In the Greek city states many centuries ago, they practiced a unique form of government that is now known all over the world as democracy. The Grecian democracy involved the entire citizenry. They come together to chose men of integrity, honour and valour amongst themselves to form the government. This smooth way of governance, where a part is chosen to act for the whole was so successful that it has become the norm in all parts of the world also referred to as government of the people, by the people, for the people. While developed countries have fine tuned this method of governance to suit the realities of today’s world, a unique form of this universal concept is being introduced in Nigeria. This unique Nigeria pattern which negates the universally accepted norms of this system of governance is called Pull -Down Democracy. Here, what we have is a situation where instead of encouraging our leaders to imbibe die culture of hard work, accountability, justice and other democratic attributes, a cabal submits itself for continuous denigration of those at the helm of affairs. Members of this group indulge in witch-hunting, character assassination and all types of underhand tactics to demonize those who have been duly put in government. It therefore presupposes that instead of altruistic reasons for which leaders are chosen, these men are merely selfish and self-centered. They are most times blinded by the rage to take over power that they would not even acknowledge development and progress going on around them. They lack the experience in public office and the requisite moral credibility, yet they clamour for power. In a country like Nigeria where poverty is endemic, these unpatriotic elements have been able to hold sway. They have used money to propel themselves into the people’s consciousness, and have promised all sorts of dubious programmes. The electorates are often swayed, but they are not hoodwinked by these soldiers of fortune because in the various States in Nigeria, the governors have turned tears to cheers, poverty to affluence and despair to hope. It is this Pull- Down- Democracy that has been responsible for the heated situation and leadership crises that has engulfed the polity and caused distraction to elected officers of government.
Many of these people now have resorted to violence to drive home their points. But while they are engaged in their destructive activities, the genuine dividends of democracy in all the states have counted in the favour of the incumbents. Take Ogun state for example. Although the country home of thousands of men and women who have contributed towards making Nigeria what it is today, including the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the Ransome Kuti family, beginning from Funmilayo, Olukoye Ransome Kuti, to and the Abami Eda himself, Fela. Ogun is also home to, Chief M.K.O Abiola, and Ernest Shonekan, name them. Although a state known for its exemplary development in the past, Ogun was virtually a neglected empire before May 29, 2003 when Otunba Gbenga Daniel took over the mantle of leadership. Today, evidence abounds everywhere of landmark achievements, beginning from massive road construction which has covered several thousands of kilometres across the length and breadth of the states even supposedly federal roads. Again, the OGRUMA, OGEGEP and OGRUMED which are abbreviated access to several schemes introduced by Otunba Gbenga Daniel to address issues of road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance issues of skills acquisition, youth empowerment and education. Others are schemes on medical improvement, general health-sector initiative and many more. Despite the traditional critics who are still murmuring and whispering, the entire people of Ogun state are shocked beyond their imagination at the positive transformation the state has witnessed these past two years. It is no doubt therefore that encomium, praises and award of medals and chieftaincy titles have continued to pour in, in favour of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the Gateway Master of Ogun State. In Brono State, Governor Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has virtually turned the desert into pools of water, probably in fulfillment of that divine injunction that through good leadership, water would come out of the rock. The procurement of what is now known as Sheriff’s Super rigs; the second of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, after it was used by only Zimbabwe; is an indescribable testimony of how some leaders in the present dispensation are burning with the desire to change the fortunes of their people. Sheriff’s super-rigs have the capacity to go down, 1,500 metres below sea level, and can therefore drill water on the rock, mountain, and desert, anywhere. With the completion of 777 housing units for the people’s shelter and award of contract for another 500 units, within two years of his administration, it would not be wrong to ask the so-called professional critics to stand up and give His Excellency a standing ovation. Massive road construction, township drainages and culverts, employment and youth training and empowerment have all received adequate attention from SAS, now also addressed as GAS by the mass of admirers of Governor Ali Sheriff of Bomo State. Osun, the land of the living spring, is another shining example of good leadership that is people oriented, development driven and rapid transformation. The coming of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to power in the state has proved to be God’s blessings to the people, who for some years now, has not seen good leadership and not benefited from the exciting democracy which the nation sought for and obtained six years ago. Prince Oyinlola, a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army and scholarly administrator, with several degrees in both military strategies, international relations, strategic initiative has deployed his years of experience to transform Osun State into a land of beauty and excellence. Road construction, employment, worker’s welfare, health Sector improvement, Youth Empowerment and Agricultural sector encouragement have been the driving forces of the Prince’s Administration. It is no doubt therefore that the people of Osun State have agreed within themselves to retain their worthy son in office beyond 2007 and the voice of the people is the voice of God.
Ondo State have equally benefited immensely from the present democratic dispensation in Nigeria. Governor Olusegun Agagu has actually disappointed critics who said he would not perform. Today, these critics are hiding their head in shame as Governor Agagu’s wire has even been drawn into their living rooms, in their towns and villages. The governor of Ondo State has been providing electricity, followed by procurement of transformers, to ensure that the people enjoy their lives in minimum comfort, especially people in the rural areas, who over the years have suffered neglect and abandonment in the hands of successive administrations in the State. Over N500 million owed to contractors by the previous administration have been cleared by Agagu’s government. Chief Agagu has brought the glory of Ondo State as the centre of learning and scholarship back to the people, with his investment of huge amount of money and adequate supervision of projects and programmes towards improvement of education in Ondo State. Chief Olusegun Agagu has also initiated policies to empower women and youths to be self-sufficient and productive to themselves and the society.
For Peter Odili of Rivers State, the Eleme Turbine project has been very dear to his heart. Started about two years ago, the project has gulped billions of Naira and has reached advanced stage of completion. The Turbine Project may become the greatest legacy any government would leave for her people in Nigeria, as it will sever the State from NEPA, the nation’s power carrier. Housing has seriously received equal attention of Governor Peter Odili. Several Housing projects have been executed while more are in pipeline. The dualisation of Pot-Harcourt international Airport Road is one of the several road constructed by Odili’s administration across the state, spanning into thousands of kilometers. Th3ere is also fly-over interchange at the Port-Harcourt Air Force base.
The government of Alhaji Ibrahim Idris of kogi State has fulfilled his promise to take care of the public servants and teachers. Their salaries and allowances have been cleared, pensioners are been paid with enhanced structure. The kogi State University Anyangba has received the greatest impetus since it was established. The government of Alhaji Ibrahim Idris has invested over N1.2 billion to provide facilities and infrastructures which the National Universities Commission listed, as precondition towards the accreditation of 17 courses in the University. Other educational institutions in the state have either witnessed new classroom blocks, chairs, desks, other instructional materials and several other projects been executed by the governor. Students SSCE, NECO and NABTEB fees are being paid by the state.
Governor Chris Ngige of Anambra State has distinguished himself as the peoples’ governor. While battling the forces contending against the legitimacy of his office, the governor has devoted much of his attention to providing services that would improve the lot of his people. Road construction has received the greatest mandate spanning several towns and villages across the state. Always at the construction sites with his walking staff and shirts on shorts, Ngige has worked his way into the heart of both public Servants, traders, Farmers- who he has provided the equipment and tools like tractors for cheap hire, fertilsers etc; and other sectors of the society. For a long time in the past, there was embargo on employment in Anambra State. The embargo has been lifted and professionals like accountant, lawyers, doctors, etc are now been employed in the state. Civil Servants and pensioners are receiving their salaries regularly as at when due.
In Enugu State Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani has taking his exalted position as Nigeria’s foremost scholarly governor with his inspiring lectures at seminars, workshop, conferences and convocations. He has brought a new development of leadership of intellectualism fusing into political brinkmanship all aimed at giving the people their due dividends of democracy. With the establishment of the Nnamani campus of the Nigerian Law School which Chimaroke Championed, several educational institution, massive road construction, even into formerly impenetrable corners of the state and provision of water for the people. Every national recognized festive periods, Easter, Christmas etc, Dr. Nnamani’s government provides several Buses that pick Enugu States citizens wishing to return home, from where ever they reside in Nigeria, to join their people and to return them back to base, after the festivities. Wwith his Ebano slogan, chimaroke has become a formidable political leader in the whole of the South East.
Dr. Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom is another performing governor who has over the six years of his administration, touched the lives of Akwa Ibom State in an unusual way. The governor has constructed several township and urban roads, drainages and culverts. Uyo, the capital is competing with Maiduguri, Port-Harcourt and Calabar, in terms of neatness, open space and serenity. The Governor’s vision of a state owned refinery is taking shape. This would boost the economy of, the state and guarantee steady supply and availability of the product in the state and its environs. There is also the Air-port project of Dr. Victor Attah, who believes that an important state like Akwa Ibom with its several mineral resources, federal government projects like the Aluminum Smelter Company and others, should have an easy access into and outfit. With several projects on education, agriculture, health and on environmental protection executed by the governor, the people of Akwa Ibom State have good reasons to call their leader, Obong.
The government of Alhaj] Attahiru Bafarawa, the home state of His Eminence the Sultan, has re-engineered the old tradition of service to the people. The founding father of the ancient kingdom, Uthman Dan Fodio was both warrior and philanthropist. It is the same blood of charity and benevolence that runs in Bafarawa’s veins. The welfare of the people, especially the common people of Sokoto State is of paramount importance to the governor and he has exhibited this through several policies and programmes on education, health-care, and mechanized agriculture, provision of water, road construction and clue attention to the ancient heritage, the traditional rulers and traditional institutions. Bafarawa is today to be counted among those leaders who have separated themselves from the trappings of power and instead, devoted the resources of the state, to the service of the people. Even though he was a Permanent Secretary in the state civil service before becoming a governor, Alhaji Shekarau did not build his own house. He does not believe in the accumulation of wealth which he sees as empty and vanity. Since he became the Governor of Kano State, he has maintained a humble carriage in the discharge of his official duties, avoiding flamboyance and show- off as many of his colleagues’ exhibit today. The projects be has executed since he took over the mantle of leadership as governor of Kano state are numerous. He is to the people of Kano state, what the late Aminu Kano was to Nigerians humility, care for the people, selflessness and service.
Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the only surviving governor of the Alliance for Democracy has justified the confidence of the people that made him survive the hurricane of change that swept across the South West in 2003. Even though his Independent Power Project seems to have been muffled by unseen circumstances, he has continued to keep the hope alive and concentrated efforts on the equally beneficial projects that would enhance the quality of life of the people of Lagos State. The Onikan-Water Works Project and several other ones are evidences of Tinubu’s determination to give the people a new lease of life. Several thousands of area boy’s have benefited from his rehabilitation, reformation and empowerment project aimed at re-integrating these street urchins into the society and making them productive. Critics even mistook this exceptional concern for this group of Lagosians by the governor as an encouragement of their vices and the critics are all wrong. Tinubu, as a social critic himself and social crusader understands that in dealing with human beings, especially the Jess privileged, emphasis should be laid on intention not action. It was this philosophy that informs the governor’s dialogue and rehabilitation strategy in dealing with area boy’s than shoot-at sight, even as he continually reminds everybody that lawlessness would not be tolerated. His government, in effort to change the old slogan of water, water everywhere but no water to drink, has complied with WHO requirement of the application of chemicals for purification of water, like hydration line, soda ash, copper sulphate and polyelectrolyte in the treatment of water for consumption. Presently 160.15 million litres of water is provided for the state per day, while Tinubu’s target is 440 million litres a day, by 2020. Repair of major roads and provision of houses for the people has yielded expected results.
Dr. Bukola Saraki of Kwara State, probably the youngest Governor in the present political dispensation is a worthy chip off the old block. An inheritor of good-will of Dr. Olusola Saraki, the godfather himself, Governor Bukola ‘s invitation to and encouragement of South-African white farmers into K warn State is a unique revolution in every sense of the word. Saraki has completed 9 rural electrification projects abandoned by the last administration and 5 new ones initiated by his government have also been completed. He bas procured transformers and accessories for the construction of power projects in Osere and Isale Aluko while 6 others are near completion. His administration has constructed 80 deep wells, on the basis of 5 for each of the 16 local government areas of the state. 96 km feeder roads have been constructed while existing 122 boreholes have been rehabilitated. With age on his side and a credible background of selfless service built by the family patriarch, the people of Kwara State have many more years to enjoy the services of the ‘Prince’
The Edo House in Abuja is beautiful. It is a magnificent edifice put together recently by the Lucky lgbinedion’s administration at the capital city. The ambition behind the project speaks volume of the dream of Lucky lgbinedion for Edo State which he has for the past six years used to ensure tremendous development of the state. The library complex in Benin is another testimony of the governor’s taste for value and excellence. Electrification projects, housing, water, rural and urban roads have all received adequate attention that yielded positive results. The Edo College, the School for the Deaf and Mute has all been uplifted. The wife of the Governor, Mrs Eki Igbinedion is also part of the new initiative. She appreciates most profoundly that for ages, Edo people have been a creative and resourceful people, therefore that any negative traits that has come to be associated with the female folk in Belo State is an aberration that is not really in the Edo character. Consequently, she has advanced the cause of women empowerment through the introduction of multiple skill acquisition programmes, something that has greatly curtailed the scourge of women trafficking. These programmes which includes training in computer operations, hair dressing, dress making, catering, etc, has equipped thousands of Edo girls with basic skills that would enable them make decent livelihood.
In Jigawa state, there is a man of imagination and innovation at the helms of affairs in the person of governor saminu Turaki. He introduced the unprecedented computer educations programme for the Talakawas including the nomads amongst them. In his words “by educating people you empower the human resource and create wealth”. Further, to link the vital economics embark on a gigantic N20 billion road projects, something that will connect Hadejia in the North-Eastern part of the state and Kazaure in the West. When completed, the economic benefits can be unimaginable. To boost electricity generation, the administration of governor Turaki has exploited alternative energy source as solar energy development making Jigawa part of the modern world in development is now a question of time.
Nasarawa State being a land of beauty and alluring topography. Governor Adamu has identified the state as a tourism gold mine and consequently has decisively invested massively in the development of the vital tourism sites in the state. Some of the sites includes the Kiwa waterfalls, Akiri warm spring, Nkusan Rock, Ara Rocks, Reena Salt village, Ogan fishing and cultural Festival and Keffi Hunting Festival.
Chief Diepreye Alamieyesieya, The Executive Governor of Bayelsa State is one leader who believes that education will produce a new breed of citizens who will contribute towards the building of a modern of a modern society he has in mind for Bayelsa state. His administration has made a cardinal priority, the massive investment in education including private and Public education, consequently, the government has embarked on the building of educational institutions like the Niger Delta University at Wilberforce Island and the college of arts and science at Agudama. The governments investment in education also include the payment of examination fees for WAEC and NECO for student of Bayelsa State origin and the payment of bursary for those in tertiary institutions. The sum of N252 million is being deployed for library construction in Swaki town. Governor Alamieyeseghe’s administration is also not relenting in social mobilization for development through public education. In that pursuit, the government has established the State Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Bayelsa and the State Newspaper. The State Television Station at Tombia is at an advance stage of completion. Remarkably, governor Alamieyesieghe believes so much that the grace of the almighty is fundamental to the success of the human enterprise. On that backdrop, and for the first time, the governor put in place the magnificent chapel of glory cathedral at government house, Yenagoa. Little wonders, he has made a success of his development initiatives in multiple forms, something that has attracted encomiums from President Olusegun obasanjo during his visit to the state.
Yobe state, the preditious governor Burkar Abba Ibrahim was able to appreciate early in his tenure that poverty muffled the talent of the great majority of the people of the state and therefore designed a multipronged poverty alleviation offensive. He has therefore worked to put in place about 600 projects covering the sector of health, education, water supply, rural electrification, job creation, skill acquisition, and market development. Yobe State is definitely on the road to prosperity as a result of the maximum exploitation of the labour and talent of the people.
The Government of Jolly Nyame has executed several hospital projects including the 500 bed Jalingo Specialist Hospital which gulped several hundreds of millions of naira. Housing projects at mile 6, Jalingo is one of the several estate completed by the administration for the shelter of both the Civil servants and other citizens of the state. The government has procured combined harvesters for farming in the state, built the magnificent Jalingo Hotels, provided a befitting office for the Taraba Board of internal Revenue, as a way of preserving the goose that lays the golden eggs. There are several haulage Vehicle for transportation purposes and water projects one of which provides over 1 million litres of water on daily basis. Township and rural roads and several other projects are testimonies of Jolly Nyame’s worthy stewardship within the last six years in Taraba State.
For George Akume’s promise at inception of his administration to “ eliminate poverty, ignorance, and ill health through agriculture, education and rural infrastructure”. Has found expression in the over 200 in the over 200 tractors he has purchased since he became Benue State Governor six years ago. The completion of the Benue Fertilizer Blending and mixing plant is another milestone. The plant will be commissioned in August this year. There has been massive road construction that cuts across the length and breadth of the state the most recent being the rehabilitation and double asphalting of township roads in Makurdi, Gboko, Otukpo, Katsina Ala have all benefited from several water projects executed by Akume’s administration. Six Marco Polo Buses were purchased recently from Brazil to beef up the large fleet already in operation. 900 desks and other educational instructional materials worth N352 million have been provided. Schools across the state have been provided with 230 Computers while over N1 billion have been invested on the college of Health Science of the state university. 30 thousand Benue State citizens have received bursary ofN177 million while N129 million have been spent on HIV Resource Centre in Gboko while 2 more are on the pipeline. There are uncountable numbers of projects across the state that would silence even a die-hard critic.
The Peoples Elephant, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has performed beyond the widest imagination of every reasonable man. The victory of the Enyimba Football Club at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Competition and the club’s retention of the cup have positioned Dr. Uzoh Kalu as a man of destiny who has the capacity to make everything possible, through the power of God. His personal commitment to anything he believes in makes him a leader of the future. Before the Enyimba’s dominance of the CAP Cup, Nigeria has over the years made fruitless efforts till at least win the trophy once. The failure of these attempts prompted football pundits to dub the CAP Cup the “elusive cup”. It was Kalu ‘s personal commitment that more than anything else shot the team to that enviable position, bringing glory to the entire nation of Nigeria. At the home front, several road projects, the Abia State University, Hospitals, educational institutions , several buses on Nigerian roads are just a few of the land mark achievements of the potential president of Nigeria.
In Ekiti State, between June 2003 and December, 2004, a period of just 16 months, the Ayo Fayose’s administration spent N812 million on payments of pensions in the state, while promotion of civil servants who have been stagnated in one grade level for a long period has been carried out. Car loans to civil servants was increased from 7,000 to N100, 000 while housing loan was equally increased from N350,000 to 750,000. Governor Ayo Fayose has subsidized education in the state, from the primary to tertiary level with government paying SSCE, NECO, and NABTEB fees for candidates of Ekiti state origin, while bursary for those in higher institutions are equally paid on time.
Chief Achike Udenwa’s Imo is probably the most peaceful state in the country. Since he became governor Six years ago, there has never being any major incident of political violence and this is artributed to Onwa’s (the Moon) even distribution of both resources and political appointments among the people of the state. Chief Achike Udenwa has move agriculture to a higher level with serious support to the Adal Palm Project in the state. Owner Occupier houses have been built and plots of land at choice areas are being given to Imo citizens who meet the laid down conditions for allocation. Recently, the state government invested over N600 million in the procurement Day-Old chicks for the state’s agricultural project. Provision of water, feeder roads and farm implements and seedlings are some of the efforts towards enhancing the peoples’ financial base and economic empowerment.
Perhaps the greatest love of the young and handsome governor of Cross-River state is tourism and Donald Duke has invested so much in the tourism industry which has also become a money- spinner into the state’s coffers. The Obudu Cattle Ranch which is managed by Protea Hotel Management has become the focal point of most foreign and local people seeking a place of relaxation. No wonder therefore that this year’s Guider Ultimate Search took place at the Ranch. Outside tourism development, Donald Duke has invested immensely on the educational, agricultural, health, industrial development and rural electrification, so much so that even with the zoning system adopted by many states, the people are already feeling the pain of his imminent disengagement from office come 2007.
When Mallam Sani Yerima introduced the Sharia system of government after he was sworn in as Governor of Zamfara state, many politicians and religious zealots said he was trying to whip up religions sentiments and being sponsored to ferment trouble. Today, it has been proven through Yerima’s style of leadership that the decision was purely a moral revolution that has truly yielded positive results. In most Niladies, even some married women are roaming the streets almost naked. Not satisfied with the amount of flesh their very short shirts are showing to the outside world, women have resorted to wearing trousers that stop at the edge of their respectable parts, revealing shamefully, what should ordinarily be the most prized possession of their physical bodies? In Zamfara state however, the street are safe with decently dressed men and women with no presence of women who are dangling their breasts on the faces of men in the name of fashion. On welfare, the poor in Zamfara are receiving their clue allowances from the Zakar, paid by the well to- do. There is therefore equitable distribution of the wealth of the people. With his achievements in education, health care, agriculture etc, Mallam Sani Yerima, has even received many award from Christian organizations more than the ones awarded to some governors who are Christians. It is a testimony of service, justice and equity and a thumb-up for the governor.
Governor Rashidi Ladoja’s administration in Oyo state has been involved in massive road construction spanning across all nooks and crannies of the state. Also of equal importance to the governor are issues of education, poverty alleviation and youth empowerment. Public servants in Oyo state have equally received serious attention from the governor with their salaries and allowances paid as at when due. The same is true of pensioners.
For Adamawa state, the government of Boni Haruna has become a blessing to the people with Alhaji Atiku’s support of his home governor. Water supply, even to the most interior parts of the state has been ongoing. Education has received a boost with the establishment of new secondary schools, provision of teaching aids, chairs, desks and new classroom blocks. The establishment of the prestigious ABTI-American University by the Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has eased the difficulties of state’s citizens seeking admission into higher institutions. Governor Boni Haruna’s administration has equally invested heavily on road and drainage construction in the state.
Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abdukadir Kure’s administration has embarked on the construction of feeder roads to facilitate the execution of his government’s main programme which is agricultural revolution. Alhaji Kure’s government has taken agriculture to a higher level with the provision of fertilizer which is distributed annually to farmers at subsidized rates. Farm implements, improved seedlings and hundreds of tractors, harvesters and other agricultural machineries are provided by the government of Niger State to assist farmers make the state another food basket of the nation. The above is in addition to the adequate attention given to workers welfare and that of pensioners in Niger State.
For Governor Sam Egwu of Ebonyi, making the state the true food basket of the nation is his primary focus and he has pursued this ambition with vigor and patriotism with the procurement of seedlings and farm equipments, tractors, harvesters, fertilizer and granting of agricultural loan to farmers. Governor Egwu has invested so much in the educational sector in efforts to remove the state from the list of educationally disadvantaged states. Civil servants and pensioners have equally being receiving their due entitlements and privileges from the government.
Undoubtedly, Kaduna state is the centre of political activities and by implication, the capital of the un-amalgamated Northern Region. A hot- bed of religious, ideological and political contests, the sagacity and dynamic leadership qualities of Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has helped him to take full control of these situations, bringing the diverse interests in the state into one united body of compatriots seeking a common goal of development and individual prosperity. It was also in recognition of this attribute and strength and his massive investment of the state resources into the agricultural sector especially, that the Federal University of Agriculture Makurd i awarded him Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science (Agriculture). This is in addition to several other titles and degrees awarded to Dr. Ahmed Makarfi by traditional rulers and institutions of learning for his numerous achievements in educational, science, agricultural, poverty – alleviation through job creation in the state.
In the six years of his administration of Delta State, Governor James Ibori has proved that youth is an added advantage, in the act of governance. Having excelled in business and other personal Endeavour’s, James Ibori emerged probably as the youngest Governor in Nigeria after the 1999 elections. Today, Delta state has been transformed into a state of cities with every village, hamlet and kindred benefiting from Ibori ‘s achievements in road construction, building of bridges and fly-over, provision of alternative means of transportation for riverside citizens of the state, hospitals, schools, and creation of jobs. Ibori is probably the most dynamic Governor in Nigeria which has equally attracted envy and criticisms from political adversaries who have been dragging him from one court to the other with the Governor emerging victorious at every level of the contentious allegations.
Chief Joshua Dariye has been so dating in his ruler ship of Plateau State. His vision has been focused on making the people happy and satisfied, no matter whose ox is gored. Governor Dariye, an Accountant, initiated the Micro-credit scheme that is now very popular among the rural women. He has distributed herbicides and equipment to farmers and initiated rural electrification schemes across the state. Governor Dariye has also invested a lot in the emerging tourism industry of Plateau State.
Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu is the Executive Governor of Nassarawa state. This easygoing gentleman has proven by his dynamism that he is a man born to serve. In the space of six years, he has transformed the relatively young state from its poverty ridden status to a fledge In Kebbi state, Alhaji Muharnmadu Adarnu Aliero is a hero. He has come, seen and has conquered the socio-economic malaise that plagued the state before 1999. Governor Aliero has made giant slides in all facets of physical and infrastructure development across the state particularly in the upliftment of the education sector. He has indeed made visible impact on the psyche of the populace. His people daily pray that his years of productive and selfless service may continue for a longer period. Without any iota of doubt, many of these governors who have toiled 24 hours every day to bring succor to their people should be decorated with laurels, if they so desire. In fact in a more settled political landscape these are some of the people that should be crowned statesmen. But what do we have in Nigeria They are pulled down and rubbished. To make matters worse, mind-boggling lies are concocted against these men of honour all because their detractors want to forcefully usurp power. The opinion of many experts is that in politics, the genuine will of the people should hold sway and the only way that this our infantile democracy can grow is not to pull people down but allow them to mature. If these politicians mature, their experiences will become useful to the polity. On the long run everybody benefit and Nigeria will be able to join the great nations who have truly adopted and practiced true democracy for years without any form of interruptions. Nigerian people today find it difficult to accept any leadership. No matter how much you achieved, a few could only say “he tried”. Let us learn how to appreciate the efforts of other people and look at things positively, as Mrs Zuwaraitu Mantu has equally posited. In our subsequent editions, Conscience Magazine would be examining the records of other state governors whose impressive achievements are not recorded here. We would also be taking all states in Nigeria, one after the other, for an all-round evaluation. This is to enable Nigerians see for themselves, the efforts of their leaders, in order to save them from misguided elements that are paid by both foreign and local sponsors to pull down anything they cannot control. We are indeed committed to development journalism in Nigeria.