What Is In An Office, Ordinary Ahmed Isah And The Search For Justice, by Hassan Gimba
Anyone conversant with Nigeria’s political history knows that politicians, both those in babban riga and khaki, handle government appointments and offices with politics in mind. In most cases, no one gives a hoot about merit.
Even in the First Republic when Sir Ahmadu Bello’s Northern People’s Congress (NPC) entered a political marriage of convenience with Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Nigerian National People’s Congress (NNPC), and they came to the table to share the “spoils” of office, which went to which party, or tribe, was the top menu.
When General Murtala Ramat Muhammad got assassinated in a coup d’état on 13 February 1976, his Chief of Staff (a sort of deputy to a head of state in a military regime), General Olusegun Obasanjo, also the most senior army officer alive, took over. Of course, he did not have the stomach for it at first, but that was something else.
Obasanjo was a Christian succeeding a slain Muslim head of state. To have another Christian, even though from the North, as his deputy, was thought to be politically incorrect by General TY Danjuma, who should have been the beneficiary. He sacrificed the honour of being the second in command to Obasanjo. His junior, Colonel Shehu Musa Yar’Adua but of note is that he did not resign.
This rotating of offices to all parts of the country to “taste” what it is like has been the informal, guiding principle of our polity. Thus, it was that virtually all political parties “surrendered” their presidential tickets to the South West. This ostensibly to assuage the Yoruba who felt the system denied their son the office with the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
There should be nothing wrong with this arrangement so far as every tribe, every gender, every religion, every part of the country want the office to contribute its best towards lifting Nigeria higher. What we should frown at is if the rumble, fisticuffs, threats, intimidations, blackmails, etc, were purposely for people to corner an office to feather their nests.
One may think the latter reason may be it. People want theirs to be the president, service chief, minister, etc. Good, but I have never seen a people foaming in the mouth, promising fire and brimstone because theirs missed being appointed the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service. Or the Postmaster General of the federation. Or even the Chief of the Legionnaires. But they are all serving the nation greatly in their way.
The problem with us is that we all believe there is “something” in those offices we want ours to occupy. And we want ours to get our share. Though in most cases, we do not benefit as “ours” team up with like minds from the other side of the fence to enjoy their time.
This brings me to a sad issue for those who are discerning enough. Lt General Ibrahim Attahiru, the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and others, died in the nation’s service. Though saddened by their perhaps avoidable death, we believe what is bound to happen must happen. While we believe they are resting in the bosom of the Lord, the nation still mourns them. And it will take some time before we get over it.
The way things were panning out, General Attahiru’s short COAS’ lifespan is worth celebrating. Yes, because it has been a long while since the ordinary Nigerian felt the war against Boko Haram was making any headway.
After the civil war and up to some ten years ago, the military, especially the army, in the North at least, was seen as a profession that easily confers power on its members. You become a head of state, minister or governor when your civilian contemporaries were huffing and puffing, pounding the streets of survival.
An officer standing akimbo in a starched khaki evinces charisma and a magnetic alluring personality. The personification of power! A tin god who can be above the law because he was the law! God help you if both of you want to “lure” the same girl into matrimony. He will dust you, for sure.
But Boko Haram has demystified that aura. They have punctured that veneer of invisibility and invulnerability. They also made the adonis looking warriors real – made of flesh, bone and blood like every “bloody civilian”. And we realised that soldiers, too, cry.
Ordinarily, we should not see the office of the COAS as an office of “ours” and so it is our turn to enjoy the gravy train. The office should be an office that is noble because it is the face of the military if ever there was one. For now, it is also our hope for bringing an end to the insurgencies buffeting the nation from the shores of Lake Chad to the hills and valleys of the Ndi Igbo. Our buffer against the marauding forces from the fringes of the desert to our North West and the gathering storm from the land of Oduduwa in our South West. The occupant therefore must be an embodiment of duty, honour and patriotism.
All this considered, it was sad to see soldiers celebrating and clapping when their commander was announced as the new COAS less than a week after his predecessor’s gruesome death. That should not have been tolerated from the troops, other ranks who look up to officers for guidance. What they should have gotten was a gut inspiring homily.
Events immediately after the announcement of the new COAS should reflect the solemnity of the circumstances. This is a man following on the heels of someone snatched away from life, whose family and nation are still in a state of shock and grief. It was not an occasion for effulgence, least of all cheering from troops while the appointed stands in front of them exultantly.
He may not have to be a Giuseppe Garibaldi who exhorted his troops, “I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles, and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me.” Garibaldi was an Italian general and patriot who contributed to the creation of the kingdom of Italy in 1848.
He could even have borrowed and adapted General Douglas MacArthur’s “Old Soldiers Never Die” address to the American Congress on 19 April 1951. It was a time to whip up morale, even sentiment, by letting the troops get fired by their patriotism to their country and its citizens, and rout the enemies of the state.
I would like to leave our army chiefs with the words of Sun Tzu in The Art of War. Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China. The Art of War, which has influenced the philosophies, military thinking and strategies of both western and eastern nations, is considered one of the oldest of military treatises.
He said, “Thus, though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays. There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. It is only one who is acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.”
Lest I Forget!
Ordinary President Ahmed Isah, a human rights activist, an advocate of social justice for the oppressed and founder of the Brekete Family, is in the eye of the storm. The acclaimed philanthropist producer-turned proprietor of Nigeria’s first-ever human rights radio was caught in a fit of anger that any man of conscience can be guilty of. He lost his cool and slapped a woman who poured kerosene and set fire on the head of her niece, claiming she is a witch.
Though he has since apologised, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the radio station and has hinted that, henceforth, it must strictly adhere to certain rules. Such rules that would dull the sharpness Ordinary Ahmed has brought to bear in fighting for the voiceless.
But the radio station was not the culprit. NBC’s action is just akin to hitting a fly with a sledgehammer or throwing away the baby with the bathwater. The obvious explanation is that being a bone in the throat of oppressors and powerful people who believe they can ride roughshod over the have-nots, they have now found an excuse to muzzle the voice of hope and justice to the poor.
To say Nigerian institutions care for the downtrodden citizen should be a story for the birds. If Nigerian institutions were that swift in protecting the vulnerable, legislators who slap their colleagues and commoners, judges who attack security men in plazas should have been in the gulag. Chief executives and their spouses who torture aides over allegations of stealing would have since joined them.
RE: Open Letter To Ndigbo, by Hassan Gimba
Re: Open Letter to Ndigbo, by Hassan Gimba
Last week’s write-up with the above title has generated so many responses that I feel today should be a day for the respondents. Please enjoy.
What can be more brotherly than feeling the pain of a brother and providing a way to relieve it? Malam Hassan, as we, your Potiskum people call you, you have shown them the way and the light. My hope now is that Ndigbos will find their trails and walk back again to the path of peace and harmony. After all, a word is enough for the wise.
What a life-changing piece! … Certainly, a word is enough for the wise.
Yusuf Sardauna Dagare
What a nice piece. A word, they say, is enough for a wise period!!!
Excellent piece, why are they going on a suicide mission? Why should a shop owner want the market to be burned? Something is definitely wrong
Professor MK Othman
Very Apt. May the good Lord divinely intervene in Jesus name, Amen.
Profoundly Stated, Editor and Do Remain Blessed.
#Words I’ve been waiting for this, sir. May Allah increase you more in wisdom and understanding.
Ahmed Haruna Daya
Excellent advice Dr A stitch in time saves 9.
Dr Yusuf Iliyasu
Greater words were never written. May (the ink in) your pen never dry, Malam.
I couldn’t forget how my two innocent brothers died at “Guantanamo” in Damaturu. My childhood friend too died there too. This Indomie generation doesn’t know war or history.
Bukar A. Musa
Words of wisdom! Enough is enough.
We are proud of you.
Asma’u Abubakar Mahmud
Words of wisdom, this is really enough for the wise.
Jaundiced piece! Why can’t these almajris writers leave us alone? What i don’t understand is, must we be in the same country with you? Give us referendum and stop crying more that the bereaved.
Dennis K. Ezeh
@Dennis K. Ezeh I guess you can’t read, or perhaps you have difficulty in comprehending words of wisdom. The type of kindness in this piece alone can attract the wrath of Amadioha of Ozuzu on you!
Yusuf Sardauna Dagare
@Dennis K. Ezeh imagine, insulting a person who educationally has no mate in your entire family!
Barrah’u Haruna Nasir
Boy does not know the fire until the fire burns him. Those people are being brainwashed by unscrupulous elements that is why they behave in a dogmatic way.
I don’t have time to read this nonsense, people who cannot pay house rent is it land they will buy.
Engr. Ozumba Jerry
@Engr Ozumba Jerry thanks for reading it.
@Engr. Ozumba Jerry it’s like you don’t know what you’re fighting for.
It is better for you to read before commenting nonsense, my friend.
Tijjani Idi Maikalanzir
Zanna Ali Haruna
Dear Hassan Gimba, I appreciate your write up on the current situation in the south East. As a person, I don’t support violence in any form and am not here to justify that. I spent close to 14 years in Maiduguri from 2001 till 2014 and I was there when it all started.
On the south East situation, let’s look at it from this direction based on your write up.
Originally IPOB agitation started with flags and other Biafran insignia and they were labelled “Terrorists”.
Presently no Igbo man is in the security apparatus/architecture of this country or does that mean NO IGBO MAN IS QUALIFIED TO BE THERE??.
In Igbo land, land business is huge business and requires capital but the question is HOW MANY NORTHERNERS ARE WILLING TO PAY?
On the issue of President from Igbo extraction, why are Northerners always afraid of that? Igbo’s are one of the major stakeholders in the Nigeria project.
On saying “IPOB terrorists” killed Ahmed Gulak, my brother time shall tell.
NIGERIA IS BLEEDING
Ozonweke IK Godwin Stage
@Ozonweke Ik Godwin Stage Objection! When was IPOB labelled terrorist? Answer: When they armed themselves and started destructive actions.
No Igbo man in the security architecture? But it’s not by tribe or region even though you carved out Gen. Lucky Irabor who hail from Delta which is included in Biafra map, no problem.
How many Northerners are willing to pay for the land in the south? Am writing you this directly from the South. Bro, Northerners in the South are completely threatened even though we are financially fit to buy land. In fact in states like Port Harcourt, Bayelsa, excluding Abia and Imo, Hausa people prefer to reside there than the southeast, all because of atrocities committed in Igbo land and the inherent problems of your land dispute over years.
On the issue of the president: we never fear for an Igbo man to be president in this country if he can be truly voted into power.
IPOB killed Ahmed Gulak. Yes! No doubt. Commissioner of police confirmed and I choose that of the commissioner because he is responsible to brief the governor over this issue. Finally, Nigeria is safe since the country has identified its problems and taken the way out of these problems.
You have eloquently said it all, sir. A word is enough for the wise.
I salute you, sir, for penning down this million-dollar piece. I think I should say that I would want to volunteer to be the bearer of this super epistle, or the emissary to bear it to the land of the Ndigbo. As you emphasised, we in the northeast have experienced it. So, your epistle is right on time. Let who has ears listen. Come what may, I remain a green-white-greener. Lastly, I sympathise with you, sir over the BH incident that haunted you back then. Allah ya kiyaye mu.
Adamkolo M. Ibrahim
People with myopic mindset talking junk.
Nzubechukwu Umeojinaka Sampepe
Nice open letter. More ink to your pen, sir and may almighty Allah exalts you in knowledge.
Oga you just they blow grammar. My issue with this northern janjaweed is why are they afraid to go their way?
Agu Ike Tony
@Agu Ike Tony and who is holding you from going?
Talatu Hyat Baji
May Allah guide and protect you, father.
Omar Ya’u Janda
Wisdom ink on paper.
Jamil Sawwa Sawwa
Fighting ourselves will do no one any good in this trying moment. Stronger we are to confront our contemporary challenges… I feel ashamed and disturbed when my brethren are strongly after the collapse of our dear nation. Remember, it takes years to build a nation, we have come a long way, went through the good, the bad and the ugly side of history. Are we going to restart afresh? Are we going to sacrifice all the labour of our heroes past of uniting this nation? Are we going to allow self-interest to overshadow public interest? Are we going to instil the fear of one another in the younger generation?
Negotiation and roundtable discussion is the best avenue to frontally address the topical issues, not killings and threatening national peace, unity, integration and SECURITY. Whether you agree or disagree with me, WE ARE BROTHERS!
Umaru Yakubu Kirawa
Well understood, can’t we forget our differences and live as one Nigeria, as said by the great Zik of Africa, or should we sort out our differences and live as one as said by the Sardauna? Am not in support of what Nnamdi Kanu is doing in the east, but the truth of the matter is once any act of criminality takes place in the east, without investigation, the security agencies know who is responsible, but when the herdsmen perpetrate their act in the south, the security agencies will keep mum.
When somebody refuses to listen to the words of wisdom he must definitely cry for the words of violence. Fighting the problem with violence is just like adding petrol to fire. I do hope that they will listen to not only you but to many concerned citizens who are calling their attention to their acts of terrorism.
God bless you, sir.
Baba Alhaji Mele
A piece of good advice. Hope they listen.
Dr Suleiman Mohammed
A soothing balm, indeed. The record is straight
Mr Gimba, you are such an amazing writer. To a large extent too, I think you are compassionate with your advice. I see a man who has shown concern at least to his brothers and sisters from the other side. Mr Ike Ozonweke has done well too to address part of the concerns in the east. What I see as a man from neither East nor North, is that there’s still a huge deposit of mistrust emanating from that unfortunate and unforgettable miscarriage some 51 years ago; the civil war. Until trust is bridged, no action of the president from the north will seem right or trusted by people from the other side, likewise when someone from the east steers the affairs of this great but haemorrhaging nation. The president does not seem to be doing enough in carrying everyone along; his silence on too many things going wrong, including his beloved Daura, is disheartening. If he really wants to correct the ills of the past, he should carry everyone along and people like Nnamdi Kanu cannot enjoy the sympathy of the gullible poor who are already fade up and are down already and need some form of reassurances. Let our president come out or better still go to the east as he did during campaigns and talk to the hungry and gullible citizens. The people are in fear and they choose to obey what you may wish to call distant voices because the real voice is silent or appears not to be there or concerned. I wish the people of the East can read your beautiful write-up and flee from the impending and imminent dangers. I don’t want to remember my experience at Galadima – Maiduguri. What is happening now is avoidable. Peace and justice are synonymous, and what is good for Ali, should be good for Emeka and Abiodun.
Thank you, Dr Hassan. A timely admonition. I sincerely appreciate the article. This is a must-read for all south-easterners. I’ve already shared it on a few platforms.
Dr M. O. Ezechukwu
Wow! To end a challenging day like Monday with an aptly written epistle is to end the day well. A word should be enough for the wise. Well done sir. God bless Nigeria.
Governor Buni: A Faithful Advocate of True Democracy In Nigeria
GOVERNOR BUNI: A FAITHFUL ADVOCATE OF TRUE DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA
By Mamman Mohammed
Nigeria’s struggle for democracy had been quite thorny from the first and second republics to the June 12, 1993 election, which was annulled, to the present dispensation which has lasted 22 straight years. Throughout this period, there has been the good, the bad and the ugly moments. We have also had players who shaped, and have continued to shape, the struggle for the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy.
Since the declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s democracy day by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018, the new date has assumed the status of the nation’s mirror to reflect our journey to democratic governance after so many years of successive military administrations and the struggles that followed to entrench democracy that will stand the test of time.
Nigeria’s first democratic experience after independence was the parliamentary system of government referred to as the First Republic, which had Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) as president, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa of the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) as prime minister, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo of the Action Group (AG) as leader of the opposition. There were also four premiers: Sir Ahmadu Bello, Northern Region; Chief Samuel Akintola, Western Region; Chief Michael Okpara, Eastern Region, and Chief Dennis Osadebey, Midwestern Region.
Sadly, the 1966 military coup ended the First Republic and introduced the military regime in the political system of the country, and it went on to dominate the nation’s life.
Nigeria returned to democracy in 1979 when General Olusegun Obasanjo handed over power to Alhaji Usman Aliyu Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) as the elected president after he defeated other political chieftains like Chief Obafemi Awolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of the Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP), Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim of the Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP) and Mallam Aminu Kano of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
As the country struggled to learn the ropes, the Second Republic was brought to a halt by another military coup just three months into President Shagari’s second term.
The attempt to return the country to democracy in 1993 under a two-party system composed of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the National Republican Convention (NRC) produced Chief Moshood Abiola (MKO) and Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa respectively. Surprisingly, SDP fielded a Muslim/Muslim ticket with Chief MKO Abiola and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as presidential and vice presidential candidates respectively while NRC had Bashir Tofa and Sylvester Ugoh on the other side.
The June 12, 1993 election was described as fantastic, free, fair and most peaceful election in Nigeria. Nigerians had in that election jettisoned primordial sentiments of religion and ethnicity to elect SDP’s Muslim/Muslim ticket of Abiola and Kingibe with over 8.3 million votes to defeat NRC’s Tofa/Ugoh who scored 5.9 million votes.
The 1993 election gave the nation a new hope for national unity and prosperity. However, the results were never announced officially. A court order obtained by one previously unknown group, Association for Better Nigeria (ABN), suspended the process and, eventually, the election was annulled by the then military regime. Today, June 12 has become Nigeria’s symbol of democracy.
Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 at a time when military regime was no longer fashionable globally was celebrated by Nigerians and the international community. Similarly, in what seemed to be a national healing process, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fielded Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who enjoyed a lot of sympathy and support from Nigerians over what was described as wrongful detention by the Abacha regime. The party rode to success and thereafter remained in power for 16 years.
The PDP as a ruling party also had its challenges, producing 12 national chairmen in its 16 years of rule. It started with Chief Barnabas Gemade (999-2001), Chief Audu Ogbeh (2001-2005), Ahmadu Ali (2005-2008), Prince Vincent Ogbulagor (2008-2010), Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo (2010), Dr. Haliru Mohammed (2010), Alhaji Kawu Baraje (2011-2014), Bamanga Tukur (2012-2014), Adamu Muazu (2015), Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff (2015-2016), Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi (2015-2016) and Uche Secondus 2017- date.
In 2013, four parties, namely the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), merged to oust PDP from power.
Chief Tom Ikimi, a chieftain of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) stated that leaders of the four merging parties had agreed that the need to form a formidable party to wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 was more urgent than ever.
“At no time in our national life has the need for radical change become more urgent. And to meet the challenge, we the following political parties, namely, ACN, ANPP, APGA and CPC, have resolved to merge forthwith and become All Progressive Congress (APC) and offer to our beleaguered people a recipe for peace and prosperity,” Ikimi said.
The election of President Muhammadu in 2015 heralded the beginning of the APC administration. The new ruling party started with Chief Bisi Akande as the interim national chairman in 2013, followed by the election of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in 2014 and Adams Oshiomhole in 2018.
However, Oshiomhole’s reign was submerged in various crises with a litany of litigations. This not only threatened the very existence of the party but was also distracting the APC-led federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
On June 25, 2018 the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling APC had to take decisive action to save the party from an imminent collapse. This saw to the constitution of a 13-man Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee under the leadership of Yobe State governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
The decision of the party’s National Executive Committee to dissolve the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) was welcomed by many party faithful; some were, however, skeptical and remained on the fence, while few others with sympathy to Oshiomhole outrightly condemned the entire action.
As a two-term national secretary of the party, Governor Buni brought his experience to bear. He aggressively pursued the founding members of the party, including Chief Bisi Akande and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, among others, to understand why the Caretaker Committee was needed – which was to save the party. His bargaining power for reconciliation through courtesy, humility, respect and throwing the party ownership to the people through the now famous bottom-up approach quickly cemented relationships with a new trust in the APC.
Buni’s declaration of true and genuine reconciliation among members was indeed the expected panacea to commence the herculean task of moving the party out of the woods. The sincerity, or otherwise, of this statement was to decide and determine the fate and recovery of the party.
Buni’s style of leadership was to remain neutral, objective and impartial in handling disputes; give everyone what genuinely belongs to them; carry everyone along as demonstrated by the appointment of party members from all factions into various committees, thereby giving everyone a sense of belonging. He is a strong apostle of building democracy that derives its strength from the electorate.
The reconciliation of intensely contending factions in Zamfara State, for instance, is indeed a case study. APC had lost in Zamfara, Rivers, Cross River and Bayelsa states. However, the internal feuds in these states have been settled. Reports of skirmishes among stakeholders in Kwara, Ogun, Imo and Rivers states are being addressed in order to have a strong and united party in all the state chapters.
Buni’s approach worked like a magnet and, soon, prominent politicians cutting across all political parties, including former PDP chairman Chief Barnabas Gemade, two former Speakers of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Yakubu Dogara, former Ogun State governor and director-general of the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Otumba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Kabir Marafa, have either rejoined or newly joined the party and paid loyalty to the leadership of the party.
The dates, November 17, 2020 and May 20, 2021, will remain memorable in the history of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the political history of Nigeria. These were the days serving governors of Ebonyi and Cross River states, Mr. Dave Umahi and Prof. Ben Ayade respectively defected from the opposition PDP to the APC.
With his gift of humble approach, political experience and tenacity, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has undoubtedly proved to be a strong source of political stability in Nigeria.
As a politician who started his career at the grassroots as a councillor, then state party chairman, political adviser, national secretary of a party and state governor, this deep-rooted experience has provided him with some added advantage in managing political affairs effectively and efficiently.
He is, indeed, an advocate of internal and true democracy where power truly comes from the people.
Mohammed is the Director-General Press and Media Affairs to Yobe Gov. Mai Mala Buni
Assessing Dividend of Democracy in Ajingi, Albasu and Gaya federal constituency
Assessing Dividend Of Democracy In Ajingi,Albasu and Gaya federal constituency
By Ibrahim Umar, Kano
When the country returned to the civil rule in 1999. there was positive excitements and hope but all these enthusiasm and hope conceived has been aborted. The country is now in a very critical condition, facing the danger of fragmentation, poor leadership and representation at all levels.
In spite of this lost of much confidence still there have not been without a few good ones who are undeniably perform as truly peoples servants. While their attendance in the political space equates the voice of reason and are such catalysts of some of the dividend of democracy the electorates enjoying today.
One of such rare breed politician is Hon Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya a member Representing Ajingi,Albasu and Gaya federal constituency. His political trajectory is such with laced with grace as impact and motivation to his constituency’s peoples and other politicians. His political carrier started in 2011 as Kano state commissioner of finance with his awesome performance was elected as a parliament member in the House of Representatives in 2015.
For the constituents peoples his election widely regarded by many as one of the most successful game changer in the annals of history of the constituency before him the constituency is being regarded as neglected in term of truly representation. Ever since he became a member of the lower chamber has brought new Developmental Projects and Standout among former lawmakers that has been in the House before him. He has lived up of becoming one of the most performing the constituency ever produced considering the indelible impact that trailed his representation in term of dividend of democracy he able in provided in the constituents.
Honorable Abdullahi Mahmud has also been constant, stabilising factor in the 8th and 9th National Assembly, following his numerous interventions and mediations on critical national issues affecting nation economic wellbeing.
In the 8th Assembly he headed Ad Hoc Committee to Investigate Debts Amounting to over N500 Billion allegedly owed to the Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC) by Oil Marketers. headed the committee.
He was among the 16-WISE MAN Tactical Committee on Economic Recession Recovery. During the committee seating he has greatly helping the country to combat the challenges faced by the Nigeria economy and also interface with Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments as well as interact with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Labor Congress, Civil Society Organizations and any other stakeholders that has been considered relevant in the bid to arrest the recession and return the economy to the path of growth and stability.
When Nigerian Customs Service issued directives that no petroleum products permitted to be discharged in any filling station within 20 kilometers to the border. Which as result a of these directives inhabitants of these border towns are already feeling the brunt of the border closure.
House speaker mandated the Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), to engage the Minister of Interior, the Minister of State for Petroleum, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs and the Group Managing Director of National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) ,Petroleum Resources (DPR) Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other stakeholders in finding last solutions to the borders communities. His calmness and maturity has earned him respect amongst friends and colleagues.
His the dividend of democracy to the constituency speaks louder as set himself goals that prioritize the development of education, health, Infrastructure, youths and women empowerment in the constituents. Hon Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya has constructed Girls Junior Secondary at Faragai, Shagogo, Chula, Dagagi, Gamarya, Tsangaya, and Karar Dagagi. Boys Technical secondary school at Kademi. At primary schools also constructed primary school at Malamawa and also provided furniture in all these schools classroom. All these projects have been completed and commissioned. He also built blocks of classrooms in 23 out of 30 wards in the constituents which will be commissioned soon. Annually, he purchased final year examination forms of National Examination Council, West African Examination Council and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination forms to hundreds of students in the three local government .
However, in the area of youth development, honorable Abdullahi has secured hundreds of youth jobs which includes Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Civil Defence, CBN, PHCN and other places both at state and federal level. For those with no formal education, honorable has provide soft skills trainings, cold rooms, machines for irrigation farming and agricultural support to thousands of youth in the constituent in order to fight unemployment.
Henceforth AMG Women Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP), is a program specifically created by Honorable Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya in order to help women in the constituents. To undergoing various programs aimed at empowered women on self reliant. Moreover, he has distributed hundreds of sewing machines to women with 5000 naira as seed capital.
1000 women were also trained on modern goat rearing with N20,000 each as start off capital. More than 1500 got to poultry farming, 1500 women undergoing various trained on different economic empowerment programs with N20,000 naira as capital. He also designed a special program for woman that lost husband with empowerment in order to take care of their children and while other gotten Saloon kits to start saloon businesses. Sunken motorized boreholes with overhead water tanks at various wards of the constituency.
Toward strengthened the security of lives and properties across the constituents 163 solar street light provided. Building a new block Police Divisional station and fully furnished in Gaya local government waiting for the commission. While substantial among of funds provided towards in rehabilitation security facilities across the three local government areas. In fact, it worth elucidating that a parliamentarian has overcome all manner of obstacles to touch the lives of the people of constituency, and throughout six years of legislative stewardship.
Finally Hon Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya’s is a rare humanist Politician whose actions are exceptional gifts that any societies would crave to benefit from. Undeniably dissecting Hon Mahmud Gaya’s performance for taking dividend of democracy to his constituency’s peoples door step as their representatives in line with yearnings of constituents aspirations.
Since 2015 he defining and exhibiting what a humanist and progressive politician should be. It is a well-known fact that he has shown how capable with evidence of giant both human and capital projects executing in the three Local Governments Areas.
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