From Tom Garba, Yola
A prominent indigene of Adamawa and rights activist, Daniel Richards yesterday accused some elites in the state of being clueless on how to move it forward, hence turning the state into a huge experiment laboratory.
“The elites who are the indigenes of the state are always trying to pull down the administration of Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow as they did to other previous governments by fuelling and spreading falsehood against the administration in order to discredit it.”
Richards, who made the remark during a press conference in Yola, noted that he was ashamed of some of the state’s elites who felt no compunction to lie against the government by implying that the governor’s performance was dismal.
He said having being disturbed by the gory stories of dismal performance he was constantly told by the elites, he deemed it fit to come to Adamawa on a fact-finding mission and was surprised by the developmental strides he saw on ground.
His words: “Some of the senior citizens of the state residing in Abuja have been feeding me with wrong information about Bindow’s government. I came to the state to see what is on ground by myself.”
Richards added that upon arrival in the state, he went round to see for himself whether the claims of non-performance against the government was true or false. He said going round the state capital, he discovered that what the elites were telling him were mere fairy tales to discredit the government of Adamawa State.
He noted that even though he opposed APC in the last general elections, as a good citizen who is mindful of the development of the state he would not score the government low in terms of developmental strides in order to score cheap political points, especially with the developmental strides he saw.
Richards said he was impressed by the phenomenal record of achievements by Bindow having seen for himself about 15 ongoing roads projects in the state capital alone.
He added that the elites in the state should know that it is no more going to be business as usual as the governor seems to have made his decision to serve the state as such they could not get the patronage of the government.
Richard said: “In the last general election I campaign for SDP, gubernatorial candidate. But APC, won the poll. I don’t believe in APC ideology then. I secretly when round the state capital to inspect what the government is doing. Honestly, what I found on ground impressed me. Many roads network were opened and work is going in over four sites Bindow must be commended. These our elites who feed fat on the state resources are poised to fight Governor Bindow since he refused to give them contracts or share the resources with them.”
Richards equally commended the Nigerian Military for clamping down on all Boko Haram enclaves in the three troubled states of the region before the December deadline issued by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He insisted that the Nigerian Military was able to dislodge the Boko Haram militants from all their enclaves in the North East within six month after Buhari took office.
According to him, Boko Haram militants are now in disarray, hence their resort to suicide attack. He noted that the military authority has done their best and called on civilians to join in the fight against insurgency through community policing.
His words: “The military cannot eradicate all Boko Haram members before December. What I think my President said was that the Military should dislodged the outlaw group from the nation’s territory which had been achieved. They are no longer hosting any of their flag in any part of the country.”
Daniel noted that North-East elders need to join force with President Buhari in the war against Boko Haram.
From Tom Garba, Yola