A socio-political group made up of young Nigerians across the country, Democratic Young Patriots (DYP), has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates in Adamawa State to support the governorship aspiration of former Lagos State Military Administrator, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) in the interest of the state and the northeast zone.
The group in a statement released in Abuja on Sunday, 31st August, 2014, by its National Coordinator, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, said their call was a patriotic duty after assessing the antecedents of all the aspirants already cleared by the PDP to contest the by-election even as they pleaded with President Goodluck Jonathan to show interest in the coming election because of the security situation in the northeast.
According to them, “as young patriots committed to democratic ideals, stability and prosperity of Nigeria, we wish to appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan to show greater interest in the Adamawa state governorship election and be guided by the challenges confronting the northeast and the nation at large. Our dear President, Adamawa State is too strategic for leadership experimentation; we therefore urge you to consider the cost of insecurity in the North-East and the overall interest of the nation. Getting it right with Adamawa state will be a plus to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
While expressing support for the candidacy of Gen. Marwa, the young patriots said the former Military Governor in Borno has the track record and capability to evolve security strategies that will complement federal government’s efforts in the northeast zone.
“We present to you, Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), a leader with proven track-record for good governance and security strategy. We urge you President Jonathan to support the aspiration of Marwa, which will complement your sincere efforts at addressing the security problems in the North-East. It is to the glory of God that a man who has a profound knowledge of Borno and Yobe States (as a former Military Administrator of old Borno State), is available for election by the PDP in Adamawa state. It is a rare development, that the good people of Lagos State who utterly condemned the regime of late Gen. Sani Abacha, however singled out Gen. Marwa for praises. His records as a former Military Administrator of Lagos remain indelible in Nigeria.
“To our esteemed PDP delegates in Adamawa, we urge you to support the aspiration of Gen. Buba Marwa (retd) in the overall interest of the state and by extension, Nigeria. We appeal to you to remember the years of bad governance and the misuse of state treasury for self-aggrandizement and be guided by the need to have a tested and trusted leader in saddle. Marwa is your son, he did it in Lagos and old Borno states; we assure you that he will do much more in his own state. This is not the time for leadership experimentation; it may prove very costly for the good people of Adamawa State if a wrong choice is made. Get it right with Marwa, support his aspiration and he will move Adamawa forward.
“We also appeal fellow Nigerians concerned about the insurgency in the northeast and those who debated the ‘treasonable letter’ written by the impeached former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, to show a greater interest in Adamawa by supporting Gen. Marwa. He connects very well with the ordinary people as a humble and humane leader. He will bring on board a new security strategy to complement the efforts of the federal government,” the group pleaded.