The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has charged the government of All Progressives Congress (APC) to make conscious efforts to deliver on its promises to Nigerians, saying it will be a disaster if it fails.
Speaking when he received the governor of Bauchi State, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, in the National Assembly, the speaker noted that it was the yearning of the people for a positive change in their lives that led to the massive support the APC got in the last general elections.
He said, “Our people have witnessed bad leadership, especially in the last eight years. It will be a disaster if we don’t save this situation.”
Dogara explained that the case of Bauchi is a typical example of a situation where the people gave overwhelming support to the APC in all the elections into the two arms of government because they looked forward to a better life under the change regime.
The speaker said, “Everybody knows the passion of our people in Bauchi State. They embraced us against all odds, against the sitting governor because they feared the kind of situation in which they found themselves under the last regime and they needed change and thank God we came with this promise of change.
“To be candid, God has set for us, the platform through which we can deliver this change. Today, 12 of our members are all of the APC, three of our senators are all of the APC. We have a governor who with the whole of his team, are all members of the APC. And thank God and thanks also to the President of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, who really saw the kind of love the people exhibited in the course of the campaigns, and to be candid, in his own way, he has discharged all the burdens a father can do to his supporters or children.
“He has given us more than we deserve, I can say that, in Bauchi State. I can even list the number of appointments that we have and I am seated here as the speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Why I am saying this is, it now behoves on us to pull our energies together, to synergise, to ensure that these people that the president has appointed help to ameliorate the conditions of our people.”
Urging the governor to ensure that he brings together all appointees from the state in order to harness their resources for the progress and development of the state, he noted that “If there is no leadership, this will not happen, and the difference between a bush and a garden, is just organisation. If you have a wonderful garden and you don’t organise it, over time it will become a bush in itself. So that therefore means that without leadership, we will not even come together, let alone bring our resources and strength together to improve the conditions of our people.”
The Speaker added: “This time around, we should be careful. Nobody has the luxury to think about himself first. It should be our people first and what will serve the interest of our teeming people from Bauchi State first, is our unity.”
Assuring him of support from the National Assembly in building the state, Dogara said: “We must deliver on the promise for change.”
Earlier, Governor Abubakar, accompanied by the Bauchi State chief of staff, said they had come to identify with the Speaker for all the good things he has been doing to stabilise the polity.
He noted that having taken over power after 16 years of rule by another political party, the task of stabilising the polity is herculean and requires men and women who have clarity of thought to occupy the positions such as that occupied by the Speaker.
While assuring the Speaker of the state’s support in the herculean task of bringing Nigeria out of the dungeons, he lauded the crop of lawmakers in the House of Representatives, saying they will do their people proud.