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What Would Prof Hafiz Abubakar Do With An Uncivilized Society?



Professor Hafizu Abubakar Former Deputy Governor


By Ibrahim Abdulganiyu Surajo

To start with; On May 14, 2022 Daily Nigerian reported that Mr Hafiz Abubakar a Professor of nutrition, while delivering a public lecture in Kano stated and I quote “In a civilized society, Gawuna and Garo should be in prison”. This literally means an insult to the entire people of Kano by indirectly describing them as “Uncivilized” people. On the above, I wish to call on the Professor of nutrition to as a matter of urgency tender an unreserved apology to the entire people of Kano. I will further quote “I take the example of Kano today. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, today in Kano, we have billboards which are celebrating those people that led to the inconclusive election of 2019, whose video is nationally and internationally available, showing the two of them, going to the polling station to disrupt and steal votes”.


On the above allegations mated on Gawuna and Garo I will like to add and clarify that, the duo went there upon receipt of a report over some suspected activities that may not favor them. Whereas some elements took the advantage of social media sending all sorts of negativities. Additionally, Professor of nutrition may wish to note that; Kano people are civil and leaving in a civilized society (Kano). Hence the reason why after your party petitioned against the labelled allegations you made against the party of Gawuna and Garo to the Commission , a civilized Professor answered and corrected your party claims as quoted below:

“I write to acknowledge receipt of your petition on the above subject matter. I also wish to inform you that the Commission received reports from the Gama Registration Area Collation Officer and Nasarawa Local Government Collation Officer to the effect that Collation process at the Local Government was disrupted at the Nasarawa Local Government Area Collation Centre for Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.The following observations were made in respect of your submission:

You cited that the Gama Registration Area (RA) has 88 Polling Units, whereas, it has 62 Polling Units and 26 Voting Points.The attached Annexure ‘A’ which you titled “Summary of Statement of Results of Poll From Polling Unit Election to the Office of Governor Kano State (FORM EC8A)” showing votes scored by PDP and APC contains 77 entries NOT 62 and 18 of the entries carry the serial numbers of result sheets for voting points (see serial nos. 8, 9, 16, 17,18, 19, 20, 23, 28, 38, 45, 50, 51, 54, 57, 60, 66, 71 and 76) while the remaining 59 entries carry serial numbers of result sheets for polling units. Please note that Voting Points cannot stand alone as Polling Units.The Annexure ‘B’ which you titled “Copies of the Polling Units of Gama Registration Area result sheets” contains seventy (70) pages and not seventy seven (77). Also the manually paginated sheets of the EC8A and EC8A (VP), have no pages 13, 32, 33, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 75. Page 61 was misplaced in the sequential arrangement. Three other attachments were not paginated.

The result sheets for voting points (EC8A (VP)) are pages 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 28, 38, 50, 51, 54, 57, 60, 66, 71 and 76. Please also note that the result sheet EC8A (VP) with number 0011188 paged as 51 was attached twice and the duplicated copy is among those not paginated.This means a total sixty nine (69) different result sheets were attached as Annexure B out of which Eighteen (18) are for voting points. So in total, you have attached fifty two (52) result sheets for polling units instead of sixty two (62). Also note that entry with serial no. 45 in Annexure A with form number 0011179 is for voting point and is among those not attached in Annexure B.You erroneously computed the results of voting points together with those of polling units in arriving at the scores you recorded for both PDP and APC in your Annexure A.This amounts to duplication because the results from such Voting Points had earlier been transferred to mother Polling Units during Collation at Polling Unit level.The Commission is not in receipt of any document validly signed to establish the veracity of your claim on the result of Gubernatorial or State Assembly election for GAMA RA.The Ward Collation Officer for GAMA RA, in his report acknowledged the receipt of EC8A from all Presiding Officers and had completed EC8B for presentation at the LGA Collation Center before the crisis that erupted at the Collation Center. These were the primary and secondary sources for regenerating results but were lost in the unfortunate incident. Also, please note, that security personnel do not “endorse” any election result to make it valid.From the report of the Nasarawa Local Government Collation Officer, the Gama Ward Collation Officer began presentation of the results he collated at the ward level but was stopped and instructed to go and reconcile the figures which could not tally. In addition, he was asked to write the names of all the Polling Units on the EC8B instead of the codes alone.Twice he had to be sent back because the figures did not tally.This reconciliation took over 18 hours without reaching a conclusion due to disagreement on the entries made on the EC8B between the Agents of Political Parties.The LGA Collation Center was attacked and vandalized before the process was completed.In line with the provision of Regulations and Guideline for the conduct of Elections, Schedule I (6&7), the Commission regenerated the results for 10 other wards from Forms EC8A and EC8B that were under its custody. In respect of Gama RA, collation at the LGA was not concluded and the original copies of EC8A and EC8B could not be obtained because all the results were lost in the fracas. Please also be informed that the position of the Commission is very clear in respect of recounting of Ballot Papers. It can only be carried out once at the Polling Unit level on request from any party agent.That the documents submitted by you as Annexures A and B cannot be used to regenerate the ‘results of Gama RA because of the discrepancies observed and pointed out.That the reference and comparison of the Commission’s decision in respect of Bauchi Governorship election is not tenable because they have entirely different scenarios.That the ‘Margin of Lead’ in Ogun as cited in your final prayer is not comparable to the situation in Kano.The Commission wishes to state emphatically that a supplementary election In Gama Registration Area alongside other Registration Areas and Polling Units where cancellations were made due to violence and over-voting in the state remains the only viable option for the Commission to conclude the process of conducting gubernatorial election in Kano State”.

Finally, arriving from the above corrections made by a civilized Professor against the claims or allegations made against Gawuna and Garo by a Professor of nutrition; and the thinking to challenge the verdict of a Court of competent jurisdiction, vis a vis insulting Kano people by calling us uncivilized society, I wonder to know who supposed be in prison. A professor should always speak from the intellectual perspective and with integrity. Thank you and may God bless our Kano.

Ibrahim Abdulganiyu Surajo, writes from Tukuntawa,Kano State


Nigeria Independence And The Boldness Of Buhari To Blow The Trumpet



President Muhammad Buhari


By Bala Ibrahim.

It was late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sakkwato, the former Premier of northern Nigeria, and the supreme political leader of the region that said, “You should blow your trumpet, because if you don’t, no one is going to blow it for you, as everyone is busy blowing his own”. Undoubtedly, the ambition of the Sardauna statement is to encourage people to tell their own success stories, particularly people that are vested with responsibilities. But for some people, perhaps because of modesty, or that behaviour of being relatively moderate, they don’t subscribe to the idea of blowing their trumpet. To do that they argue, is like being boastful about one’s achievements. Until recently, one of the people with such belief is Gen.Muhammadu Buhari rtd, and now President Muhammadu Buhari, PMB.

In the days when I was a reporter with the BBC, and prior to his transformation from a soldier to a politician, I was a regular visitor to him in Kaduna. Time without number, we had discussions on the sacrifices he made as a soldier, and the successes he recorded as a Governor, Minister and Head of state. Every time he mentions them, my instinct as a journalist, was to spur him to talk on the radio. I would say sir, why don’t you narrate these to me on the microphone. And his response was always NO. He would blushingly decline to speak by way of a formal interview, because according to him, some may think you are exaggerating your sense of importance, or your abilities for accomplishment.

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After countless abortive attempts, in one instance, I sought and succeeded in getting a note from him, to travel to Ilorin, and speak to his deputy at the Supreme Military Council then, late Gen.Tunde Idiagbon rtd. Lo and behold, I met him, but the situation wasn’t any different. In fact, Gen.Idiagbon issued me a threat, that if I insist on him blowing his trumpet, he would instruct for my immediate arrest, regardless of the introduction letter from his boss. I said take it easy sir, my intention is honourable. Like his boss, talking about your achievements, is akin to exaggerating your sense of importance, or your abilities for accomplishment.

But I am particularly happy with today, because, years after the death of Gen. Tunde Idiagbon, and on the occasion of the celebration of the 2022 Independence anniversary of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has reversed his position on the issue of the blowing of the trumpet.

In an address to the nation this morning, PMB took time to score himself high, alongside his political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, because as he said, in addition to the many achievements of his administration, and pursuant to the effective public financial management system put in place by his government, Nigeria succeeded in exiting two economic recessions. Sure, this was achieved because of the very practical and realistic monetary and fiscal measures employed by the government.

Not only had his administration given the desired priority to the agricultural sector through a series of incentives to micro, small and medium-scale enterprises that resulted in creating millions of jobs, as he mentioned, PMB was quick to blow his trumpet more, thus:

“Leading this initiative, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s intervention in a number of areas as well as the Anchor Borrowers Programme had created the required leverages for Nigerians towards self-sufficiency in food and the necessary attraction for farming as a business”.

After a detailed examination of some of the challenges facing the country, and the efforts of the Government at addressing them, including the thorny issue of the strike of the University lecturers, PMB returned his mouth to the trumpet, thus:

“In the past few years, we have witnessed and overcome a good number of challenges that would ordinarily have destroyed our nation. However, the indefatigable spirit of the Nigerian people has ensured that we overcome our challenges. It is in this spirit that I call on all of us to individually and collectively bring to the fore in dealing with all our development issues. I was called to serve, along with my team, I saw an opportunity to create a better Nigeria which we have done with the support of Nigerians. Almighty God and the good people of Nigeria supported us in laying a solid foundation for the Nigeria of our dreams.”

As a spin doctor, who is interested in projecting favourable interpretations of the activities of the government and the party in power, especially in the media, by this boldness, to blow the trumpet of his achievements, PMB had simply given me the best of the gifts that any President can give his people at a trying time like now.

Yes, although this is his last independence anniversary speech as an elected President, the speech would help in correcting some of the distortions, and the negative perceptions about his performance.

Hip Hip Hip! Hurrah Nigeria at 62. And Hurrah PMB, for changing your stance, on the issue of the blowing of the trumpet.

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APC : The Time To Tame The Fanning Out Of Fake News



Senator Abdullahi Adamu,APC National Chairman


By Bala Ibrahim.

For the best part of last night, and the early part of this morning, my phones were ringing non stop, and virtually all the calls were coming with questions for clarification. As one heading the bureaucratic arm in charge of media management of the party in power, where important decisions taken by the elected representatives of the party are passed to you to process, for onwards transmission to the public, as directed, such calls can come under the classification of the normal call of duty. But not when they emanate out of the intent to install in the media, an insolent and impudent information, by the friends of fake news. Yes, the friends of fake news.

I did my best addressing the media last night, mostly my colleagues in the Hausa service of the electronic media, but by the morning time, the queries have skyrocketed to something like a quiz of scepticism. Everyone is asking, some with doubts, about a letter sighted by the media, to the effect that the National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, under the leadership of Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, as the chairman, had written, in an unpleasant language, to the Presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. As expected, in the eagerness to be the first to break news, some of my colleagues were quick to release the story, some, with nasty captions.

One of the moderate caption reads thus, APC Campaign Council List: Adamu Accuses Tinubu Of Side-lining NWC. It went on to say, “The chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Adamu has accused the party’s presidential candidate Bola Tinubu of appointing members of the Presidential Campaign Council without the approval of APC National Working Committee. Tinubu had on Friday unveiled a 422-man committee comprising political heavyweights and other notable members of the party to pilot the various sub-committees of the campaign council. However, days after releasing the list, Tinubu’s campaign council postponed its inauguration to accommodate other interests and stakeholders within the party”.

Some media houses went as far as releasing the purported nasty letter, which by implication means, the party has arrived at the junction of the rumoured rift, and the anticipated rupture.

A paragraph from the said wordings of the chairman reads, “It is against this background that the NWC received with astonishment and regret, the press release by the PCC on 23rd September, 2022, in which a purported list of appointees was announced, which effectively served as the approved roster of participants in the Party’s Presidential Campaign Council. The purported list not only came as a complete surprise to the NWC and the Party’s leadership, but also contravened the principles and purposes of the arrangements that you and I had led towards the adoption of the Organogram of the PCC, and its principal officials”- Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.

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My first quarrel is not with the content of the letter, but it’s qualification for authenticity, which ought to lie on the genuineness of the signature on it. And that gave way to my second, and most painful quarrel, because the letter in circulation, has not even been signed by anyone. It is a draft.

The last time I checked the dictionary, on the meaning of draft, it said, a preliminary version of a piece of writing. And my English teacher used to say, preliminary is the beginning, not the tentative, or fixed. It can change. Which means, even if there was the intention to fight, if there is a change of mind, the intention to fight can not be published as a fight.

No sooner than these agents of fake news had finished their work, than a release came from the Party, duly signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Bar. Felix Morka, viz:


“Our attention has been drawn to a “DRAFT” letter in circulation purportedly written by His Excellency, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of our great Party, addressed to His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of our great Party, expressing dissatisfaction over the recently released list of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC). To be clear, the “DRAFT” letter did not emanate from the Party. An UNSIGNED letter that marks itself as a ‘DRAFT’ cannot and should not be attributed to its purported author. The National Chairman of our Party and our Presidential Candidate maintain cordial and effective communication channels, and enjoy full liberty of open and frank conversations on matters of interest to the Party and our Presidential Campaign. As such, an unsigned “DRAFT” letter of the kind in circulation is patently unnecessary and of no qualitative value to engagement between the Party and the PCC. We will not be distracted by the wishes and actions of detractors that wait gleefully but in vain for some kind of crisis to erupt between the Party and the PCC. We stand united, as a Party, in our resolve and commitment to execute a focused and issue-driven campaign to persuade Nigerians to renew our mandate in next year’s general election”.

As if acting with the instinct of a premonition, at the occasion of the signing of a peace accord today, which had in attendance virtually all the Presidential candidates for the 2023 elections, alongside their party chairmen or representatives, the chairman of the National Peace Committee and former Head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, took time to address the issue of fake news, saying unlike in previous elections, where thuggery and violence were the major threats, in 2023, fake news is the major challenge. He said and I quote, “According to the latest fake news, the name of the winner of the Presidential election of 2023 has already been released, long before the ballots are cast”.

In my elementary days of training on Basic Journalism, one phrase that was repeatedly used, and made to resonate like a religious verse was, DONT BE THE FIRST TO GET IT WRONG.

My colleagues and I can do justice to the mission of the National peace committee, by refusing to be amongst the first to get it wrong, through the taming of the fanning out of fake news. And the best time to do it, is NOW.

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What You Need To Know About Professor Iya Abubakar



Professor Iya Abubakar


Sadiq Mohammed Mubi

Prof. Iya Abubakar, is from Adamawa state of Northeastern Nigeria, the first-rated Mathematician Of Africa who  became Professor Of Mathematics at the Age Of 28.

Iya Abubakar had his first class in mathematics at London University (University College Ibadan) in the ’50s,  and completed a Doctorate Degree at Cambridge University, England in the 60s.

Professor Iya Abubakar was the only Nigerian appointed as a Professor in the Department of Mathematics, ABU Zaria, at the age of 28 in 1963.

A first class graduate of Mathematics at the University of Ibadan, he is the first Northerner to earn a PhD in any field when he earned it at the University of Cambridge.

He became Head of Department, Mathematics and Computer Science, ABU Zaria, at the age of 32 (a record in the Nigerian University system).

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Second indigenous Vice Chancellor of ABU Zaria, at the age of 40 and retired from academics at the age of 44.

His academic productivity suffered a lot when he became Vice Chancellor (President) of the University.

Biography and Academic Carrier

Iya Abubakar was born on 14 December 1934 at Boloko, Belel District, Maiha Local Government Area of Adamawa state. He attended Barewa College Zaria, University College Ibadan (later  became the University of Ibadan) and earned a PhD at the University of Cambridge in England.

He worked as a visiting Professor at the University of Michigan in 1965 – 1966, before being appointed as Professor of Mathematics at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria at the age of 28, in 1967.

He held this position until 1975, as well as a visiting professorship at the City University of New York from 1971-72. In 1975, he was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University  Zaria, a position he held until 1978.

Prof. Iya Abubakar is exceptionally gifted, genius, talented, an industry of knowledge, the best of the best  and second to none.

Prof. Iya Abubakar is no doubt one of the finest brains to have come out of the North, whose legacies in academia are worth celebrating.

The people of “SABONDALE” comprised of Madagali, Michika, Mubi North/  South and Maiha Local Government Areas are indeed proud of their son ( Iya Abubakar) who is an elder statesman.

Youth of the 21st century may find it difficult to refill the vacuum created by GOD’s wishes, when death comes, only GOD knows.    “Allah ya bashi lafiya da  cikawa da imani”.  “Esteemed is better than silver or gold”.

Prof. Iya Abubakar was a director of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 1972 to 1975.

Later career

After the regime of Lt-Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo handed power back to an elected Government in 1979, Iya Abubakar was appointed as the Federal Minister of Defence, holding this office until 1982. From 1993 – 2005, he was the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the

University of Ibadan.

In the late 1990s, he served as the Director of  National Mathematical Centre at Abuja, and chaired both the National Manpower Commission of Nigeria and the non-governmental Africa International Foundation for Science and Technology.

Iya Abubakar was elected Senator for the Adamawa North constituency of Adamawa State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

He took office on 29 May 1999.

He was re-elected in April 2003. After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999 – 2007. He was appointed to committees on Public Accounts, Banking & Currency (chairman), Commerce and Finance & Appropriation.

Iya Abubakar has also chaired the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriation [6] and the Senate Committee on Science and Technology.

Prof. Iya Abubakar, holds a traditional title in Mubi Emirate Council, Adamawa state, as the Galadima of Mubi.

The great Professor, has since retired from active participation in public office and is now living a quiet private life

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