- Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina says he will retire once his term is over in 2023
- Masari says by the end of his tenure, he would have been 73 years old
- The former speaker of the House of Representatives says he would then prefer for work at the background
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has announced that he would quit active politics when his current term expires in 2023.
Masari said by the end of his term, he would have been 73 years old and would prefer to work at the background.
“I will retire. By the time I leave office, I will be 73 years and at that age, I will need to rest,” he said in an interview with Daily Trust.
The governor first served in the House of Representatives where he became the speaker of the lower chamber between 2003 and 2007.
Asked how he was able to silence the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Masari said: “Governance is like politics. Some matters are on the table while others are under the table.
“There is politics of campaign normally in the daytime but then, we have politics of meeting people, talking to them and making them understand. That was why the people come out here en masse."
He noted that since President Muhammadu Buhari is from Katsina, it is necessary that the politicians in the state support him irrespective of political leanings.
“The president is from Katsina state, so we have greater responsibility to ensure the world knows that not only about the All Progressives Congress or the PDP but also Katsina state are solidly behind the president,” he said.
Legit.ng, however, reports that the emeritus Catholic archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has warned that Nigeria's democracy is in danger, especially with the way it is handled by the country's leaders.
Cardinal Onaiyekan said the country should be ashamed that it still carries out with anti-people policies and actions that inhibits its progress.
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