North-East: Senate Visit was a Noble Act, Not 2019 Electioneering – Ndume
Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, has warned all those attaching any hidden agenda to recent decision of the upper legislative chamber to send delegations to the troubled areas in the North-east zone to stop their negative campaigns.
Ndume, representing Borno South district, said the visit of the Senators led by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to Maiduguri and another delegation which visited Adamawa led by Senator Ike Ekweremadu, deputy Senate President was to see the level of carnage.
He said “For all intent and purposes, let it be made clear that we from Borno State feel very sad that while we complain that the issue of Boko Haram and the carnage they are inflicting on our people is not getting the kind of attention it deserves from key individuals and non-governmental bodies, somebody still felt that we did not deserve the first visit by a delegation of the senate six years after the Boko Haram problem started.
“Our people are very happy about the visit. We believe we deserve that those who make laws for us in Nigeria should come to our area and see how we are living, the damage that we have suffered, what type of help we need and how we can retain focus on our plight.
“If our going to Maiduguri is now being interpreted as 2019 politics, then we want the writer to go to the IDPs camps in the North-east and explain to the people why he wants to stop those who can help us from coming to our aid.
“The governor was moved to tears while addressing our delegation about how the people feel neglected and how they felt that if the situation in the zone now were to occur in another area, the elite from all over the country would have been on pilgrimage there to identify with the victims. The governor felt the visit by the senators was very inspiring and comforting. That is the same visit this columnist who chose to settle personal scores is trying to rubbish.”