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Atiku’ll carry out responsibilities with dignity — Obasanjo Says; Published November 26, 2018

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that his former deputy , Atiku Abubakar and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , will carry out any responsibility he is given with dignity .
Obasanjo stated this at the turbaning of Atiku as the seventh Wazirin Adamawa by the Lamido of Adamawa, Dr . Mustapha Barkindo.
Obasanjo who also applauded his former deputy , said by every standard, Atiku had always been a “ cultured and a cultural person . ”
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He said , “ When we were in Abuja and dealing with the affairs of governance , you did not take lightly cultural affairs back home. By every standard, you are a cultured and a cultural person . Whatever responsibility you have at the national and international level, I know you will carry this new office with respect and dignity . ”
On his part , Atiku said he would ensure the relevance of traditional institutions in the country by promoting their values and principles to the rest of the world .
He said he would not relent in promoting and advancing the cause and principles of Adamawa Emirate and traditional institutions in general in the country .
Atiku , who referred to Obasanjo as his boss , thanked the ex – President for his contributions to his mentoring .
Atiku who appreciated the title of Wazirin , which made him the second in command in the Adamawa emirate , said he received the title with humility .
“ Your royal highness has now given me the highest honour available to anyone from a modest background and achievement . The late Lamido HRH Aliyu Mustapha , may his soul rest in peace , appointed me Turakin Adamawa at the age of 35 , making me a confidant and council member of the emirate . As his successor , you have accorded me the second highest position which I am receiving with profound humility with my turbaning as Wazirin , ” he added
The Lamido Adamawa said Atiku was honoured because of his contributions to the development of Nigeria in general and , particularly Adamawa State in particular .
“ Atiku has also contributed greatly to unifying the people of Adamawa and providing useful advice to the emirate, ” he said .
“ The position of Wazirin, which is the highest in the council puts him in charge of administration of the emirate and is given to people who are educated , honest and God fearing . It ’ s not hereditary and can go to anyone who deserves it . ”
Barkindo advised all other traditional title holders to cooperate with the new Wazirin .
Besides Obasanjo , other dignitaries at the event were ex – President Goodluck Jonathan ; the Senate President, Dr . Bukola Saraki; the Speaker of the House of Representatives , Yakubu Dogara and some serving PDP governors including , Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe ); Darius Isiaku ( Taraba); Abdufatah Ahmed ( Kwara ); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa ); Udom Emmanuel ( Akwa Ibom ) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto ).
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Former governors such as Attahiru Bafarawa of Sokoto; Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano ) , and Boni Haruna , (Adamawa ) were also at the event , which was also attended by serving and former members of the National Assembly.
Earlier while observing protocol , Obasanjo set the crowd reeling with laughter, after he recognised former President Goodluck Jonathan , as his colleague . He turned to Saraki, saying, “Senate President , you cannot say this one is not my colleague . ”

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