by Mu’azu Dangabar Filiya
Let us call a spade – a spade! No decent human being will propagate, support, vote or wish for the elongation of Inuwa Yahaya’s tenure. For Gombe, the years 2019 to 2023 experienced the worst forms of human failure in terms of governance.
Who would have imagined that giving the opportunity to a man such as this that he will only come to loot our treasury and impoverish the community? It is very sad!
Since the creation of Gombe state, we have experienced the most shocking oppression we have ever had politically, financially, economically, morally and physically. I have never come across a government that has gotten it wrong from the beginning to the end, and is still doing the wrong thing till this very moment. Indeed, Inuwa Yahaya’s government is a calamity to Gombe state.
A government with a cash flow of ½ a trillion naira (500,000,000,000) in 3 ½ years (equivalent to $1.380bn) yet very lacking in initiative to do anything tangible with it. Rather, the government has actively looted the funds and wasted the resources of the state.
The simplest act of governance is to pay pension/gratuity yet it took the government almost four years when election is drawing nearer to even start contemplating the clearing of a backlog of salaries.
For those who don’t know what we are saying, the budget of Togo, Niger, Mali and some eight other African countries is less than $1bn dollars in four years yet these are independent countries with institutions, defense, federal administrations and other offices to run. Yet they don’t owe salaries.
Our townships roads are as bad as ever, water is not running in our towns and villages, the roads in the rural areas are bad, the health care system has become something else, our education is an eyesore and of course our parents can no longer go to farms because of herdsmen brutality. Where do we want to start from? It is getting worse!
I believe this is the time for us all to put an end to this oppression, shame and rascality. We need to be courageous enough to do what is decent and dignifying. In this, there is no south, central or north – we are fighting for the soul of Gombe State. I know there are so many interests and aspirations but please let us unite and flush out this menace that has impoverished our people to the point of suicide and death. When this political cankerworm is gone, we shall rearrange and realign but for now let us chase them away!
This not the time to stand by and watch how it will play out. This is not the time to be afraid. This not the time to be complacent. This not the time to stand and do nothing. This is not the time to leave it to them. This is the time to be aware and alert to our responsibility. We must put up a fight against this tyranny and heartlessness.
I would also like to use this medium to urge our people. We shall not leave or abandon you to this struggle we are going to support you physically, morally and resource wise because this is a just fight. It is a struggle for our tomorrow and we shall never fail in our duty.
Mu’azu Dangabar Filiya writes from Filiya, Shongom LGA, Gombe State. (viaMBE)