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Dan Iyan Lafia: Celebrated a life, Abandoned in death, By Mu’azu Abari

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Dan iyan lafia: celebrated a Life, Abandoned in death, By Mu’azu Abari

To the ordinary people of Nasarawa state who appreciates good deeds and sacrifices even in death 27th febuary,2005 will forever remained one of the most darkest days in the history of the state when the people of Nasarawa state woke up with a sad news on the demised of one of the most patrotic illustrous son of the state sen.Haruna Abubakar of blessed memory who passed away after a portracted illness in far away London hospital .

His death have robbed Nasarawa state  of its best brain and  political hero who throughout his sojourn on Earth continued to served as a symbol of hope and emancipation .His demised have not only brought the state to a standstill but translates into National mourning with eminent personalities across the country and beyond trooped into the state in an unprecedented manner to commiserate with the people  and paid their last respect  to this distinguish Nigerian who lived an exemplary  life of services to God, country and humanity.

The  pains and tears that floored across the length and  breadth of the state and beyond over this irreplaceable lost can only be imagined rather than described a further confirmation of the impacts he has made on the lives of so many people across the country. it was indeed  a painful lost not only to his family,people of Nasarawa state or Nigerians but the entire humanity.

As painful as his death sounds  the  people of Nasarawa  were forced to accept and  lived with this painful  reality of his death and the vacuum his absence has created as they  take solace in the fact that, he lived a fulfilled and impactful life with so many legacies and footprints  which will not be allowed to die with him.The expectations was that the state which he sacrificed so much for and those he brought to political limelight occupying various positions of power and authority will have a common courtesy to remember,honour and immortalised him.

Alas,they have all abondoned him in his grave without  even a common public infrastructures named after him in his own state   much more of sustaining his legacies even his immidiate community of lafia emirate where he holds the traditional tittle of “Dan iyan Lafia”when he was alive and known to have contributed greatly to it’s development did not deem it fit to stand with him even in his grave but instead  joined the bandwagon of those who ditched him in death.

What a wicked world! What a life of vanity,betrayal  and a bad example of how not to treat this patrotic son of the state  who brought honour,dignity and fame to the state ,in addition to glorifying the Name of Nasarawa state in the eyes of the world and brought it’s politics to National fame and attention

.where is our sence of reasoning and humanity?where is our conscience and reward for patrotism and sacrifices to our fatherland?,I weep for my state,I can feel his silence  pains in grave despite what he did for the state and his people,I weep for his departed soul .may the blessed soul of sen.Haruna Abubakar  continued to rest in peace with Allah,may Allah make it easy for him ,forgives his shortcomings and make Aljannatu fildausi his abode.

Unfortunately this is happening to him  at a time when most of those holding various political offices from the state at all levels are mostly beneficiaries of his benevolence,sacrifices and influences and known to be either his political god son,associates or benefited in one way or the other from his generosity and broad politic shoulder to be where they are today and under their watchful eyes.

 Our path never crossed when he was alive  may be because by then,I never found myself in the journalism profession if I were journalist by then I knew that certainly I would have met with this brain box of knowdledge,humility and media delight but from a distance I admired his passion for Nasarawa development,his humane disposition,Patrotism,generosity  couraged and political sagacity to free the people of the state from the bondage of their oppressors and autocratic rule of his time I will forever celebrate him as my political hero and the Messiah Nasarawa will never have again wheather he is death or alive.

Almost who is who in Nasarawa politics today with only few exceptions has either passed through his political school of thought or benefited from his magnanimity for instance,the political history of Abdullahi Adamu  as governor in 1999,that of current SSG Mohammed Ubandoma Aliyu,Alh.yusuf Mohammed Agabi,Amb.musa ilu among other prominent politicians and personalities cannot be completely written without the contributions of Dan iyan lafia

Apart from shapened the political future of so many politicians   he has also used
Privilaged positions of power and authority he occupied to torched the lives of the people of Nasarawa state especially when he served as the managing director petroleum pipeline marketing corporation (PPMC) and deputy senete president to assist Nasarawa state and its people and using his connections and god given resources to attract development to the state in addition to being a shoulder for various communities,groups and organisations to lean on making huge donations at public events mostly as chief luncher to the extend of becoming a rallying point for the people of the state across ethnic,tribal and religious beliefs.

His large heartedness and love for humanity knows no bounds and proved himself  to be a responsible family man with fear of god who distinguish himself as the most patrotic son of  the son,reputable lawyer,business man and politician of reputes who put the interest of the state and its citizens above any other interest.He has also contributed greatly to the struggled that led to the Creation of Nasarawa state even when the state was created he never get tired in contributing his quota and deploying his god given resources and connections to fast track development in the state

The  seed of opposition politics which changed Nasarawa under development Narrative  actualised by Almakura and is being consolidated by Gov.sule was first planted by Haruna Abubakar of blessed memory.Dan iyan Lafia started his revolutionary movement in his native local government of Lafia when he single handetly brought an unknown opposition Grassroot Democratic movement (GDM) to take over power in lafia from the UNCP which brought the present SSG Mohammed Ubandoma Aliyu  to power as lafia local government chairman in 1998.

With the restoration of democracy in 1999 , he identified with PDP and was instrumental to the emergenced of Abdullahi Adamu as the first executive governor of the state among other elected representatives and when the administration which he brought to power started to be  insensitive to the plight of the people and subject them to untold hardships without any helper he cut off the bluff off the administration and sided with the masses.

Firstly he brought most Nasarawa stakeholder’s under one umbrella culminating into the formation of the then popular coalition for better and greater Nasarawa state and later took the struggled to the centred stage of Nasarawa politics where he succeeded  to changed  the politics landscape of the state and brought the then administration to their knees and removed their garments of arrogance and dictatorship giving them sleepless night and checkmated their excessives.

Although he didn’t succeeded to affect a Regime  changed in Nasarawa politics due to federal might and power of incumbency but he has proved to be a dogged fighter and lion hearted  politician that cannot be messed with and the defender of the masses who also raised the bar of Nasarawa politics in the eyes of the world as of then.much more importantly he has succeeded to changed the political psychy of the electorates who came to the realization that dexterity,right steps,strategies and alliances defeating an incumbent is possible in Nasarawa politics

It is with this inspiration and new political thinking in mind bequeathed in Nasarawa politics  by sen.Haruna Abubakar that the people of the state used as a moral booster to staged the first successful political revolution in the history of Nasarawa politics which swept away PDP led administration of EX Gov.Doma of blessed memory and ushered in CPC led administration of the immidiate past Gov.Tanko Almakura since then Nasarawa state never remained the same again politically and interms of infrastructural development.

It is therefore,pertinent at this juncture  for the state and its elites especially those in authority and his closed political associates who  rosed through his influences and sacrifices to become what they are today to turn a new leaf by honouring him and given him  his deserving place of honour  in the history of the state that’s the only way to appease him in his grave.

Those he mentored politically and brought to limelight who also benefited  from his broad political shoulders can go extra miles to reciprocate these gestures by flouting a foundation in his name to sustain his legacies and continued from where he stopped interms of philanthropist services to humanity  that is the only way to comfort him in his grave.

This should be a wake up call on Nasarawa state government led by Gov.Abdullahi sule and future administrations  in the state,political elites,elected representatives and the entire people of Nasarawa on the need to embrace the culture of celebrating and honouring those who have given their all for the state ignoring their contributions and failing to celebrates them amount to dancing on top of their Graves and their spirit will continued to hunt us for the rest of our lives.

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A well deserved leadership & The Sun Awards For Mai Mala Buni

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A WELL DESERVED LEADERSHIP & THE SUN AWARDS FOR MAI MALA BUNI

By Abba Dukawa

The hallmark of a great leader is not measured in Castle and materials, but in ability to groom and lead successful discipline. The caretaker committee under Gov. Buni had regained the party and made it stronger and able to put the party back on track by addressing all the grievances that, in the first place, brought it to its knees.

Preceding to June 2020,there was euphoria from other oppositions politicians camps and even some political analysts were writing off that governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party was on the brink of either serious leadership crisis or party might be in its last days. But like a miracle the parry found a lasting solutions by dissolution of then National Working Committee (NCW), led by Adams Oshiomhole.

The award Conferred on APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), chairman Governor Mai Mala Buni, as a Politician of the Year at the 2021 Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony of Leadership Media Group. Also It is for other reasons that the Board of Editors of The Sun Publishing Limited chose him as winner of The Sun Political Icon of the Year Award 2020. Both the awards are marks of recognition of his led committee in retooled the ruling governing party and also a convincible pointer and a well deserved award on this humble grassroot politician in addition a morale booster to serve Yobeans and the country at large.

Reassessing the emerging success recorded by National Chairman APC Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) in rebuilding the APC in line with the CECPC’s core mandate: to engender unity in the party, promote true reconciliation and give a sense of belong- ing to every party member. At the inception of the committee he had met Party national leaders like Chief Bisi Akande, John Oyegun and Tinubu and other aggrieved members toward restoring crisis-ridden ruling party back to life.

His uncommon dispute-resolution skills have paid off, with many formerly aggrieved members withdrawing and terminating many litigations involving the party. This efforts have put the party on the path of greatness again. Governor Buni’s CECPC led the party to unprecedented nationwide membership registration, revalidation and register update, to shore up the party’s membership and support- base nationwide.

HMB’s efforts have also resulted in three PDP governors comprising Ebonyi State (David Umahi), Cross River State (Ben Ayade) and Zamfara State Bello Matawalle) decamping to the ruling party, prominent politicians return the APC, including the former PDP national chairman, Barnabas Gemade; former speakers of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Dimeji Bankole, former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, Senator Joy Emordi, Senator Stella Oduah and recently one most critical to the APC led administration Fani Kayode joint the party.

In Buni’s led committee, the ruling governing party found a peace Regaining it soul as and was able to made the party stronger through a successful drive of hard work, building through peace reconciliation trait. HMB reconciliation drive save the party from being a divided party. APC witnessed gale of defection to the party, from its closest rival, the Peoples Democratic Party governors, federal and states legislators and other influential political leaders across the country.

In fact, HMB proved himself as a huge asset to the ruling governing party and the country that his three decades experience in politics are giving the party a sense of directions as National Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Committee members acts together in ensuring party discipline, and cohesion are made sacrosanct and are imbibed by members by high and low.

This Piece Is To Celebrate With Strategist , Grassroot Politician And A Great Achiever Of Transforming Socioeconomic And Infrastructural Development Of Yobe And Also Leadership Newspapers Award Conferred On
Governor Buni’s As “politician Of The Year 2020 Of The 2021 Annual Conference And Awards Ceremony Of Leadership Media Group And Also Political Icon Of The Year Award 2020 Of The Sun Publishing Limited.

Dukawa write in from Kano and can be reached at abbahydukawa@gmail.com

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Of Bigmen’s Children, Boko Haram And An Unholy War, By Hassan Gimba

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Of Bigmen’s Children, Boko Haram and An Unholy War, by Hassan Gimba

From the beginning, the quasi-Islamic jihadist movement with the high-sounding name, Jama’atu ahlus sunnah lidda’awati wal jihad, loosely translated to mean “People committed to the propagation of the Prophet’s teachings and jihad”, was anti-West. Many believe, albeit erroneously, that Boko Haram started in Maiduguri, Borno State, in 2002 and that the founder was Mohammed Yusuf.

The group, not with its latter-day and most known name, started in the mid-‘90s in Yusufari, Yobe State. Popularly called “Taliban” or “Sahaba”, a name derived from what the prophet’s companions are called, it comprised mostly the children of the well-to-do in the society. With white as their preferred choice of colour, they were always attired in white garments and used camels for their transportation.

They were mainly idealistic youths who opted to shun worldliness, sacrifice the flesh and nourish their souls in seeking the favour of Allah. They started romanticising a Utopian world where God does for them whatever they fancied. That was what governed their thoughts, and they concluded that the best way to achieve that was by divorcing themselves from a world filled with sin.

Most of them came from Borno and Yobe states, and being from the same social class and having met at the university, that of Maiduguri precisely, they all agreed to migrate (hijrah) to a virgin land where they would worship their God undistracted by temptations that feed the flesh and starve the soul. They chose the desert of Yusufari in Yobe, bordering the Niger Republic.

Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim, a three-term governor and three-term senator, was the governor of Yobe State then. Those whose children got involved were top shots in the two states. Naturally, the Yobe State Government was concerned that ‘heirs’ were derailing and abandoning the path being paved for them. What to do? Disperse them as gently as possible, causing no harm to the prodigal children. And so the government, using the security agencies, tenderly dislodged them with each bigwig advised to rein in his ward so as not to lose his scion.

The kids sired by the elite got ferreted out of the country to Europe, America and Asia to study and, in the course, got drowned in the world. Better take the path of the world than the futureless life of asceticism they were so enamoured with, their bigshot parents in government thought.

They left those sired by the nobodies stranded with nobody to give them succour. They did not in reality do anything that may warrant the government giving them ‘amnesty’ then, but a serious society would have done something about those idealistic kids whose eyes were blazing with religious fervour. But no, society left them to their devices. And so they congregated in Maiduguri and paid allegiance to Mohammed Yusuf, who started his rise to infamy.

He, it was, that popularised the ‘Boko Haram’ (western education is sinful) mantra. ‘Boko’ stands for western education and ‘haram’ is sin in Arabic.

Most of the sect’s early adherents dropped out from western education-based schools, from primary schools to tertiary institutions. Some of those who had completed such schools tore their certificates. It became an obsession for the Boko Haramites to stop western education wherever they could.

Some measures they took included but were not limited to abducting school children, killing some of them, and burning their schools. In one such gruesome campaign, they slaughtered 59 young boys in their sleep at Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, on February 25, 2014. They also razed twenty-four buildings in the school.

Similarly, later in the year, on November 10, one of their suicide bombers, disguised as a student, detonated an explosive device during a morning assembly session at Government Senior Secondary School, Potiskum, in Yobe, killing 47 students and maiming 79 others, some for life.

In between the two massacres, on April 14 they hit Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, and abducted 276 of the students, aged between 16 and 18 – a raid that forced the entire world to sit up and take note. Seven years have gone by and over a hundred of these girls are yet to be accounted for. Then, four years later, on February 19, 2018, there was another mass abduction of schoolgirls at Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, where about 110 schoolgirls were carried off in a strike reminiscent of Chibok. Weeks later they were released, but not before the death of five others, and returned to their town by their captors, except one Leah Sharibu, who would not accept being forcefully converted to their form of Islam. Authentic Islam frowns at forced conversion.

While the North East is daily getting free of the menace of Boko Haram, with life slowly but steadily returning to normal, it is not so for the North East and the North Central. Appendages of Boko Haram in the disguise of bandits, herdsmen and kidnappers are having a field day abducting people at will. Herdsmen’s nefarious activities, which started taking a turn for the worse in Zamfara State in 2011, are now more complementary to Boko Haram’s.

Mass abductions of pupils and students have become so commonplace in Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger over the last two years that it is no longer ‘unexpected news’.

These brigands go to houses in towns and schools to take whoever they fancy, and whenever they want. Apart from turning kidnapping into a lucrative vocation where they rake in hundreds of millions by squeezing family members, they have forced state governments to do their bidding by shutting down schools. Some states have ceded roads and sizable portions of territory to them. Sad, but that is the reality – a sort of victory for those who believe there should not be western education.

Those who were left to their own devices when the bigshots took their kids abroad have now forced all of us to sleep with eyes wide open. They have unleashed an unholy war on all of us, the haves and the have nots. In the process, they have recruited foot soldiers in almost all sectors of society. They have their sponsors, informants, associates, suppliers and apologists among politicians and the clergy. Those that minister to them can also be found in the security sector, among students, trade unions and the business class.

Insurgency and related criminal activities have taken their toll on the North. In every society, those between the ages of 15 and 40 build it up, being the most vibrant age bracket. But those in the region’s most active age group are daily joining the increasing groups of bad eggs or spending energy running away from them.

The North has long suffered this breakdown of law and order. It has crippled the economy of the people and the people’s mainstay, agriculture, has taken a back seat because of the nefarious activities of the criminals. People in many parts of the region cannot go to their farms, and where they could, they have to pay taxes to insurgents or bandits.

As a result, revenue generated by states has fallen to an all-time low. The revenue from agricultural produce, livestock production and personal income tax, except for those in government employment, has thinned out. Many businesses – big, medium and small – have closed shop, throwing more able-bodied youth into the unemployment market, further putting stress on society and fuelling more reasons for social discontent.

Things in the North East, as earlier stated, are getting better and the current successful onslaughts recorded by our security operatives in the other parts of the region are commendable. Hopefully, the government has woken up from its inertia and has taken the bull by the horns. Nigeria looks forward to having a peaceful and secure North.

To avoid regressing to the days (of course we are not yet out but hopefully soon) of fear, Northern states must aggressively pursue all means to improve their internally generated revenues. There should not be any hypocrisy in that. I truly believe Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol. Not only that, it prohibits its production, transportation, sale, or using the proceeds of the sales. Therefore, if you are a genuine believer who destroys alcohol in your town, refusing its sale and punishing those who take it, why should you gleefully accept any money, in whatever name, from the proceeds of its sale?

By the way, do bicycles and dogs have licences anymore like we used to see decades ago? There is an increase in using bicycles with the banning of motorcycles for security reasons across the states. Northern state governors must think out of the box for their states to survive. They need to build projects, not for fancy, but those that can bring more revenue to their states. They need to open up the hinterlands and invest in education and health. A healthy, educated person will feed himself and others and can generate revenue.

I believe when all states start generating reasonable amounts of revenue, the country’s unity will be cast in concrete and guaranteed. Come to think of it, each state will have what the others need and we will look at none as a parasite because each contributes a necessary portion to the general purse.

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PMB Approves Reappointment of Prof Bashir Haruna As Exe Secretary NCNE

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PMB Approves Reappointment Of Prof Bashir Haruna As Exe Secretary NCNE

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo, Yola

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of appointment of Prof Bashir H Haruna as Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE)

The appointment letter signed by the Hon Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, dated September 1st, 2021, explained that the appointment was for a second tenure of five years with effect from August 30, 2021.

The appointment shall be under the same terms and conditions as that of the first tenure and as stipulated in the NCNE.

Some of the staff of the Commission seen jubilating said the reappointment of Prof Bashir was a worthy development.

The National Commission for Nomadic Education, the Implementation and the delivery of the Nomadic Education Programme (NEP) were commended by the commentators to have witnessed giant strides and made landmark achievements under Prof Bashir’s first tenure of five years; from August 2016 to July 2021, which ensured the strategic planning and systematic implementation of policies and programmes of NEP, making it more responsive for the 21st century generation boost,
thereby ensuring that there is a cardinal link between goals/objectives of
NEP and implementation of key projects and programmes.

Some of the achievements of the Commission credited to Prof Bashir include; acquiring a permanent and befitting head office complex with a view to getting the Commission out of the rented building.

Gaining ministerial approval for the allocation of the Office Complex at the Defunct National Educational Technology Centre, Kaduna, in addition to being allocated 21 units of houses at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Kaduna Study Centre.

Institutional strengthening and human capital developmen, establishment of a robust and expanded the Administrative Structure of the Commission to address emerging needs and repositioning of the Commission and improve its operational efficiency towards meeting its goals and objectives.

In response to the demand for the provision of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Skills for the nomads, new Departments of Extension Education and Skills Development and Social Mobilisation and Women Development were established, in addition to the establishment of Directorate of Special Duties under the Office of the Executive Secretary, to effectively coordinate activities of Sections and Units under the Executive Secretary’s office.

Partnership Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit was established for the promotion of peace-building and constructive engagement of the farmers and herders for improved relations and ensure effective management and amicable resolution of conflicts.

Establishment of Consultancy and Outreach Unit as part of measures to step up resource mobilisation and utilisation through the improvement of internally generated revenue base for the Commission, improvement and diversification of funding pattern for the Commission and provision of critical infrastructure and facilities under capital projects and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) interventions.

Pioneered the conduct of Tracer Studies on the implementation of Nomadic Education Programme across the over 4,026 nomadic schools spread across the 36 states and FCT.

Revitalization of activities at Nomadic Education University Based Centres at University of Jos, University of Maiduguri, Usman Danfodio University and University of Port Harcourt.

The University of Jos centre is in-charge of Research and Evaluation for education of Nomadic Pastoralist, Usman Danfodio University Sokotocentre is responsible for Curricula and Textual Materials Development, while University of Maiduguri centre is specifically saddled with the task of Teacher Training and Outreach Services. The University of Port-Harcourt centre is in-charge of Research and Evaluation, Curricula and Textual Materials Development and Teacher Training and Outreach Services for the education of Migrant Fisher-folks and farmers.

Academic support services and quality assurance mechanism and securing approval from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for the establishment of an AM Radio Broadcasting License (Frequency Channel 720 KHz and a bandwidth of 9KHz) for an initial period of five years from October 2018 to October 2023.

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