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The minister of women affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan has been accused of playing politics with the crisis that engulfed Ngoroje over land disputes. In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant on public affairs, Emmanuel Bello, said the minister ought to play the role of a statesman and not take side in the matter.
He urged her to come up with credible alternatives to what the governor already proposed.
The minister had at the weekend also called for the resignation of Governor Darius Ishaku, saying she could back any move to impeach him by the House of Assembly. She flayed his roles and said he was responsible for the crisis due to his nonchallance.
But in a swift reaction, Bello said the minister got it wrong. He said, “funny enough, as Senator Alhassan was delivering her speech at the press conference, accusing him of doing nothing, Governor Ishaku was actually locked in a close to 24 hours meeting with stakeholders from Sarduana, seeking answers and looking for solutions.
It is funny too because she said he went to Kaduna while the area is in crisis.
That’s not true unfortunately. Rather, as soon as the governor got back from his trip to Germany, where he met with investors in the solid minerals sector, all he has done is to deal with this crisis. He hasn’t done anything else. He’s meeting stakeholders, security personnels, Abuja based officials, in short all the groups. He has eventually formed more committees to deal with the matter, even as he also has arrived at some sound solutions”
Bello said it is disheartening that while the governor was doing all of these in Jalingo, Senator Alhassan was engaged in harsh criticisms in another part of town.
He said, “Taraba people are watching the two. While the governor was confronting the problem and doing the hard job, others are busy fanning the embers of hate. Senator Alhassan once tried to be governor of Taraba state.
Let her put herself in the governor’s position. Is this the time to play politics or join the governor to find solutions?
Has she adduced a better action plan than what the governor hashed out yesterday? Indeed, is she rejoicing that the governor has a challenge on his hands?
Elsewhere in the world, opposition leaders would even team up with the incumbent to find solutions. This time calls for leadership. Not politicians who have started campaigning for 2019. Governor Ishaku was busy looking for lasting solutions.
Others are campaigning. Are they going to rule over dead people should they ever even win?”
On the call for impeachment, Bello said the House of Assembly has better things to do than heed her calls. He said, “it is a comical call because the same House of Assembly is teaming up with the governor to find lasting solutions in the state.
While she may have the luxury and time to call them out like that, they are busy preparing for a public hearing that would engage Taraba citizens in finding answers.”