part of a threat by some Nigerians to make the country
ungovernable, if a particular candidate did not win the
2015 presidential election.
Masari, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja yesterday,
asked that “what are they avenging?” in reaction to the
name of the militant group, which has sustained months of
bombings of oil and gas installations across the Niger Delta.
He said: “As people, we must survive and live. With the
crisis in the Niger Delta, we can wake up and see that not a
dollar is coming from oil. Are we going to die? It is
impossible. Let us start looking inward. We did it before,
we can do it now.
“I believe, I still believe and I’m still convinced that when
we do the right thing, not only in Katsina State, but across
the 36 states, we will survive the storm and there will be no
more dependence on any one commodity.
“Any single commodity you depend on, when the price
crashes, you will feel the impact. I think your friends
outside Nigeria should be very lucky. If you go to Angola,
you can’t see effect of the low price because they don’t
totally depend on oil.
“For those of us who are able to go to Saudi Arabia, we see
these things. Almost 80 per cent of the capital projects have
stopped. It is not only in Nigeria.
“But in our own case, coupled with when the prices start to
pick up to about $40, then we have the criminals calling
themselves Avengers. Avenging what?
“They said before election that if a particular candidate did
not win, they would make Nigeria ungovernable. So what is
coming now is not new, but Nigeria will survive it. There
are countries without oil. Has Japan oil? Do Malaysia,
Singapore, India have oil? Are they not surviving or
“If there is determined leadership, these things are doable.
Most of the problems confronting us as a state are beyond
politics”, the Katsina governor asserted.
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