Abba Risqua Murtala Mohammed, who is the first son of the late Head of State, Murtala Ramat Mohammed, yesterday in Kano declared his intention to take a break from politics so as to concentrate on his business.
Riqua who was a running-mate to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Kano, Alhaji Sagir Salihu Takai, said his decision to step aside from politics, will not his service to Kano state, Nigeria the people.
Addressing his supporters at Kano Foundation House, Abba Risqua said his intention to take a leave from politics for now, was not informed by any pressure or frustration from any quarters, but purely on his personal decision to build on his business empire.
According to him, “I am taking a break from politics so that I can concentrate on developing my business. The last time I came to contest in Kano, most of the resources I used came from my private pocket; and when I went back to my business, my business was not doing very well; and I thought it is the time for me to concentrate on my business and take a break from politics. Then later on, once things have improved, I can now see how best to proceed further.”
Insisting that he was not forced to move out from politics, he said, “well, you know I am not somebody who is sponsored by anybody, I am self-made man, so I don’t refer on anybody for my decision. This is something I have decided out of my conviction to serve my state, and to serve my nation.
“If I go into public office without having a business that will sustain me and my family, I go into public office to enrich myself. That is not the kind of background I come from, I come from a background to serve our country, to serve my country, to serve my nation, to serve my state.”
He added that he would dedicate more of his to sustain the Murtala Mohammed Foundation, adding that, “the fact that I am taking a break from politics does not mean that I am not going to contribute towards the development of my state and the people of my state.
“I have told my people and my supporters that I am going to strengthen the activities of the Murtala Mohammed Foundation in Kano. I will encourage social intervention for my supporters and the indigenes of Kano state.
“For now, I am taking a break from politics to concentrate on my business. I am not frustrated and I never give up from any battle. I am ready to face any battle. I am dropping politics because I want to concentrate on developing my business. Self-sustenance is very important for anybody so that you don’t have to depend on anybody or any office to have a good living.”