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My Best Ambition Is To Get A Husband-Fati Muhammad



Fati Muhammad


Veteran Kannywood actress Fati Muhammad, has said that her best ambition now is to get a decent husband who will marry her for the sake of Allah.


Speaking to BBC Hausa in a program called ‘Daga Bakin Mai Ita’ during the weekend, the former actress said this is the best time for her to begin to raise her own family, as life moves on.


She added that the best moment she cannot forget in her life is during her first wedding ceremony due to hundreds of thousands of people that gathered to celebrate with her.

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“My best ambition now is to get a good husband who can take care of me and love me for the sake of Allah. This is the best time for me to marry so that I too can raise my own family, so I am praying for that.


“One of the moments of my life that I can never forget was during my first wedding. Many people then came to celebrate with me and I appreciated them all. They really showed me, love,” she said.



Recalled that Fati Muhammad was married to her colleague in the Kannywood industry, Sani Musa, popularly known as Mai Iska. They lived together in the United Kingdom when she was on special work and later separated after five years.


She later got married to a movie producer, Umar Kanu but the marriage could not last long and since then she remains single.



Daily Focus reports that the actress said she did not retire from the Hausa movie industry because she is above featuring in films but to give chance for other actresses to show.



She said people have been asking her question why she left Kannywood and she answered them it is normal with acting that a particular actor or actress has to leave when it is the right time to.


“It is normal with acting that one has his time and is better to give space when such time has passed. So it is not that I leave Kannywood because I am above the level of featuring in movies. It is because my time has passed,” she added.


She said Abida Muhammad is still her best friend and that she love acting alongside the king of kannywood, Ali Nuhu, adding that Sangaya is her best movie.


Fati, who supported Atiku Abubakar during the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections, further said that she join politics due to the significant roles that actors actresses plays in it and the contributions they offer for development


Friday Sermon] Ramadan’s Muslims!



Imam Murtadha Gusau

By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation. May the salutations of Allah, His peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet, his family, his companions and his true and sincere followers until the Last Day – then to proceed:

Dear brothers and sisters! Know that, Ramadan is a level playing field wherein people compete with each other in good deeds and benevolence. During this blessed month, souls are trained in virtue and accustomed to dignity, they learn to disdain vices, sins and acquire all good attributes.

Whoever witnesses this month without gaining any of its rewards is indeed useless and poor, and nothing cripples him other than negligence, laziness, procrastination, and false hopes.

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However, what is appalling is to see some of those who were guided to do good deeds and take provisions from virtues during this month hastily destroying what they had built, and replacing good with evil. This is a gross mistake and shameful act in the true sense of the word and no remorse or apology will revoke it when you stand in front of your One Lord.

Bishr was asked about people who only become diligent during the month of Ramadan and he said:

“They are abominable people, because they only know Allah the Almighty during the month of Ramadan. The truly righteous people are those who worship Allah the Almighty diligently throughout the whole year.”

And Imam Ash-Shibli, may Allah have mercy upon him, was asked:

“Which is better: Sha‘aban or Rajab?” His answer was, “Be a worshipper of Allah the Almighty rather than a worshipper of Sha‘aban.”

Aisha (RA) was asked:

“Did the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) choose some special days (for fasting)?’ She replied, ‘No, but he used to be regular (constant) (in his service of worshipping).’ The Prophet (Peace be upon him) also never performed more than eleven Raka‘ahs (units of prayer) whether in Ramadan or at any other time of the year.”

I sincerely invite such people out of fear for them to reconsider their lifestyle and to review themselves and think about their condition before it is too late. I advise them not to allow appearances, their strength, health and youth to deceive them. That is because all of this is nothing but a mirage that one may see as water, but once he reaches it, he finds nothing. Health will be followed by sickness, youth will be followed by old age, and strength will eventually turn into weakness. So, wake up and pay attention! Life is short even if it seems long, and happiness will end no matter how long it lasts.

Such people should know that perseverance and adherence to the right path as well as obedience to Allah the Almighty is one of the greatest signs of acceptance of one’s good deeds. Allah the Almighty says:

“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death).” [Qur’an, 15:99]

Consequently, the souls should remain adherent to the right and guided path just as they were during the month of Ramadan. Guidance is not confined to certain times and acts of worship, and obedience to Allah the Almighty is not limited to the month of Ramadan. Imam Hasan Al-Basri (Rahimahullah) said:

“Allah has not set an end for the believer’s work other than death.” Then he recited: “And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty ‎‎ (death).” [Qur’an, 15:99]

Respected brothers and sisters! Indeed, Ramadan has ended but you still have several renewed seasons for worship. The five daily prayers are among the highest and best good deeds and prayer is the first thing about which one would be asked on the Day of Judgment when he stands in front of Allah the Almighty.

If the fast of Ramadan has ended, then you have the voluntary fasts and occasions such as the six days of Shawwal (Sittu Shawwal), Mondays and Thursdays, the white days (Ayyamul-Bid), the tenth day of Muharram, the Day of Arafah, and so on.

If the night prayer of Ramadan has ended, you should know that the night prayer can be offered every night:

“They used to sleep but little of the night‎.” [Qur’an, 51:17]

If the time of Zakatul-Fitr has ended, then there is the obligatory Zakat in addition to the countless ways of giving voluntary charity.

Dear Muslim brothers and sisters! You should know that one of the attributes of the servants of Allah the Almighty is that they perform their good deeds constantly, as Allah the Almighty says:

“Those who are constant in their prayer.” [Qur’an, 70:23]

“And they who carefully maintain their prayers.” [Qur’an, 23:9]

If you aspire to know how to save yourself from this trap and how to perform good deeds regularly, you have to do the following:

1. You must be sincerely and strongly determined to do good deeds constantly under all circumstances and conditions. This requires keeping away from weakness and laziness. That is why the Prophet (Peace be upon him) used to seek refuge with Allah the Almighty from inability and laziness, given their dire consequences. Hence, you should seek the help of Allah the Almighty and move ahead.

2. Moderation is very important, and you should never overburden yourself, as the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Do such deeds as you can do easily, as Allah will not get tired (of giving rewards) until you get bored and tired (of performing religious deeds).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

You should remember that there are blessings in perseverance. For example, whoever reads a Juz’ (portion) of the Qur’an every day will read the whole Qur’an in one month, and whoever observes fast for three days every month will be rewarded as if he had observed fast throughout the whole year. Likewise, whoever observes twelve voluntary Raka‘ahs every day, Allah the Almighty will build a house for him in Paradise, and so on.

3. You should know that it is unacceptable for whoever observes a good deed to abandon it. It was narrated that Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al-Aas (RA) said:

“The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said to me: ‘O Abdullah! Do not be like so-and-so; he used to get up at night (for voluntary prayer) but abandoned it later.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

4. Dear brothers and sisters! Remember what our righteous predecessors (Salaf as-Salih) used to do. Aisha (RA) said that:

“Whenever our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) missed the night prayer because of illness or sleep, he would pray twelve Raka’ahs the next day.” [Muslim]

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) also once missed I’itikaf (staying in seclusion in the Mosque) and he made up for it in Shawwal. Abu Hurairah (RA) said that the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said to Bilal (RA):

“‘O Bilal, tell me about the most hopeful act (i.e., one which you deem the most rewarding with Allah) you have done since you accepted Islam because I heard the sound of the steps of your shoes in front of me in Paradise.’ Bilal (RA) said, ‘I do not consider any act more hopeful than that whenever I make ablution (or take a bath) in any hour of the night or day, I would immediately perform prayer for as long as was destined for me to pray.’” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

However, the most amazing thing is what Ali Ibn Abi Talib (RA) used to do in response to the advice of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) when he once visited him and found him sleeping with his wife Fatimah (daughter of the Prophet). Ali (RA) said:

“The Prophet (Peace be upon him) placed his leg between me and Fatimah (RA) and taught us what to say when we go to bed, saying: ‘When you go to your bed recite Subhanallah thirty-three times (Glory be to Allah), Alhamdulillah thirty-three times (All praise is for Allah), and Allahu Akbar thirty-four times (Allah is The Greatest).’ Ali added ‘By Allah, I never left this practice for the rest of my life.’ A man asked him, ‘Even on the night of the Battle of Siffin?’ He said, ‘Yes, I observed this even on the night of Siffin.’” [Al-Hakim]

If you contemplate over this narration, you will be amazed at the keenness and persistence on doing good deeds even at times of war and bloodshed. None of these distracted him from implementing the advice of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) regarding what he should say upon going to bed. Such stories and narrations should make you persist in doing good deeds and attempting to imitate the righteous predecessors and following their path.

Dear servants of Allah! Even though Ramadan has ended, we all have to make sure it stays with us. How, might you ask? Everybody knows that Ramadan lasts only for a month, 29 or 30 wonderful days.

This special month is a time to get closer to Allah Almighty, physically and mentally. And we have to take care not to lose this closeness with Allah Almighty.

We know that Ramadan is a very special time in our lives. In addition to the obvious, fasting from sunrise to sunset, we must also abstain from so many other things. One added bonus that comes with fasting is that we actually learn to be more kind to those around us.

Since we strive to strengthen our bodies with both the physical and mental power that we need to complete our fasts, let’s take that a step further and make it last throughout the year. It takes real devotion to Allah to fast for His sake only.

There is a Hadith narrated by Sufyan Ibn Abdallah (may Allah have his blessings on him) who said:

“O Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him), tell me something about Islam, which I cannot ask anyone else besides you.” He (Peace be upon him) replied, “Say, ‘I believe in Allah’ and then be steadfast (upon that).” [Muslim]

This Hadith is proof that we are obligated, after having faith in Allah, to be steadfast in obeying Allah by performing the obligatory acts and avoiding the prohibited ones. This is achieved by following the Straight Path, which is Islam. If a Muslim lives through Ramadan and spent his days in fasting and his nights in prayer and he accustomed himself to doing acts of good, then he must continue to remain upon this obedience to Allah at all times.

In fact, steadfastness after Ramadan is the greatest sign that one has gained benefit from the month of Ramadan. These are the real signs of a successful Ramadan. Furthermore, the deeds of a sincere Muslim do not come to an end with the end of Ramadan. Rather, they continue and extend throughout the year. Allah Almighty says:

“And worship your Lord until the certainty (death) comes to you.” [Qur’an, 15:99]

When the fasting of Ramadan comes to an end, then indeed the voluntary fast is prescribed throughout the entire year. When standing in prayer at night in Ramadan comes to an end, then indeed the entire year is a time for performing the night prayer. And if Zakatul-Fitr comes to an end then there is still the Zakat that is still obligatory as well as the voluntary charity that lasts the whole year. This goes the same for reciting the Qur’an and pondering over its meaning, as well as every other good deed that was sought, for these can be performed at all times. Therefore, the zeal that was felt throughout Ramadan must continue through the whole year.

It is unfortunate to find that some people perform worship by doing righteous deeds only during Ramadan. They guard strictly upon their five daily prayers, they recite Qur’an, and they give charity. But when Ramadan comes to an end, they grow lazy in their worship. Sometimes, they even abandon their obligation entirely.

Truly, there is much reward that Allah grants his servant in the fasting of Ramadan. Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an:

“He wants that you must complete the same number of days and that you must magnify Allah (by saying Allahu-Akbar) for having guided you, so that you may be grateful to Him.” [Qur’an, 2:185]

Brothers and sisters in Islam! Ramadan is like an institution of spirituality, where we correct and change our habits that we have acquired over the year without the whispers of Shaitan (Satan). For now is the time in which Shaitan (Satan) is locked up and he does not have the chance to twist our thoughts and change our good actions. The first step is always hard to take, but Ramadan is the time to do it. So after Ramadan, we all can try to keep up with our good deeds — praying at the correct times, charity to the less fortunate, and genuinely being more patient and kind with one another.

It’s a month of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners, but what will happen after it is gone — do Muslim continue performing the good deeds?

We leave the blessed month of Ramadan, its beautiful days and its fragrant nights. We leave the month of the Qur’an, taqwa, patience, mercy, forgiveness and freedom from hellfire.

Have we fulfilled the requirements of taqwa and came out of the month as a fine student of Islam fearing Allah and obeying all His commandments. Have we fought our souls and desires and defeated them, or have we been overtaken by our customs and blind imitations?

Have we performed our actions in a way that fulfills the conditions for receiving mercy, forgiveness and release from the Fire?

Many questions and numerous thoughts come to the heart of the sincere Muslim, who asks and answers with truthfulness.

Allah Almighty says:

“So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allah].” [Qur’an, 11:112]


“So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness.” [Qur’an, 41:6]

If you are from those who benefited from Ramadan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against your soul, then praise and thank Allah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:

“Say ‘I believe in Allah,’ then be steadfast.” [Muslim]

My great people! We leave the blessed month of Ramadan, its beautiful days and its fragrant nights. We leave the month of the Qur’an, taqwa, patience, jihad, mercy, forgiveness and freedom from hellfire…

Have we fulfilled the requirements of taqwa and graduated from the Ramadan school with the diploma of the Allah-fearing?

Have we fought our souls and desires and defeated them, or have we been overtaken by our customs and blind imitations (Taqlid)?

Have we performed our actions in a way that fulfills the conditions for receiving mercy, forgiveness and release from the Fire?

Many questions and numerous thoughts come to the heart of the sincere Muslim, who asks and answers with truthfulness:

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Ramadan is a school of Iman and a ‘stop to recharge one’s spiritual batteries’- to acquire one’s provision for the rest of the year..

For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadan?

The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allah Almighty:

“Verily, Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [Qur’an, 13:11]

If you are from those who benefited from Ramadan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against your soul, then praise and thank Allah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death.

Be not like one who has sewn a shirt and then destroyed it…

Have you seen one who sewed a shirt or thawb, so when she looked at it, she liked it. Then she destroyed it pulling a thread by thread for no reason. What would people say about such a person?!

Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, then when the night comes, he throws away all that he earned, Naira by Naira, Dollar by Dollar and Riyal by Riyal. What would people say about such a person?!

This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evildoing after Ramadan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favoured with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allah he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allah only in Ramadan, or who are only Muslims in Ramadan!

My Dear ones! Falling short in one’s commitment to Islam after Ramadan is manifested in many ways, including:

1. Men leaving the five prayers in congregation, after they filled the Mosques for Tarawih prayers, thus going to the Masjid for recommended prayers and leaving obligatory ones.

2. Return to musical entertainment, forbidden films, women displaying their adornment beyond that which ordinarily appears thereof, free mixing etc.

This is not thankfulness for blessings and favours, nor is it the sign of acceptance of one’s actions, rather this is opposition to favours and absence of thankfulness.

These are from signs of one’s deeds not being accepted – and Allah’s refuge is sought – for one who truly fasts rejoices on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, praises his Lord for helping him complete the fast, and remains fearful that Allah may not accept his fasting, just as the pious predecessors (Salaf as-Salih) would continue asking for acceptance of their actions in Ramadan for six months after it.

From signs that one’s deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his or her obedience to Allah Almighty.

“And remember when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]…” [Qur’an, 14:7]

Increase you in good, faith and righteous actions. So if the servant is truly thankful to his Lord, you will see him guided to more obedience and distanced from sinfulness. Thankfulness is leaving sins, as the early Muslims said:

“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty [i.e. death].” [Qur’an, 15:99]

The Muslim must continuously be in the state of obedience of Allah, firm upon His Shari’ah, steadfast upon His Religion, so that he or she is not of those who worship Allah only during one month or only in one place. Rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadan is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places, so he is steadfast upon the Shari’ah of Allah until he meets Him while He is pleased with him. Allah Almighty says:

“So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allah].” [Qur’an, 11:112]


“So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness.” [Qur’an, 41:6]

And the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:

“Say ‘I believe in Allah’, then be steadfast.” [Muslim]

Dear brothers and sisters! If the fasting in Ramadan has ended, then there remains voluntary fasting, such as fasting six days in Shawwal, on Mondays and Thursdays, the three days in the middle of the month, the days of Ashurah, Arafat and others.

If standing in prayer at night during Ramadan has ended, then there remains voluntary night prayer throughout the year:

“They used to sleep but little of the night.” [Qur’an, 51:17]

If the charity in Ramadan and Zakatul-Fitr have ended, then there is the obligatory Zakat, and also there are many other open doors to charity, voluntary actions and jihad.

Reading of the Qur’an and contemplating it is not only for Ramadan, rather it is for all times.

Righteous actions are for all times and all places, so strive – O my brothers and sisters – and beware of laziness. And remember that it is not allowed for us to leave the obligatory actions or delay them, such as the five daily prayers on time, in congregation etc.

And do not fall into forbidden actions, such as forbidden sayings, food and drinks, or by looking at or listening to what is forbidden.

Be steadfast and upright upon the Religion of Allah at all times, for you do not know when you’ll meet the Angel of Death (Malakul-Mawt). Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin.

“O Allah, Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon Your Religion.”

I ask Allah to accept from us and you our fasting, our prayers and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadan be a better one, that the state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn to our Lord, ameen.

And all praises and thanks are due to Allah alone, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true and sincere followers.

Murtadha Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusauimam@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Shawwal 05, 1443 AH (March 06, 2022).

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Almajiri/Almajiranci: The literal meaning, typology and the western mindset




Abubakar Musa Umar

The word Almajiri emanated from an Arabic word (Muhajir or Almuhajir ), which means a migrant. A migrant was originally an individual who sees the need to and focus on a better future which he wanted to be good. The other type of migrant are those forced to leave their respective homes for reasons including conflict, war, obsession and sometimes vulnerability which might a reason to disappear and settle somewhere else.

The history of human kind and Islam in particular will never forget the migration of the prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam, from his home soil of Makka to Madina so as to save their religion and propagate the teachings and blessings of Islam. The prophet and few of his companions as well as the destitute believers suffered a number of obsession which forced them to migrate as commanded by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. The prophet accepted although he wanted to stay and live in Makka. Today Islam is everywhere as a result of the Hijra. The former type of Migrant (Muhajir) is a practice of Islamic clerics whom believe their children will be better educated and oriented with Islamic knowledge and morals when they are away from home. They took them to other Tsangaya (school) of a prominent Islamic cleric in other cities/towns or their cleric friends in the city with an introductory letter containing few words as ,’Assalamu Alaikummussalam warahmatullah, I am sending you my child to benefit from your vast knowledge and memorize the holy Qur’an Insha Allah, Your brother in Islam. The letter is written in Arabic or Ajami as the case may be. It was later when neighbors of such Islamic cleric including farmers, business and crafts men observed the importance of knowledge, they decided to take their children alongside the children of Islamic clerics to acquire Islamic knowledge and memorize the holy Qur’an, they solicited for inclusion of their wards to get the greater benefits of memorizing the Holy Qur’an.

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Kano and Northern Nigeria especially the eastern state benefited from such an amazing as well as blessings to work on and study the most honourable script in the history of human kind. Today majority of Islamic scholars in the Northern States were product of Almajiranci (Migration). They were in/on migration to other places outside their homes to seek/search for knowledge. The likes of Sheikh Taliyawa of Izala sect in Gombe State was reported in an exclusive interview with BBCHausa program tittle ‘Kusan Malamanku’ mention some of the state he acquire Islamic including Kano and Maiduguri. Sheikh Professor Abdallah Pakistan migrated from his home soil of Daura to settle in Kano and later moved to Jos, Adamawa and other places to seek for Islamic knowledge. He is currently the Dean of Foculty of Islamic Studies in the University he is working for more than a decade.

The Western Mindset of Almajiranci was credited to the fact that, a number of international donors/organizations amplify and increase the number of cases in both western and Islamic knowledge. The report of United Nations/UNICEF about out of school children is always negative and as well their efforts to balance the equation is yet to be actualized.

Also the north and Islam resist every attempt to destroy their religion and cultural heritage. The various efforts of Jonathan administration to integrate Almajiri system of Education with western education could not yield desired outcome, due political, economic, interest and poor planning and consultation. Politicians and elites with western mindset were made to lead the project which is not fair to the sector. There was never a moment when an Islamic cleric was contacted/assigned to lead reform in western education. They were neglected and considered consumers of whatever product is a available for them and their schools. The Almajiri system of Education needs justice just like other forms of Education. The various available literatures on Almajiri system of Education were full of injustice to the system. Associating Almajiranci with social vices, poverty, effect on country’s workforce and economic growth, was total injustice to the sector.

Almajiri and Almajiranci was meant for seeking Islamic knowledge and propagation of Islam and it’s teachings. There should be standard policy for Almajiri System of Education not intervention for western mindset benefits. The western world has been engaging with Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education, teachers, learners and communities to support learning and development of skills and western education, why not the same provision for Almajiri and Almajiranci than criticizing and downgrading the sector, the people and the region that has been in existence for centuries. The critics of Almajiri and Almajiranci shouldn’t be too hard to comdem the system, but amplify the need for proper placement in the national system of education so we can get rid of the children roaming the streets and credited to the innocent system.

It’s an honor to be agent of change than a critic of global recognition.

Abubakar Musa Umar is a School Teacher and bags M.ED Educational Psychology From Bayero University Kano

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NADDC: Where’s Jelani Aliyu, Nigeria’s Most Celebrated Automobile Giant? Muhammad Bashir, Abuja



Jelani Aliyu


Muhammad Bashir, Abuja

When I first heard about Federal Government’s plan to rejuvenate and bring to life, the country’s automobile industry, and that the responsibility to manage the sector will rest on Jelani Aliyu’s shoulders – a Sokoto indigenous genius, I instantly took a sigh of relief mixed with unimaginable joy – knowing that the ‘bright’ future of our dear land is definitely here.

By and large, I started following Jelani’s nose in 2010, and since then, I embraced him as my ‘all-day role model’ as a result of his peculiar and notable innovations and creativity – which encouraged me to voluntarily and interestingly engage in studying his life history.

Unlike many brilliant young Nigerians who exhibit some kinda hair-raising mental power during their childhood – but end up being forced to either misuse the talent or kill it entirely, Jelani, at his tender age, got the support of his family members to catch-up his dreams of becoming both a cavalier and a highly sophisticated king of designs in the world.

Historically, Jelani Aliyu was always keen with different objects that surround him – and that’s what motivated him to venture into drawings of people, objects, plants and many other things that come to his mind. That’s how the fortune literally started.

On the issue of coming back to Nigeria, the mind of Federal Government got captured and utterly inspired by Jelani’s astral performance in car design, overseas – so they made arrangement for inviting him to perform the same miracle in his ancestral country, because experience will undoubtedly elevate and promote Nigeria to rub shoulders with other sister nations in terms of car technology, remarkably.

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I think, Nigeria’s decision to invite this American Auto Manufacturing Giant back to his mother land was necessary, considering the high rate of importing cars and, of course, the dearth of functional or operable car industries in the country – therefore his presence here will definitely change Nigeria’s name into Africa’s auto hub…if not world.

His appointment as the Director-General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), did not only induced hope in Nigerians; but also informed them of the existence of the institution. It was after his appointment I got to understand that NADDC was a government owned agency under the Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment – and is saddled with the responsibility of implementing progressive policies for the country’s auto industry. Before then, nobody knows!

Nigerians hoped to witness some series of implemented changes in the industry; have enough homemade [home assembled] cars; reduce the number of old used cars on roads and make wheels very affordable for them. But somewhere else, their dreams got murdered – and many events caught their minds off the brand new leadership of NADDC. As though, Jelani was no longer in charge. Alas!

But, two things that will never form question marks against Jelani are: he’s already made his name and had it written with GOLD abroad; his reputation is kinda international – especially with the good record he has broken, after he joined Buick Rendezvous Company back in 90s and served as the lead exterior designer of the Pontiac G6.

Jelani, also, earned HUGE respect from Nigerians – having learned that he worked on the Astra with General Motors’ Opel Division – and the exhibition of Chevrolet Volt, which was one of his most beautiful designs unveiled in 2000s – among others.

The only questions many people ask were, “has Jelani’s plans to put this industry on track being sabotaged by some elements; or he’s being changed to something else from that cavalier his parents wanted him to be?” which I am sure the former is the case – and not the latter. Jelani’s plans must have definitely been ruined by some unscrupulous elements.

Because, this is the man who came up with boxes of ideas for constituting a training academy for technical training in automotive skills in Nigeria; create a more conducive environment for the shift from vehicle importation to manufacturing in Nigeria; establishing a material test laboratory in Zaria, component test laboratory in Enugu and an emission test laboratory is in Lagos and of course, provide a fund that would enable the public to finance purchases of locally built brand new vehicles at affordable costs whether for private use or commercial fleets, through banks.

But even with the aforementioned thoughts, people have now begin to feel less pained with the situation – when they heard of Mr Jelani Aliyu’s commendable effort of unveiling Nigeria’s first locally-made electric car, Hyundai Kona through collaboration with a Stallion Group – some couple of years ago. It’s a huge development, indeed.

Personally, I was elated and delighted to be informed of this cheering development – especially when I heard that the Hyundai Kona has 5 years battery and manufacturers’ warranty; it’s 100 per cent electric; zero-emission and Hassle-free charging at home and workplace – surely that tells a lot about Nigeria’s ‘GREEN’ vision for converting our cars into electric (EVs) or non fuel-powered vehicles.

And I think, like any other leader, Jelani Aliyu needs to helped with prayers to succeed in his undertakings – and the assignment he’s given to execute. He left his comfort zone out of extreme patriotism for Nigeria, unlike hundreds of thousands of diasporas – indeed when his plans are achieved, we all will smile and celebrate our common success. May Jelani Aliyu succeed!

Muhammad Bashir is a Multimedia Professional and a Writer in Abuja, and can be reached via email: muhammadbashir38@gmail.com.

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