Yobe Public express opinion on their expectation from Supreme Court
Vox Pop conducted by ‘Bukola Olasupo and Bolaji Sanusi
The Supreme Court verdict and reinstatement
of Rotimi Amaechi as governor of Rivers
State is a good development for democracy. As for Yobe, I pray the Almighty to
put the right person in the Government House. It is God that knows the truly right person.
- Kantudu, grocery seller
I am not happy that Omehia was removed.
This is because he was doing well. Since the same thing applies to Yobe State,
I want MAL to remain because he has really uprooted the rot and corruption in the state. Well, one should follow the law but…
The PDP is a terrible party. They
want to make Nigeria a one-party country. It is not good.
I am happy that the law has taken its course in Rivers State.
My prayer for Yobe is that the truth should prevail.
- Adebayo Sunday, Restauranteer
State; that is ok. But the question for Yobe is: Did Albishir contest. Did he not
submit to being corrupt at the EFCC? Well, let November 20 come. I know the Supreme Court will do justice. But for a state
like Yobe, Albishir is a bad omen.
- Biba, D., housewife
I am too delighted with the Supreme
Court judgement for Amaechi. Imagine he lost at the appeal court twice. This is democracy in action. I am eagerly awaiting
Albishir to be sworn in as Yobe governor because the case here is just exactly the same as that of Rivers
- Aide to former Gov Bukar Abba Ibrahim
What happened in Rivers
State is a delightful news for all Nigerians. At least the law has undone all the
mago mago which Obasanjo and PDP did.
As for Yobe, I am looking forward to the exit of MAL, because of the untold hardship his regime has brought to businesses
and civil servants in the state.
- Bulama M., civil servant
I can’t wait to see MAL go.
I like what happened in Rivers State
- Mahmud, printer
Let MAL go. Let justice be done.
If Albishir is the rightful person let him be sworn in. For that of Rivers State,
only the people there can tell you if it’s okay or not.
- Madu A., trader
I am happy about the situation in
Rivers State. It shows that no matter
how long it takes, the truth will eventually prevail. Although the Rivers and Yobe cases look similar, I would prefer MAL
to remain in Yobe but he should not be too harsh and suspicious of everyone. He should try and settle legitimate and outstanding
debts inherited from the last administration.
- Ifiok E., businessman
I want MAL to remain in office. The
ex-governor Bukar Abba’s regime was very corrupt. But for MAL, you work and earn what you deserve. All the fake and
corrupt civil servants have been exposed.
- Richard Thakkma, surveyor
Since Bukar Abba Ibrahim left, there
is progress in Yobe State. I don’t
want MAL to go. As for Rivers that is the law and it is okay.
- Hammed Musa, banana seller
If God had destined you to be something,
nothing can stop it. So, for Rotimi Amaechi, he is only fulfilling his destiny. In Yobe
State, if God says it MAL, it will be and if God prefers Albishir, it will be.
- Zainab Umar, housewife
Sincerely when I heard the verdict
of Amaechi-Omehia case, I was happy. Before now, there was nothing like the rule of law in Nigeria.
But the present administration is upholding the rule of law. Concerning the November 20 case for Yobe; I feel it will favour
the present government in the state. Let MAL stay.
- Adam Ibrahim, motorcycle mechanic
Ever since Omehia assumed office
in Rivers State, it has been from one
crisis to another. I am happy that Rotimi Amaechi is the new governor of the state. I hope the evil doers in the state will
let him be. The case of Yobe is dicey. If I were to vote again, I will always vote out Albishir. I want MAL to continue
- Tuku Adams, civil servant
Ahaa that is justice! I like what
happened in Rotimi Amaechi’s case. But for Yobe I want MAL to remain. This is because he has corrected the corrupt way
of life in the state. I think MAL is the best for Yobe.
- Habeeb, livestock feed seller
I feel it is not easy for Omehia,
and even Rotimi coming in as the governor. But that is God’s will. I want God’s will to prevail in Yobe too.
- Mariam, nurse
The Rivers issue is a welcomed development.
If MAL will perform better for Yobe I feel he should continue. But I know justice will have its way eventually.
- Mariam, lecturer
I feel nice about the Omehia/Amaechi
case verdict. And the good thing is that President Yar’adua is pursuing justice. If it were in the previous administration
of Obasanjo, government will make sure that Omehia sits tight and manipulate things to his (Omehia’s) favour, doing
injustice to Amaechi. On Yobe’s case, people are insulting Gov Mamman Ali for nothing. He is restructuring the state
and his critics are not comfortable. Such people are just the ex-governor’s men who believe in the rich getting richer
and the poor poorer. As for me, I wish the ruling would favour MAL who will continue his good work in Yobe.
- Polycarp D., teacher
What happened in Rivers is good.
In Yobe State too, I want the present
administration to leave. Things are too hard. For instance, people don’t come to make hair like before. They either
complain of lack of money or unpaid salary. Even when they come, they end up owing me. Let this governor go, so that money
will circulate very well in the state. At least this will help my business too.
- Bunmi O., hairdresser
The issue in Rivers
State is quite different from that of Yobe. That of Rivers is justice. But in Yobe,
during the primaries, Albishir just won the so-called ticket because the former governor Bukar wanted to hand over the state
to him. I want the Supreme Court to take this into consideration. But as God will have it, there was an EFCC allegation on
his neck so, the people voted for MAL. Right now, I, Bokoro Mai shoe shiner want
MAL to remain. I know well-meaning Yobeans want him too. MAL has een washing Yobe and we know if he continues, he will wash
the state clean of all corruption.
- Bokoro, shoe ‘shiner’
The majority are saying that what
happened in Rivers will happen in Yobe. I am not an indigene of Yobe. I was just transferred to the state, so I can not say
much. But for the past three months I have not seen anything on ground that MAL has done; nothing tangible. Look at Yar’adua
he has done something that people can see and feel. MAL claims to have reserves but for what purpose? I am not in support
of any one of them because I don’t really know them. Neither MAL nor Albishir has contributed anything to the growth
of this state from the little I heard about them. So, let the will of God be done in the state.
- AbdulRaheem Usman, federal civil servant
The same thing can happen in Yobe
state because the law that governs Rivers is still the same for Yobe. Afterall it is the same Nigeria.
But I am not praying that this should happen in Yobe because people I have never seen in my office are now turning up for
work. This is due to the verification exercise which the governor is carrying out in the civil service. More so, the state
is now generating revenue unlike before. The reformation MAL is carrying out in the state is enough to move Yobe forward.
I only want the money generated from the verification exercise to be put into something reasonable.
The issue of Yobe state is different
from Rivers. Albishir has more grounds that the Rivers governor, Omehia. The court ruled that his (Albishir’s) name
was removed less than the stipulated 60 days to election. MAL was given the ticket in about 40 days to election. So, the same
thing that happened in River will happen in this state. Look around you - is there anything going on in the state. People
are suffering, civil servants are not enjoying like before. MAL’s government is like a military regime. Even during
military era, things were moving. MAL will be removed.
Alhaji Suleiman Ibrahim, meat seller
MAL wants to repair the state but
he has overdone it. He does not pay the workers salary on time. He stopped all contracts whereas he did not award any. He
has a good intent but he should be careful. He said he wanted to work but we have not seen anything. He is using the money
to take care of himself and his family, forgetting about the masses. Nothing is moving in the state. My prayer is that whoever
will do well for the state should be the governor. But the truth is that Albishir can’t rule this state. MAL should
put his house in order and let the masses feel his impact as the number one citizen of the state.
- Mr Thompson, crankshaft engineer
Albishir’s case is similar
to that of Amaechi in Rivers State. So,
the same thing can happen here. There is no money in this state; that is why people want MAL to go. The man is not doing anything.
People are just suffering - no business and market is not moving. Everything is standstill.
- Emeka I.K., Bookshop owner
We are not permitted to dabble into
politics as policemen. Our duty is to protect the peace of the state; no matter who is the governor and no matter what the
court ruling is. Our concern is to make people abide by the ruling of the court and to maintain law and order.
- Police officer
Yobe money is not save if MAL is
removed. Since he became governor of this state, anybody wey wan collect salary will
come with his file to collect salary. All the people eating Yobe money have been checked. No more big man collecting 30
to 40 people’s salary. Everyone has cut his coat according to his size. Go and ask any of these big men for a common
N2,000, he will tell you his own problems are more than yours. Those who married 4-5 wives during Bukar’s regime are
now sending them packing because there is no money to maintain them.
- AbdulRazak, mechanic
I am not a politician. All I want
from God is for Him to give us a governor who will do well for us. MAL has not done anything to be removed even though he
has not fulfilled the aspiration of his people. But the truth is that there is always a beginning. And I want to believe that
this is the beginning for Yobe. People should be patient with MAL. He will meet their needs. Albishir cannot rule this state
– that is the truth.
- Usman Hassan, civil servant
MAL has tried. The first thing to
do has been done. That is the verification exercise. You can’t leave your house on fire and go to sleep. He must first
block the loopholes which had been used to siphon the state’s resources so that he can clearly see what is on ground.
However, he must be fast about it because the people are getting impatient and want to see their governor putting something
tangible on ground. He cannot afford to disappoint them.
- Nkiru Amaechi, federal civil servant
There is no money. Our business is
not the same again. People cannot even buy kose (bean cake). MAL has not done anything
for the masses but I hope things will change for the better; let him just release money for us to buy and sell.
- Maryam, bean cake seller
That is the ANPP problem. I am not
familiar with the case. All I know is that Albishir is not capable of ruling this state. He should go and face his business.
He is not even literate. Albishir’s government will be worse than Bukar’s regime. Those who are against MAL are
the Alhajis who used to collect other people’s sweat, while sitting under the trees without doing anything. Their work
is to patronize prostitutes take them to Kano or Maiduguri
and return to Damaturu for more money.
- Mr Adetona, Federal Ministry of Housing
MAL should be removed. What is even
your own business in the matter after all, this is not your state. There is no
money. Let them bring somebody who will bring money for people to spend. There are thieves everywhere now stealing people’s
property. During Bukar’s regime, things like these were not happening. Under MAL, we cannot sleep with our eyes closed.
I am really counting on the day of judgement. All I want is that MAL should go.
- Mary Jackson, business woman
Our problem is that we don’t
want change. We are always afraid of change, thinking it will not favour us. But we should be patient. There is going to be
a positive change in this state. Let us be patient with MAL. I don’t think he will be removed. The party put him as
their candidate and I believe their constitution guided them in doing so. Let us just wait and see what will unfold in the
case. But I want MAL to remain.
- Mrs Justina, boutique owner
I think we should give peace a chance.
MAL has won an election, so, he should be left to continue. I support him. He is a good man who is against corruption. He
has started well and I am sure something good would come out of his effort by the end of his administration in four years’
time. We like somebody who is fighting against corruption.
- Bernard Nwachukwu, businessman