Former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (Retd.), has said reports that Governor Muhammad Umar Jubrilla Bindow of Adamawa state uses bullet-proof SUVs despite biting hardship and economic recession was untrue and therefore false.
He however called on the media to always verify facts before publishing or broadcasting.
Abdulsalami made the call while reacting to stories by a section of the media about the use of bulletproof cars by the Adamawa State governor despite the ongoing recession in the country.
The former Head of State, who is in Yola for the Regional Conference on Peace Building and Reconstruction in the Chad Basin, which began Monday, said, “I have been to Adamawa twice and I was in the same car with the governor on both occasions and I didn’t see any bulletproof cars”.
He however, maintained that the media has a vital role in assisting Nigeria to reposition itself as a country with a strong commitment to good governance by making public officers accountable to the public.
Abdulsalami also commended Governor Bindow for his good work in the State and tasked the good people of Adamawa to contribute their own quota by supporting Bindow’s administration.
“I have known Bindow before he became governor and I have no doubt that his sincerity and commitment to good governance makes him the right person for Adamawa State” Abdulsalami said.
He also said that “peace is key to the development and growth of any nation or state. It is therefore paramount for all group and religious leaders, youths and every member of the society to support the government in its pursuit for sustainable peace in the region”.
Abdulsalami was taken round the State capital, by the state Governor, to see 66 road projects within the capital, initiated and completed by the administration.
The former Head of State expressed satisfaction with the infrastructural development and progressive strides of the Bindow administration, less than 24 months after he became governor.
Governor Bindow informed the former Head of State that there are about 16 road projects in Mubi north and Mubi south, a 35.7km road in Shelleng Local Government Area with additional roads in nine local governments which are ready for commissioning.
He then thanked the elder statesman for his continued efforts in bringing peace and succour to the region.
Bindow further pledged to continue the good work in Adamawa and stated that modalities are in place to bring sustainable peace and development to the state.
The Peace Conference would end on Wednesday.