By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Former pension boss, Dr. Abdulrasheed A. Maina has thrown his support behind the candidature of Governor Nasir el-Rufai for a second term, ahead of the Gubernatorial polls, billed to hold in Kaduna State and the rest of the country in less than 24 hours.
In a statement personally signed by him, he said that among all the contenders for the office of Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai stands tall.
“It is true that for one to succeed as Governor of the elitist state of the likes of Kaduna, you need just more than experience and sound education but the doggedness, fearlessness, temerity and charisma of a lion.
“He has got all the attributes put together, intimidating resume, robust and enduring respect for elders, vast knowledge, accountability and ultimately the fear of God.
“These are the qualities needed for one to excel as Governor of a State like Kaduna,” he said.
Maina said that for the residents of Kaduna State and indeed passers-by, one would notice that for over three decades or more, Kaduna has remained an old picture of itself in every aspect of human development, no roads, comatose educational system, poor infrastructure, insecurity, poor health facilities etc, all suffered neglect during the past administrations in the state.
“Having personally visited more than 11 local government areas during our campaign for both the presidential and gubernatorial elections, Kaduna State indigenes seem to have pitched their tents with Malam el-Rufai’s administration due to his people oriented projects.
“He has renovated and equipped schools, upgraded health facilities, secured public institutions, saved billions of Naira through the introduction of the single treasury account, instilled discipline into the civil service, ensured accountability, transparency in Government institutions and above all, empowerment of Women and the youth which he has passion for,” he pointed out.
He noted that there is no area that he has not touched within the last three years, despite the meagre resources at his disposal.
“Certainly, another four years will mean continuation of his people oriented programs without any disruption as has been the case in the past. His stint as the FCT Minister helped in making Abuja the beautiful City it is now,” he assured.
He therefore, urged the people of Kaduna State to shun any propaganda aimed at dividing them, rather they should embrace togetherness and development of their towns, villages and of people.
“We shall see more fortunes and dividends of democracy for the good people of Kaduna State now,” he emphasized.