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A Fond Farewell to a Tenacious and Devoted Speaker: Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, and a Warm Welcome to Honourable Tajuddeen Abbas”



Honourable Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada in A Tete Eye with Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila


By Malam (Dr) Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada,OON.

In a symphony orchestrated by destiny, the 11th of June 2019 emerged as a pivotal day, heralding the proclamation of the illustrious 9th National Assembly. It was a moment that held immense significance for me, as I stepped into the shoes of an elected representative, entrusted with the arduous task of representing the resilient constituency of Kano Municipal in Nigeria. Just two days later, as if the universe conspired in perfect harmony, the sweet news of my fourth child’s arrival filled the air. Without hesitation, I bestowed upon him the name Abdulhakeem, an homage to the divine intervention that led to the fulfillment of our mission—to witness the rise of the venerable Right Honorable Abdulhakim Femi Gbajabiamila as the esteemed Speaker of the 9th National Assembly.
From the very beginning of our collective endeavor to secure the speakership position, I held a strong desire to chair a particular committee out of the 102 standing committees of the House. To pursue my aspiration, I mustered the courage to approach the honorable speaker and humbly requested that he consider me for the position of Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Intelligence, should the divine decree appoint him as the Speaker.
With a hint of jest, the speaker responded that he couldn’t promise specific committees to anyone, especially considering the strategic nature of the committee I had expressed interest in. However, undeterred, I persisted and emphasized the hurdles I had overcome and the future challenges that awaited me due to internal party crises in Kano.
On that memorable day of June 11th, 2019, as the House assembled for its inaugural sitting, I sat among like-minded individuals such as Rep. Tijjani Jobe, Rep. Yusif Gagdi, Rep. Koko, Rep. Makki Yan Liman, Rep. Hafiz Ibrahim, and other majority members, all passionately chanting “sai Gbaja” until our votes were counted, declaring him the victorious Speaker of the 9th National Assembly.
As time passed, my proximity to Honorable Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila grew, affording me the opportunity to observe him closely, with unwavering enthusiasm.
The bond I forged with the outgoing Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, inspired many like-minded individuals in the 9th assembly, as we sought to emulate his leadership as Speaker of the House.

Merely two weeks after our inauguration, I received a letter mandating me, alongside my colleague from Anambra State, Hon. Ifeanyi Moma, to represent the Speaker in Abidjan, the capital city of Côte d’Ivoire. It marked the first international assignment of the 9th House of Representatives.

A” week later, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila bestowed upon me the honor of chairing the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence. As a newcomer to the House, the weight of this responsibility pressed heavily upon my mind.

Yet, the Speaker’s unwavering encouragement and his words affirming my capability, saying, “You can do it; you are equal to the task,” fortified my resolve.
Through these experiences, I came to understand that Honorable Speaker Gbajabiamila is a man of his word.
Notably, during my tenure as Chairman of the Committee, when Federal Government agencies arrived to defend their budgets following the presentation of the 2020 appropriation bill by former President Muhammad Buhari before the National Assembly, the Speaker inquired as to why I hadn’t invited agencies under my committee’s jurisdiction for their budget defense. Such a statement served to inspire and motivate me.
Kano APC Crisis
A true leader listens to their constituents and distinguishes the truth from the noise. When our party was engulfed in a severe leadership crisis in my home state of Kano, the Speaker faced repeated calls to remove me as the Chairman of the House Committee on National Security and National Intelligence, even after I had successfully served in that capacity for two years. Numerous attempts were made to coerce and intimidate Honorable Speaker Gbajabiamila, with the threat of withdrawing support from the 21 Kano House members if he did not yield to their demands. However, he steadfastly resisted the pressure, remaining resolute in the face of intimidation, and refused to succumb to the powers seeking my removal. Throughout it all, he implored them to allow him to resolve the matter amicably, while advising me to avoid actions that might escalate the crisis.
Upon learning of the challenges the Honorable Gbajabiamila was confronting, I offered to resign as chairman of the committee to relieve him of the burden. However, the affable speaker rejected my offer, insisting that I remain loyal to the party’s cause.
Furthermore, his guidance and extensive network provided me with invaluable empowerment. When I was elected President of the Network of African Parliamentarians for Defense and Security

Committees from 2021 to 2022, and subsequently elevated to the position of President General of the Network of African Parliamentarians for Defense and Security Committees in 2022, entrusted with coordinating the chairpersons of security-related committees across African Parliaments, I recognized the magnitude of his influence. Glory be to the Almighty, today we part ways as he answers the call to national service by assuming the role of Chief of Staff to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Bola Ahmad Tinubu GCFR.
I am convinced that his conciliatory approach, which he exhibited as the Speaker of the 9th Assembly, House of Representatives, will continue to manifest as the Chief of Staff to the President. His unwavering commitment, resilience, patience, and compassion will undoubtedly yield positive results, enabling him to bridge the gaps and harmoniously administer governmental affairs between the executive, legislature, judiciary, state governments, and labor unions.
In closing, I wish to reiterate my unwavering loyalty and commitment as I undertake my new responsibility as the Executive Secretary of the Almajirai and Out-of-School Children Commission.
Once again, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Bola Ahmad Tinubu, for selecting Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as his Chief of Staff. I express my gratitude to him for fostering unity within the House and rallying the members to support Tajuddeen Abbas as the incoming Speaker of the 10th Assembly.
May the Almighty guide the new Chief of Staff in faithfully serving our nation under the leadership of President Bola Ahmad Tinubu, acting as a bridge between the center and the entirety of Nigeria.
Finally, I seize this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the constituents of Kano Municipal who entrusted me with their mandate four years ago, as well as to the 360 members of the House with whom we worked tirelessly.
Special thanks are due to my Deputy, Hon. Adeogun, the entire members of my committee, the secretariat led by the esteemed clerk, Dr. Eric, the coordinator, and the heads of agencies within the intelligence community. My gratitude knows no bounds, and I can only pray that the Almighty rewards you abundantly.

Honorable (Dr.) Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada OON, is the outgoing member of the House of Representatives for Municipal Federal Constituency and now the Executive Secretary of the Almajirai And Out Of School Children Commission.


Staying Loyal: Key to Winning Elections in Nigeria-Reno Omokri



Obasanjo ,Yaradua and Jonathan during the May 29 2007 handover to President Yaradua

Reno Omokri

If you want to win an election in Nigeria, you can’t jump from party to party. Nobody who has done that has ever won an election at the centre in Nigeria from our amalgamation by the British in 1914 to now. Nobody! You can do so at the regional and state level, especially where your region has ethnic homogeneity. But in a pluralistic federation, you are toast if you do that.

Only those who have remained loyal to their parties have ever won elections as Presidents or Prime Ministers in Nigeria. Your party can go into coalition and merger with another party, or it can change its name and your reputation will remain intact. But when you leave your party to join another party, the people also leave you.

No matter what happens within your party, stay there and resolve the situation. Assert yourself th amere. Go from battleground to common ground. If you cannot lead your party out of a crisis, you will not be able to convince non-tribal critical thinking voters that you can lead the country out of crisis.

Tafawa Balewa was a member of the Northern Peoples Congress. He never changed parties. Shagari was a member of the National Party of Nigeria, which was an offshoot of the Northern Peoples Congress. He never changed parties.

Obasanjo, Yar’adua and Jonathan were members of the Peoples Democratic Party. They never changed parties.

Buhari was a member of the All Peoples Party, which later changed its name to the All Nigeria Peoples Party. The party eventually split, and Buhari went with the Congress for Progressive Change, which, in 2013, merged with other parties to form the All Progressives Congress.

Tinubu was a member of the Social Democratic Party, which was dissolved by Abacha in 1993. Following this, he helped found the Alliance for Democracy, which merged with other parties to form the Action Congress of Nigeria in 2006. The ACN merged with other parties to form the APC in 2013.

Nigerian Politicians should learn from history. The best predictor of the future is the past. Between now and 2027, any politician who leaves his party for another party, except where there is a merger, is just wasting his time and money if he contests for the Presidency.

A country struggling with political stability cannot afford a leader who also struggles with his own mental and political stability.

Sadly, in Nigeria, to leave your party in Presidential politics is to live in pity as a perennial candidate!

Reno Omokri is a former Adviser to President Jonathan

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When Two Kano Elephant fights, The Grass Suffers -Kabiru Anka



By Kabiru Anka PhD.


The political Intrigues in Kano State in recent time can be rationalised within the dictim of the adage of “When two Elephants fight ,the Grass Suffers”.
It all began with series of litigations and media attacks aimed at former Governor of the state and the National Chairman of ALL Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Umar Ganduje ostensibly by the NNPP lead State government of Abba Kabiru Yusuf

The government, using its organs gone filled multiple court cases against Governor Ganduje and his wife, creating a climate of turmoil and uncertainty in the state.

The fact that the government has taken such drastic measures, including an orchestrated suspension of Ganduje from his party at the ward level, highlights the magnitude of the crisis that has emerged at the national party level. Interest groups are now jostling to take advantage of the situation and capitalize on Ganduje’s vulnerabilities to potentially remove him from office.
However, amidst all these Intrigues is the underlying fact aimed at the demolition of the structure of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State.
It didn’t stop at that , there is also the glaring evidence to stop work on all inherited projects of the former government even at great cost to tax the payers.
As a result, the political turmoil in Kano State has far-reaching implications not only for Ganduje but also for the overall stability of the APC in the state and of course the development of the people.
The power play between interest groups and the state government threatens to disrupt the political status quo and create a vacuum that could be exploited by opportunistic elements.
The situation in Kano State is a reflection of the complex and often treacherous nature of Nigerian politics. As Ganduje navigates through this storm of litigation and media attacks, it is crucial for all stakeholders to prioritize the interests of the people and work towards a resolution that upholds the democratic principles on which our society is built. Only through unity and cooperation can we overcome the challenges that lie ahead and forge a path towards a brighter future for Kano State and Nigeria as a whole than witch hunting a man who worked tirelessly for the sustainability of APC in Kano and success recorded during the last general elections.

The citizens of Kano deserve leaders who prioritize their well-being and work towards the common good, rather than engaging in power struggles and personal vendettas.
Moving forward, it is essential for all parties involved to engage in constructive dialogue and find common ground to resolve the political turmoil in Kano State. By focusing on the issues that truly matter to the people, such as infrastructure development, healthcare, education, and job creation, etc.

Ultimately, the future of Kano State rests on the ability of its leaders to rise above petty politics and prioritize the welfare of the citizens than running after a man who did his best to develop the state as governor.
Two many projects we leant have been abandoned while new ones are being flagged off. Ironically Ganduje completed many of the projects initiated by Kwankwaso. Indeed ,when two elephants fight the grass suffers.

Dr Kabiru Anka is political analysis based in Kano

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Gov. Gida-Gida and Ganduje: The Firing of Unwarranted Political Salvos-Adamu Aminu



Former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Successor Abba Kabir Yusuf


By Adamu Aminu.

It is extremely disheartening to see how recently our two elder statesmen, the Kano state Governor, His Excellency, Abba Kabir Yusif, politically known as Abba Gida-Gida, and his immediate predecessor, the ex-Kano and present APC National chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, are busy exchanging salvos directly at each other.

The exchanges of verbal brawls through their spokesmen emanated shortly after Governor Abba Kabir Yusif inaugurated two judicial commissions of inquiry to investigate cases of misappropriation of public property, political violence, and missing persons from 2015 to 2019 to 2023.

It was unfortunate; all the accusations and counter-accusations from both sides were riddled with harsh and demeaning words, deemed unrepeatable and unworthy to come from our respected leaders who are beating chests of leading Kano, the state that has reached the zenith of political maturity in the whole nation.

I was automatically dumbfounded by how the exchanged salvos and political sarcasm were randomly so directed at each other, without revisiting the fact that history never lies; someday, posterity will judge them.

This comes at a time when the warring parties should set aside their differences and make Kano their concern and priority, but they resorted to opening the doors of all blackmailing arsenals at their disposal, overtly directed at each other, without knowing that their utterances and accusations are doing more harm than good to Kano state in general.

This came at a time when our counterpart States in the South, like Lagos, Rivers, and others, have already set politics aside and deeply engaged in the execution of developmental projects for their people, but Kano, a state of whole-tenure politics, is dragging feet towards the fulfillment of promises during electioneering campaigns.

At this time when most Kano industries are not functional, there is no portable water, unemployment, poverty, hunger, and thuggery clogging the wheels of Kano’s economic development, instead, they resorted to engaged in trading bitter words and pointing accusing fingers at themselves.

I think it’s time for our Excellency, the state governor Abba Kabir Yusif, and his predecessor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to wake up from their slumbers and stop demeaning themselves politically.

Trading accusations of one’s incompetence, docility, and another’s accusation of land grabbing and rat-like behavior is not the utmost priority for Kano populace.

It’s time to stop deceiving ourselves with the longstanding Kano praise “Kano Tumbin Giwa, Ko dame Kazo An Fika,” which means Kano, the melting pot, whatever you came along with, you’re far left behind. Kano state in this modern era deserves to be far from where it is now.

I do hope and pray that Governor Abba and his predecessor Ganduje make Kano and Kanawas their utmost priority. They are our role models, exchanging incendiary remarks with each other will show that politics isn’t only a dirty game, it’s a dirty war of raining curses and abuses.

They should know that someday around this time, they will be no more; only their legacies will make them immortal in the memory of Kano populace.

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