Hon. Nasirudeen Mohammed is a former commissioner of finance and that of Bauchi State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs during the immediate past governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State. In this interview with our correspondent in Bauchi, Ayuba Mafi, he spoke about his interest to succeed member representing Bogoro, Dass, and T/Balewa federal constituency at the house of Representative, Rt. Hon. Dogara Yakubu, among others.
Can you briefly tell us about you?
My name is Nasirudeen Mohammed, although I originally hail from Bula village, I was born and bred in Tafawa Balewa Town. I attended Central primary school Tafawa Balewa and afterward proceeded to GATC Gombe for my Teachers’ Grade two certificates. Having successfully made it, I was admitted into the School of General Studies(4term pre_degree programme) BUK. I was later absolved into the Faculty of Law of the same University. After securing my Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL. B). l was admitted into the Nigerian Law School, Lagos for my (B.L) and called to the Bar in the year 1993. I am equally a holder of a Master of Laws Degree(LL. M) from ABU Zaria. I did my National service in Imo state and finished in 1994. I did my pupillage in the Law firm of lbrahim Umar and Co, a Kano-based Law firm from 1994 to 1997. We floated a law firm in partnership with some friends and colleagues and later established my own named M. Nasirudeen Attorneys at Law. However, in the year 2016, the then executive Governor, Bauchi State, fondly called His Excellency M.A Abubakar appointed me as a Commissioner and a member of Bauchi State Executive Council and deployed me to the Ministry of finance and later redeployed me to the Ministry for Local Gov’t and Chieftancy Affairs until 2019.
How did you get involved in politics?
Well, l first got initiated into politics in the year 1997/’98 and aspired to the post of a member representing Lere/Bula in the Bauchi State House of Assembly on the platform of defunct UNCP. However, the transition was truncated as a result of the sudden death of the then Head of State General Abacha.
There was this speculation that you want to contest in your constituency, at some point, what is the true situation about the thing?
It is true that the people of my Federal constituency have been calling me to contest for the post of a member representing Bogoro, Dass, and Tafawa Balewa in the National Assembly. After due consultation, with all the critical stakeholders and associates, l decided to succumb to the clarion call to service.
More so, our present member whose performance everybody is satisfied with has decided on his own not to recontest for something better for our constituents.
Why do you want to represent your constituency?
Well, my interest to contest is born out of the will to serve people and build on the achievement recorded by my predecessor God willing.
What do you think those who have been on the seat have done and what they failed to do?
The present member has performed wonderfully to the satisfaction of almost all, to the extent of holding the prestigious office of a Speaker House of representative. This is a very rare opportunity one gets. He has brought developments in both human and physical. For example, he championed the establishment of the North East Development Commission for the entire North East Geopolitical zone, almost equivalent to the Niger Delta Development Commission and the like. However, if given the opportunity, l will focus on Youth and Women empowerment in addition to consolidating peace and stability, accompanied with mutual respect, religious and general tolerance among our people.
Your final word to the voters?
My final words to the electorates are, they should not be gullible and easily submissive. They should look into the antecedents of an aspirant and find out what contributions has he made to the peace and development in our area and to our people in the previous opportunities he had. They should not believe in rhetoric and intrigues. I urge all aspirants to play politics devoid of vendetta and essentially without bitterness.