police Academy Kano in his lecture presentation titled: Leadership, Governance and Nation building in Nigeria highlighted leadership qualities of a good leader in nation building. 

Professor Abdullahi said ” leadership requires someone who is focused,  humility,  integrity and capacity to manage conflicts “.

At the event were political  bigwigs from Northern Nigeria include former Governor of Kaduna state,  Alhaji Mukhtar Ramlan Yero, former speaker of Kano House of Assembly Alhaji Gambo Sallau and Sarkin Turken Kano.

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