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Monarchy in Maiha: We temporarily suspend peace pilgrimage in compliance with covid-19 containment protocols,youth group says



Monarchy In Maiha: We Temporarily Suspend Peace Pilgrimage In Compliance With Covid-19 Containment Protocols, Youth group says

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo Yola

  • Arrangements are however currently aggressive, a new date shall soon be fixed. The fasting and prayer aspects of the peace pilgrimage are however not suspended

The concerned youth group of Jalingo-Maiha district has temporarily suspended her Maiha maiden march, tagged, “Peace Pilgrimage” in protest against what the aggrieved considered as internal interference by aliens, ethnocentric aggressors bent on causing dissension for anarchy in an attempt to destroy an established monarchy traceable to Bn Fodio rooted zeitgeist.

In protest against what group could not conjure up to have informed the delay on the part of the Adamawa state governor to approve the appointment of Barr Mahmud Abubakar Sulaiman as legitimate district head of Jalingo-Maiha, in honour of the High Court order as reaffirmed by the Appeal Court.

In an executive violation of the traditional council, former governor Bindow of Adamawa state snubbed the recommendation of the Emirate Council by appointing an unacceptable alien to the monarchy as district head of Jalingo-Maiha.

Bindow’s unlawful appointment was challenged before a Yola High Court, by the legitimate heir to the stool, whose name was by the Mubi Emirate Council submitted to the Adamawa state governor for approval of appointment as district head.

The High Court’s declarative judgement of July 13, 2018, has restrained the Bindow appointed from parading himself as district head and directed the Adamawa state governor to approve the appointment of Mahmud Abubakar as the district.

Governor Bindow would not honour the court order, which opened an arrogant window for his appointed but court nullified district head for a continued romance with the contempt of court that has degenerated to sacrilege and violence intended for anarchy against the monarchy in Jalingo-Maiha district.

The Bindow appointed was said to have been sponsored to file an appeal against the High Court judgement that defined him as illegitimate to the stool. An appeal for which it was reported, the Appellant who has pending criminal case for which he was on bail, would not want to have judgement delivered.

Bindow would not succeed himself. The 2019 newly elected governor was, during the maiden state executive council meeting, reported to have declared that the court order should be honoured because it was long overdue.

A twist of statement however, decided otherwise, hence the court restrained-Bindow-appointed kept on enjoying his romance with the contempt of court order with impunity.

Barely few months to the determination of the Appeal Court, the Adamawa state governor, in honour of the Court Order, not only restrained the Bindow appointed from parading himself as district head, he was also suspended from Jalingo-Maiha district for a fresh air to the monarchy and the district.

To that effect, the Mubi Emirate Council appointed Muhammadu Dalil to serve as district head of Jalingo-Maiha in acting capacity.

It was said that the state governor was advised to suspend honouring the other part of the court order, which required him to approve the appointment of Mahmud Abubakar as the district head of Jalingo-Maiha pending the determination of the Appeal Court.

The Appeal Court has in the judgement delivered on Friday, September 25, 2020, reaffirmed the High Court judgement by dismissing the appeal; signed and sealed.

There was jubilation in Jalingo-Maiha district and beyond with the appeal court judgement that the subjects as electorates waited to this day for governor’s approval of appointment of the Emirate Council selected, court declared district head.

Instead, rumours started making the rounds in Jalingo-Maiha that like Bindow, governor Fintiri would also not honour the courts orders “because the court declared district head is a Fulani whom the alien tribesmen would not wish to have mounted the stool, occupying the palace, heading the central mosque, which they have no business with.

“The rumours are consequent upon the delay on the side of the governor to honour the court order,” a sage would say

“This is almost three months and still counting, after the determination of the Appeal Court, for which we learned was what informed the suspension of the governor’s initial approval of the appointment of our district.

“We don’t know and can’t conjure up the meaning behind the delay in approving the appointment of Mahmud Abubakar our district head. It is what our peace pilgrimage will seek to have explained.

“We’re however hereby temporarily suspending the peace pilgrimage scheduled for tomorrow Saturday and Monday because of Covid-19.

“To honour the NCDC containment protocols, we resolved that we should have to provide the required preventive protectives; facemasks, hand sanitisers and infrared among others in addition to the consideration of the physical and social distancing while on peace pilgrimage.

“This is also in consideration that highlights of the peace pilgrimage will include world press conference. We will want to ensure the security and Covid-19 safety of the media, both national and international to be invited to cover the Maiha maiden march.

“Arrangements are however currently aggressive, a new date shall soon be fixed. The fasting and prayer aspects of the peace pilgrimage are however not suspended; there have been prayers for peace and mutual coexistence in the entire mosques in the district, the addition is the Qunut prayers to be observed from tomorrow in individual houses.

“The Qunut Prayers is to seek for Divine intervention against whoever joins in conspiracy that is causing the delay in the return of our legitimate district head to take over the palace.

“Happily the teenage along with the parents are joining in the fasting and the aged are joining in the continued Qunut Prayers against injustice, against contempt of court order, against the good peace loving and peace living people of Jalingo-Maiha district,” the concerned Youth group issued the statement while ago.

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Borno Governor Visits Marte, Distributes Livelihood Support to Returnees



Borno Governor Visits Marte, distributes livelihood support to returnees

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno State has on Sunday visited Garade, a community in Marte Local Government Area of the state and distributed livelihood support to the recently returned Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), to enable them meet up their needs.

It could be recalled that the first batch of the IDP who are indigenes of Marte returned from Dikwa, Monguno and Maiduguri on the 30th of November 2020.

2,870 returnees from 500 households constitute the first batch of citizens to take shelter from the rehabilitated Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) quarters, after a request to the Managing Director by Governor Zulum during his earlier visit.

The governor personally supervised the distribution of the livelihood supports and food items where each of the household heads received a bag of rice and one bag of maize grit.

The residents, most of whom returned recently and largely farmers that have not engaged in farming activities could not meet their livelihood needs.

The governor also discussed modalities for providing support to enhance dry season farming activities in order to strengthen livelihood capabilities of the returnees.

While in Marte, Governor Zulum also took time to visit a makeshift market established by the returnees and assured them of his administration’s support to boost their economic activities.

Zulum, during the visit, held closed door meeting with the military commanders in which issues concerning security of the returnees were discussed.

The Governor had earlier addressed thousands of returnees and had charged them to cooperate with security operatives by providing credible information about unlawful activities and movements.

Marte Local Government was one of the Boko Haram insurgents strong hold liberated by the Nigerian military and the Multinational Joint Taskforce.

Zulum led delegation comprising of a Senator representing Northern Borno, Abubakar Kyari, Member of House of Representatives representing Marte, Monguno, Nganzai, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, the Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte and relevant commissioners of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement and that of the Ministry for Local Government and Emirate Affairs.

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Hunger Threatens 4.4 Million People in Northeast, Nigeria – Kallon



Hunger threatens 4.4 million people in Northeast, Nigeria – Kallon

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Over four million people are threatened by hunger in the Northeast, Nigeria due to the 12 year long Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

Speaking at the Joint Planing Board JPB/NCDP meeting held at the Government House, Maiduguri, the United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon said the United Nations will commence a new cycle of humanitarian programme planning for 2022 and beyond to reduce needs, risks and vulnerabilities of the
affected people and provide durable solutions where feasible and safe to do. This is happening against a backdrop of a combination of escalating conflict, displacement and loss
of livelihoods from COVID-19, and a looming food insecurity and nutrition crisis that is putting at
high risks as many as 4.4 million people threatened to face acute hunger at the peak of the lean season and well into the rainy season.”

The commissioners of the 36 states of the Federation and their permanent Secretaries, Security and Humanitarian actors and other stakeholders in economic sector were converged on Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday for the 2oth Joint Planing Board (JPB) and the National council for Development Planing (NCDP) to chat a way to prefer sustainable solutions to the economic challenges facing the nation.

Mr Kallon represented by the UN Humanitarian, Deputy Head of Office in Maiduguri, Mrs Esty sutyoko said “I stand here before you to deliver this goodwill message on behalf of the United Nations Resident and
Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon who could not be here with you this morning at
the opening of this august occasion due to unavoidable circumstance.”.

“It is an honor and privilege to be invited to the opening ceremony of the National Council on Development Planning meeting in Borno State and I would like to begin by acknowledging the excellent collaboration we have with the Government of Nigeria, and the cooperation with the Federal
Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the Governors of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. We are working together to alleviate suffering and save lives of people affected by 12 years of conflict in the three states in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.”, Kallon added

He further said “this is the worst outlook in four years. Unfortunately, humanitarian needs are increasing as funding is declining. Allow me to acknowledge the generous contributions of our donors and the Government of Nigeria that has enabled us to deliver lifesaving assistance and protection services for millions of people including women, girls and children affected by the conflict in the Northeast. “

Also in his keynote address, the Secretary to the Borno (SSG) Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa said “”I am highly pleased and profoundly honoured to deliver the keynote address at the 20th meeting of the Joint Planning Board/National Council on Development Planning, with the theme “MANAGING THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN A CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT.” The theme is appropriately apt and couldn’t be more relevant, in view of the daunting economic outlook currently facing the country and the formidable challenges associated with its management. Obviously the challenges are multifaceted and varied, both in scope and depth, but equally have the same devastating effect on the socio-economic and political landscape of the country.”

“The most prominent and, by far, the most daunting of these challenges, is the issue of insecurity, largely characterized by the seemingly unending Boko Haram insurgency and the emergent criminal activities of banditry and kidnapping as well as socio-economic threats, such as mass unemployment, youth restiveness and deep rooted poverty”, he added.

Alhaji Shuwa said “the negative effect of insecurity is widespread and all encompassing and has not only adversely affected economic growth at the macro level but has also compellingly devastated the economic live wire of our people at the local level such as farming, petty trading and inter- state commercial activities, among others. Added to these is the excruciating phenomenon of Corbid-19, which has an emasculating and crippling effect on the overall global economic system. All these challenges have to be profoundly addressed and systematically overcome in order for any strategic plans to have any meaningful and tangible impact on the socioeconomic development of the country”.

He further said “this meeting of the Joint Planning Board and the National Council on Development planning provides a veritable avenue for highlighting most of the daunting challenges, the institutional inadequacies and other appalling socioeconomic and political encumbrances that have been considerably affecting the growth and development of the country, with a view to evolving a pragmatic and viable system to chart the way forward. This will also help in stimulating and sustaining public confidence and trust in the ability of governments at all levels to address the challenges of development. “

*It was the concomitant effect of the prevailing peace and security in various parts of the state that ultimately inspired and prompted His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, to launch the Borno State Twenty-Five year Development Plan and the ten-year Strategic Transformation Initiative as the bedrock for the sustainable growth and development of the state. This Development Plan serves as a beacon for the complete socioeconomic transformation and development of all sectors to their ultimate potentialities”, he further explained.

He said most of these challenges the , nation, is facing are undoubtedly daunting but not unsurmountable but what is required is collective resolve, relentless determination and total commitment to the course and talked for collective efforts.

In her opening address, the permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planing Mrs, Olusola Olauinka said this gathering is expected to provide sustainable solutions to the ailing economy of the nation and urged governors to do more in the areas of poverty reduction, especially at the rural level.

Also speaking in an interview with newsmen, the Borno state Commissioner for Finance, budget and Economic Planing, Alhaji Adamu Lawan said ” Borno state has always been on the news for negative reasons, the holding of this meeting here in Maiduguri is an indication that peace has return the state and will afford us the opportunity to showcase to the world the business opportunities we have, which will attract more investors to the state.”.

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Covid-19: UMTH Inaugurates Newly Equipped Isolation Centre



COVID-19: UMTH inaugurates newly equipped isolation centre

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

The Chairman Board of Management of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Alhaj Hadi Ukasha, has inaugurated the hospital’s newly equipped COVID-19 Isolation Intensive Care Unit.

Speaking at inauguration ceremony on Friday, Ukasha landed Federal Government for the intervention which he described as timely in preparation for any eventually based on the much talked about third wave of the pandemic.

Ukasha who observed that for the past six months there was no admitted case of COVID-19 in the hospital, urged the public to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols as the best way to contain the pandemic.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, said the 36-bed capacity isolation unit comprising 10-bedded Intensive Care Unit was part of Federal Government COVID-19 intervention programme in all Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres.

Ahijo said with this development, the hospital now has a complete centre with more equipped isolation ward, personal protection equipments and others consumables.

Ahijo said that the hospital has also gotten two new additional testing machines.

“We have ventilators and virtually everything that you need in managing severe COVID-19 cases.

“There is also supportive facilities like the radiology and dialysis section in case of renal failure which is one of the challenges of COVID-19 patients,” Ahijo said.

Also inaugurated by the Chairman board of the Teaching Hospital is a Molecular laboratory.

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