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PMB And Nigeria:Anchoring The Argument On Adjuged Absenteeism



President Muhammad Buhari


By Bala Ibrahim.

Since the unhappy remark from President Muhammadu Buhari in Imo state this week, that the achievements of his government are not given the publicity they deserve, the course of the discourse has changed, with some putting the blame on the President himself, for not attaching enough importance to media and publicity, particularly publicity in a democracy.

While some are of the opinion that because of the constrains of modesty, PMB was reluctant in talking about his achievements ab initio, because they may be misconstrued as a show off, or make him look like a leader that is too proud, others hold a counter opinion. To them, in a democracy, where leaders come to power pursuant to the promises made to the electorates during campaigns, such electorates have the right to be informed, sometimes in details, the extent to which such promises made were kept. And because, by electing the leader, the electorates have entered into an unwritten contract with the leader, giving such information by the leader should not be seen as a show off, immodesty, or the blowing of the leader’s own trumpet. It is the fulfilment of an agreement.

Two things prompted this article. One was a cliché sent to me by a friend, highlighting a quote from a purported statement attributed to President Muhammadu Buhari, viz: “What is the difference between me and those who elected us to represent them, absolutely nothing. Why should Nigerian President not fly with other Nigerian public? Why do I need to embark on a foreign trip as a President with a huge crowd with public funds? Why do I need to go on foreign medical trip if we can not make our hospital functional? Why do we need to send our children to school abroad if we can not developed our university to compete with the foreign ones?”-General Muhammadu Buhari, Lecture at Chatham House London, February 21, 2015.

The second was a discussion I had same today, with my brothers in law, that paid a visit to us in the house.

I would start by addressing the cliché, with the hope of convincing my friend to understand the meaning of propaganda. According to the dictionary, Propaganda is, information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view. Had my friend read the purported statement well, by checking the grammatical construction and the caricature structure of misspellings, he would have seen that they are not only in conflict with English syntax and morphology, but also out of tune with the language style of someone that was once a Governor, a Minister, a Head of State, and as of that date, a President in waiting.

Not even in the inglorious yesteryears, when the office of Nigeria’s First Lady was occupied by someone who took delight in the use of colloquial English, was such abuse of phonology and semantics practiced. No good speechwriter would write such a repugnant speech for delivery at Chatham House, which is the world-leading policy institute with a mission to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. And Buhari’s speechwriter can not be that crackbrained. No way. It’s fake news, but through the use of propaganda, some people have spewed the garbage, in order to influence public opinion against a leader. PMB is a victim of such spin because he has absentee propagandists.

The second segment of the genesis of this article, which has to do with the discussion with my in-laws, also anchors the argument on adjudged absenteeism. Yes, absentee propagandists for PMB and his regime. My guests and I had a lengthy discussion on the seven years of PMB in power, and almost all of them were of the believe that not much has been done by the government.

But I told them it is a stereotyped opinion. The government of PMB had recorded landmark successes, but because of absentee propagandists, instead of hailing the President for such milestone achievements, he is ignorantly damned by the gullible.

After we overviewed some of the strides in infrastructural development, including roads, rail, housing, and security, they agreed that indeed much has been done, but not that much is relayed to the public. On security, yes, security, despite the current challenges, they admitted that truly Nigeria is safer today, compared to what obtained in the past.

Not a single bomb blew off in Abuja since 2015. All the sand bags and road blocks have disappeared. In fact, I told my guests, if it were in the yesteryears, I wouldn’t give them access to the house without the normal ritual of frisking, to ascertain they are free from dynamites. Such was the level of distrust, even amongst relatives.

We delved into the excesses of some aids of the President, whose performance in office is questioned by many, but who the President refused to sanction. Also here, I said, if Nigerians are serious, they should forward petitions with evidence of their wrongdoings. PMB can not be accused of inaction based on information passed around that cannot be substantiated. Such information are classified as rumours or hearsay. And I gave the example of the suspended Accountant General of the Federation that is being prosecuted, pursuant to the submission of a petition.

Food prices, Oil and gas reforms, General economic condition, Power, Agriculture and the sustained successes recorded by the military, including the good news today, of the aerial bombardment of terrorist Turji’s camp in Zamfara state were discussed. In all, when the situation today is juxtaposed with yesterday, including a comparism with the so called developed societies, Nigeria under Buhari is not doing badly.

But because some people are anchoring the argument on adjudged absenteeism, and the government has no propagandists that would blow it’s trumpet, some tend to think the issues are not being robustly tackled.


Open Letter To Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf -Fakhruddeen



Fakhraddin Auwal



Fakhraddin Auwal

Good day, Your Excellency, Sir.
I hope my message has reached you in good health and may the Almighty Allah guide, protect, and continue to bless your administration.

I would like to start by thanking Allah, the Highest, for accepting the prayer of Kanawa and making you the governor and rescuer of Kano state and its good people.

Indeed you came into power when the state is in a despicable situation, when almost nothing is in good shape, and public properties had been sold, or maliciously converted to personal enterprises, Insecurity–in the form of phone snatching–infesting our streets. Meanwhile, we thank God, the Almighty. With your impressionable 5 days in office, we are hopeful that Kano state will prosper and the glory of the state will soon be restored, in sha Allah.

Your Excellency Sir, I may seem small, and inexperienced to claim any expertise in governance or challenge any decision coming from your strong team of intellectual and highly educated figures. But I want to be heard.

As you have promised to work for Kano and Kanawa based on the state’s–not your personal–interest, I know you must have your door open for advice and suggestions.

As I was happy yesterday morning about the demolition of some illegal buildings around Filin Folo, I came across a paper that I’m not sure about its authenticity, going around on social media containing the list of some places to be demolished because they were illegally sold by the previous government.

Your Excellency Sir, I am in support of revoking any unlawful land allocation in the state and even the demolition of the ones that are unimportant to society, however, I’m not in support of the demolition of the ones that may benefit our states, like Masallacin Idi and some parts of Badala due to the following reasons.

One of the major problems that you inherited from the previous government is insecurity which we all believe that it is majorly a result of illiteracy and unemployment, which are also the course of the economic deterioration of the state!

1. Sir, for Masallacin Idi.
it’s very disheartening to see historic places being sold or given freely to some individuals, however looking at it from another end, the massive growth of population and unemployment rate in the state and the positive contributions of the said places to the Kano state economy, one may be accurate to assert that the place has more advantage to the Kano state residents as a market than as Eid-prayer ground because, the place is very close to the two of the major markets of the state Kwari and ƙofar Wambai all of which needed to be expanded, as our population is exponentially growing and from my personal observation, there are at least 3,000 to 5,000 people that are running their businesses within and outside the place every day making about 1.1 to 1.8 million users yearly. When utilized for the biannual rituals, however, not more than 50,000 people are using it, which is insignificant (less than 5%) compared to the previous one. Moreover, after the biannual usage of the place only becomes useless and criminals hide out throughout the rest of the year.

Thus, I suggest that government should look into the possibility of utilizing place the two, compatible purposes of Ead and Marketing or relocating the Masallacin Idi to the Ƙofar Na’isa sports institute which is big enough to be divided into two parts Eid and the institute leaving the entire place for the Eid and relocate the institute to another place or Masallacin Sarki and leave the place solely as the market.

2. Badala
Even though Badala is one of the most important and prominent parts of the state’s history however for the people that are living in that area, the Badala is also coursing a lot of insecurity, as it mostly serves as a criminal hideout. In this light, sir, the demolition of these buildings may increase the insecurity in areas around Badala.
your government should look into the possibility of taking over the control of the buildings for public use and if the demolition is necessary it should come up with something that makes the place look more beautiful than it’s now and at the same time help to curtail insecurity.

Finally, as I wish you a hitch-free tenure with colorful results, I hope my advice and suggestions will be given due consideration.

Thank you
Yours faithfully,
Fakhruddeen Auwal Taheer.

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PDP Member Hopes for Atiku Abubakar’s Confirmation as President



Mai Nasiha

KANO, Nigeria – Alhaji Salman Mai Nasiha, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state, expressed hope that Atiku Abubakar would be confirmed as the country’s president, as he criticized the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to improve the lives of Nigerians, especially the masses.

In a statement to journalists, Mai Nasiha highlighted the high expectations held by the people, hoping for a better quality of life and welfare under Buhari’s administration. However, he lamented that their hopes were dashed, resulting in even greater hardships.

Mai Nasiha further criticized Buhari’s administration for accumulating significant debt on the country, which he believed would burden future generations with even more difficulties. He also expressed disappointment in the performance of the 9th Senate and members of the National Assembly, referring to them as sycophants who failed to positively impact the lives of Nigerians, but instead contributed to the nation’s challenges.

Commenting on the recent general election, Mai Nasiha referred to it as marred by fraud, leading to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, challenging the results in court after Bola Tinubu was declared the winner. With the ongoing hearing at the election tribunal court, Mai Nasiha expressed hope for Abubakar’s confirmation as the country’s president.

Highlighting the PDP’s track record, Mai Nasiha praised the party’s policies and achievements during its previous administration, asserting that PDP governors had outperformed their counterparts from other parties. He cited the re-election of PDP governors in states such as Taraba, Bauchi, Adamawa, and Zamfara as evidence of public support for the party’s governance.

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What it Takes to Lead the Nigerian Senate”-Abdurrahman Joji



Abdurrahman Joji Adamu

As Nigeria’s 10th senate is set to begin in the first week of June, senators-elect across the nation have been making arrangements on who will take over as the President of the Senate. However, the process has been met with some controversy due to the country’s heterogeneous nature, which requires the participation and inclusiveness of every tribe and religion in the administration of the nation.

To lead the Senate and by extension, head the National Assembly, requires a parliamentarian with huge legislative expertise, adequate knowledge in the law-making process, executive/legislative relations, constitutional amendment process, bill enactment and passage, eloquence, communication skills, and above all, good interpersonal relationships. It is for this reason that the Senate Standing Order stipulates that senators who will contest the position of presiding officer shall be those who have been re-elected based on the number of times they have served.

So far, four senators-elect have shown interest in the position of Senate President: Senator Barau Jibrin, Abdul Aziz Yari, both from the North West region, Godswill Akpabio from the South South region, and Orji Uzor Kalu from the South East. However, the eligibility and competence of the four contestants must be evaluated based on their records of performances in legislation and public service.

Abdulaziz Yari, a former member of the House of Representatives and former Governor of Zamfara state for eight years, did not make a significant impact during his stay in the House. His eight-year tenure as Governor was characterized as a regime of tyranny with a lack of harmonious relationship between the government and the governed. He lacks the adequate knowledge to preside over the affairs of people that come from well-educated and intellectual backgrounds

Barau Jibrin, on the other hand, is a former member of the House of Representatives, a senator in the 8th and 9th Assemblies, and a senator-elect for the 10th Assembly. He is a graduate of accountancy and a professional in business and financial management. As a ranking senator, he has numerous sponsored bills, and his bravery and eloquence in the floor of the Senate are unprecedented. He is described by his constituents as a warrior and a philanthropist, and his record shows that he can handle the National Assembly matters and provide much-needed inclusive legislation.

Godwill Akpabio, a two-term Governor of Akwa Ibom, a one-term Senator of the Federal Republic, and former Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, is a lawyer by profession. During his first tenure as senator, he was privileged to be part of the 8th Senate leadership, and he gave the much-needed minority representation. As a politician that traversed all three tiers of government, it is expected that he can pilot the affairs of the Senate credibly.

Orji Uzor Kalu, a two-term Governor of Abia State and returning senator, is the incumbent Senate Minority Whip. He played an active role in the emergence of Chief Bola Tinubu and made a lot of noise in support of a same-faith ticket. He is a graduate of political science with good communication skills and is well acquainted with the votes and proceedings of the Senate. His politics has proven to be non-religious and non-tribalistic, considering how the whole South East supported and backed one of their very own sons in the presidential election. He deserves support for the fulfillment of his ambition.

To ensure justice and fairness as enshrined in the Federal Character principles, Sen Barau and Abdulaziz should jettison their ambitions to avoid the duplication and marginalization of power-sharing. The incoming President, who is a master strategist, should not allow this to happenAlthough the Senate elects its leader, it is crucial for the senators to choose a leader based on principles of justice, expertise, and fairness between the two geopolitical zones of the South-South and South-East respectively. The task of filling the void left by the likes of David Mark, Bukola Saraki, and now Ahmed Lawan is highly challenging. These three former Senate Presidents presided over the Senate with a great deal of diligence, maturity, and stability, and it is essential to have successors who will continue to uphold their legacy of distinguished parliamentary practice, preservation of democratic culture, and consolidation of democracy.

As the responsibility of electing their leader lies solely on the senators, Nigerians await to see if we will have another rubber-stamp Senate. It is imperative for the Senate to assert its independence and maintain checks and balances against the Executive arm of government to ensure that democracy thrives in Nigeria.

Abdulrahman Joji Writes from Kano

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