It has been an important tradition in HIS seven years as Governor of Jigawa State. Every year during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Alhaji Sule Lamido hosted the Iftar, or breaking of fast, with people from all walks of life. While the Muslim faithful engage in fasting in order to be closer to Allah, the governor hosts citizens, friends and associates to the iftar in order to increase his own closeness to the people. Sir Muhammadu SAnusi II Durbar Ground in Dutse is the usual venue for the event. Political associates, old classmates, clerics, civil servants, students, youth and women groups as well as physically challenged persons are all hosted in turn to break the fast with Governor Sule Lamido.Night after night, he shared meals with the invited guests and citizens who also had the opportunity to speak to the head of the state government. During this years Ramadan, members of opposition political parties, religious leaders, associates of the governor from Kano State and his old mates from Barewa College were part of this experience. This years occasion had added significance because it is the last Ramadan to be observed before the governor completes his second term in office. He therefore used it as an opportunity for stock-taking on his administrations programmes, policies and activities in the last seven years.On one particular evening, Governor Lamido hosted party leaders from all the 27 local government areas of Jigawa State. Speaking to this august gathering of political associates all of whom have been part of the great journey that has been the Lamido administration, the governor said he thanked Allah for enabling him to deliver on all his election promises. He said during his inaugural speech in 2007, he presented a booklet which contained his vision, mission and hopes for Jigawa State and its populace. He said, Today, I am proud to say that I have accomplished the mission. I have delivered on all the promises I made during the campaign and have even gone the extra mile in developing Jigawa State and bringing the dividends of democracy to my people.He added, We provided the best roads, the best airport, the best working environment for civil servants, the best health-care services, the best education system, the best judicial system, and we laid a solid foundation for economic and infrastructural development. Above all we promoted discipline, due process, rule of law, patriotism and respect to human dignity among ourselves and our younger generation. He has added value to everything and to everyone in Jigawa State including his political opponents, Governor Lamido said, and he challenged anyone to judge his statement according to the booklet he launched at his first inaugural in 2007.State indigenes as well as recent visitors to Jigawa State all testify that the face of Jigawa State has been transformed in the seven years that Alhaji Sule Lamido ruled over it. The transformation has been in all sectors and the overall impact has been profound. His dynamic administration has established schools and hospitals, constructed roads and water schemes etc. Economic activities have received a huge boost and the foundations have been laid for rapid industrialisation. A first class airport has been built to facilitate the easy movement of goods and services and to facilitate the coming of investors who are set to cash in on Jigawa States rich potentials now that the foundations have been laid.A Jigawa State University has been established by the Lamido administration in order to afford state indigenes more access to higher education opportunities. Half of eligible candidates of Jigawa origin who seek admission into higher institutions fail to get it due to lack of opportunities, hence the very warm welcome with which Jigawa citizens received the establishment of the state university.At that epochal Ramadan iftar session, the governor also used the occasion to call on the Jigawa people to be law abiding, committed, hard-working, love one another and to co-operate to move the state forward. He also commended security agencies in the state for ensuring peace and stability in the seven years of his administration. He said they have done their primary task of protecting lives and property very effectively. He said, I am indebted to Nigerian Army, police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service, Prisons, Customs, NDLEA and FRSC for the maintenance of peace in the state.Governor Lamido capped his speech with an appeal to the youths to be law abiding, respect their elders and aspire to be responsible citizens of Nigeria. He urged them to shun drug abuse, armed robbery, bribery, prostitution, fraud, corruption and other social vices and not allow themselves to be used as political thugs.Governor Lamido also spoke on an issue that agitates the minds of politicians and other citizens, namely the succession. He made it clear that he is not in the business of imposing candidates in elections. He had earlier said that his likely successor will emerge through a round of consultations that will carry everybody along. He will certainly work within his political party, PDP to ensure that a candidate emerges that will sustain the tempo of the last seven years and disabuse the minds of Jigawa citizens that after the Sule Lamido hurricane, there could be a retreat into a standstill. That will not be a fitting succession to a dynamic regime and Governor Sule Lamido is not expected to countenance that.Adamu is Special Adviser to Jigawa governor on Media.]]> Click here to read full news..