Blackcap movement celebrates achievers at maiden awards investiture
By Samaila Mohammed Yola
The Blackcap movement, a pressure group that seeks to enthrone good governance and human rights has on Sunday honoured sons and daughters of Adamawa for their immense contributions to the development of the society.
Speaking on the rationale for the award, leader of the movement, Mustapha Atiku Ribadu said the honour is done to recognise men and women of timber and calibre whose contributions led to seismic growth of democracy, human rights and the society.
He noted that contrary to the widely held belief that the movement is only pursuing political goals, Ribadu said the movement is actually a good governance group with interests in human rights, education and philanthropy.
” Although on the surface, the movement appears to be politically skewed, in truth, it is a movement that has been making robust contributions to the development of humanity and society in the areas of education, human rights and philanthropy and has achieved very sterling and momentous records.
” Ladies and gentlemen, at this juncture, I will say without hedging or the fear of being disputed that the Blackcap has fought many battles devoid of politics and has championed the rights of many individuals in the society.
” The movement in its few years of existence has stoutly fought societal ills, injustice and all manner of vices such as human rights abuse, child abuse and police brutality.
” It has also rendered a number of community services, and became popular for bringing succour to the less privileged members of the society.
“It has also attended to those with complicated and serious medical challenges while also fighting to ensure good governance,” Ribadu said.
Promising to sustain the tempo of the movement’s strides toward good governance and fair play in the society, Ribadu said the group will institutionalize the award and will in due course organize a peace and security summit aimed at bringing back sanity and calm to the society as the nation marched towards another election cycle.
“In our move to further enthrone the spirit of politics without bitterness, we will in due course hold a summit where we will preach the spirit of tolerance and politics without bitterness as we believe that enhancing such areas of mutual cooperation will go a long way in bridging the gap between various stakeholders and political parties. It will also go a long way in addressing thuggery and other related blights especially as we march towards another electioneering period,” he said.
In his welcome address, the chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTech), Professor Bashir Aliyu lauded the Blackcap for such awards adding that it will energize others to work for the good of the society.
He noted that the fact that the event recognized people from various constituencies shows that it is completely apolitical noting that such altruistic and patriotic purpose made him to agree to chair the event.
In his remarks, the guest of honour and former vice chancellor of Adamawa State University, Professor Alkasum Abba who spoke on corruption and governance noted that for the society to regain its lost glory, concerted efforts must be made to fight corruption head on.
Alkasum who was represented by Professor Buba Aliyu, a university don with MAUTech noted that the fortunes of Nigeria kept nosediving as a result of massive corruption and deceit noting that unless we address those issues, Nigeria’s woes will only multiply.
He noted that what makes corruption to thrive in Nigeria has to do with our collective failure to ensure that those who still public assets are punished unlike what obtains in other climes.
Alkasum noted that the massive injustice, corruption and lack of opportunities facing the country portends more harbingers of woes for Nigeria, noting that unless Nigerians key into the calls of the Blackappers total annihilation of corruption, Nigeria will only witness more doom.
In its maiden awards and honours, the Blackcap revolution movement pencilled down 18 men and women for the awards.
They include the immediate past governor of Adamawa State, Senator Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, Alh. Abdullahi Ahmed (Dollar), Alh. Musa Adamu (Jarman Jimeta), Mal. Ahmed Lawan, Mr. Lazarus Daniel (Founder Adamawa Hikers Group) and Hon. Abdullahi Prambe among others.
APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno
APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno
By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri
The All Progressive Congress ( APC) in Borno state has peacefully held its ward congresses, as Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state joined others members of his ward , Mafa Central ward of Mafa local government area of Borno state where they elected 27 member ward executives of the party inline with the ongoing ward, local government and state congresses of the party
Addressing the delegates befoe throwing the question, the chairman of the APC Congress committee in Borno state, who is also former Deputy Governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Uba Amadu said ” we are here in Mafa on behalf of APC national headquarters, Abuja to witnessed and monitor the ward congress of our party. We are here to ensure that the congress were conducted in accordance with our party constitution”.
” Our party constitution has allow that the congresses should be done in 3 ways that is, through direct and indirect process, as well as consensus, It could be recalled that the state statutory delegates had last Wednesday agreed that Borno state has opted for consensus.. Today we are here to ensure that what you agreed on is implemented to the later.” Alhaji Anadu added
Those unanimously affirmed through voice votes, as the 27 man Executive of the Mafa central ward of the Mafa local government area were, Alhaji Ali chori, as chairman, Alh Gado Ka’ana as Vice chairman, Alhaji Gada sarki as secretary, Alhaji Babagana Kachalla, treasurer among others executives of the ward.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Mafa, shorty after the exercise , Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state called on the APC members in the state to conduct themselves peacefully and be united for the progress of the party, state and the country at large..
“I want to use this opportunity to thank you for conducting yourselves peacefully, we want to also thank the national , state and local government committee for ensuring peaceful congress in Mafa central my ward”, Zulum.
He said ” I want to assure you that APC administration in Borno state under my leadership will continue to provide more dividends of democracy to our people. We are going to establish additional secondary school here in Mafa for our children to go to school, we are also going to train our youths across all wards of the local government, so that they will be engaged “.
As at the time of filing in this reports the ward congresses were going on simultaneously and peacefully in Biu and Hawul local government, as well as other wards across the state
APC Congress: Buni Calls For Peaceful Exercise, Warns Against Sabotage
APC Congress: Buni calls for peaceful exercise, warns against sabotage
By Fannami Modu, Damaturu
As the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, warms up for its ward Congress on Saturday, the Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has enjoined party stakeholders and members to conduct the exercise peacefully.
In a statement signed Friday night by his Director-General on media and publicity, Mamman Mohammed, Governor Buni called on officials conducting the Congress to be fair and objective to all candidates contesting the election.
“As stakeholders of the party, we have a great responsibility to make the ward Congress in all the participating states successful.
“We should endeavour to place the party and members interest above personal interests,” Buni charged.
The chairman warned that the party would not hesitate to take decisive measures against anyone who deliberately sabotaged the Congress.
“We have come a long way repositioning the party, we have reconciled many groups and individuals, we must not allow personal interests in this election to divide us and draw us back,” he advised.
He expressed the commitment of the committee to entrench internal democracy and respect for the People’s choice.
Governor Buni further said adequate arrangements had been made by the party to conduct successful and acceptable congresses across the country.
Party Congress,APC Stakeholders in Borno Adopts consensus Process
Party congress, APC stakeholders in Borno adopts consensus process
By, Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno state has adopted a concensus method in the forthcoming state congresses of the party, with option for the the stakeholders to adopt any process at the ward and local government congress.
Moving the motion for the adoption of the consensus approach, the state Deputy Governor, Hon Umar Kadafur said ” I hereby move the motion for the adoption of consensus method in our forthcoming party state Congress”
Seconding the motion, the former member House of representative, representing Hawul/Askira Federal constituency, Hon Abdu Msheliza said ” I Hon. Abdu Musa Msheliza seconded the motion for the adoption of consensus in our state party congress”.
Earlier addressing the party statutory congress, the Borno state Governor Prof. Baba gana Zulum said “we call you here in respect of our party congresses which is scheduled to come up this coming Saturday, 31 July 2021.. Our party constitution has allow us to adopt either consensus, indirect or direct congresses or primaries. So we are here to throw the issue to the congress for you to decide which method for us to adopt.”.
“We have seen a situation where election are being nullified because of irregularities in the process of party primaries and congresses. So we are here to adopt one of the options for our party congresses”, the governor added.
Throwing the motion to the party stakeholders, the party chairman, Hon Ali Dalori said ” those in support of the motion, should yea and those against should say neh” . The stakeholders unanimously agreed on the consensus congress, with no descending voice.
Speaking in an interview with journalists shortly after the stakeholders meeting, former Borno state Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” the bedrock of the party is the constitution, the APC constitution has allow us to adopt a process through which the party structure emerges. The whole things is to arrived at transparent, equity and just congress that is acceptable to all.. we resolved as a patty as a family, as a clan and as a team to adopt consensus”.
” We have also urge our party leaders at the local government levels to adopt consensus but in case they opted to adopt ballot or any other .so be it, it is welcome. .so that all segment of our party should have a voice as enshrine in our party constitution” he added
Also speaking in an interview, the Senator Representing Borno South, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume said ” all those you see here are statutory delegates and they came across all the local government areas. It is a boton up decision, you were there it was a unanimous decision, there were no descending voice. Our party constitution has allow for 3 options, that consensus, indirect and direct process of primaries and congresses”
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