By Tukur Muntari
An elder statesman in Kano, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has praised late former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme for his contributions in direction of nationwide improvement.
Yakasai made the comment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Tuesday.
He described Ekwueme as a really meticulous and arduous working one who contributed so much towards the event of the nation.
NAN recollects that Ekwueme died on Nov. 19, 2017, at a London Hospital after a quick sickness and he will probably be buried on Friday.
Yakasai, who was a Special Adviser to President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly Matters, stated the late Ekwueme was additionally a dedicated politician who believed within the unity of Nigeria.
“The late elder statesman was a principled and very intelligent person, who bagged five degrees in different fields.”
According to him, Ekwueme spearheaded the marketing campaign for a lot of points, together with zoning and rotation through the National Constitutional Conference held between 1994 and 1995.
“So, zoning and rotation was initially a part of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) Programme because it was the occasion (NPN) that launched the thought of zoning and rotation.
“During the conference, he (Ekwueme) articulated a number of issues which the conference eventually adopted.”
He stated that Ekwueme’s reference to the NPN, gave him the chance to be adopted because the Chairman of G34, a bunch of Nigerians who finally fashioned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He stated he was very near late Ekwueme even once they had been in Kirikiri Prison collectively after the navy coup of 1983.
“I and the late former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, kept him (Ekwueme) company in the prison. He even requested me to teach him Hausa language.”
He stated there was good understanding between them once they had been in authorities as they used to go to one another’s households.
“We used to disagree on certain issues but we lived peacefully when we were in government,” Yakasai stated.
On the state of political events, he stated disloyalty was the bane of Nigeria’s democracy, noting additional that governors had hijacked their political events of their respective states.
He, subsequently, urged politicians to alter the development by being loyal to their events as a way to strengthen democracy within the nation.
“Disloyalty to political events is the bane of Nigeria’s democracy and it is a main problem threatening the system, Yakasai stated. (NAN)