By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA â€” Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has cautioned ministers in the country not to plunge the country into chaos with their alleged deceitful behaviours and utterances over the health of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.
Speaking at the Vision 20:2020 implementation plan (2010-2013) for North Central Forum comprising participants from Benue, Kogi, Kwara and host Niger, in Minna yesterday, the governor accused some of the ministers and other cohorts of causing more problems for the country rather than solving them.
Though he did not mention names, the governor said: â€œIt is shameful for some ministers to use and continue to use public funds to deceive the country on the health of the president and it will not be in the best interest of Nigerians if we continue like this.â€
He said with the situation on ground, what is expected of Nigerians is to support the Acting President to paddle the canoe of the country and continue to pray fervently for the quick recovery of the President to take over at the appropriate time.
Gov. Aliyu reminded those deliberately causing confusion that the president and his vice were voted in on a joint ticket, embarked on presidential campaign and eventually won the ticket.
His words: â€œIt is unfortunate to note that those who did not even know how they were picked and how they embarked on their campaign and eventually won are now trying to hijack governance and trying to cause confusion.â€
On Vision 20:2020
The governor said the laudable Vision 20:2020Â of President Yarâ€™Adua which is to be one of the 20Â leading world economies in the year 2020 would be a mirage except we put our house in order.
Aliyu lamented our economic woes in the country and blamed the situation on lack ofÂ planning right from individuals to the government levels.
According to him, â€œis it not shameful to see us as a nation selling our crude to the outside world and later buying it refined? Is it not shameful for us as a nation to be importing rice when we actually have arable and fertile land to grow the same commodity for domestic and export and is it not shameful for us as a nation especially some states to still be lamenting on the economic meltdown from last year when some other countries have proffered a solution to this global problem.â€