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Makinde hails Mohammed for great strides



Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said that his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, is a genuine leader. Makinde made this statement in Bauchi yesterday when he flagged off the construction of 24.5km Itas/Gadau road at the cost of N8.5 billion.

While hailing Mohammed, using his traditional title, Jagaban Katagum, Makinde said: “I always refer to him as Kauran Bauchi (warrior leader), but today I discovered that he is also Jagaban Katagum. He is not a fake Jagaban like some Jagaban that we know somewhere. This is the real Jagaban.”


The Oyo governor urged Nigerians to see themselves as one, commending the efforts made by his Bauchi counterpart during the Shasha clash in Ibadan where Hausa and Yoruba youths engaged in skirmish.

“I’m glad to say that, today, we have absolute peace in that area,” he said. Makinde, however, deplored the worsening insecurity in the country, adding: “This is the time we have non-state actors all over the place fanning tension and some leaders are looking away as they did not know what is going on.”

He commended Mohammed for initiating the road project, which he believed would enhance the socio-economic development of the area.

According to him, politicians believe in easier and simpler projects that people can see for an appraisal.

“Low hanging fruits, that is what we try to pluck as politicians,” he said. On his part, Mohammed described Makinde as a bridge-builder.

“Together, we will take Nigeria as our major preoccupation. What you are doing in Oyo is what I’m copying here; that is why I brought you here. I want Nigerians to know that Nigeria is an indivisible country,” he added.


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