Late Bauchi Deputy Governor’s wish
The dying wish of the late former Deputy Governor of Bauchi state and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Garba Gadi is for Nigeria not to fall into the hands of those he described as “rogue elements”, his family has revealed.
In a statement in Abuja weekend, his grand son, Ghazali Mohammed said his grand father was particularly concerned about efforts by some Nigerians to frustrate the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari administration and appealed to Nigerians to do everything possible to disallow these group of Nigerians the opportunity to occupy leadership position in the country again.
Gadi, who was Co-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Merger Committee has been ill for about two years and died of cancer at an Indian hospital last week. He has since been buried in his home town according to Islamic rites.
Ghazals Mohammed said “my grand father admonished Nigerians and in particular the APC not to allow rogue elements to rule Nigeria again.”
“If nothing else, he said that President Muhammadu Buhari has instituted policies designed to plug the leakages of our public finance forever. With transparency instituted, everything will fall in place.
“This is why these rogue elements at every turn are putting obstacles on the anti-graft war being waged by President Buhari. They are also obstructing Buhari’s foreign loans meant to develop the country’s deficit infrastructure. They don’t want Buhari to succeed and .”
He said before his death, the late Garba Gadi informed them that he has forgiven those who illegally impeached him as the state deputy governor and has put the issue behind him, but was grateful to the team of lawyers led byAbubakar Malami, SAN, Okoi Obono Obla Esq and Femi Falana, SAN who offered him pro bono services in the course of the legal battle to upturn his impeachment.
“His sole worry before he died was corruption which he believed is at the root of Nigeria’s underdevelopment, the emergence of Boko Haram and gross unemployment,” Muhammed said.
The late Garba Gadi was removed as the deputy governor by the former governor of Bauchi, Malam Isa Yuguda, when he refused to join him to decamp from the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party ( ANPP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the matter is which is still pending at the Supreme Court.
He later joined the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), where he became the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the party, Prince Tony Momoh, and represented the CPC in the merger committee that gave birth to the APC.