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Muhammadu Sanusi’s Betrayal Of Justice :A Warning Against Personal Gain

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Haruna Abubakar Bebeji

In the realm of social justice and the pursuit of rights, it is disheartening to witness individuals who were once hailed as champions of the people, suddenly betraying the very cause they were supposed to fight for. Recent events have shed light on one such individual, who, despite his previous reputations, has shown a complete disregard for justice and the rights of the people. This person’s fall from grace, resulting in his deposition as an Emir, serves as a stark reminder that no amount of cheap publicity or appeasement of benefactors can justify their actions. In recent times, the actions of certain individuals have revealed the true nature of their character, as they prioritized personal gain over the pursuit of justice.

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has demonstrated such a betrayal, undermining the fight for justice and disregarding the rights of the people. Muhammadu Sanusi II’s recent actions has to be condemned in all ramifications especially from the Northern Nigerians and he should be made aware of the importance of not compromising one’s principles for personal gain or appeasement of influential benefactors.

In any thriving society, elders are revered for their wisdom and invaluable contribution to the progress and stability of their communities. Such is the case in Northern Nigeria, where the respect for elders is deeply rooted in the culture. Unfortunately, recent times have witnessed individuals challenging and ridiculing the words of these esteemed individuals, and this unpardonable behavior poses a threat to the unity and prosperity of our beloved North.

When individuals assume the role of defenders of the people, they carry the responsibility of upholding justice and fighting for the rights of the marginalized. However, Sanusi’s recent actions have shown a complete disregard for these ideals. The trust placed in him by the people has been shattered, leaving them disillusioned and betrayed. It is a stark reminder that power and influence can corrupt even those who were once seen as champions of the people.

Elders in Northern Nigeria are not just individuals who have lived through years; they are the guardians and possessors of invaluable knowledge. Their wealth of experience and wisdom accumulated over time make them the guides and leaders of our society. It is through their insightful guidance that the larger community thrives and progresses. By challenging or ridiculing the words of our elders, we jeopardize the very foundation of our communities, nations, and countries.

Sanusi’s support for the relocation of CBN departments from the head office in Abuja to Lagos raises questions about his motives. Allegations suggest that many employees in Abuja prioritize their personal lifestyles and businesses over their work at the bank, leading to a decline in efficiency. While Sanusi may argue that the relocation serves the bank’s interests, it is essential to scrutinize his intentions. Is he genuinely concerned about efficiency, or is there an ulterior motive driving his support for the move?

Northern Nigeria is known for its deep respect for traditional institutions and elders, which serve as the pillars of our cultural heritage. These institutions hold immense influence over their subjects, and their judgment and guidance are highly regarded. However, in recent times, we have witnessed the disrespectful challenges and ridicule faced by our elders. Such acts driven by personal interests or ulterior motives must be condemned, as they destabilize the harmony and progress within our region.

Abuja’s status as the Federal Capital of Nigeria is a strong constitutional provision that no individual or group including the President can change it. The status of Abuja can only change if there is a constitutional amendment to that effect and the cumbersome and controversial process of changing or altering the constitution is well known.

One of the main concerns raised against the relocation of departments from Abuja to Lagos is the potential harm it poses to the unity of Nigeria. Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), aptly highlights that the move threatens the symbolic concept of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja as a unifying force for all Nigerians. He expresses fear that this precedent could lead to further fragmentation based on regional or commercial considerations.

In times like these, it is crucial to uphold the values that underpin the fight for justice and the pursuit of rights. True champions of the people must remain committed to the cause, resisting temptation and pressure. Individuals like Bashir Dalhatu, who have dedicated themselves to the development of Northern Nigeria and advocate for justice, should be commended, not attacked.

With his outburst, it became apparent that Muhammadu Sanusi’s intentions were far from noble. His actions contradicted the very principles he once professed to uphold. The people especially Northerners, who had placed their trust in him, were left disillusioned and betrayed.

No wonder he was deposed as an Emir and thanks to former Kano State Governor Ganduje for dethroning him. Not until now do we understand that his deposition as an Emir is a resounding message that his actions were unacceptable and incompatible with the responsibilities he once held. The people, who had once looked up to him as a beacon of hope, now stand united in their disappointment and anger. The consequences of this betrayal should serve as a warning to all those who seek to exploit the people’s cause for personal gain or to appease their benefactors.

In our quest to protect our values and rights, we have the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a political and cultural association that represents our interests and concerns. The Forum is dedicated to upholding democratic principles within the federal constitution. With the ACF, we have a collective voice that empowers us to challenge any injustice or disrespect faced by our elders. The ACF serves as a unified front, standing firmly against anyone who tries to undermine our cherished traditions and respected leaders.

The words of Late Malam Aminu Kano “Nigeria is one but everyone knows his father’s house”; resonate with the people of Arewa, reminding us of our roots and our duty to uphold the principles and values of our beloved North. As proud Nigerians, we cherish and respect our diverse cultures, but we must not forget our individual heritage. We stand united to protect our interests, while also contributing to the overall development of our great nation.

True champions of the people must remain steadfast in their commitment to the cause, unwavering in the face of temptation or pressure. The people deserve leaders who will fight for their rights like Wazirin Dutse, not those who will use their position for personal gain or to please those in power like Sanusi.

In conclusion, the actions of Muhammadu Sanusi, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, serve as a warning against compromising principles for personal gain. His betrayal of the people’s trust emphasizes the gravity of this offense. Leaders must prioritize justice and the rights of the marginalized above their own interests or those of influential benefactors. Individuals like Bashir Dalhatu, who fight for justice and contribute significantly to the development of Northern Nigeria, deserve our respect.

The importance of elders and traditional institutions cannot be overstated in the progress and stability of any society. Northern Nigeria’s respect for its elders is deeply embedded in its ethos, and it is our sacred duty to safeguard this tradition. By challenging or ridiculing the wisdom of our elders, we poison the very essence of our community, nation, and country.

As proud individuals from Arewa, let us come together under the umbrella of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), embracing our shared heritage and values. We must strive for unity, resisting any attempt to undermine or disrespect our respected leaders. Only by upholding the wisdom of our elders can we ensure a thriving and prosperous future for Northern Nigeria – a future we can be proud to pass on to future generations.

Lastly, let this be a reminder that the pursuit of justice should never be sacrificed, no matter one’s motives or positions of power.

Haruna Abubakar Bebeji wrote from Kano

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Letter To The President On The Re-Introduction Of Subsidy

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Dear President Tinubu

Sir,every Nigerian with rudimentary knowledge of economics will agree with you that fuel subsidy has to go, it has stagnate the growth of our economy over the years,benefitting only selected few.
Most Nigerians have no qualms with subsidy removal,its the approach that was used that we have reservation for. There is no doubt that the removal of fuel subsidy had ripple effect on the woof and warp of Nigeria’s economic fabric. The private sector is struggling to keep up with the reality of the moment and civil servants in public sector are financially incapacitated.
Nigeria’s present consumer price index (CPI), stood at almost 30%, this clearly shows a reduction in the citizens purcasing power. Families are finding it difficult to have 2 meals a day; this will have resultant negative effects on the health of the citizens and may reduce manpower ability to contribute to the Nations gross domestic product (GDP).
Nigeria at this point needs to invest massively in agriculture, to make surplus food available to the citizens at an affordable rate. Agriculture is one of the most subsidized sector of most world power’s economy. United States,Russia and China controls the world grains reserve because of the subsidies available for agriculture and other working policies. NIRSAL is a case study of working policy in Nigeria, its a fantastic government programme that was supposed to transform Nigeria’s agriculture by making funds available to real farmers who produce what Nigerians consume daily,but it could not achieve its objective due to the Nigerian factor.

Yes, subsidy is gone in the petroleum industry, but it needs to be re-introduced into agriculture to make funds available for small scale farmers who produce 70% of the food items consumed in Nigeria. Also, there is the need for more regulatory policies in the agrochemical industry to control sub-standard products in the market and possibly provide tax waivers to reduce the market price of these agrochemicals.

Fertilizer is a key component of agricultural production which must be made available to farmers at subsidized rate. The e-wallet template used by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina of African development bank when he was Nigeria’s minister of agriculture is a tested and verified framework for reaching out to small scale farmers.

Insecurity is an integral index in Nigeria’s agricultural sector today, there is the need to improve on the country’s security architecture and a synergy should be put in place betwern the proposed agro-rangers and the various security apparatus ( army,airfoce, police etc). Farmers should be able to go about their business with maximum safety and also a viable solution must be worked out to put a stop to farmers/cattle rearers conflict by establishing a symbiotic relationship between both party.

The twelve River Basin Development Authorities can provide the fulcrum for achieving food security, with thousands of hectares of lands,Dams,Canals and other Irrigation structures in their control for achieving an all year round farming. More funds needs to be funneled into these agencies for revitalization and expansion of existing infrastructures.
Nigeria is presently at a turbulent time in its economic history; making food available to the masses at an affordable rate through subsidized agriculture is necessary to extinguish the embers of looming disquiet in Nigeria.
Ibrahim Baba-Ibrahim writes from Ilorin. ibrahimbabaibrahim@gmail.com

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Government Panics as Cost of Living Crisis Deepens

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Jibrin Ibrahim

The Tinubu Administration is a fanatic believer in economic liberalism and market forces. Based on its belief, it cancelled fuel subsidy and floated the naira so that it can find its true value. The naira played its part and has been rising steadily desperately searching for its true market value, which it turns out, is still very far away. The result is a “misery crisis” as food prices rise beyond the incomes of ordinary citizens whose naira is too small to enable them purchase food and hunger and anger spreads throughout the land. The President who always tells Nigerians that he understands their pains then offers a solution and orders distribution of free grains from the Strategic Food Reserves. It turned out the civil servants forgot to brief him that the reserves are empty.

Over the past few weeks, hunger and anger have led to street protests all over the country and strike threats. Our politically savvy President sensing the danger decides that since the stupid market forces are now threatening his turn to rule in peace, he must find a diversion. If you search, you will find. The Bureau de Change operators, the “Mallams”, are responsible for destroying the capacity of the “market forces” he unleashed to bring down the cost of living. He therefore got the EFCC to establish a Special Task Force across its commands, to clamp down on individuals “dollarizing” the Nigerian economy. The gun trotting operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have since Monday been raiding Bureau de Change operators and arresting them all over the country. The task force which was inaugurated by the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ola Olukoyede, was raised: “to protect the economy from abuses, leakages, and distortions exposing it to instability and disruption”, we were told.

Those of us of a certain age were brought up in an era in which the dollar did not circulate as a means of exchange or store of value and we used our currency, the naira. Did our Afrobeat hero Fela Kuti not do to jail for having dollars cash that he wanted to travel out of the country with to perform in a concert? Then the neoliberals told us it was imperative to allow free purchase and sell of foreign currency. They even encouraged us to open domiciliary accounts in our banks to store foreign currency which government guaranteed will be safe as the ideology of free markets requires the assurance. The Central Bank of Nigeria licensed thousands of BDCs and asked them to trade in currencies. Why the hell are they being arrested today for doing what the law asked them to do? The other panic move is to place the blame on crypto-currency websites for stealing the value of the naira. The issue is that the few people with naira, conscious of its steady and daily loss of value, would seek to protect their asset anyway they can, won’t they?

The fact of the matter is that we are simply not earning enough foreign currency to meet our high demands for imported goods. In so doing, for decades, we have relied on petroleum rent as our major source of foreign currency. Then to our shock, in 2022, the Group Managing Director of NNPCL, Mele Kyari, explained to us in a State House media briefing that most of our petroleum was being stolen so the dollars are no longer coming in. Mr. Kyari blamed various sections of the Nigerian society for being complicit in the theft of millions of barrels of crude oil, mentioning even that make-shift pipelines and stolen fuel have been found in churches and mosques.

We were told that between January and July 2022, Africa’s biggest oil producer lost an average of 437,000 barrels of oil a day to criminal entities and individuals who illicitly tap pipelines onshore and offshore in the Niger Delta region. The solution to the problem is therefore clear – stop the oil theft and more dollars will come in. The bigger issue is that for a rentier State, safeguarding the source of rent is an existential problem and simple logic should have prevailed and made the state stop the theft. The underlying reality, as we all know however, is that our political leaders and upper echelons of our security forces are beneficiaries of the oil theft. They have taken the decision to eat the goose that lays the golden egg and move to Dubai thereafter as rich refugees.

There is still an explanation needed for the astronomic collapse of the Naira over the past few weeks. What the hell is going on? The answer, says the research done by Business Day is that we should look at those with a lot of naira – government. Since the removal of fuel subsidy, the Federal and State governments have been receiving massive amounts of naira through the disbursement of money by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). BusinessDay learnt that portions of the funds from FAAC were often changed to dollars by some governments at the parallel market, putting more pressure on the naira. Their analysis shows that from July 2023 to January 2024, the naira depreciated in the black market for the six months immediately after the FAAC shared money to the federal, state and local governments:

“With the removal of fuel subsidy, more volumes of naira are being shared by the federal, state and local governments and some of these monies are changed to dollars at the parallel market.” BusinessDay has asked us to open our eyes from now on. We should note the price of dollars one week before FAAC allocation, check back the price after the allocation and you will see clearly the difference. Let’s all do that and know that those who should go to jail are some of our governors and ministers. President Tinubu, please stop panicking, just look around you and you shall see.

Professor Jibrin Ibrahim
Senior Fellow
Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja
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How Senator Saliu Mustapha is ameliorating the hardships in Kwara Central

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By AbdurRaheem Sa’ad Dembo

It is no longer news that inflation is ravaging the country and it has adversely affected the economic power of the citizens. The surge in the prices of grains and other commodities in the market is alarming and heart-wrenching.

Senator Saliu Mustapha, having been a philantropist and a figure with a good heart prior his ascension to the Senate, understood the implications and consequences of such situations and had, as a matter of urgency, reached out to some indigent households in Kwara Central Senatorial District through distribution of rice and other items in late December, 2023.

Similarly, in mid January,2024 he rolled out NECO, WAEC and UTME scholarships for considerable number of indigent students across some selected schools in Kwara Central. The Chairman, Saliu Mustapha Foundation Education Committee, Prof. Binta Suleiman, who represented Turaki of Ilorin during the flag-off ceremony held at Socrates College, Ilorin admonished the beneficiaries to be focused, dedicated, disciplined and committed to their educational pursuits. She reiterated the commitment of Senator Mustapha to the educational development of his Senatorial district with further award of full scholarship to deserving students among the beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Saliu Mustapha Foundation Education Committee, Yakub Ishowo, explained that the committee initially planned the registration and capturing of the beneficiaries for one week, but was extended to capture over 2000 beneficiaries. Being a member of the committee I can attest to the assertion of the secretary.

Most of the parents of the beneficiaries appreciated the Senator and prayed to Allah to grant him long life and good health. In one of the videos shared by Alhaji Jagunma, one of the parents said they never expected it and that it was enough an evidence that the selection process was devoid of political affiliations and biases. Rather, the emphasis was on those who actually needed it, which were indigent students.

Essentially, the Turaki of Ilorin is much aware of the fact that sharing of food items is a temporary measure to cushion the effects of the inflation at all levels of the society and that the Federal and State governments are working together to ensure a permanent solution that would bring succour to the entire country.

In Mustapha’s philosophy, one should reach out to people in one’s neighbourhood no matter how little, because it would help in alleviating their conditions. One does not have to wait to become a rich person before extending the hand of fellowship to the less privileged in his or her community.

Most importantly,I can confirm recently that Saliu Mustapha has started giving out appointment letters to some individuals in Kwara Central. This will be a continuous thing so that an appreciably large coverage is attained ultimately.

I have always said it that when one’s is fixing other people’s lives, he or she is invariably fixing his or her own life too. According to a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, “we cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs”. This is in tandem with the philosophy of Senator Mustapha, hence he is working tirelessly to build others.

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