The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello has called on Nigerians to participate actively in the forthcoming polls despite economic challenges facing the country.
The Governor made the call in Abuja during a book launch and fund-raising dinner in honour of the Niger State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Bago.
Governor Bello said state governors in the country are “seriously worried” about the lingering scarcity of the naira and fuel supply across Nigeria.
“Some of us mentioned earlier on that things are difficult, fuel scarcity, cashless this cashless that, yes it is true,” Governor Bello said.
“But with determination and the will of the people, we will make it,” he said reassuringly.
“Fuel scarcity, all this issues will stop at some point. It will stop.
“All the Governors of Nigeria are concerned about what is going on. We will for our citizens, but it will stop. So that shouldn’t distract us; we should be very optimistic, we should go to our polling stations and vote for Hon Mohammed Bago as Niger state governor and Comrade as his Deputy Governor.”
He, however, appealed to the people to be “determined and united” during and after the polls.
The APC gubernatorial candidate, Mr bago stressed the need for the government to connect with the traditional and local institutions to curb insecurity, and promised to collaborate with the institutions to bring insecurity in the state under control.
Mr Bago described the fuel scarcity across the country as “pure sabotage”, stressing the need for the government to ensure that it enforces or put agencies in charge of the industry, so that there will be availability of fuel.
Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade, Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor