Gov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has warned critics and individuals who are bent on distracting his administration that he would not succumb to any form of intimidation and threat.
Al-Makura gave the warning in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Press Affairs, Sani Musa-Mairiga on Wednesday in Lafia.
“Some unpatriotic people have been threatening this administration and want it to fail; I want to assure them that we will not fail and no amount of pressure will make us lose focus,’’ the statement said.
It pledged that the governor would not betray the social contract he signed with the people of the state, and would strive to improve their living standard.
“This government will not negotiate the future of our dear state with detractors, because doing that will be tantamount to mortgaging the destiny of our people with the same group which held it hostage in the past,” it added.
It accused the critics of the administration of “fabricating lies against Al-Makura in order to score cheap political goals”.
The statement reminded the people of the state of the giant strides made by the government in the last two years, which it noted was a huge difference from the comatose state of infrastructure and services it inherited in May 2011.
“I want to once again call on the people of Nasarawa state to continue living in peace with one another, irrespective of their tribal or religious differences, in order to enjoy the dividends of democracy courtesy of my administration.’’
The statement called on the people to appreciate that no meaningful development would take place in an atmosphere of rancour and instability.
It called on them support the CPC-led administration in its effort “to salvage the state from poverty, underdevelopment, and empower youths and women”.