Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Bala James Nggilari
By Daji Sani in Yola
Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Bala James Nggilari, Wednesday refuted a media report that he was supporting the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-eastern part of the country.
Speaking to journalists at his official residence in Yola, the state capital, Nggilari said with his humble background, he could not in any way subscribed to the activities of the insurgents stressing that he cannot support the killings of innocent people.
He said he did not grant any interview where he said he was supporting the activities of the Boko Haram sect expressing surprise that a national newspaper (not THISDAY) alleged that he was backing the Boko Haram insurgents who were going about killing innocent people.
“By my humble background, I can never subscribe to the killing of human beings. There was no time I granted anybody interview where l said l am supporting the killings of people, no religion or reasonable persons would support such illicit act and I will also not support such act,” he said
According to him, the newspaper misunderstood what he said last Saturday while he was addressing the gathering of a non-governmental organisation, Citizens Network for Peace Development in Nigeria (CNPDN) which invited him as the guest of honour at the inauguration of its office in the state.
The deputy governor said he told the gathering that there can never be meaningful development in the absence of peace and called on Nigerians to partake in the development of peace.
He added that he only drew the attention of the people to the fact that injustice, inequity and dearth of good governance might be the root cause of violence.
Nggilari noted that in an atmosphere of equity, justice, fairness and good governance, the rate of violence would be reduced to the barest minimum.
He said he also emphasised on the fact that politicians should provide good governance with equity and justice adding that he also told the gathering that in those days when he was a young boy living in the rural areas they were provided with social amenities, as he stressed that the only thing that could deprive one from schooling up to the university level was because the person was dull or lazy.
The deputy governor said they had the opportunity to study with the children of the rich and competed with them in the same class but today the story is different adding he was speaking on that premises because the organisation objective was to promote good governance across the country.
Nggilari expressed shock that the headline of the story in the newspaper did not synchronised with the content of the story stressing that he was only calling on politicians to embrace peace and good governance as panacea to violence.