By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The leadership of the African Traditional Sports, has described Nasarawa State under the leadership of Engineer Abdullahi Sule, “as one of the best administered states in the country.”
Alhaji Abunakar Ndanusa, Chairman, Organizing Committee for the African Traditional Sports Festival, stated this while presenting a symbolic gift of a white horse to the Nasarawa State Governor, at the Government House, on Wednesday.
Ndanusa stated that having taken keen interest in the role Engineer Sule has been playing, in the areas of infrastructural development, agriculture, education, restoration of peace in Nasarawa State and by extension, the north central states, as well as providing conducive environment for economic activities, the organization has no choice than to present him with the symbolic white horse, which in Africa is considered the highest honour to a great leader.
He disclosed that their organization, is in the practice of recognizing credible leaders that stand out in their quest to serve their people, leaders who are role models and deserve commendations.
“Our gathering here today, is the manifestation of our collective desire to appreciate God for making Nasarawa one of the best administered states in Nigeria, where equity, justice and fairness shall prevail,” Ndanusa said.
The organizing committee chairman noted that they decided to presented Engineer Sule with the gift of a white horse which signifies love, strength, unity, dexterity and perseverance, because of the “visible and unparalleled achievements made by the present and past leaders of Nasarawa State, especially under your leadership, which has brought more hope to the people of the state for the past one year.”
Receiving the gift, Engineer Sule commended the leadership of the African Traditional Sports for the symbolic gesture.
The Governor pointed out that the gesture is even more imperative at a time when the country is preaching the gospel of peace, unity, transparency and good leadership, which forms the qualities of a white horse.
Engineer Sule promised that his administration will continue to do its best towards ensuring that the people of the state co-exist in peace and unity, irrespective of tribe, religion or gender.
“And for us in Nasarawa State, we are doing the best since we arrived, to ensure that there is peaceful co-existence amongst ourselves irrespective of our religion, ethnicity, sex and whatever it is.
“We are one people created by God and we must live together as one people,” the Governor stated.
Earlier, in an introductory remarks, state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Othman Bala Adam, expressed gratitude on behalf of the ministry, for the Leadership of the African Traditional Sports, to identify with the laudable development strides of the Governor.
Adam was particularly grateful that the organization recognized the efforts of Engineer Sule to entrench a peaceful environment even beyond the shores of the state and to the North Central zone.