BADE/Nigeria: A group, Bade Progressive Forum (BPF) has frowned at the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan over his choice of Ibrahim Babagana (Yurema) as the Bade Local Government Committee Caretaker Chairman.
The group expressed this in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Galadima, Alhaji Mohammed made available to our correspondent on Monday, November 14, 2022.
“It is of note that the constituents from Bade LGA and other communities in the Yobe North Senatorial District are not pleased with the leadership style of the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., GCON.
These gross escalated when the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan nominated one Ibrahim Babagana (YUREMA), as the Bade Local Government Committee Caretaker Chairman,” the statement said.
The group said that It is generally believed that the nominated Ibrahim Babagana is not supposed to be the beneficiary of such elevated seat, despite commitments from other loyalists who stood firm in both thick and thin.
“Parts of what we can describe as marginalisation in Dr. Lawan’s style of leadership and selection are stated thus:
“Despite that Bade tribe is the majority in the local Government, the Commissioner is from Manga tribe.
“Secondly, APC Party Chairman is also from Manga tribe. The Co- ordinator Tinubu/Shettima is from Manga tribe and Chairman caretaker committee selected by Dr. Ahmed I. Lawan is from the same Manga tribe, Ibrahim Babagana (Yurema) by name.
“With all these imbalances, Bade tribe have been marginalized by Dr. Ahmed I Lawan and his so called Boys,” the group pointed out.
They reminded President of the Senate that, “all power belongs to Allah and He will give to whomsoever He wishes”.
They accused Lawan of deliberately hindering the political rise of any Bade and Katuzu sons in particular, an act they said, will not help him retain power forever.
BPF therefore, called on the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, CFR to also look into these marginalisations and act accordingly in redressing these anomalies.
“Our amiable governor should remember that the Yobe indigenes entrusted him the leadership, which is purely an act of Allah and every human will stand before Him on the judgement day to account for his or her deeds.
“For the President of the Senate to restore this love and cooperation from the Bade tribe, he must henceforth, shelve all personal interests in selecting political appointments and offices. When this is done, there will be cooperation and understanding among the people,” they said.
According to the statement, Bade people are well known for peaceful neighbourliness, “we are dedicated to the growth of our communities and we are fully in support of the activities of the President of the Senate when we are part of the plans. We urge our dear Leader, Dr Ahmad Lawan to adjust these imbalances and place as part of his priority, the Bade tribe,” they demanded.