I am now homeless – Former Defence Chief, Air Marshal Badeh (rtd)

  • As Fuel Black marketers take over Ekiti streets

Former Chief of Defence Staff,  Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) says he is yet to visit his hometown, Vimtim, in Mubi North Local Government of Adamawa because he does not have a house to stay.

Badeh said this on Monday in Yola in his goodwill message at a Public Forum organized by Adamawa Government to mark this year’s Democracy Day.

Badeh, who lauded the transformation recorded in Yola town by the Bindow administration, said that he was unable to go to Mubi to see the much talked about transformation there because he has no where to stay.

Badeh said that his house  in Mubi had been destroyed by insurgents.

“I was not even able to go to Mubi because I have nowhere to stay; everything I have has been destroyed”, Badeh said.

While commending Governor Bindow for his achievements in transforming the state within the past two years, Badeh criticised Adamawa leaders for not doing much for the state.

He observed that Adamawa leaders were most of the time engaged in power tussle instead of working for the state.

“Adamawa state from independence has produced people that would have made the state better than Lagos but it is like we (leaders) have never liked ourselves.”

Badeh also lauded former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who he said had distinguished himself in bringing development to the state in terms of establishing companies and generating employment

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mubi was taken over by insurgents in October 2014 before it was later recaptured by the military.

In the meantime, Ekiti State residents are at the mercy of petrol black marketers, who are capitalising on the face-off between Governor Ayo Fayose and oil marketers to make brisk business.

The people, who buy the commodity from neighbouring states, sell to consumers at N300 per litre, as against the government regulated price of N145 per litre.

The black marketers operate in front of Akure motor park on Ado-Ikere Road in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital and at Odo-Oja roundabout in Ikere-Ekiti.

They also sell on major roads linking Ekiti with other states.

Filling stations owned by marketers have been shut in the last three weeks, in obedience to the directive by the national secretariat of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and other oil-based unions to protest alleged victimisation by Fayose.

The marketers defied the governor’s order to reopen their outlets. He threatened to revoke their Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) after 24 hours last Thursday.

An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in the state, Mr. Kayode Ojo, has appealed to the governor to end the face-off with the marketers, to alleviate the masses’ suffering.

He urged the national bodies of the National Union of

Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and IPMAN to restore fuel supply to the state in the interest of the populace.

Citizen with additional report from Nation