Former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarwa
By John Shiklam
Former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarwa, and former Head of State, Major General Mohammadu Buhari, at the weekend held a closed door meeting at the latter’s Kaduna residence.
Although details of the meeting were not made public, the former governor in an interview with newsmen shortly after the meeting, which lasted for about one hour, said their discussions centred on how to unite the North and move it forward.
According to Bafarawa, a chieftain of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the meeting was not about political parties, but to find solution to the disunity in the North.
He lamented that the North was in disarray and there was need to discuss, unite the region and chart the way forward.
“I didn’t come as a member ANPP to visit Gen. Buhari and I did not come to see him on the ground of his own party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). I came to him to discuss in order to chart the way forward on how we can unite ourselves in the North because the North is in disarray, therefore we need to unite since we are masters of all trade when you talk of political activities in the North,” Bafarawa said.
He noted that all the political parties in the country could be found in the North, stressing that there was the need for the region to put its house in order before the next elections.
“That is why I have come to see my brother, Gen. Buhari on how we can unite ourselves before we even talk of political parties. I came to see Gen. Buhari as an elder brother and a partner in progress in order to move the Northern region forward.
“I think there is solution to our disunity in the North because, before now, discussions towards achieving unity have been based on political parties, but now I came to visit Buhari on personal ground to discuss the way forward for our people in the North.
“Our strategy is that we will take our time, plan things and see how we can come out with the way forward. And like I said, I have come to see him, so I will not tell you the strategy we will take, but this visit a step forward.
“What we are looking out for now is unity; we are not talking of CPC, ANPP or any other political party. All we are after is to see that the North is united.
“I think everybody is going to drop his political ambition for now until the time comes because what is most important now is our unity. The people will decide the next political direction when the time comes,” Bafarawa said.
However, Buhari declined to comment on the meeting, saying he was contented with the comments of the former governor.