Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and renowned diplomat and politician, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, has described Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State as an active and effective politician who, as former national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was a “voice of moderation and voice of reason.”
Ambassador Kingibe spoke on Sunday in Damaturu during a special courtesy visit on governor Buni to congratulate him on his election and successful inauguration.
“I’m very happy that the people of Yobe have called on you to serve. I know your capabilities and I am very sure that the people have made an excellent choice and you will prove yourself in no time at all”, he said.
Ambassador Kingibe said as someone who has ‘mastered the politics of Yobe’ and has ran the secretariat of the APC as national secretary very well, Governor Buni will provide a solid leadership in Yobe that would take the state to greater heights.
The retired diplomat also spoke of the confidence President Muhammadu Buhari has in Governor Mai Mala Buni, said the country’s number one citizen always speaks highly of him.
Ambassador Kingibe assured the governor that he was always available to assist in every way possible to make his administration succeed.
“You can consider those of us in Abuja as your ambassadors. Whenever there is anything we can do to facilitate your government and your effort, please do not hesitate to call on us. It will be a great pleasure to continue to render service to our people and our states”, he said.
While thanking Ambassador Kingibe for his visit, the governor said the people of Yobe and Borno States are very proud of Kingibe’s accomplishments and achievements and his continuous role in solidifying our nation’s democracy.
The governor lauded President Buhari for conferring the honour of Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) on Ambassador Kingibe and for declaring June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day.
“June 12 is a watershed in the political history of our nation. It will continue to illuminate our democracy. As democrats we are proud of June 12 and we are very proud of our president who declared it as a national day”, he said.
On June 12, 1993, the late Chief MKO Abiola and Ambassador Kingibe were purportedly elected as president and vice president respectively in what was described as the nation’s freest and fairest election before its results were annulled by the then Military President, Ibrahim Babangida.