From Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
The Galadima of Muri, Alhaji Tukur Aba Tukur, has urged politicians in Taraba State to reject the politics of bitterness and conduct themselves like people who want to lead others.
Tukur made the call at a reception held in honour of the Care Taker Committee Chairman of Jalingo local government area Dr Aminu Jauro Hassan by the Muri royal family.
Tukur said it made no sense that those clamouring to lead others fail to show the capacity to tolerate and accommodate opposing views.
“I must say that our son has proven to be an exemplary leader. His track record at the State Primary Health Care Development Agency speaks volumes besides a well-accomplished medical career.
“Today, we have chosen to come together to celebrate him on his appointment as the CTC Chairman of Jalingo local government area. Indeed, we believe that this is only a stepping stone and not his destination. This is important because often time, we fail to appreciate good work appropriately. It is our expectation that he will do even more in this responsibility he is given.
“As we are all well aware, electioneering is at us again. This is an opportunity for us to elect new leaders. It is important that we are properly given in making our choices. Those who instigate crises can never be good leaders. We must look out for those who work for peace. Those who are available for the people. We must look out for those who have proven records of competence, integrity, honour, humility, selflessness and the interest of the people at heart.
“Let me call on our youth to shun violence and resist being used as thugs by desperate politicians who only remember them when they need them to do their dirty jobs.
“Instead, elect leaders who will provide an enabling environment for you to thrive using your youthful exuberance, strength, talent and skills,” Tukur said.
Dr Aminu Jauro Hassan in his response commended the state governor Darius Ishaku for the opportunity to serve and appreciated the royal family for the honour.
He promised to put in even more effort to ensure that he delivers on his mandate and leaves Jalingo local government area a lot better than he met it.
“I feel utterly humbled by this kind gesture and the warm show of love. I assure you that I am already consulting with various sections of our society in a bid to bring everyone on board and work for the common good of the local government.
“I am aware of the security challenges we have but I am confident that our engagement with the youth and other stakeholders will put all of these to rest. We would intensify engagement, especially in the days leading to next year’s election so that we would have a rancour-free election.
“We have identified key areas for intervention across the local government and we are already putting measures in place to see that we make the best of the opportunities at our disposal to tackle these issues, the paucity of funds notwithstanding,” Jauro said.