Friday, December 21, 2012

Chris Okotie, Dangote, Others Mourn Yakowa

President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Pastor, Household of God, Lagos, Rev. Chris Okotie; and the Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria, Mrs. Oluremi Oyo, on Thursday joined in mourning the late Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa.

Yakowa, former National Security Adviser Andrew Azazi and four others died in a helicopter crash in Nembe, Bayelsa State on Saturday.

They were returning from the burial of the father of Mr. Oronto Douglas, a Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to NAN, In his tribute, Dangote described Yakowa as a bridge builder, who strived hard to help humanity.

He said the deceased had great respect for people, irrespective of the ethno-religious difference.

He advised Governor Mukhtar Yero to continue with the work started by his predecessor.

Okotie said “My heart goes out to the families of the deceased. I also pray that God will grant them eternal rest.

“It is particularly sad that the tragic incidents of air crashes have continued, despite repeated assurances from the aviation authorities that our airspace is now safe.”

The cleric called for proper checks to forestall future occurrence.

The National Chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, Chief Sam Nkire, described Yakowa as “a good man, gone too soon”.

Nkire said the death of the governor was not just a loss to Nigeria but also “a big loss to a small community of men of conscience in the country”.

The PPA boss said Kaduna State would miss the governor’s vast administrative experience.

He added that he was one of the most experienced public servants in the country, having been a local government chairman, permanent secretary, commissioner, minister, Secretary to the State Government and Deputy Governor.

Nkire said since he met Yakowa, when they were both commissioners in their states about 20 years ago, he had remained a lesson in humility and selfless service.

Kukah Cautions New Kaduna Governor: “Be Careful Of Religious Bigots”

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, this morning at the funeral of late Kaduna State Governor, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, warned Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, his successor, to be mindful of religious bigots.

“Do not be tempted to think that the Muslims have taken what the wicked have presented as a prize for only Muslims,” he cautioned.

The Bishop’s audience included President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo.

He told the governor the world looks up to him not to be seduced by the whispers of the wicked whose devilish and selfish hold on power has held society down.

“You have taken over the steering wheel and must obey and respect all road signs so that we can arrive at the destination that we have set out to. Balancing our dreams together can make ours one of the greatest states in Nigeria. Let us reverse the divisive, ugly and pernicious past which was constructed by men who had the hearts for apartheid. By pursuing the politics of exclusion, these men and women merely destroyed both the noble faith of Islam and the North that its founders dreamt of.

“I want to assure you that there are millions of Yakowa’s outside the Muslim community and that the monopoly of power by one section or even one gender or generation denies our people a future. This is what South Africa realised. It is what the Americans have now realised. Other nations have achieved greatness by managing diversity. Diversity should generate appreciation and love and when properly managed, it can be a source of beauty and strength. This is why Joseph’s coat of many colours is presented as the best garment in the Bible. We wish you well and as you saw from the way our people have received this tragedy, we are a peaceful, God fearing and trusting community. I can assure you, we shall stand by you. And to you President Jonathan, when it mattered, you allowed God to use you to change history. Those whose selfishness sowed the seeds of exclusion leading to violence have abandoned the state and fled to Abuja where they continue to pursue an unproductive lifestyle of feeding off the state by pretending to represent Islam and the North.

“Sir, this state is ours to build now that the members of the nefarious Mafia whose selfishness hindered the development of Kaduna in particular and the north in general have either died or fled the state. Mr. Yakowa’s ascent to power broke this jinx. You cannot attempt to put this genie back without breaking the bottle. Before Yakowa, Kaduna state had been surviving on one lung. Now that political surgery has corrected this anomaly, it is hoped that now, we shall lay a foundation for a successful transition and succession to power in the most honest way. If we fail to do that, we shall be attempting to clap with one hand or flying a plane with only one wing. With youth on your side, we all assure you of our prayers. Despite its troubles and doubts, Nigeria is on the threshold of hope and opportunity. We shall arrive our destination quicker because we have the likes of our dear Governor Yakowa praying for us. May God bless our dear country. Amen.


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