Bauchi declares support for “Ruga Settlement”

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Bauchi State government says it is ready to key into the proposed ‘Ruga Settlement’ programme.

The State Governor, Bala Mohammed made this known after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Governor, who said he was pleased with the reception he got despite being the Governor of an opposition party, described President Buhari as a non partisan leader.

“Yes because there are more Fulanis in the State, 60 or 70 percent of the population in Bauchi are Fulanis and therefore we must leverage on all these. We have illiteracy, insurgency and so many things that are bombarding us in terms of social challenges and security challenges. Definitely we will do that,

“The President is a Nigerian President, the President is not a partisan President because he received me well and listened to me and I am very happy about that,” he said.

The Governor says all States of the federation must collaborate with the government at the centre, to be able to meet the yearnings of their people.

 “We must work with the Nigerian government, there are issues that are within our own purview and there are issues that are beyond our capacity therefore, we must eatablish partnership.

“I have come to discuss very important issues concerning Bauchi because the people of Bauchi have given me that leadership and I must establish relationship with the Federal government because of the serious challenges that we have,” the Governor said.

He described Bauchi State as the most democratic in Nigeria.

“Bauchi is a bipartisan State that knows how to select people based on their capacity, they elected the President under APC, elected me under PDP, elected a Senator under APC, and elected a member of House of Reps under PRP among others, all in the exercise of their universal franchise,” he added.

 

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