By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
SOKOTO state Governor Dr Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto at the weekend called on leaders to be purposeful and responsive towards ensuring societal progress for national growth.
He observed that development was key to peaceful coexistence , unity and national growth hence leaders and followers mist consistently and positively drive their responsibilities to the last for progress.
The governor also stressed the need for all and sundry to redouble efforts as well strengthen measures against societal ills fast affecting development.
Aliyu Sokoto who made the call in Sokoto at a memorial lecture organised in honour of late Mu’azu Liman Yabo , a Sokoto based legal practitioner , public commentator and philanthropist who died a year ago, noted that the unfolding events across the nation were a reflection of realities of life in the country.
” Leaders must not fail to do the needful for societal progress”, he stressed.
The governor who was represented at the august event by the Secretary to the State Government, Muhammad Bello Sifawa , also expressed concern over the incessant industrial actions continually affecting the health and well being of Nigerians particularly those in the hospitals , higher institutions and other key public places and businesses.
” These strike actions have negatively impacted with adverse effects on innocent Nigerians who we always claim to advocate for”, he queried.
Aliyu Sokoto further acknowledged and applauded the same organisers for their foresight and patriotic thoughts for the initiative which he pledged to support towards assisting the less privilege in the society through his government machinery.
Delivering his paper titled : Rising Trends of Insecurity in Northern Nigeria”, Professor Tukur Baba Mutum Biyu of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi urged people to be more security conscious in view of the spate of prevailing security situation in the country harping on relevant stakeholders to drive a responsive initiative of addressing the menace as well soaring impact of corruption fast enveloping the society across levels.
While deepening his presentation , Professor Baba observed further that corruption was the mother of all insecurity and without addressing the virus , the University Don pointed out that achieving safe environment devoid of all security challenges will be in futility.
In his remarks, Professor Bello Bada of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto noted that leaders flaw in respecting the laws, encouraging corruption and breaching public trust were instrumental to under development.
Bada further observed that corruption would only be dwarfed when leaders check and correct their habits as well commit themselves to patriotic and national spirit for development and extend equal treatment to all citizens irrespective of social and economic differences.
” This can be driven weeding off political, ethnic or religious or class differences”, he stated.
The University lecturer also noted citizens character as as fundamental and significant factor bracing security challenges in the country as he called on politicians to brace efforts at creating employment to further tackle poverty while rounding up his presentation on ” Corruption in Nigeria’s Leadership”
Accordingly, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar extolled the virtues and contributions of late Barrister Mu’azu Liman Yabo for his good and humane character to humanity urged other Nigerians to emulate him.
He appreciated the efforts of the organisers and good people of Sokoto state as the event was climaxed by a tribute to late Liman Yabo Foundation with some of his memorable quotes brought to limelight.