“We urge him (Babangida Aliyu) to remember that honourable men are bound by their words.”
The 28th of August, 2008 will remain fresh in the minds of the people of Magama constituency and the family of late Honourable Usman Bahago Nasko, a lawmaker representing Magama constituency in the Niger State House of Assembly, who, along with two other state officials, lost their lives in a boat mishap at the River Mariga in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.
The unfortunate incident that took the lives of Honourable Usman, Alhaji Yusuf Muazu and Alhaji Isah Lapai occurred when the government officials were returning from Bangi along with the State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu. The governor had gone to commission a general hospital built by the government following an appeal by the community at a Jama’a forum (peoples’ parliament) on the need for government to build a hospital for the community and its environs. It was on this journey of hope that Hon. Usman, the Chairman of the State Assembly Committee on Health, lost his life.
Family, friends and foes alike, have described Hon. Usman’s life as a life well lived, and spent in the service of Niger State. A philanthropist and bridge builder amongst his people, the deceased was known to be in the forefront of sponsoring and backing legislations that changed the lives of a lot of people in the state, most especially those within his Magama constituency. His passion for bringing salvation to the masses was what made him a very willing participant in the Jama’a forum that was created to serve as an easy means for the masses to gain access to the government.
Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu in his speech, tearfully delivered during the valedictory session held in the Niger State House of Assembly in honour of the late lawmaker, promised to assist and cater for the welfare of the lawmaker’s family. The promise, though made publicly, has remained only a promise because the governor has since abandoned them. Not only did he refuse to honour his promises made to the family of the lawmaker who died serving his state, the governor severed all relationships with the family.
Though heaven and earth were promised to the family of late Hon. Usman, it will surprise the reader to learn that none of the late lawmaker’s offspring has been able to secure a job in Niger State, though qualified.
This medium was used because all efforts by the family to reach the governor have proved abortive. We call on the Executive Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, to remember his pledge made to the family of the deceased lawmaker and the two officials who died serving Niger State. We urge him to remember that honourable men are bound by their words. His Excellency should also remember that from God we came and to Him we shall return.
Shehu Bello wrote from Minna: firstname.lastname@example.org