STILL FRESH IN OUR MEMORY
(Late Engr Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure, (CON) FNSE, Ranin Lapai)
Today mark exactly one year when the Power State (Niger State), loss an astute politician and philanthropist to the mother earth. Late Engr Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure breathed his last on Sunday, Jan 8, 2017, in German Hospital.
The vacuum created by the lost of this great politician is a National loss and will be felt mostly by people of Niger State and KinNupe entirely.
He would be remembered for his political, socio-economic ideals towards development of the state.
On the art of governance, Engr. Kure is credited to have constructed the first phase of the ultra modern market named after him in collaboration with shelter clays ltd and also the new Tunga market. He constructed intra city roads in Minna among which are the Maitumbi area, Anguwan Biri, F-Lay out, New Tunga market, Mypa road linking to Okada road, Okada road, western bye pass resurfacing, David mark road, London street road leading to Bosso low cost all in Minna, he also was responsible for the renovation of Paiko to Lapai road a distance of about 100km, also he had a major renovation of Esso road in Bida. He also constructed numerous feeder roads linking many rural agrarian areas of the State to towns and cities. Justice Idris Legbo Kutugi International Conference Centre was a project he held dear to himself, though he did not complete it, is on record he conceived and saw the project to almost completion (more than 80%) during his tenure. He also constructed a housing estate in Madallah by Zuma rock, he also built the new Suleja abattoir and more.
Late kure left an unbeatable legacy for the creation of the state owned university, which was named Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai. This makes tertiary education accessible to all Nigerlite at their Doorstep. And also provide jobs for Nigerlite and others.
Kure was a fierce fighter and an advocate of Sharia, who till his death, opposed resource control, which he saw as a challenge to the North. He also believed in northern solidarity, even as he remained loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He was the second governor to introduce sharia in Nigeria, after the former governor of Zamfara State Senator Ahmed Yerima Bakura and he robustly defended his decision, reminding the then President Olusegun Obasanjo that he was wrong to declare it illegal, as only a court could say so. This action of late Kure rids the society of social vices such as prostitution, stealing, gambling and drugs.
As a strong PDP chieftain, Kure was a member of the party’s board of Trustees (BoT). During the party flag off of the local government election campaign almost exactly two years now, precisely January 12, 2016, Kure campaigned for his party using all known pathos and strategies, including admitting that PDP had wronged Niger state.
He said “We apologies for our wrong doing; we learnt our lessons as a political party that wanted to rule for 60 years. I can forsee relief of hardship in the nearest future, if you people are ready to give PDP another chance in the forthcoming local government elections” Kure had said in Kontagora, Niger state.
Even as a large number of PDP members defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) after the party lost the 2015 elections, Kure remain resilient and stayed put, deciding to sail with the former party as his faith in the party did not diminish till he died.
He remained optimistic that the PDP would rise again, insisting that PDP did not lose to APC, but lost to PDP. Thus he said “it was PDP that defeated PDP in 2015 elections in Niger state, not the APC. It was due to internal problems in our party. But we have learnt our lessons with unity we will conquer the government in power.
At national level, Kure held the same sentiment. In October 2016, when PDP Elders and Stakeholders from Niger north senatorial zone paid him a courtesy visit, he said, “PDP defeated PDP in the 2015 elections giving rise to what he called the worst economic situation in the 56 years of the country existence”.
According to him “all the PDP members who left the party and ensured the party lost 2015 general elections are not comfortable where they are today. They are not finding things easy at the moment. I wept at the above comment of the late Kure because the Nation is at mercy of God and not comfortable with current administration as poverty is on the increase.
As a committed PDP elder, Kure led several reconciliation processes in the party that has become factionalised with one part led by Ahmed Makarfi and the other led by Ali Modu Sheriff.
Even before he died, he was quoted as telling anyone who cared to listen that his party would rise again because reconciliation moves were “beginning to yield results”
Unfortunately, he did not live to see his dream come to fruition, which was that “PDP will soon take its rightful place in the politics of the country”.
According to former Abia state governor and eminent businessman, Dr Orji Ujor Kalu “said the late former governor of Niger state, Engineer A.A Kure would also be remembered for the role he played in ensuring that the third term ambition of former president Olusegun Obasanjo did not succeed.
“It was Kure, my humble self and Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu who stood our ground then that the third term agenda must not succeed, we went through hell in the hands of State Security Services (SSS) Kalu said”
Late Kure was a peace maker and bridge-builder, who was concerned about progress and development of the state.
Late Engr A.A Kure is God fearing leader, who his State and Nation with the fear of God.
The passing away of Abdulkadir Abdullahi kure is a tragedy to the State, KinNupe and the Nation at large; his demise at this critical and crucial period of our country has created a vacuum. We have lost a rare gem and repository of wisdom. May Allah grant him Aljanna Firdaus and the Family and State at large the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable lost, Amin.
Written By: Nasiru Alhaji Shaba