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Hanifa:A Mischance That May Melt And Merge A Malice

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By Bala Ibrahim.

Kano, it’s people and the lovers of justice all over Nigeria and beyond, went to bed last night with a high sense of solace, pursuant to the decision of the court yesterday Monday, to remand in prison, the confessed killer of little Hanifa Abubakar, the 5 year old Kano pupil, whose life was cut short by her wicked school teacher.

Additional joy came with the words of reassurance from Governor Ganduje, who visited Hanifa’s family same yesterday, with the promise that he would sign the court judgement, once the suspect was judged according to the crime he was accused of. Governor Ganduje is not ready to play politics with the life of such a fine pupil.

The suspect is accused of the murder of Hanifa, and we hope he would be sentenced to death for such murder. Should Ganduje make haste in appending his signature to effect the execution of the idiot, the relief and relaxation that would follow, would surely take away a lot of anxiety and distress from the hearts of many, including the malice held by his political enemies.

Yes, a mischance that came through Hanifa, may melt and merge a malicious and malevolent situation, that is threatening the political stability of Kano state. The people’s anger was pacified when Ganduje personally apologised to the girl’s parents and the people of Kano, especially when he stressed that, there was no use for such a person like the killer of Hanifa, to continue to live in the society.

Thank God, a mischance that came through Hanifa, may melt and merge a malicious and malevolent situation that is threatening the political stability of the state. Knowing that stringent sentences are the best punishment for people who commit such despicable acts, Governor Ganduje reiterated same, as a consequence that would instil fear in the minds of others, that may be nursing the plan of carrying out such a crime in future.

For some time now, the political temperature of Kano has been at the opposite of cool, pursuant to the crisis that pits Governor Ganduje against a group of his party members, led by the former governor of the state, who is now the senator representing Kano Central, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. The two factions had held parallel congresses and produced two sets of state executives last October.

While Governor Ganduje’s faction produced Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of the party, Senator Shekarau’s faction elected Haruna Danzago to the same position, and the court had since ruled to recognize the Shekarau faction, pending the decision of an appeal court, which has reserved judgement on the matter.

 

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Governor Ganduje and his old political friend or ally, who is also the former governor of Kano, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso are also embroiled in disagreements. These political disagreements, are terribly heating up the temperature of Kano politics, in a manner many see as capable of creating an irresolvable conflict.

The demise of Hanifa is now beginning to bring a meeting point of minds, as virtually all the feuding factions have turned the Hanifa homicide an issue that matters more than politics. Yes, a mischance that came through Hanifa, may melt and merge a malicious and malevolent situation that is threatening the political stability of the state.

First to visit Hanifa’s house was Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, where he vowed to personally pursue and get justice for the family of murdered Hanifa. In commiserating with the bereaved family, Senator Shekarau said he will do all it takes to make sure they get justice. “A heartless murder like this must not be swept under the carpet. I will personally make sure your beloved daughter gets justice, no matter what it takes. I will make sure I pursue this case to a logical conclusion and in the end, our murdered daughter will get justice”-Senator Shekarau.

Former governor Engineer Rabiu Musa kwankwaso was equally in the Hanifa house on the same day Senator Shekarau visited, and like Shekarau, he assured the family of the 5 year old girl, that her killer would not get away with the murder. He said, the killer, Abdulmalik Tanko, who had confessed to the murder and burying her in a shallow grave in his school premises, Noble Kids Academy, Kwanar Dakata, must be punished in accordance with the provisions of the law.

The honour given to the death of Hanifa is bringing out the virtue of the recognition and respect for the value of life amongst people that were hitherto, virtually at daggers drawn, politically. The calamity of mischance, which has resulted in grief, is making all to see the need to honour and openly mourn someone. To honor your grief is not self-destructive or harmful, it is courageous, because love requires the necessity to mourn.

Hanifa’s death has propped up the nature of grief, by presenting a particular challenge to the meaning of emotions, through the unification of political differences and psychological states.

Although Governor Ganduje did not mention in the open, what stimulant he is going to give the family in order to comfort, or console them for the loss of their only child, there is the consensus of opinion, on the need for the family to be given some serious post-traumatic psychological management and support. According to a concerned medical consultant, “the government should assist them for funded assisted reproduction methods like IVF, as a part of their post traumatic management template”.

Yes, may Allah make the death of Hanifa, a mischance that may melt and merge the political malice in Kano, ameen.

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Harvard University Library Has 20 Million Books- Dr. Yushau

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Dr Muhammad Jameel Yushau

 

By Dr. Muhammad Jameel Yushau

The Harvard University experience is incomplete without discussing the abundant #learning opportunity offered by Harvard University library.

Harvard University has the oldest university library system in the United States. The library was established in 1638 and there are 28 libraries currently under the #university library system. It comprises 20 million books, 700 staff, 6 million digitized and publicly available items, 1 million maps and spatial data sets and 400 million rare items that include photographs, letters and manuscripts as stated by the university library page.

Harvard library

Harvard’s library

The Widener library, which is the largest and located at the Harvard Yard is where I enjoy spending part of my weekend. Widener library is an architectural edifice and a tourist attraction. Many visitors to Massachusetts State visit Widener Library as part of their touristic voyage.

A student is allowed to bring at least four guests to study in the library. So myself and my family utilize this opportunity especially during the weekends.

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The Widener library was named after Harry Elkins Widener, a book collector, businessman and 1907 graduate from Harvard University. He died in the titanic accident of April 1912 along with his father. But his mother survived. The surviving mother gave $2 million grant to start the library in the name of her son. In addition to the 6 million digitized items, there are materials in 450 languages in the library.

Students at the site

Students at the site

Takeaway: The backbone of a university is the quality of its library. Contributing to the library is not the exclusive preserve of the university, but a public responsibility.

Dr Yushau is a candidate for the Mid-Career Master Program in Public Administration, and Editor-in-Chief of Africa Policy Journal

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Collective action essential on Climate Change Action

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Jibril Salisu Nainna

 

By Jibril Salisu Na’inna.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s article that was recently published by the Washington post was apt and represents a strong voice of reason not only for Nigeria or Africa, but the whole world.

It is easy to rate it appropriately as an article conveying the right massage for humanity at a time the crisis in Ukraine is deflecting attention from the grim climate changes that are causing despair around the world.

The article has exposed the level of imbalance in some global agendas in which some countries and regions do not show sufficient commitment so long those countries or regions feel less affected by the devastating impact of climate change.

It is indeed true that the big economies are unwilling to stop or reduce their emissions that are responsible for global warming and climate change. And they are also shy of making the requisite agreed financial releases necessary to mitigate the impact of climate change,especially in developing countries.

President Muhammadu Buhari was on point when he advised the rich countries not to create the impression that the world cannot invest in its own safety against climate change.

“Don’t tell Africa that the world cannot afford the climate cost of its hydrocarbons — and then fire up coal stations whenever Europe feels an energy pinch. Don’t tell the poorest in the world that their marginal energy use will break the carbon budget — only to sign off on new domestic permits for oil and gas exploration. It gives the impression your citizens have more of a right to energy than Africans,” he said.

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It can be recalled that the rich countries that contributed most to the climate crisis and pledged that to spend $25 billion by 2025 to boost Africa’s efforts to adapt to climate change as the continent continues to struggle with drought, cyclones and extreme heat, as reported by Africanews.

But they have, sadly, failed to make that promise good.”Governments have repeatedly failed to meet their commitments to the $100 billion fund for climate adaptation and mitigation in the developing world — for the mess their own industries caused.”

 

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt where COP27 is holding has reawaken the consciousness of Africa to demand equal input and enough action with overall sincere commitment to confronting and mitigating the adverse negative effect of climate change facing the world especially the developing and poor countries with very low or no contribution to global carbon emission.

Indeed, Nigeria is not left out of the adverse crisis, the president reminded the world that Nigerian case was not different where he said “Part of my nation is underwater. Seasonal flooding is normal in Nigeria, but not like this. Thirty-four of the country’s 36 states have been affected. More than 1.4 million people have been displaced” it is a verifiable fact, of which Jigawa state of northwestern Nigeria is the most affected state this year.

Nevertheless, for Africa to adopt resolutions of the conference fully enough, countries that made pledges to support developing countries must be committed and any source of survival that must left for the good, must firstly be substituted with an alternative means.

COP 2022 must be a truthful rise to act collectively so as to see more meaning and right actions taken ahead of next conference in 2023.

Jibril Salisu Na’inna is a student and pan Africanist wrote from ABU Zaria.
Jibrilsalisunainna @gmail.com

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Intervention Of Elder statesman :Way Out For ASUU- FG Face OFF

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Abdurrahman Joji Adamu

 

Abdurrahman Joji Adamu

The leadership of all University based unions should seek the audience and intervention of General Abdussalami Abubakar regarding the crisis and uncertainty of the Govt to address issues lingering in our Federal Universities, because the Federal government in my opinion, has adopted “competition” as the conflict mechanism tool to defeat ASUU and other University unions, The government is trying to satisfy their own desires at the expense of the other parties.

ASUU had in over the years being going on strikes, whenever they are on strike they table huge demands for the government to look into and addresses them, some of these grievances got considerate hiring by previous regimes and administrations. Part of the successes of ASUU strike overtime gave birth to tertiary intervention fund, which without tetfund intervention our Universities could have been like community public secondary schools.

This time around, the eight month strike had degenerates alot of war of words. looking at the aggressive nature of government ministers on the issue, series of meeting to resolve the strike were proved abortive until the intervention of the speaker of house of representative whom in his capacity and wisdom tried his best, ASUU agrees to back off.

It was apparent that all the striking unions were all tired and some are even ready for a fallback position. But the government in it inhuman nature has refused to give a compassionate attention on the matter by paying backlogs salaries to enable people go back to work, the repercussion had made so many of academic staff having no passion for their jobs anymore.

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Former president Goodluck Jonathan sometimes ago gave a highlight on how he solved the problem of ASUU then, in single day, without doubt we consider the statement of the former President as a challenge posed on President Buhari in order to take clue and expedite measures to resolve the strike issues, but the president gave an absent minded attitude on the lingering issue.

The essence of Government at whatever level is to provide leadership and service to the people. The arrogant nature of both ministers made negotiations deadlocked all times.

Those who think they are too big to serve should not be brought near public offices.

Ministers must not only be suitably qualified for their posts; they must also be willing to serve with all sense of expertise and humility.

With the inability of the ministers to make ASUU- cease fire on these stagnating negotiation and crafty promises, i think the president should re-visit the constitution in order to comprehend his presidential powers and duties accordingly.

 

 

Elder statesmen are seen globally as eminent senior members of a Nation especially : a retired statesman who unofficially advises current leaders. I believe the General can make peace out of these dilemma our Universities are facing. In record we have seen how the General chaired the peace accord committee in 2015 election and without doubt the committee conducted a brilliant work by making the power of incumbency irrelevant and opposition taking over the government.

I think the academics should search for a war veteran like him who has also fulfilled the promise of relinquishing power, perhaps he would advise the government impartially so they would understand.

 

Abdulrahman Joji Adamu
Write from Kano

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