The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has said he will resign from his position on October 20 to pursue his 2015 gubernatorial ambition in Nasarawa State.
Mr. Maku disclosed this on Sunday, at a special thanksgiving mass at the Catholic Diocese of Lafia, St. Patrick’s Parish, Akwanga, Nasarawa State.
Other cabinet ministers with gubernatorial ambitions that may resign alongside Mr. Maku are Bala Mohammed -Federal Capital Territory; Emeka Wogu – Labour; Nyesom Wike –State for Education; Samuel Ortom –State for Trade, Industry and Investment; Musiliu Obanikoro –State for Defence; and Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki.
While Mr. Mohammed seeks to take over from Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Mr. Wogu nurses the ambition of succeeding Theodore Orji of Abia State.
Mr. Wike hopes to run in Rivers State, Mr. Ortom in Benue State, Mr. Obanikoro in Lagos State, and Mr. Turaki in Kebbi State.
The information minister also announced a donation of N7.6 million from his family and his friends for the Cathedral in Lafia.
He said it was time to sacrifice the comfort of a ministerial position to join his people and go into the wilderness in Nasarawa State to stop the killings, miscarriage of justice, and liberate the people of the state.
Mr. Maku said he was an example of grass to grace because of God’s favour as he was born to peasants farmers who did not even record the date of his birth.
“There may be giants out there, all over, but like Caleb we trust God, we are able to conquer, we are able to subdue. So all we need is prayers and thank God for what He has done for me, not for what we are looking at. Being governor will not really add anything to my name. I think I have made all the name I could make in Nigeria. But this sacrifice is for my people, to liberate my people”, he said.
Commending Mr. Maku for coming out to thank God for what he has done for him since 1999, the officiating priest, Jerry Ngbaya, said, “Thanksgiving remains the best thing you can give to God. It’s an opportunity to think of the degrading situation our citizens are condemned to live in our land.
“Everywhere you go poverty is steering into the eyes, It’s our sincere prayers that God will raise true men of God who will work for the people. We continue to pray for peace so that the current situation will not consume us.”
Another priest, Lawrence Ayabugu, urged Mr. Maku not to engage in politics of acrimony.