It would be a disaster if the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government fails to fulfil its promises to Nigerians, Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said.
The Speaker noted that the yearnings of Nigerians for positive change was what brought the APC government to power, hence, everything humanly possible must be done to ensure that the party succeeds in meeting the aspirations of the people.
Speaker Dogara made stated this when the Governor of his home state of Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar, visited him on Thursday in Abuja.
“Our people have witnessed bad leadership, especially in the last eight years; it will be a disaster if we don’t save this situation”, Dogara said.
The Speaker cited Bauchi as an example, where the people overwhelmingly supported the APC in all the elections into the two arms of government, because they believed in the ‘change’ mantra of the party.
“Everybody knows the passion of our people in Bauchi State; they embraced us against all odds, against the sitting governor, because they feared the kind of situation in which they found themselves under the last regime.
“They needed change and thank God we came with this promise of change”, he said, adding that the platform had been established to deliver the change.
“It now behoves on us to pull our energies together, synergize and to ensure that these people that the president has appointed help to ameliorate the conditions of our people”, Dogara said.
The Speaker urged the governor to ensure that he brought together all Federal Government appointees from Bauchi in order to harness their resources for the progress and development of the state.
“If there is no leadership, this will not happen, and the difference between a bush and a garden is just organisation.
“If you have a wonderful garden and you don’t organise it, over time it will become a bush in itself.
“That therefore means that without leadership, we will not even come together, let alone bring our resources and strength together to improve the conditions of our people”, he added.
Earlier, Governor Abubakar said that the purpose of the visit was to identify with the Speaker for all the good things he had been doing to stabilise the polity.
“The task of stabilising the polity is herculean and requires men and women who have clarity of thoughts and ability to stabilse the polity to occupy the positions such as that occupied by the speaker”, Abubakar said.
He also commended the lawmakers in the 8th National Assembly, expressing the hope that they do their constituents and nation proud. (NAN)