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Niger Gov Urges Opposition to Emulate Aminu Kano

Niger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has charged the opposition in the country to emulate the qualities the late Malam Aminu Kano, who, despite being a mainstream opposition leader,   still found time to work for the development of the northern part of the country.

He said that while Malam Aminu Kano campaigned vigorously for his Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), he was generous enough to drop his political or ideological leaning, in the interest of the region’s progress.

Aliyu spoke in Minna, on Monday, at the opening of a one-day Strategic Meeting of Executives of Non- Governmental Organisations from the northern part of the country, under the aegis of the Centre for Communication and Reproductive Health Service, with the theme: “Effective Partnership to Compliment Government’s Efforts in addressing Developmental Challenges in the Region.”

He said Malam Aminu Kano and other members of the opposition “never allowed their political differences to affect their goals for the North” – a trend that had been abandoned by the present crop of opposition politicians.

Aliyu also said that there was a need for a clear-cut difference in the ideologies of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the major opposition party the All Progressive Congress (APC), because, as of now “we don’t know the difference between the ideologies of these parties, which is creating problem in the polity.”

On the development of the northern region, Aliyu said that there a need existed for the political leadership to have a rethink about its concept of development, which should be convincingly people-oriented.

He recommended that states and local governments in the north should now look inwards to generate more money to fund their projects.

He advised Nigerians to make regular exercise and medical checkup of their health status priority.

The Co-ordinator of the Programme, Professor Mohammed Kuta Yahaya, who is also the Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, said that the workshop was to proffer solution to the spread of deadly diseases in the region and the country in general.

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