From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
As governorship election in Niger state draws closer, the outgoing Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has declared that he is interested in who takes over from him as governor in 2015, thought he said he will not force his opinion on the people of the state.
“I am interested in who takes over from me if I say I am not interested I am lying’, Aliyu stated in Minna on Wednesday while speaking at the 4th MBA International Literary Colloquium organized at the Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre to mark his 59th birthday.
He said as a human being ‘you may not get what you want’ because as human being you cannot change what God has willed’.
Aliyu assured the Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders that a level playing field will be created for all aspirants in the governorship race and other positions, adding ‘I am not God and I cannot play God’.
He further pointed out that God will give the position to whoever he has destined it for in 2015, even as he dispelled the rumour making the rounds in the state that he has asked some members of the state House of Assembly not to seek re-election, emphasising ‘I have not asked anybody not to contest’.
“For all the elections I will not play God whoever emerges is my own candidate”, he asserted before saying that the people must be allowed to bring up whoever they want to rule them, arguing that it is the only way to ensure total victory and no bitterness after the primaries and election proper.
Speaking on the continuous drop in the price of crude oil in the international market, Governor Aliyu opined that if the situation persists, it will have negative impact on the implementation of the remaining aspect of the 2014 budget and the fiscal proposal for 2015.
“If the price of oil continues to come down, the budget will come down. Many states will also run into problem”, he said.
Delivering a keynote address titled “Leadership and National Development and Post Centenary Nigeria”, former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Alberto Chissano, challenged African leaders to take more interest in the development of the youths who he described as the bedrock of the future of any country.
Former President Chissano noted that leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to leave lasting legacies for generations yet unborn.