According to a report by News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), the Abuja Residents Forum (ARF) on Sunday canvassed for the appointment of the outgoing Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The leader of the ARF, Alhaji flanked by other executives members, made the call at a news briefing in Abuja.
He said the call became necessary because the group believe that would be better utilised as a minister. Abubakar noted that with requisite experience and records of performance in maintaining peace and unprecedented infrastructure development in the last four years in Kano, it was only appropriate that he be allowed to turn Abuja into a masterpiece “As Nigerians are all too eager to reap the benefits of electing Muhammadu Buhari, it is only tested hands that can help to achieve this.
“Remember that he was governor between 2003 and 2007 before he took a break to serve as Minister of Defence. He returned to Kano Government House in 2011where he performed his development miracle in the state.”
The leader of the group noted that since the FCT does not have a governor, residents lacked the power to elect who governs the residents. He said appointing Kwankwaso as FCT minister would have the multiple advantage of ensuring that someone with sound pedigree and great antecedents was put in charge.
Abubakar also said that by appointing Kwankwaso, FCT residents would have a minister with a listening ear and also give the president peace of mind because of his dependability. He explained that Kwankwaso was also Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives between 1992 and 1993 and board member (Rep Northwest), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Abubakar said that currently, over 1,000 students from Kano State were studying in various universities in Nigeria and abroad on government scholarship, in addition to the various first class institutions that he had established. The group also congratulated the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the polls after three previous attempts trials.
The group said the victory was a lesson for the younger generation of Nigerians in perseverance, dedication and patience. It also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his displaying statesmanship, humility and exemplary attitude by conceding defeat even before the official announcement of the results and urged other politicians to emulate him.