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And Trump’s cookie will continue to crumble

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And Trump’s cookie will continue to crumble, by Hassan Gimba

Those familiar with novels, especially before the advent of the internet, can remember a famous novel recalled in my headline. The book, The Way The Cookie Crumbles, first published in 1965, is one of the ninety or so thrillers written by Rene Lodge Brabazon Raymond, better known as James Hadley Chase.

Ordinarily, a cookie represents many things ranging from the inanimate to the animate but The Way The Cookie Crumbles in Chase’s novel means “how things worked or panned out”. It is a plot in the author’s imaginary millionaire’s playground called Paradise City. A sinister criminal called Ticky Edris was planning the “perfect heist”. It had taken him years planning a bank robbery in broad daylight, with only two accomplices: a smooth conman and a streetsmart, beautiful blonde.

As Ticky’s plan gets put into action, luck is on his side, but as people start dying and disappearing, detective Tom Lepski picks up the trail. Suddenly, Ticky’s plan is in danger, and if there is one thing he didn’t count on, it was the personalities of the very people who are most vital to his plan. At the end of it, his planning came to nought, and the cookie crumbled.

The moral of the story is that good triumphs over evil in the end. That no matter how far the hurricane of falsehood carries the people, the rain of truth would ultimately halt the hurricane’s borrowed time.

But then this is the nature of the world from the beginning of creation. The God that never sleeps makes it so. In the Holy Qur’an 5:100, believers were told “Not equal are evil and the good, although the abundance of evil might impress you.” No matter how impressive or intimidating the toga of wrong looks like, ultimately, like the cookie, it will crumble.

In this, there is a teaching for humanity – both leaders and the led – to ponder upon. The led must think good and live nobly and see each other as brothers and sisters from different parents. He must wish no one bad, and he should be his brother’s keeper. The leader must lead based on justice, equity and fairness. A leader of a people is like a father in a household. Just as the father should not be unjust to his children, a leader must shun unfairness to those he leads.

It is bad leadership for a leader to treat particular people better than another or love another more than the other and show it clearly. It is wrong leadership for a leader to exult over pains of the led or treat those in his class as humans, and take others for granted. It is the leader’s responsibility to make his people feel and have a sense of belonging. How he leads can encourage followers to live his dreams: if noble, a nation is built and if evil, a country is destroyed.

The founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio, spoke of this. In his book, Bayan Wujub ul-Hijrah alal Mukallafi, he wrote: “a kingdom (nation) can endure with unbelief, but it cannot endure with injustice”. Frederick Douglass, an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, also spoke in a similar vein. He said: “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organised conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe”.

Any leader who governs tangentially to the above truism has no escape route than to come a cropper. The Holy Bible in Revelation 12.9 says, “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him”.

Donald Trump’s fall from grace is a lesson for not only leaders but humanity in general. Unwarranted hate based on religion or skin colour will not be left unpunished by the Creator of the man of colour.

However, some people may not know that Trump’s ascendancy is traceable to the 1850s split of the Whig Party (precursor of the Republican Party). It had a progressive side that elected Abraham Lincoln four years after that split, trouncing a regressive pro-slavery side. The beaten side seemed to have resurfaced with his Phoenix-like rise with his band of ‘rednecks’ to the presidency.

Therefore, it is not surprising he appeals to the slave masters’ sentiments, those who think they are the best of creation and have to take their country back from non-whites who, to them, are no more than slaves. Supremacists are shallow in thinking. That is why Trump and his mob forget that America is the land of the Red Indians which their fugitive grandparents plundered from them by the bullet. No wonder some of the Capitol invaders dressed like Vikings that pillaged the coasts of Europe between the 8th and 10th centuries. No wonder the police department described the attack as ‘medieval.’

Blacks are scum and Africa a s**t hole to his supremacist ego. South Americans are criminals, and a wall is needed to stop them from entering America. Highly resourceful Asians are predators to be pauperised, and he must make fiercely independent Iranians, Cubans, Venezuelans and North Koreans bend. Because of his hatred for the Black race, he got consumed with destroying his more successful predecessor, Barak Obama. Were it in his hands, he would have obliterated Obama, the Black man, from the face of the earth and his legacies and memory wiped from the minds of mortals.

It was this unbridled hatred that made him issue the battle cry to like-minded Americans to “fight like hell”, warning them that if they did not “you are not gonna have a country anymore”. The problem with any form of tribalism is that when the proponents are allowed to be, they turn on themselves.

But tribalism is frowned upon by the Creator of tribes. Unlike even religion that takes one to Elysium or the netherworld, no one can choose or change his tribe. You are what God wants you to be, so why fight over what was not even your choice but done by the Most Wise for a purpose? In chapter 49, verse 13 of the Holy Qur’an, God in His Majesty said “O mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the best in conduct; surely Allah is Knowing, Aware”.

When a person decides to be opinionated and go against the grain, the person starts fighting the Creator of man and tribes. While it is left for people to remain intransigent and continue telling God they know better or turn a new leaf based on love for all humanity, Trump’s ending is a lesson for all to learn that God does not tolerate rivalry. Our God is a jealous God. He rubbishes His rivals such that they wished He had not created them to start with.

Today, Trump, in an attempt to play god – he is always the best and most perfect in everything – has become a pariah in a world that was his oyster yesterday. Nations, world leaders, cities – at least New York City, banks, social media platforms, corporate bodies and responsible people have all turned their backs on him. He has set records, albeit ignoble ones, and broken some others that mothers in the future would caution their sons not to behave like him to avoid ending up like him.

Apart from becoming the first American President to be impeached twice – a new all-time low record, he is among 12 American presidents who could not get more than a term. He is also among six others who contested for a second term but couldn’t win it. He is again one of five in the history of America’s 58 presidential elections to have lost the popular vote but became President through the backdoor offered by the Electoral College. He also is among the only three that lost the popular and electoral votes twice. You see, if democracy were a game of numbers, our man was just a pretender because he never won an election.

Yet this kind of man has immense following. But so also were Hitler and Musolini. He has taken hold of his party by the jugular, and sadly it has lost in places it has been winning for years. While the veil is lifting from his supporters’ eyes in America, with some crying for pardon or committing suicide, his Nigerian supporters are further digging in. As if afflicted with a slave mentality, they will choose Trump over fellow African, Obama. They will hail the racist over Joe Biden who has so far appointed three – and counting – of their countrymen into his administration.

They mimic Trump even in speech and writings. Coming from a background that always sees village people, witches and wizards as those hindering their prosperity, they claim Trump is a saint fighting the Illuminati! They shuffle around Ajegunle or Surulere in bathroom slippers, wearing three-quarter length trousers, hustling to survive to the next day. Yet you hear them calling Joe Biden “sleepy Joe” in mimicry of their Illuminati fighting deity.

Between November last year and the first week of January this year, they were all over the social media space. They were the ones shouting “we have won Pennsylvania, Supreme Court will declare us, wait and see”. or that they had burned the midnight incense for victory. Their self-delusion makes me recall Musa, a Manchester United supporter in Damaturu. He will look at me in the face and say, “We will buy Ronaldo” or “We will win the League Cup”. We!

Trumpism will remain in America because of the supremacists who see “others” taking over “our America”. But the Republican Party will regenerate and in doing so, do away with its Retrumplicans if it hopes to survive. As for the Nigerian Trumpideens, they will soon find another renegade to latch on to.

By and large, Trump’s stormy life is a book written by God for people, especially leaders, to take heed and learn lessons. No matter how long it takes, no matter the applause, just as life on earth is temporary, so are the trappings of office.

God, the Ever Wise and Ever Strong, can bless any man He feels like with all blessings and place him among the stars, high above all others, to show that only He can. After all, Trump did not win the election in the strict sense of the word the first time, but God gave it to him – and his opponents accepted His Will, saying, “May thy Will be done, oh God!” God does everything for a purpose. If the man acknowledges the Lord’s favours and does good, he does good for himself. If he does bad, he does it to himself too.”

But the Creator of man always yanks the rug of blessings from under the feet of the narcissist leader who loves people or hates them based on tongue and, as a result, causes division among them. His curse will visit them either in power or out of it. And like the cookie, they will crumble in humiliation. And the people will witness it until another like comes on stage. It is cyclical, the history of the world.

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RE: Open Letter To Ndigbo, by Hassan Gimba

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Re: Open Letter to Ndigbo, by Hassan Gimba

Last week’s write-up with the above title has generated so many responses that I feel today should be a day for the respondents. Please enjoy.

What can be more brotherly than feeling the pain of a brother and providing a way to relieve it? Malam Hassan, as we, your Potiskum people call you, you have shown them the way and the light. My hope now is that Ndigbos will find their trails and walk back again to the path of peace and harmony. After all, a word is enough for the wise.

Abdulrahman Muktar

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What a life-changing piece! … Certainly, a word is enough for the wise.

Yusuf Sardauna Dagare

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What a nice piece. A word, they say, is enough for a wise period!!!

Usman Dankani

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Excellent piece, why are they going on a suicide mission? Why should a shop owner want the market to be burned? Something is definitely wrong

Professor MK Othman

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Very Apt. May the good Lord divinely intervene in Jesus name, Amen.

Frank Garuk

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Profoundly Stated, Editor and Do Remain Blessed.

Ayanda Ngwane

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#Words I’ve been waiting for this, sir. May Allah increase you more in wisdom and understanding.

Ahmed Haruna Daya

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Excellent advice Dr A stitch in time saves 9.

Dr Yusuf Iliyasu

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Greater words were never written. May (the ink in) your pen never dry, Malam.

Abdurazaq Magaji

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I couldn’t forget how my two innocent brothers died at “Guantanamo” in Damaturu. My childhood friend too died there too. This Indomie generation doesn’t know war or history.

Bukar A. Musa

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Words of wisdom! Enough is enough.

We are proud of you.

Asma’u Abubakar Mahmud

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Words of wisdom, this is really enough for the wise.

Mohammed Garundole

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Jaundiced piece! Why can’t these almajris writers leave us alone? What i don’t understand is, must we be in the same country with you? Give us referendum and stop crying more that the bereaved.

Dennis K. Ezeh

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@Dennis K. Ezeh I guess you can’t read, or perhaps you have difficulty in comprehending words of wisdom. The type of kindness in this piece alone can attract the wrath of Amadioha of Ozuzu on you!

Yusuf Sardauna Dagare

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@Dennis K. Ezeh imagine, insulting a person who educationally has no mate in your entire family!

Barrah’u Haruna Nasir

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Boy does not know the fire until the fire burns him. Those people are being brainwashed by unscrupulous elements that is why they behave in a dogmatic way.

Ali Musa

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I don’t have time to read this nonsense, people who cannot pay house rent is it land they will buy.

Engr. Ozumba Jerry

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@Engr Ozumba Jerry thanks for reading it.

Ma’aruf Saminu

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@Engr. Ozumba Jerry it’s like you don’t know what you’re fighting for.

It is better for you to read before commenting nonsense, my friend.

Tijjani Idi Maikalanzir

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Well articulated.

Zanna Ali Haruna

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Dear Hassan Gimba, I appreciate your write up on the current situation in the south East. As a person, I don’t support violence in any form and am not here to justify that. I spent close to 14 years in Maiduguri from 2001 till 2014 and I was there when it all started. 

On the south East situation, let’s look at it from this direction based on your write up.

Originally IPOB agitation started with flags and other Biafran insignia and they were labelled “Terrorists”.

Presently no Igbo man is in the security apparatus/architecture of this country or does that mean NO IGBO MAN IS QUALIFIED TO BE THERE??.

In Igbo land, land business is huge business and requires capital but the question is HOW MANY NORTHERNERS ARE WILLING TO PAY?

On the issue of President from Igbo extraction, why are Northerners always afraid of that? Igbo’s are one of the major stakeholders in the Nigeria project.

On saying “IPOB terrorists” killed Ahmed Gulak, my brother time shall tell.

NIGERIA IS BLEEDING

Ozonweke IK Godwin Stage

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@Ozonweke Ik Godwin Stage Objection! When was IPOB labelled terrorist? Answer: When they armed themselves and started destructive actions.

No Igbo man in the security architecture? But it’s not by tribe or region even though you carved out Gen. Lucky Irabor who hail from Delta which is included in Biafra map, no problem.

How many Northerners are willing to pay for the land in the south? Am writing you this directly from the South. Bro, Northerners in the South are completely threatened even though we are financially fit to buy land. In fact in states like Port Harcourt, Bayelsa, excluding Abia and Imo, Hausa people prefer to reside there than the southeast, all because of atrocities committed in Igbo land and the inherent problems of your land dispute over years.

On the issue of the president: we never fear for an Igbo man to be president in this country if he can be truly voted into power.

IPOB killed Ahmed Gulak. Yes! No doubt. Commissioner of police confirmed and I choose that of the commissioner because he is responsible to brief the governor over this issue. Finally, Nigeria is safe since the country has identified its problems and taken the way out of these problems.

MD Faisal

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You have eloquently said it all, sir. A word is enough for the wise.

Musa Lamido

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I salute you, sir, for penning down this million-dollar piece. I think I should say that I would want to volunteer to be the bearer of this super epistle, or the emissary to bear it to the land of the Ndigbo. As you emphasised, we in the northeast have experienced it. So, your epistle is right on time. Let who has ears listen. Come what may, I remain a green-white-greener. Lastly, I sympathise with you, sir over the BH incident that haunted you back then. Allah ya kiyaye mu.

Adamkolo M. Ibrahim

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People with myopic mindset talking junk.

Nzubechukwu Umeojinaka Sampepe

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Nice open letter. More ink to your pen, sir and may almighty Allah exalts you in knowledge.

Auwal Jovial

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Oga you just they blow grammar. My issue with this northern janjaweed is why are they afraid to go their way?

Agu Ike Tony

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@Agu Ike Tony and who is holding you from going?

Talatu Hyat Baji

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May Allah guide and protect you, father.

Omar Ya’u Janda

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Wisdom ink on paper.

Jamil Sawwa Sawwa

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Fighting ourselves will do no one any good in this trying moment. Stronger we are to confront our contemporary challenges… I feel ashamed and disturbed when my brethren are strongly after the collapse of our dear nation. Remember, it takes years to build a nation, we have come a long way, went through the good, the bad and the ugly side of history. Are we going to restart afresh? Are we going to sacrifice all the labour of our heroes past of uniting this nation? Are we going to allow self-interest to overshadow public interest? Are we going to instil the fear of one another in the younger generation? 

Negotiation and roundtable discussion is the best avenue to frontally address the topical issues, not killings and threatening national peace, unity, integration and SECURITY. Whether you agree or disagree with me, WE ARE BROTHERS!

Umaru Yakubu Kirawa

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Well understood, can’t we forget our differences and live as one Nigeria, as said by the great Zik of Africa, or should we sort out our differences and live as one as said by the Sardauna? Am not in support of what Nnamdi Kanu is doing in the east, but the truth of the matter is once any act of criminality takes place in the east, without investigation, the security agencies know who is responsible, but when the herdsmen perpetrate their act in the south, the security agencies will keep mum.

Paul Parker

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Intimidating!

Nwabuisi Emmanuel-Onuigbo

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When somebody refuses to listen to the words of wisdom he must definitely cry for the words of violence. Fighting the problem with violence is just like adding petrol to fire. I do hope that they will listen to not only you but to many concerned citizens who are calling their attention to their acts of terrorism. 

God bless you, sir.

Baba Alhaji Mele

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A piece of good advice. Hope they listen.

Dr Suleiman Mohammed

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A soothing balm, indeed. The record is straight

Raymond Gukas

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Mr Gimba, you are such an amazing writer. To a large extent too, I think you are compassionate with your advice. I see a man who has shown concern at least to his brothers and sisters from the other side. Mr Ike Ozonweke has done well too to address part of the concerns in the east. What I see as a man from neither East nor North, is that there’s still a huge deposit of mistrust emanating from that unfortunate and unforgettable miscarriage some 51 years ago; the civil war. Until trust is bridged, no action of the president from the north will seem right or trusted by people from the other side, likewise when someone from the east steers the affairs of this great but haemorrhaging nation. The president does not seem to be doing enough in carrying everyone along; his silence on too many things going wrong, including his beloved Daura, is disheartening. If he really wants to correct the ills of the past, he should carry everyone along and people like Nnamdi Kanu cannot enjoy the sympathy of the gullible poor who are already fade up and are down already and need some form of reassurances. Let our president come out or better still go to the east as he did during campaigns and talk to the hungry and gullible citizens. The people are in fear and they choose to obey what you may wish to call distant voices because the real voice is silent or appears not to be there or concerned. I wish the people of the East can read your beautiful write-up and flee from the impending and imminent dangers. I don’t want to remember my experience at Galadima – Maiduguri. What is happening now is avoidable. Peace and justice are synonymous, and what is good for Ali, should be good for Emeka and Abiodun.

Emmanuel Clement

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Thank you, Dr Hassan. A timely admonition. I sincerely appreciate the article. This is a must-read for all south-easterners. I’ve already shared it on a few platforms.

Dr M. O. Ezechukwu

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Wow! To end a challenging day like Monday with an aptly written epistle is to end the day well. A word should be enough for the wise. Well done sir. God bless Nigeria.

Halima AbdulRa’uf

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Governor Buni: A Faithful Advocate of True Democracy In Nigeria

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GOVERNOR BUNI: A FAITHFUL ADVOCATE OF TRUE DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA

By Mamman Mohammed

Nigeria’s struggle for democracy had been quite thorny from the first and second republics to the June 12, 1993 election, which was annulled, to the present dispensation which has lasted 22 straight years. Throughout this period, there has been the good, the bad and the ugly moments. We have also had players who shaped, and have continued to shape, the struggle for the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy.

Since the declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s democracy day by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018, the new date has assumed the status of the nation’s mirror to reflect our journey to democratic governance after so many years of successive military administrations and the struggles that followed to entrench democracy that will stand the test of time.

Nigeria’s first democratic experience after independence was the parliamentary system of government referred to as the First Republic, which had Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) as president, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa of the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) as prime minister, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo of the Action Group (AG) as leader of the opposition. There were also four premiers: Sir Ahmadu Bello, Northern Region; Chief Samuel Akintola, Western Region; Chief Michael Okpara, Eastern Region, and Chief Dennis Osadebey, Midwestern Region.

Sadly, the 1966 military coup ended the First Republic and introduced the military regime in the political system of the country, and it went on to dominate the nation’s life.

Nigeria returned to democracy in 1979 when General Olusegun Obasanjo handed over power to Alhaji Usman Aliyu Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) as the elected president after he defeated other political chieftains like Chief Obafemi Awolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of the Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP),  Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim of the Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP) and Mallam Aminu Kano of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

As the country struggled to learn the ropes, the Second Republic was brought to a halt by another military coup just three months into President Shagari’s second term.

The attempt to return the country to democracy in 1993 under a two-party system composed of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the National Republican Convention (NRC) produced Chief Moshood Abiola (MKO) and Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa respectively.  Surprisingly, SDP fielded a Muslim/Muslim ticket with Chief MKO Abiola and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as presidential and vice presidential candidates respectively while NRC had Bashir Tofa and Sylvester Ugoh on the other side.

The June 12, 1993 election was described as fantastic, free, fair and most peaceful election in Nigeria. Nigerians had in that election jettisoned primordial sentiments of religion and ethnicity to elect SDP’s Muslim/Muslim ticket of Abiola and Kingibe with over 8.3 million votes to defeat NRC’s Tofa/Ugoh who scored 5.9 million votes.

The 1993 election gave the nation a new hope for national unity and prosperity. However, the results were never announced officially. A court order obtained by one previously unknown group, Association for Better Nigeria (ABN), suspended the process and, eventually, the election was annulled by the then military regime. Today, June 12 has become Nigeria’s symbol of democracy.

Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 at a time when military regime was no longer fashionable globally was celebrated by Nigerians and the international community. Similarly, in what seemed to be a national healing process, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fielded Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who enjoyed a lot of sympathy and support from Nigerians over what was described as wrongful detention by the Abacha regime.  The party rode to success and thereafter remained in power for 16 years.

The PDP as a ruling party also had its challenges, producing 12 national chairmen in its 16 years of rule.  It started with Chief Barnabas Gemade (999-2001), Chief Audu Ogbeh (2001-2005), Ahmadu Ali (2005-2008), Prince Vincent Ogbulagor (2008-2010), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo (2010), Dr. Haliru Mohammed (2010), Alhaji Kawu Baraje (2011-2014), Bamanga Tukur (2012-2014), Adamu Muazu (2015), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff (2015-2016),  Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi (2015-2016) and Uche Secondus 2017- date.

In 2013, four parties, namely the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), merged to oust PDP from power.

Chief Tom Ikimi, a chieftain of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) stated that leaders of the four merging parties had agreed that the need to form a formidable party to wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 was more urgent than ever.

“At no time in our national life has the need for radical change become more urgent. And to meet the challenge, we the following political parties, namely, ACN, ANPP, APGA and CPC, have resolved to merge forthwith and become All Progressive Congress (APC) and offer to our beleaguered people a recipe for peace and prosperity,” Ikimi said.

The election of President Muhammadu in 2015 heralded the beginning of the APC administration. The new ruling party started with Chief Bisi Akande as the interim national chairman in 2013, followed by the election of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in 2014 and Adams Oshiomhole in 2018.

However, Oshiomhole’s reign was submerged in various crises with a litany of litigations. This not only threatened the very existence of the party but was also distracting the APC-led federal government of President Muhammadu  Buhari.

On June 25, 2018 the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling APC had to take decisive action to save the party from an imminent collapse. This saw to the constitution of a 13-man Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee under the leadership of Yobe State governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.

The decision of the party’s National Executive Committee to dissolve the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) was welcomed by many party faithful; some were, however, skeptical and remained on the fence, while few others with sympathy to Oshiomhole outrightly condemned the entire action.

As a two-term national secretary of the party, Governor Buni brought his experience to bear. He aggressively pursued the founding members of the party, including Chief Bisi Akande and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, among others, to understand why the Caretaker Committee was needed – which was to save the party. His bargaining power for reconciliation through courtesy, humility, respect and throwing the party ownership to the people through the now famous bottom-up approach quickly cemented relationships with a new trust in the APC.

Buni’s declaration of true and genuine reconciliation among members was indeed the expected panacea to commence the herculean task of moving the party out of the woods. The sincerity, or otherwise, of this statement was to decide and determine the fate and recovery of the party.

Buni’s style of leadership was to remain neutral, objective and impartial in handling disputes; give everyone what genuinely belongs to them; carry everyone along as demonstrated by the appointment of party members from all factions into various committees, thereby giving everyone a sense of belonging. He is a strong apostle of building democracy that derives its strength from the electorate.

The reconciliation of intensely contending factions in Zamfara State, for instance, is indeed a case study. APC had lost in Zamfara, Rivers, Cross River and Bayelsa states. However, the internal feuds in these states have been settled. Reports of skirmishes among stakeholders in Kwara, Ogun, Imo and Rivers states are being addressed in order to have a strong and united party in all the state chapters.

Buni’s approach worked like a magnet and, soon,  prominent politicians cutting across all political parties, including  former PDP chairman Chief Barnabas Gemade, two former Speakers of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Yakubu Dogara, former Ogun State governor and director-general of the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation,  Otumba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Kabir Marafa, have either rejoined or newly joined the party and paid loyalty to the leadership of the party.

The dates, November 17, 2020 and May 20, 2021, will remain memorable in the history of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  and the political history of Nigeria. These were the days serving governors of Ebonyi and Cross River states, Mr. Dave Umahi and Prof. Ben Ayade respectively defected from the opposition PDP to the APC.

With his gift of humble approach, political experience and tenacity, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has undoubtedly proved to be a strong source of political stability in Nigeria.

As a politician who started his career at the grassroots as a councillor, then state party chairman, political adviser, national secretary of a party and state governor, this deep-rooted experience has provided him with some added advantage in managing political affairs effectively and efficiently.
He is, indeed, an advocate of internal and true democracy where power truly comes from the people.

Mohammed is the Director-General Press and Media Affairs to  Yobe Gov. Mai Mala Buni
 

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Assessing Dividend of Democracy in Ajingi, Albasu and Gaya federal constituency

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Assessing Dividend Of Democracy In Ajingi,Albasu and Gaya federal constituency

By Ibrahim Umar, Kano

When the country returned to the civil rule in 1999. there was positive excitements and hope but all these enthusiasm and hope conceived has been aborted. The country is now in a very critical condition, facing the danger of fragmentation, poor leadership and representation at all levels.

In spite of this lost of much confidence still there have not been without a few good ones who are undeniably perform as truly peoples servants. While their attendance in the political space equates the voice of reason and are such catalysts of some of the dividend of democracy the electorates enjoying today.

One of such rare breed politician is Hon Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya a member Representing Ajingi,Albasu and Gaya federal constituency. His political trajectory is such with laced with grace as impact and motivation to his constituency’s peoples and other politicians. His political carrier started in 2011 as Kano state commissioner of finance with his awesome performance was elected as a parliament member in the House of Representatives in 2015.

For the constituents peoples his election widely regarded by many as one of the most successful game changer in the annals of history of the constituency before him the constituency is being regarded as neglected in term of truly representation. Ever since he became a member of the lower chamber has brought new Developmental Projects and Standout among former lawmakers that has been in the House before him. He has lived up of becoming one of the most performing the constituency ever produced considering the indelible impact that trailed his representation in term of dividend of democracy he able in provided in the constituents.

Honorable Abdullahi Mahmud has also been constant, stabilising factor in the 8th and 9th National Assembly, following his numerous interventions and mediations on critical national issues affecting nation economic wellbeing.

In the 8th Assembly he headed Ad Hoc Committee to Investigate Debts Amounting to over N500 Billion allegedly owed to the Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC) by Oil Marketers. headed the committee.

He was among the 16-WISE MAN Tactical Committee on Economic Recession Recovery. During the committee seating he has greatly helping the country to combat the challenges faced by the Nigeria economy and also interface with Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments as well as interact with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Labor Congress, Civil Society Organizations and any other stakeholders that has been considered relevant in the bid to arrest the recession and return the economy to the path of growth and stability.

When Nigerian Customs Service issued directives that no petroleum products permitted to be discharged in any filling station within 20 kilometers to the border. Which as result a of these directives inhabitants of these border towns are already feeling the brunt of the border closure.

House speaker mandated the Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), to engage the Minister of Interior, the Minister of State for Petroleum, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs and the Group Managing Director of National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) ,Petroleum Resources (DPR) Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other stakeholders in finding last solutions to the borders communities. His calmness and maturity has earned him respect amongst friends and colleagues.

His the dividend of democracy to the constituency speaks louder as set himself goals that prioritize the development of education, health, Infrastructure, youths and women empowerment in the constituents. Hon Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya has constructed Girls Junior Secondary at Faragai, Shagogo, Chula, Dagagi, Gamarya, Tsangaya, and Karar Dagagi. Boys Technical secondary school at Kademi. At primary schools also constructed primary school at Malamawa and also provided furniture in all these schools classroom. All these projects have been completed and commissioned. He also built blocks of classrooms in 23 out of 30 wards in the constituents which will be commissioned soon. Annually, he purchased final year examination forms of National Examination Council, West African Examination Council and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination forms to hundreds of students in the three local government .

However, in the area of youth development, honorable Abdullahi has secured hundreds of youth jobs which includes Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Civil Defence, CBN, PHCN and other places both at state and federal level. For those with no formal education, honorable has provide soft skills trainings, cold rooms, machines for irrigation farming and agricultural support to thousands of youth in the constituent in order to fight unemployment.

Henceforth AMG Women Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP), is a program specifically created by Honorable Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya in order to help women in the constituents. To undergoing various programs aimed at empowered women on self reliant. Moreover, he has distributed hundreds of sewing machines to women with 5000 naira as seed capital.

1000 women were also trained on modern goat rearing with N20,000 each as start off capital. More than 1500 got to poultry farming, 1500 women undergoing various trained on different economic empowerment programs with N20,000 naira as capital. He also designed a special program for woman that lost husband with empowerment in order to take care of their children and while other gotten Saloon kits to start saloon businesses. Sunken motorized boreholes with overhead water tanks at various wards of the constituency.

Toward strengthened the security of lives and properties across the constituents 163 solar street light provided. Building a new block Police Divisional station and fully furnished in Gaya local government waiting for the commission. While substantial among of funds provided towards in rehabilitation security facilities across the three local government areas. In fact, it worth elucidating that a parliamentarian has overcome all manner of obstacles to touch the lives of the people of constituency, and throughout six years of legislative stewardship.

Finally Hon Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya’s is a rare humanist Politician whose actions are exceptional gifts that any societies would crave to benefit from. Undeniably dissecting Hon Mahmud Gaya’s performance for taking dividend of democracy to his constituency’s peoples door step as their representatives in line with yearnings of constituents aspirations.

Since 2015 he defining and exhibiting what a humanist and progressive politician should be. It is a well-known fact that he has shown how capable with evidence of giant both human and capital projects executing in the three Local Governments Areas.

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