Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero
Owing to the age-long strategic political relevance of Kaduna State to national politics, President Goodluck Jonathan Monday urged the state Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, to balance the politics of the northern part of the country.
Jonathan, who received a high-powered delegation from the state, observed that administering the state is not a child's play.
Yero and his entourage were at the State House to officially condole Jonathan on the tragic death of former governor of the state, Patrick Yakowa and the former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Andrew Owoye Azazi, who died in helicopter crash on December 15 last year.
The governor also commiserated with Jonathan on the death of his younger brother, Meni, who died on his 55th birthday on November 20 last year.
Jonathan, who expressed gratitude to the governor, noted that his ascension to the helm of affairs is not just about ensuring that the people of the state get their daily food but making sure that it retains its leading role as political torch bearer of the entire North.
To this end, the president promised to give his support to Yero to ensure his success in the administration of the state while urging him to be strong to be able to cope with the challenges of governance.
"On my own part, I promise that the relationship between me and Kaduna State have been further cemented by the incident that had happened that we have to lose Yakowa and Azazi the same day in my own state."
"It is something that cannot be erased that has brought a permanent bond between me as a person with my good brothers and sisters from Kaduna State. I will continue to work with you," Jonathan said.
Vice-President Namadi Sambo, who was also on hand to assist the president in meeting with the delegation from the state, thanked Yero for the visit, saying that Nigerians should continue to pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate helicopter crash.
Earlier, Yero thanked the president for attending the burial of Yakowa, stressing that it showed a mark of his great leadership as well as display of love and concern for the people of the state.
Yero pledged his loyalty to the president as well as his support for the transformation agenda of the present administration.