NASS Speakership: Why The Cap Fits Betara
By Nelson Alapa
With the election of our candidates, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima as President and Vice President respectively, on the mantra of renewed hope, the focus now shifts to the National Assembly where we must enthrone leaders with the capacity to renew our hopes and take our dear country out of the many problems that have continued to pose serious threat to our collective existence.
With a president – elect who is coming with a time-tested capacity in economy re-engineering, an antecedent of daring reforms and quality service delivery, there is no doubt that sentiments must give way to merit in the quest to elect a National Assembly leadership with shared vision and values.
While the argument for zoning to a particular zone deserves our sympathy and consideration, the overall development of our dear county; the current seemingly intractable security challenges, the economic stagnation and high level of poverty, demands immediate attention through quality leadership. We must consider someone who possesses the wherewithal to help the incoming visionary government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima with the requisite legal frameworks to quickly position our dear country for greatness. Ethnicity, regionalism and religion cannever pass as credible ingredients of good governance, and therefore must not be allowed to become an albatross to actualizing the many prospects of the incoming Tinubu/Shettima administration.
It is on the basis of the foregoing that I wish to implore all the concerned stakeholders, particularly members – elect of the House of Representatives, to support Hon. Muktar Aliyu Betara, the member representing Biu/Bayo/Shani Federal Constituency of Borno state, for the position of the speaker of the House of Representatives. Hon. Betara is the man the cap fits; he is an experienced legislator who moves with deft and precision. His impressive understanding of legislative business and cosmopolitan outlook as a patriotic Nigeria stands him out as the most qualified Nigerian for the speakership position of the House of Representatives.
It is a blessing to our country today that we have a president who is passionately attracted to capacity. A man who as governor of Lagos state never appointed his cabinet members on the basis of religion, or origin but on the clear preponderance of capacity to deliver in an assigned role with equanimity. It is therefore the hope and prayers of many Nigerians that he will support Hon. Betara, a fine legislator who is a round peg in a round hole for the House of Representatives speakership position.
Hon. Alapa is a committed and consistent progressive who once served as a minority leader of the House of Representatives