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Katsina monarch defends Yar’Adua’s slow pace

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA — The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Dr Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, has defended the slow pace of President Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration, saying the President is not a miracle worker.

Usman said the problems in the country were too complicated and multifaceted for Yar’Adua to solve in two years of his administration and urged Nigerians to support him.

He spoke on a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service interview monitored in Kaduna, yesterday.

“The average Nigerian will always want things to happen miraculously, it is like the damage done in the past have been forgotten.

“Now that Umaru came and spent only two years, they are saying he could not make a repair, which is not possible.

“For the President to read and know from where to start, that alone can take him two years; not to talk of repairs, just to sit down and know from where to start, and everyday they will be saying Umaru is slow; Umaru this, Umaru that.

“Do they (Nigerians) want things to happen like miracle? Only Allah (God) has that power, he says be and it becomes. No one has that power except Allah.

“One major problem of Nigeria is power, that alone is an enormous task for Umaru, I swear. How many years will it take to remedy the problem of NEPA (Power Holding Company of Nigeria)?

Look at the money sank (into NEPA), look at the billions wasted during former President Olusegun Obansajo’s regime. Did the power situation improve?

“Those billions wasted in NEPA, if it was shared amongst every household in Nigeria, each family will be a millionaire family. But a few people stole the money. Is it proper to now blame someone else?” he said.

The emir stressed that Nigeria would not improved “unless Nigerians cleansed their hearts because even if one was contesting to be a councillor, the prime motive would be for selfish reasons and not for the general good.”


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