This outrage and outburst is so understandable due to its obvious political coloration and connection and has become a source of worry to us the good people of Bauchi State. Hence, from a noble perspective, I do not want to join issues with groups operating from an empty uncompleted building in Abuja, groups that have continued in a most funny manner the articulation and circulation of advertorials, opinions, features, letters, etc to different media outfits.
I do not hold brief for anyone, but we must as brothers and sisters, and indeed as collective owners of Bauchi State put aside our political and individual differences if we are sincere in our bid to move the state forward. At present, the security concerns posed by the Boko Haram religious sect and the need to rapidly develop Bauchi State should be of utmost concern to us all and not be relegated to the background for what is clearly political and selfish interest.
Having blown out of proportion the propaganda against Mu’azu, what these agents have succeeded in doing is to unknowingly sway public opinion and carve great sympathy for the former governor. This is so because of all the cases that the EFCC prosecuted and nailed to the end, it did not take such great deployment of propaganda. EFCC are no fools on their part as they can clearly differentiate petitions that are genuinely motivated and those that are ill motivated.
The outpour of vexation towards Mu’azu since his return and the attempt to brazenly cast aspersion on him with the alleged looting of N20.4 billion really leaves much to be desired of these whistle blowers. This is so because if the infrastructural developments, acclaimed by all, that took place during Mu’azu’s tenure is equated with the total amounts that accrued to Bauchi between 1999 and 2007, on that basis alone it will be shocking to accept these claims even though I am of the opinion that if he is found wanting in any form, he should be liable.
However, in my very candid and most submissive opinion, no one can wish away the efforts of the Mu’azu administration as till date his contribution and stride still remains the basic yardstick for assessing performance. As Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos is being regarded as a role model, so was Mu’azu during his time amongst the governors then. Hence, not all the aspersions can change this as facts are sacred.
Revolution, I must say, best describe what transpired in Bauchi State, from 1999 to 2007 as there was no sector where Mu’azu’s impact wasn’t felt. From education, health, poverty alleviation, housing, roads and rural infrastructure, it is the same story, just as it is in the civil service and transport. Indeed today, indigenes of Bauchi will testify to his good work.
In the education sector for instance, federal statistics which is readily verifiable asserts that primary school enrolment rose from 458,350 in 1999 to over 1.2 million in 2007. This is just as Bauchi State rose from 34th position in 1999 to a prestigious 3rd position in same 2007 when Mu’azu left office.
As this testimony comes in the education sector, so does it cut across virtually all sectors of the economy of Bauchi State even though some will disagree and label him a failure to score cheap political points.
We all know the manner in which various governments set up boards of inquiry for reasons best known to them until the courts ruled that no one or institutions except it had the powers to indict anyone .Did we not see the mess it turned out in the hands of politicians to the extent that while then President Obasanjo indicted former Gov. Orji Kalu , Kalu in turn indicted the former president and his daughter, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo. Have we not seen similar probe panels in Yobe, Niger, Plateau, Imo etc? The long and short of it is that only the courts will pronounce Mu’azu guilty if at all he has any case to answer and not the print media, turned into the court rooms by some overzealous characters .
Like Mu’azu stated in his book My Tenure Report, ‘ I have always believed that the best role in history is to leave a legacy for future generations… If leadership fails to deliver in history, it will be written out of it ’’. For those chasing Mu’azu and of course their obvious sponsors, just a word of advice, need we not have a rethink? Need we continue to waste funds that could enhance the welfare of others? I mean a look around suggests that Mu’azu is not the problem of Bauchi State. Or is he? The man has done his bit and clearly posterity is judging him and the good people of Bauchi and Nigeria know this.
Aliyu wrote from 6, Ali Akilu Road, Unguwar Sarki Bus stop, Kaduna.E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org