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Why I am called Jerry Boy, by Useni


A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Gen. Jeremiah Timbut Useni, yesterday, told journalists in Jos that since he was a junior officer in the army, people and friends called him “Jerry Boy” because he played with everybody.

Useni said when he retired as a Lieutenant General from the Nigerian Army, people and friends still decided to call him “Jerry Boy” even when he decided to go to Senate, adding that hat even when he made up his mind to go for governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), because of the way he has been helping the poor, especially the widows, the women and the children, “they now decided to call me ‘Baba mai Tuwo,’ because when you come to my house, you will eat. So, today, I still bear those names.”

Useni said he does not hide, adding that whoever comes to his house, they will eat together.On the hunger in the land, he advised that people should go into farming and not rely only on their salaries all the time, adding: “No matter your profession, get something to feed yourselves. You should stop fighting and killing one another, because this will scare away farmers from going to their farms.”On Nigeria’s democracy, Useni, said that when somebody is at the helm of affairs, it should be known that the person cannot do it alone, noting: “That is why you have ministers and aides. Some people do not know what democracy is all about.”On the rotation of the presidency among the six geopolitical zones, he said only depended on the political parties.  

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