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

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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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UN-POLAC Appoints Dr. Adamu Dodo As Editor-in-Chief

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UN-POLAC Appoints Dr. Adamu Dodo As Editor-In-Chief

Nura Mohammed

The Senate of the United Nations-POLAC has approved the appointment of Dr. Adamu Muhammad Dodo as Editor-In-Chief of her new magazine; POLAC World.

The appointment letter dated February 24, 2021, signed by the UN-POLAC Director General/Advisor, Prof. (Obong) Halo B. Eton revealed that the appointment was sequel to the resolution to float both online media and mainstream magazine.

“In view of the above and based on your expertise in newspaper and online publications, you are hereby appointed the Editor-In-Chief.

“You are to work out the modalities for the rake off of the magazine,” the letter reads.

Dodo the head of information and media relations FMC Yola, ADAMAWA state, northeast Nigeria, the lead publisher of the Periscope Global, publishers of both online and Mainstream newspaper and the interim chairman, North East Online Network NEON, was appointed Peace Ambassador with the United Nations-POLAC on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

Dodo’s contributions in actualising POLAC’s peace mission and vision associated with restoration, promotion and strengthening of cultural heritage, earned him the position of state coordinator in charge of Adamawa state and national programme manager in the year 2016.

Dodo has won the best POLAC state coordinator awards for two consecutive years; 2017 and 2018.

Owing to his pieces and projects on peace and conflict resolution, Dodo has in 2018 bagged another honorary doctorate degree in Sociology of Peace by the UN-POLAC Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution. The same year he was upgraded to the position of North East Coordinator and Country Deputy President (Northern Nigeria). The position he holds to this day.

Dodo the communication tsar and public relations consultant is a governing council member of the Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management IBDFM among so many professional bodies he belongs to as Fellow member.

POLAC stands for Positive Livelihood Award Centre established as an international autonomous institution in 2001 with the UN and UNESCO following General Assembly resolution, declaring 2001-2010 as a decade of peace and non violence.

It has the mandate to enhance the effectiveness of the UN millennium development goals, now sustainable development goals and UNESCO Culture of Peace Programme particularly the maintenance of peace and security and the restoration of human dignity.

It has the following goals:

  • To defend human rights and restore dignity to all persons

*To contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among groups and individuals through culture and education.

*To enhance the position of family heads through recognition as Peace Advocates for proper family upbringing.

*To recognise people (both late & alive( as legends to encourage the incoming generations for peace and sustainable development.

  • To stimulate reactions in all spheres of life.
  • the advancement of the international understanding, Goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons United in the ideal of service for peace

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The closure of miringa market by the military and the agitation so far!

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THE CLOSURE OF MIRNGA MARKET BY THE MILITARY AND THE AGITATION SO FAR!

By Musa Salihu Kachallah, arpa

On behalf of the good people and law abiding citizens of Mirnga District, I write to appeal to the government of Borno State under the leadership of a selfless leader our amiable Governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum the Executive Governor of Borno State to call the attention of the present Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru to in the name of almighty Allah as a matter of urgency to reopen Mirnga Market that was shutdown by the Military for close to 3 years under the guise that some suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorist do visit the market to shop for their daily need to resume for business activities.

Though we are not in anyway disputing the intelligence gathered by the Military authority in this regards, but I can categorically said without missing words that since the beginning of this Boko Haram crisis in North East Nigeria no single Boko Haram fighter was ever seen or arrested in Mirnga town or in the market the records are there for everybody to see but our market remained close for this unjustified reasons.

Your excellency sir, as you know Mirnga District is a peaceful Community full of people with integrity and positive thoughts as well as willing businessmen and women who are ever ready to struggle to earn money legitemately but this singular action of the military authority has plunged many families into poverty and lacking as our Fathers, Mothers, Brothers and Sisters who carryout petty trades are gradually loosing their means of survival and it is going to be irrational if the market further remains closed.

Sir, I want you to see reasons for ordering the reopening of the market bcoz millions of your subjects are continually loosing their means of livelihood for this act as you can see many people today cannot afford to care for their families anymore especially our energetic grain bag loader known as (Yan’Dako), Wheelbarrow pushers, Water Vendors and many more who feeds from my hands to mouths bcos until they go out for this activities before they earn some money but theirs means of survival has been thwart.

Furthermore, it may interest you to note that Mirnga Market is the central market that connects people from far and near like businessmen from Adamawa, Gombe and Yobe States respectively as well as our neighborhood like Biu, Damboa, Sabon-Gari, Mandaragirau, Gunda, Bumsa, Madlau, Buratai to mention but a few but this primitive decisions by the Army is not taken with a second thought or weigh the multiplying effect before closing the market for flimsy reasons that can be controlled bcoz we all know closing of Mirnga Market will not in anyway hinder Boko Haram logistics as they have many ways of getting stuffs, so why suffering our people unnecessarily.

In conclusion sir, we are begging you to please in the name of almighty Allah to investigate the rational/motive behind closing our Market and order for reopening as soon as possible. I write this appeal with dismay bcoz as we speak now all the markets that was closed along with Mirnga market that time from Biu Main Market down to Yadi-Buni Market all have resumed operation in full activities but for Mirnga Market reversed is the case and despite the attacks on Buni-Yadi, Buratai and others by Boko Haram terrorists in the past yet their market was open for commercial activities but Mirnga that had never has any and is relatively peaceful our market remained closed why? .

Finally, sir we are praying to Almighty Allah to grant you good health, guide and protect you and to give you more wisdom to discharge your duties with just to all sundry as you always justify in your governance.

Long Live Khadimul Unman!
Long Live Borno State
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Nigeria and presidential democracy: any better alternative? (2), By Hassan Gimba

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Nigeria and Presidential Democracy: Any Better Alternative? (2), by Hassan Gimba

In Nigeria and Presidential Democracy: Any Better Alternative? (1), we touched on how cries of marginalisation permeate the air. Partisan interests are placed above national interests while divisions along ethnic and religious lines have become the norm just as the struggle for power and its retention have taken a “do or die” dimension, affecting almost everything, including the neutrality of the judiciary, the supposedly last hope of the common man.
We also observed that the communication gap between the average Nigerian and his representative in government has widened so much it seems they live in two separate worlds with nothing in common except, perhaps, religion and tribe or party and town.
And then we asked if we can continue this way, going on to query if the fault is that of the system and to seek a better one, if so. But in doing that, should we look inwards? Will a system in tandem with our inner being be the answer to our multifaceted and ever-growing problems as a nation? Perhaps we have been imposing on ourselves systems that are alien to us, to our culture, to our souls? Of course, some believe the problem with us is not so much the system as it is the people. Well, could be. But can people be true to what is not their nature? Well, yes, if they put on an act. One can act like a saint but can the actor live the life of a saint? People are always at their best when they are true to themselves. Being yourself does not always give room for hypocrisy. And time has proved to us that it has a way of exposing hypocrisy.
Britain, which gave us the parliamentary system in 1960, still practises it. While the parliamentary system is over 750 years old there, ours lasted six years before it was scuttled by the march of the jackboot.
Surely while ours was an imposition, a sort of a deliberate wholesale adoption of a set system, Britain’s parliament was not created from a “conference”. It naturally evolved as out of daily necessities. Therefore, one is not far from the truth if one insists that the parliamentary system, which started in 1265 with the Simon de Montfort Parliament, is in the blood of the Briton; it is part of him. While the representative system began with the de Montfort (Earl of Leicester) Parliament, fifty years earlier, the check on impunity by leaders was rolled out. In June 1215, the Magna Carta was issued to become the first document to put into writing the principle that the king and his government were not above the law.
We can see how the homegrown parliamentary system has served Britons well.  It is because they looked inwards, derived from their nature which was in tandem with their inner being, rather than copy, adapt, borrow and impose on themselves a system that is alien to their culture, to their being. And so it works for them because they are at home with it. It is their roots.
America is another example. The democracy it is practising and proudly imposing it on other nations around the world is homegrown. After freeing itself from Britain, its colonial overlords, the leaders of the revolt set out to build its enviable democratic culture. In an article written for the Smithsonian Magazine of September 20, 2011, Joseph Stromberg said, “The dawn of American democracy didn’t come in 1776, with the declaration of Independence. It didn’t come in 1788 when the constitution was ratified by the states, or in 1789 when George Washington took office.” He continued, “According to Harry Rubeinstein, chair and curator of the Division of Political History at the American History Museum, the symbolic birth of our system of government didn’t come until its noble ideals were actually put to the test…” And that test was Washington’s resignation and handing over to John Adams in 1783.
We need not look far to see that nations tend to develop when their system of governance correlates with their innate way of thinking. Arabs in general, historically and by tradition, live in communities with close ties, respect family lineage and thrive under a strong paternalistic leader. The Arabs of Libya and Iraq that wanted to leave their roots and take up the American system are now rueing their folly. Despite America’s maximum pressure, arm twisting, blackmail and sometimes condescending cajoling, China, Russia and now Iran are holding tight to their roots. And they are stronger for it.
Therefore, one way for a political arrangement to work for a people is for it to originate from them. But humankind is a broadminded, flexible and adaptable species. Because of these and many other plausible positives, man can adapt and get adapted to any political plan for his development but with a proviso. That proviso is that he is sincere and patriotic.
And this is why we have seen thriving countries that borrowed alien systems of governance; their honesty in implementing the system and the love for their country have made it work to their benefit. You can count the Asian Tigers, many European, South American and African countries among them.
As all people evolve, the peoples of Nigeria were all developing at their paces and consolidating the substances that enhanced their lives. Colonialism came and disrupted our slow and steady but sure growth into modernity. It uprooted us, leaving us dangling in the air. We have left our roots but we are yet to grab the ever-elusiveĺ colonialists’ branches.
A ready example can be taken from the textile industry. We had ways of processing cotton and converting it to thread. There was a fabricated machine made from wood for that. From there, we formed yards that were used to sew dresses. Then, even the Whiteman bought them and transported them to his land. We also had methods of colouring clothes. Had our “primitive” textile industry been left alone, it might have evolved into something bigger than what the Whiteman has now.
But because we lack confidence in ourselves, we jettisoned ours that was improving by the day as our knowledge base got expanded, and embraced the Whiteman’s contraption. A contraption we cannot make or repair displaced what we were manufacturing. A contraption we cannot own supplanted ours. Such missteps took place in our iron smelting industry and in all other sectors of the economy. And so, like the bat which is neither a bird nor an animal, we became neither here nor there.
But our neither here nor there-ness does not just stop with our industries. Our dream became to behave like the Whiteman whose morals we see as worthier than ours. Our cultures, traditions and norms we saw as archaic and were ashamed to showcase. Even in our dressing, what is “corporate” to us is Whiteman’s idea.
This hankering for the foreign we knew not, understood not and which was never in sync with our nature also reared its head in our political preferences. Agreed we were conquered and made to live under the conqueror’s will but we have gotten our independence and with that our thoughts, presumably. They did divide us because they never wanted us united, to begin with, but we should know that for our sakes, and forge a united front.
Before the advent of the colonialists, the various peoples that constitute today’s Nigeria were practising various forms of governance. We had our ways of administration; we had our leadership structures and our economic systems. Perhaps, had our march not been truncated by colonialism, we would have continued to improve a system that is natural to us and possibly even export it. Recent actions of some politicians in the United States of America show that their political interests are bigger than national interest; surely, we could have taught them a thing or two. There is little doubt that a homegrown political system would have served us better in our current confusing, seemingly hopeless and daunting circumstances as a nation.

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