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Dr. Dabah: The retired perm. Sec, an untiring Kaigamma



Dr. Dadah: The Retired Perm Sec, an Untiring Kaigamma

  • A call for recertification of political party membership, Kaigamma Jimeta must join politics

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo

Some newsmen asked about Dr. Dadah. My reply was that other than being one of my mentors, referees, my lecturer and manifold boss, the questioners would respond to the questionnaire better than he who was questioned.

The newsmen would request for not only my contribution but to write about Dr. Dadah.

I couldn’t conjure up the why of the assignment. Is it because I hold, as a lineage, a Kaigamma title for over two centuries?

My response was, I was not into biography and that the personality who would be excellent in autobiography was still living, why leaving the excellency for me who wouldn’t be brilliant in the task?

Not to make them feel disappointed, I responded that Dr. Ahmad Usman Dadah was an untiring retired permanent secretary, recently appointed for a fresh traditional task; never existed in the district he holds tenacious citizen as citizen, to fill, additional to the other traditional, faith based and nongovernmental organisations already in service.

I concluded that “Dr. Dadah the strategic planner, is a political material for electoral hypothesis; to be a departure from the previous narrativisation, thematically depicting cluelessness, misrepresentation and administrative inexperience in his very constituency that I should be among the first futurists to nurture to fruition against any fusion of confusion for confrontation”.

Futurists are people whose specialty or interest is futurology or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on earth in general.

Dadah’s last assignment was handing over the affairs of office after retirement from 35 years successful service, without any query.

His last appointment was his promotion and deployment as permanent secretary administration with the office of the head of service, Adamawa state.

His lasted appointment, a traditional title, not to be retired, was his coronation as the first Kaigamma Jimeta, Yola north local government, central senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria; a decade after having been coronated as Walin Yebbi, Ganye local government, southern senatorial district of the state.

I begin with Dr. Dadah’s contributions as an alumnu of Yelwa government secondary school, renamed Aliyu Musdafa College, Yola South local government. He is the alumni first and only president.

Prominent among his achievements is the establishment of AMOSA computer centre, where recognised certificate in computer appreciation is obtained.

AMOSA I’d the acronym for the Aliyu Musdafa Old Boys Association. Thousands of students, most of whom not members of AMOSA, have attended the computer training; some of the beneficiaries were even sponsored by some high net worth AMOSA members.

AMOSA under Dadah won a national achievement award, which also earned him a national membership of the secondary school alumni fraternity.

Dr. Dadah was among the made in Unimaid economic educationists. It also earned him the made in Unimaid Alumni membership.

Graduating from university of Maiduguri, after a one year mandatory national enduring sacrifice to the nation; NYSC, Dadah joined the service of College of Preliminary Studies CPS Yola, the present State Polytechnic Yola SPY as a lecturer with the department of economics.

In the early 90s, while registering students for a remedial programme, when it was my turn, he exclaimed that I was the lone candidate from Maiha local government of all the students he had registered. He would make me assure that there is also a strength in the aloneness from among, than aloofness.

Dadah left CPS for MAMSER assignment.

Don’t criticise the piece, of dates constraint, I’m not writing history or biography. My philosophy is simply retrospective.

MAMSER is an acronym for Mass Mobilization for Self Reliance, Social Justice, and Economic Recovery. It was an exercise in political orientation in Nigeria undertaken by President Babangida as one of the recommendations of the Political Bureau headed by Dr. Samuel Joseph Cookey. See Wikipedia.

There later would be a placement of advertisement for a qualified candidate to fill the commercial director’s vacancy at GTV, the present Adamawa Television Corporation ATV Yola. The position was to be won by Dadah.

I was not to major in any of the managerial courses during my undergraduate studies but I was later to join the CPS economic lecturer Dadah, who was then serving as director commercials with ATV Yola, after my mandatory enduring national service assignment, NYSC in the east, sometime in 2000 before joining Federal University of Technology FUT Yola, renamed Modibbo Adama University of Technology MAUTECH Yola, the present Modibbo Adama University MAU Yola, Adamawa state for postgraduate programmes.

He would tell me that sky would be the limit with determination, resisting all manners of deliberate obstructions, fantastically ethnocentric in nature he was confronted with as a challenge preparing him for leadership position, after his return from the state assignment as sole administrator of Fufore and Ganye local governments.

Dadah has been both adviser and patron of the Muslims Students’ Society of Nigeria MSSN at both the branches, the units and the state levels, for which I held the positions of deputy Ameer, coaching class coordinator, publisher and editor-in-chief.

There came a period during Boni Haruna led government when Muslims civil servants in the state, for the most part, feared identifying themselves with Islamic activities and/or organisations for undescribable fear associated perhaps, with weakened faith.

It was the period that Islamic Development Centre IDC and the Centre for Islamic Thought CIT Yola, among other FBOs were born in the state. Dadah belonged to both initiatives as a key figure.

Membership of the CIT was for Muslim graduates having double edged purposes; upgrading MSSN membership after graduating from being addressed as students and to proof to the Muslim civil servants with the weakened faith that participating in Islamic activities would not result in one loosing employment and/or appointment.

The call to order was for the societal reorientation.

Dadah was to become the Amir of the CIT, the position he holds for about two decades and to this day.

His first achievement was the collaboration with the International Institute of Islamic Thought IIIT and other international country and state faith based organisations.

As the Amir, Dadah ensured that CIT members attended AMOSA computer training. Don’t ask me how he foot the bill. I was also a beneficiary to the free ICT training.

Dadah donated land and other properties for the establishment of the Bn Fodio Academy at Yolde-Pate, Yola South local government area; a conventional school and Islamiyya, rendering almost free service as a social responsibility to a financially disadvantaged community, run by the CIT.

It was under Dadah’s watch that Al-Hiqmah, a monthly magazine, was floated for which I was the Editor-In-Chief with Dr. Salihi Ateequ, the present boss of the Universe Basic Education, Adamawa state as the chairman editorial board, when he was with FCE Yola as a lecturer.

CIT has also carried out a lot of sensitisation campaigns on healthcare, education and societal reorientation as it has been doing.

There have been sharp practices among other irregularities associated with the conduct of Hajj operations. Some faithfuls felt there was the need for the third eye, to monitor by means of checkmating, for efficient and effective rather acceptable sacrifice as a devotion. It was among the reasons for the establishment of the Hajj Monitors Of Nigeria HAMON. Dr. Dadah it was who brought the initiative to not only Adamawa state but the northeast.

I can authoritatively give account of this because I was among the founding members of HAMON Adamawa with, with Dadah as the founding chairman.

Dr. Dadah was to later transform ATV Yola from analogue to digital with the aggressive and political will to run a 24-hour broadcasting service, when he was appointed General Manager by the Nyako led government.

Dadah was also promoted to deputy permanent secretary while he was still the GM of the transformed ATV Yola.

He was also among the media group appointment National Hajj Commission of Nigeria to cover Hajj operations for Nigeria in Saudi Arabia.

The Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria ICEN, Fellow Chartered Institute of Global Communication and Diplomacy CIGCD, Dadah is also a member of Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, among other membership.

Dadah is a man of many awards, too numerous to mention as much as his traditional titles. However, he also holds Igbo traditional title in Jimeta.

Dadah has on Wednesday, February 11, 2021 shared a piece of accomplishment information to the members via CIT WhatsApp group; adroitly adding a fillip in the diadem of his achievements . It read thus:

“Alhamdu Lillah.. I have formally handed over the affairs of my office as Permanent Secretary Admin. Office of the Head of Service after successfully retiring from civil service yesterday.

“My appreciation to all of u for ur prayers & support. I now feel, a free citizen. May Allah grant us a better future”.

The Kaigamma Jimeta is a nominee to the Periscope 2019, 2020 productivity award the event slated for April and the Fellow member of the Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management IBDFM, to be decorated also in April. This is a privileged information for the well-wishers.

My call to him is for the recertification of political party membership. Kaigamma must join politics.

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Mai Mala Buni: Independence of Political Diplomat And Consensus Builder



Mai Mala Buni: independence of Political Diplomat And Consensus Builder

By Sadiya Shelleng Hussaini

Change presents humanity with a confounding paradox. Whereas change is constant and inevitable it forebodes a vague sense of unease. Fear of the unknown taunts the nerves of even the valorous of men. Men of destiny however prepare for change, meeting it at the doorstep with secure pace .June 25,2020 was Nigeria’s governing party –APC’s date with fate, a day of a dramatic change of baton and democratic transition of powers from the ruling Oshiomole led national working committee to Mai Mala Buni caretaker/convention planning committee.The date may have caught some clay footed but quite a handful had no illusion as their mandate was terminated through “doctrine of necessity ” to curtail the crisis that bedeviled the party.

The hype and political intrigues that have characterised the tenure of Adam Oshiomole led National Working Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) would not come as a surprise to political pundits. Being the governing party and one which prides itself as the largest growing political party in Africa, the successful transition of the party to a new leadership portends a lot for the polity and the 2023 permutations.

Following the leadership tussle, that consumed the immediate past leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, leading to the constitution of a caretaker/convention planning committee under the leadership of Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni, as part of move ahead the party requires everyone amongst its members and supporters to reflects on what should be the best for the future of the party.

Taking cognizance of the renewed support for our great party from the ordinary citizens of Nigeria as evidenced in the recently conducted elections , massive membership registrations across the country and ward congresses with leaders of the party largely emerging through consensus. It has shown clearly that even Nigerians believe that our party, APC remains the only party that can restore the country to the path of sustainable peace, progress, national unity and economic prosperity.

Therefore, the party now more than any other time, requires a courageous, fearless, thoroughbred politician, committed party man and patriotic personality who understand the political history of the country as well as dynamics of the APC, its antecedents since its creation.

Yobe State governor ,Mai Mala Buni has put the party on sound foundation as demonstrated by his political pedigree and diplomatic approach in managing the party affairs. The history of Buni’s political struggle has proved his extraordinary tenacity in Nigerian politics.

Based on the foregoing, Mai Mala Buni standout based on his 14 months score card as the Caretaker Commitee Chairman of the party. Opinions across the country among party leaders and stakeholders indicate a thunderous applause on the APC CECPC for resetting the party back to glory days.

Depicting the sound attributes of a great leader, the two -time APC scribe a highly detribalized, humble, focused, amiable and thoroughbred personality with good sense of direction. These are the qualities he is applying now to take the APC out of the doldrums.

He is man that is naturally loved and admired by the people; a democrat and pivot of mass mobilization; a man who achieves greatness through assiduousness, self -will and sheer determination; a good listener; a man that remains unruffled even at the height of unwarranted intimidation and provocation; a man with critical thinking-skills. He is a strong advocate of unity, peace and progress of our great country, Nigeria. He believes in mega- changes in the social, economic and political sectors and theses must be driven by the current generation of Nigerians.

Within his 14 month on the saddle of the party, Hon Buni has clearly demonstrated to Nigerians that APC will certainly form the next government and entrench party supremacy, internal democracy, party cohesion and internal harmony among elected officials and the party.

There is no doubt that his legacies shall remain eternal source of inspiration for many generations to come. APC on his assumption as the Caretaker Chairman had 64 senators then now has over 70. He has also made three PDP governors throw away the umbrella and his broom. This is not the end on his yeomen duties he is working hard to bring in more serving and former governors, legislators and top party chieftains from the opposition.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been revived, energized and repositioned for its national convention and future elections, while commending the National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) led by Governor of Yobe State, Malam Mai Mala Buni.

Speaking at the APC CECPC meeting at the State House, the President said the fortunes of the party had been brightened by the re-organisation and reconciliation of members across the party, saying “with the work done by the committee the party has bounced back to life.’’

“I have listened with great interest the remarkable job you have done so far,’’ he said. “We are all witnesses to the crisis that engulfed the party leading to litigations and presented a picture of selfishness and division.’’

One cannot but wonder from which source he drives his rare aggressive energetic zeal and tenacity, in solving party matters within a snap of a finger. To borrow the words of the classical Greek writer Homer, he is both a speaker of words and doer of deeds. Despite the monumental achievement of Hon Mai Mala some forces are bent on dragging his name twist to a supreme court judgment to rubbish the achievement,let me warn them that the Yobe State Governor Hon Mai Mala Buni who doubles as Chairman National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) will have the last laugh and would hand over party affairs after a successful national convention .

Shelleng wrote in from Yola .

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Who is Afraid of Gov. Buni?



Who is Afraid of Gov. Buni?

Fatai Olagunju

For very obvious reasons, the successes recorded by the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress in repositioning the party and massive defection of prominent figures into the party mean different things to different people.

There are those who celebrated the party bouncing back to life, others didn’t like the giant strides of the committee, while others who feel threatened by the reconciliation and coming of new members also felt bad.

For the opposition party, it was its most trying moment  after loosing three serving governors to APC and still counting.  The Caretaker committee under Governor Mai Mala Buni, has remained PDP’s most terrible nightmare.

The interpretation of the Supreme Court Judgement on the Ondo state governorship election by the Hon. Minister of state for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, generated some arguments. However, Keyamo’s postulation now in public court, has attracted a lot of arguments in support and against.

The provisions of Section 183 of the Constitution as amended which forms Keyamo’s arguments, has been defined by other learned gentlemen clearing ambiguities.

Deputy Senate President, Keyamo’s kinsman and legal colleague, Senator Omo Agege, took time to define the said section 183 of the Constitution, making it clear, unambiguous, unequivocal and in explicit terms.

According to Omo-Agege, “From the explicit provision of Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), it is absolutely impossible and untenable to argue that the provisions of Section 183 bars a Governor from being a Chairman or member of a Caretaker Committee set up by his or her political party. More so, the position of the Chairman of a Caretaker Committee cannot by any sense of imagination, logic or simple common sense be classified as a being a salaried Executive office.

“There is no law under our legal jurisprudence that bars or prohibits a Governor who is a member of a political party and won elections under the political party from carrying out specific assignments on-behalf of his party. How this will amount to holding an Executive office is beyond every stretch of human comprehension.

“In the light of the foregoing exposition, it is humbly and firmly stated that Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) only bars a Governor from holding Executive positions like being a Minister, or any other executive positions for which he shall be paid for. It does not by any scintilla of imagination, render the appointment of Governor Bumi as APC Caretaker Committee Chairman incompetent and will not in anyway, affect the legality or competence of the APC scheduled Congresses” he argued.

Chief Adeniyi Akintola, Counsel to APC in a press conference opined “let me make this clear: this isn’t the first time we would be having minority judgements. A minority judgement has no value. You can’t cite it as the authority. It has no effect”

He cited “In 2008, Abubakar Atiku versus Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, there was minority judgements given by Justice George Oguntade, Justice Walter Onoghen and one other justice while Justice Niki Tobi delivered the majority judgement. So, there has always been precedence.

“There is no value attributed to minority judgement. So, what happened yesterday isn’t strange. So we are worried that some lawyers are attaching value to it”.

It is pertinent to note that, the APC constitution is very conscious of such critical circumstances and it made a clear declaration in  article 17 (iv) which states
“No officer in any organ of the party shall hold executive position office in government concurrently”. Therefore the party couldn’t have been careless in handling this matter.

However, in a very politicised country like Nigeria, other factors came in to define section 183 of the constitution.


The membership registration and revalidation exercise of the party which has accommodated new and more members seem to have threatened others who are not comfortable with the new converts and returnees. They feel their positions would be taken over by the new converts. They opposed the registration, attempted sabotaging the process and now fighting the party leadership. The membership registration and revalidation exercise opened the party to many members who were hitherto refused membership. Prominent members who claimed ownership of the party lost the acclaimed ownership of the party.


Local politics between stakeholders of who controls the party in the state came into play. The conflict of  personalities between Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Ministers and other stakeholders had also manifested in who controls the party in the state. Unfortunately those who lost out are blaming Governor Buni for their trivial and now fighting back. They also define Section 183 to mean “Buni must go”.

 For instance, the personality clash between Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege and the Minister of state Labour Barr Festus Keyamo in Delta, Sen. Ngige and Sen. Andy Uba in Anambra, Zamfara state Governor Bello Mutawalli and former Governor Abdul Azeez Yari.


Recent discoveries by the party revealed that some desperate party members seeking to contest positions are liaising with the opposition to discredit the leadership, the party structure and all other processes.

It is also worrisome if all the barrage of legal luminaries now interpretering the Supreme court judgement, could not realize any lacuna in the constitution of the Caretaker committee this all the while except now, 13 months after, then, something must be fundamentally wrong with their patriotism and commitment to serve the government rand the party, honestly and creditably.


PDP is crying more than the bereaved. The party seem to have developed more interest than APC members. They have temporarily forgotten their problems to fight on behalf of other members of APC. The reason for this poke nosing into the affairs of others, is not far fetched. The Buni led Caretaker committee in the last 13 months had deflated the PDP, subtracting three governors along with hundreds of thousands of their supporters from PDP. The Buni committee has no doubt made PDP very jittery and vulnerable.


 Who is afraid of Governor Buni?

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Tunji Disu: The Making of a New Super Cop



Tunji Disu: The making of a new Super Cop

By: James Bwala

Yesterday I posted a story from the Press Release issued by the Force PRO, CP Frank Mba. As I go through the story this morning, I said to myself indeed a chapter has closed never again would Abba Kyari come back to this position even if at the end of the matters that matter at this moment of his life and career defines him innocent of the allegations as indicated by the US agency – The FBI.

Kyari was a super cop who receives acculiat and praises from men who loves and hates him on the line of duty even as truth about their friendship is being exposed by the predicament he found himself whether guilty or not guilty. The Kyari saga has further plunge the unity of this country in questions with regional inclinations and expressions from the current situation butterfilling both the traditional and social media.

Nigerians massively are hypocrites. But there are still few ones who a still holding the truth as would a pastor and his Bible even if their position was a negative one. For the first time I came to agree 100 % with a senior colleague, Malam Yakubu Ahmed BK over his write up on DCP Abba Kyari. I mean without reservations – religious, regional, ethnic or when he falls on the political side. I had had reservations on most of his piece base on either of these but not this one.

Kyari has guffed. That is the right words but we are not bringing him into judgement knowing that to err is human and to forgive is devine as we said always in Nigeria. However, we do not know how the Americans defines this in their terms. Hushpuppi is caged and he is already vomiting. If he had been caged here in Nigeria, we have herbs that can stop him from vomiting but the white man has his laboratory to test, experiment and bring out result. So is the case with Kyari our one time super cop.

Whether as Nigerians we like what is happening or not the FBI has spoken. Our IGP has responded and Kyari is waiting for fate. If the gods have mercy on him, he may yet have some years to wear the uniform and redeemed himself in another capacity serving the nation, else a chapter on his career as a Police Officer is close and we salute him.

As I was going through my Facebook page, I come across a piece of writing where the writer was so exposing the sentiment of the southwest region over the suspension of Kyari and appointment of Tunji Disu. The write up reads in part:

“Patriotic Oduduwa blooded TUNJI DISU, takes over as head of IRT from Super cop Abba Kyari who was suspended for proper investigation.”

Patriotic was Abba Kyari when he was holding sway as every hand was clapping while he leads his team. These are the kind of songs Nigerians like to sing for occupants of dreaded and fearful position to do and to undo. If I were Disu, I will begin to count my enemies from this point because these same songs were sang by people like these ones to Abba Kyari and the same people are mostly behind the songs he is now hearing on his way to sit before the investigation panel.

It continuous: “Disu was respected/real national asset Jagaban’s ADC when he was Lagos state governor as such the blood that flaws from his professional veins is that of nationalism & patriotism.”

That is it! I now see the political game in play. Indeed as the writer says we shall
collectively, effectually and fervently offers prayers for Tunji Disu to succeed. But the questions is that, would Disu be Pariotic and Nationalistic in his dealings with Nigerians as head of Police Intelligence Team knowing the hand that has pushed his rising? would he be apolitical coming from the political strings? Indeed he needs much prayers but his first move will determine our prayers either to pray more lifting or cry to the Almighty to deliver Nigerians from the Pharaoh who place their moles in places as monitoring spirits over Nigeria.

  • James Bwala is a Nigerian Journalist and writes from Maiduguri

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