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Asiwaju/Osinbajo And The Abrogation Of Acerbic Animosity




By Bala Ibrahim.

The names Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are easily the most repeatedly pronounced names in Nigeria today. And the reason is simple; he is a famous politician, philanthropist, business mogul and now the Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC. But there seems to be another reason why his names are repeatedly resonating- his readiness to reverse animosity in politics, by letting go of resentment and the thoughts of revenge. Yes, Asiwaju is reinventing the philosophy of “politics without bitterness”, the nostalgic political campaign slogan of late Waziri Ibrahim, the famous Kanuri man from Borno State, and the Presidential candidate of one of the political parties that participated in the 1979 presidential election – the Great Nigerian People’s Party, GNPP.

Like late Waziri Ibrahim, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is contesting for the highest political office in Nigeria, at a time when the air space of the country is filled with palpable hatred among political parties, and mistrust among politicians and their supporters all over. To say the current scenario, or this type of feeling of deep anxiety and dread are unhealthy to the system, is certainly an understatement.

But the people are not the ones to blame solely for such apprehensive feeling. The liability lies with the leaders, who accede to the mischief and devilry of those championing the cause of such mistrust between the parties and candidates. Their absolute aim of heightening tension in the polity is to ultimately, God forbid, cause chaos, riots and anarchy.

Such situations if poorly handled, may result in military intervention or even civil war. Some of these agents of doom are campaigning under ethnic and sectional sentiments. Nigeria had gone through such terrible path in the past. But methinks, the attitude of Asiwaju Tinubu is towards reversing, or changing that viewpoint.

When, in the build up to the Presidential primaries, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo indicated interest to contest for the same position with the Asiwaju, despite the fact that he knows the life long ambition of the Asiwaju is to be the President of Nigeria, many, including yours truly, thought it was only going to be a political hoax. But the Vice President stayed put in the race, and went on campaigning with authoritative effervescence. After weeks of hot and high-wire intrigues and horse-trading, Asiwaju Tinubu defeated the Vice President, who came a distant third with 235 votes, while he polled 1,271 votes.

The general feeling among analysts is that the Vice President had committed a political sacrilege, by contesting against the life ambition of his political Godfather. As a consequence, it was also thought that the Asiwaju would not forgive the Vice President and Professor of Law, Yemi Osinbajo. But to shame those with such negative thought, and prove to people that he has come to abrogate acerbic animosity in politics, the Asiwaju has done the reverse. He has forgiven him.

In announcing the forgiveness, Tinubu said, “I have nothing against him. I have been to his house after the primaries. I have seen him on the day of the goodwill message to the retreat organised by the President. And a man who forgives—a man who asks for forgiveness from Allah, fully deserves forgiveness. If you cannot give forgiveness, how are you asking from Allah? To me, it is over”- Asiwaju

Similar clemency was extended to the President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan by the Asiwaju. In appreciation, Lawan, who said he contested with the belief that he had the popularity and experience to lead the country, pledged absolute support to the Asiwaju, saying he has the optimism that APC would emerge victorious in the 2023 presidential poll with Tinubu as it’s candidate.

Attempts have also been made to set the Asiwaju against the minister of state, labour, Festus Keyamo(SAN), by suggesting that Keyamo had sued the Asiwaju in 1999, for the allegation of forging his school certificates. Keyamo was quick to deny the allegation, saying he only sued the Lagos State house of assembly for clearing the Asiwaju, who was then the governor of the state, on allegations of certificate forgery. Indeed the assembly investigated him, but cleared him of all wrongdoing. Again, in his determination to abrogate acerbic animosity in politics, the Asiwaju has not only ignored the call to hold Festus Keyamo with malice, but went ahead to appoint him as his Presidential campaign spokesperson.

The national chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu is one person adversaries are working hard to build an ill will wall against, or sour his relationship with the Asiwaju. Since the primaries that produced the Asiwaju as the Presidential candidate of the APC, detractors have been up and doing, on how to harm the working relationship between the duo, but to their chagrin, the Asiwaju is ceaselessly holding the chairman in esteem. In fact, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu is the deputy chairman 1 of the Asiwaju Presidential campaign team.

Nothing more can demonstrate the philosophy of politics without bitterness, and attempt to abrogate acerbic animosity in politics.


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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