By Ibrahim A. Jagaba
It was an overwhelmingly jolly ambience yesterday at the gathering of leaders and stakeholders of the Arewa community in Lagos state to review and rejig the course of the community in line with the greater Lagos project.
The gathering which was convened at the instance of the Lagos state honorable commissioner for waterfront infrastructure development, who also double as leader and chairman of the community in Lagos state, touched on sundry germane issues amongst which were, unity, steadfastness, perseverance, loyalty and unshaken belief in the course of the Arewa community in Lagos, witnessed a great deal of enthusiasm amongst stakeholders in attendance.
The convener and face of the Arewa community Lagos state, Hon. Arc. Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi, while declaring the assembly open after preceding procols, reminisced how he had steadfastly remained unshaken and loyal to the cause of the successive political platforms in the state of Lagos and the national leader of the APC, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Jagaban Borgu), who he described as the numero uno of progressive and development politics in the country and ranking among the leading lights of true democracy in the world.
Continuing he said, the Arewa community have a special place in the scheme of things in Lagos state and in the hearts of the leaders of thought led by our benefactor, the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom; the APC national leader rewards sincerity, loyalty and service in the cause to make Lagos state good for all Nigerians; I am an ample proof, dating back to 2001 till date in my capacity as a commissioner and a member of the state’s executive council.
Throwing the floor open for contributions from attendees, speakers, amongst whom were, traditional rulers, chairmen across local governments, women leaders across the state, all expressed happiness for the position the leader has attained and called on members to redouble efforts in the support to the APC, stressing that loyalty and perseverance does pay as evident in the case of the commissioner; we should eschew needless insurbodination and embrace undiluted unity for our community to gain more, Sarki Auyo, one of the Sarkis in attendance posited.
In his own submission, Alhaji Ado Shuaibu Dansudu, an elder and national president of the Arewa United Consultative Forum, harped on the need for the community to give all the support the commissioner needs to contribute to the APC as doing so will assuredly lead to a better Lagos and of course more dividends to our community in the form of increased representation and appointments, he ended.
Bringing the gathering to a close, the commissioner assured the stakeholders of his resolve to better the lots of the Arewa community through continually engaging decision makers in the state in all areas requiring attention, going forward
Thanking His Excellency Mr Babajide Olushola Sanwoolu, the executive governor of Lagos state, the commissioner said, he has huge confidence in me and I am determined to exceed expectations in return, the leader of the Arewa community Lagos state, concluded.