By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari says the election of Sen. Aisha Binani as the next governor of Adamawa will open opportunities for women in the country and send a signal to the world on Nigeria’s leadership maturity.
A statement by the president’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, said that Buhari made the declaration at the Lamido of Adamawa’s Palace in Yola on Monday.
The president said that he was in support of the governorship candidate and would continue to provide moral support for her success in the forthcoming polls.
Buhari said: “I came here to make sure that from the end of Nigeria to other places, I want to identify with the candidate, Binani, and other candidates.
“We are here to ensure that Sen. Binani becomes the first female elected governor God willing. Her election will speak to Nigeria and the world through Adamawa State.
“I thank you very much for all the support. I want everyone to support her to win. And for those in opposition to us, I wish them the best of luck.”
The president declared that: “We will give her our moral support.
”The women have been fighting from a distance, let them now come close and also share in leadership.”
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa thanked the president for various federal interventions in the state.
“I want to use this opportunity to welcome you to your second home, Adamawa State.
“We want to thank you for various and several projects in Adamawa. All our proposals for the state have been approved. We will not get tired of receiving you in the state.
“We will continue to pray for you. We love you and admire you.
“You have done well and surpassed what is expected of a leader. I wish you well and all the best in the campaigns,” Fintiri said.
The Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, also appreciated the president for the developments in the state.
He noted such developments as appointments into top positions in government like the FCT Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa.
“The people of Adamawa are indebted to you,” the royal father told the president.
Mustapha also thanked the president for his approvals for new universities and a Federal Medical Centre in the state.