By Muhammad Babale, Bauchi
Maryam Alexander, the president and founder of Change Women Association (CHAWA) said they are happy with the change that has come to Nigeria following the just concluded general elections. And they also congratulated the entire elected persons and those that made the election success.
In her remarks while briefing newsmen, Mrs Alexander said with the election of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the president elect, they believe that Nigeria will see change in all facets of the national life especially in Federal government appointments, which would reflect our diversity as a nation.
She added that it is pertinent to mention that its’ not contestable that the northeast sub region is the poorest region in Nigeria and one of the poorest in the world.
According to a report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) the North East is also one of the educationally backward sub regions in Nigeria, with the highest number of school age children that are not in school due to poverty.
Furthermore, Mrs Maryam stated that “the northeast sub region gave All Progressives Congress (APC) tremendous support and cooperation during the just concluded election which Gen. Muhammadu Buhari attested. He admitted that Bauchi State gave him the highest vote than any other state put together from 2007 to 2015 election.”
The NGO also mentioned that Hon. Dogara showed ability to manage conflict because of the role he played in managing disputes within and outside his constituency. They also said he is devoid of sectional interest and religious bigotry.
However, all these things that are mentioned about this long term member is just a story. As mentioned above, that Dogara has shown enough ability to manage conflict because of the role he played in managing disputes within and outside his constituency, but how? This is a person that cannot manage to represent only three local governments under his constituency, and yet some people are busy supporting his ambition.
First of all, it is in the same Tafawa Balewa, the home of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, which Hon. Dogara is representing, that act of governance has become impossible. Civil servants have no access to their respective offices in the local government headquarters. Every machinery of government of that local government is being carried out with anxiety and fear to the extent that no services are delivered to the masses in that locality.
In this case, the state government decided to move the headquarters from T/Balewa to Bununu since there is no peace in T/Balewa worth the “Sayawa” people and also to find a lasting solution to the lasting problem of the local government. After all the Sayawa of Dogara chased away all non Sayawa residents of T/Balewa and they are still refugees elsewhere. Most of the residents, the non Sayawa, have abandoned their farm lands, houses including everything. What effort did Dogara make for the unity of his people? How could you expect someone that cannot control the issue of one local government to contribute in building the nation or particularly the northeast which had suffered in the hands of the insurgents?
And can someone tell us who Hon. Dogara is representing in the House? A tribe or a particular religion or the whole people of Dass, T/Balewa and Bogoro federal constituency including Bununu people? On the question, before now we thought Hon. Dogara was representing the whole people – Sayawa and non Sayawa – of Dass T/Balewa and Bogoro fedral constituency.
Finally, he did not deliver his own home town, APC did not score even one percent in his home town, Bogoro. Northeast needs a person that is not tribalistic and biased; not the likes of Dogara.
By Muhammad Babale, Bauchi