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Art of Stewardship and the Clash of Personalities in Kogi State

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Art of Stewardship and the Clash of Personalities in Kogi State

In recent years, personality psychologists have refined our understanding of personality and have reached a working consensus that personality traits can be comprehensively conceptualized and reliably measured by observing the dealings of people in their public and private lives, but specifically for the focus of this piece, their political lives.

We must understand that democracy is a contact sport. It’s a battle that throws you against one another. Everyone gets bruises: the losers and even the winners. So it is disappointing the kind of bickering we see today across our polity during elections. It is not only unproductive but juvenile and cowardly.

Even though political issues and personalities are the major domains in politics, we must understand that if you don’t have the will and patriotism to focus on the main issues and ideas relevant to infrastructural and socioeconomic development as opposed to tearing down individuals for puerile and selfish reasons, you do not deserve to be considered let alone be on the field. Pulling down the personality of Governor Yahaya Bello on the basis on ethnicity, hammering on where he comes from and his people, and not on the basis of the performance and failures of his administration in the quest to move Kogi state forward socioeconomically is just unnecessary vituperation that does not serve the interests of the good people of Kogi state.

We want leaders who are brave enough to focus on ideas and not ad hominem shenanigans. We want leaders who are willing to say, “Governor Yahaya Bello has not done well here. He ought to do better. We deserve better governance. I do not like what Bello stands for in this particular area, but I do not hate him on a personal basis and neither should you.” We need more Kogites who engage in these kind of circumspect arguments/debates for the sake of our democracy. Just ideas against ideas, let us all fight it out, and if we lose, we returned to the table with better ideas.

A rumble can be quenched by a fair fight. We have the will to egage in fair and productive debates with the aim of improving our polity and strengthening our democracy. The question is: are we ready to start fighting fair for the sake of our democracy? For the collective interest of the people? Are we ready to engage with the intentions of proffering solutions to our common socioeconomic problems?

Unpaid salaries/percentage salaries has been the major controversy in Kogi state. The cries of suffering workers, pensioners (and their families) whose entitlements have been delayed/unpaid is loud enough to hear from wherever you are in the world. And on the side the state government, the overzealous aids gloats when salaries are paid. To be candid, payment of salaries is not counted as an achievement of any responsible administration, as this is a mere fulfilment of one of its primary responsibilities. It cannot be passed off as an achievement on the scale of performance.

It is expedient at this point, as we approach the November 2019 Gubernatorial Election, that Governor Yahaya Bello do the needful by making public the funds received from FEC allocations, bailouts, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) so far and explicitly explain how they were expended; and also continue a monthly disclosure of how funds that comes in are expanded for the sake of transparency. Kogit state citizens need access to accurate information in order to informally appraise the performance of the government in relation to available resources. They need to know exactly what the government has done and is doing to improve security, healthcare, infrastructure, education, etc.

Youths and leaders of our today and tomorrow are being brainwashed, offered peanuts and recruited as political mercenaries to engage in violence; killing and visiting mayhem on their own kinsmen and fellow citizens at the behest of selfish politicians. These are youths that are supposed to employ their youthful energy into contributing positively to the development of Kogi State, if not now, in the near future.

When a government has failed in generating the ideas and innovations needed to solve problems; to create employment for its grossly unemployed population and improve the overall economy of the state, and then win the heart of the people for another election, it resorts to despicable tactics of employing thuggery, vote buying and intimidation of the opposition and the electorates. This leads to diversion of funds meant to develop the state and improve the lives of the citizens to procuring elections, leaving the people unavoidably impoverished and the political thugs to wreck violence that usually leads to loss of innocent lives and properties.

President Muhammadu Buhari as a man of honor and father of every citizen of Nigeria should empathize with the citizens of Kogi state and use his power and goodwill to lean on the powers that be in Kogi to avert the looming danger, and improve governance and invariably the lives of the common Kogi citizen.

Gideon Ojata, an International Security and Psychological Consultant and Entrepreneur writes from San Diego, California, USA.

Email: gojata@outlook.com; Telehone: +1 858-231-7962.

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigation

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Zamfara gives Sahara Reporters 7 days to retract libelous publication or face litigatigation

Zamfara State Government has threatened to institute a court action against Sahara Reporters over alleged libelous report against the state government and the personality of the Governor of Zamfara State Bello Muhammad Matawalle.

Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Nura Ibrahim Zarumi who issued the threat letter to the editor of the media outfit on Tuesday evening in Gusau, gave 7-day within which the management must publish a retraction and public apology on “your online publication and in two other national dailies”.

The commissioner warned that it will amount to “suspicious gamble” if the letter is threated with levity, adding that the state government would take every step necessary to fight the matter to it’s logical conclusion.

“It is our mandate to intimate you of this grievous breach on the image and hard-earned reputation of the state with patent collateral damage on its people,” the commissioner noted.

The letter further reads: “Be informed that the state has not only suffered an infinite loss of Goodwill but also confronted with unbearable disgrace from within, outside the state and across the globe as a result of your publication. The state is alive to it’s right both law and equity, but it disposed to afford you an opportunity to undo the evil you have already done by retracting the same unwholesome remarks on the same platform it was published and apologize in two other national dailies”.

“The whole scenario becomes bewildering after reading your publication and the description of the state is totally out of place and libelous.

“Having regard to your previous publications against the state government our state has come to the conclusion that your publication is both malicious and libelous.”

The Commissioner insisted that, the state government will swing to action if Sahara reporters refuse to act according to the instructions of the state on this very important issue.

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

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Buhari says the good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold

***As Leadership Alumni holds candle light for him

The good family name left by Sam Nda-Isaiah is worth more than gold, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

He urged the family to do whatever it takes to uphold it.
This was contained in a letter he wrote to the bereaved family. President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and my family, I sincerely express my condolence on the sudden transition of my friend and ally, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership newspapers.
“Indeed, Sam’s untimely passage filled me with shock and sadness to the point that I was short of words when the news reached me.”
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, delivered Buhari’s letter to the deceased’s younger brother, Abraham Nda-Isaiah.
This was coming just as Leadership Newspaper Alumni held an evening of tributes and a candle light in his honour at the NUJ, FCT council secretariat on Tuesday.

At the session session, he was described as a man of many paths and a bridge builder who had finished his course.


The chairman of the NUJ FCT Council, Comrade, Emmanuel Ogbeche described him as “A man, many Love to Hate and Hate to Love”
A former editor of the paper, Sadiq Abdullateef said he was more than a boss, but like a father and big brother to all Alumni.
“He taught us a lot about leadership and journalism, no amount of words or eulogies can appropriately describe what chairman meant to all of us.
“He made us what we are today, so we can’t thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to grow on this job.
“Personally, a few days before he died we spoke on the phone and a day before he died I missed his call and I have been asking myself what that conversation would have been.
“It so sad, we will continue to pray for him, his family and Leaderhip as an jnstitution.”
He said he edited the newspaper from 2012 to 2016 as the longest serving editor of the paper.

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

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Humanitarian minister tasks media on awareness creation on the ills of drug abuse

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has charged, the Nigerian Mass Media on the need to educate the public on the ills of drug and substance abuse.
She made the call at a Media Orientation on National Awareness on Drugs and Substance Abuse held at Merit House, Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister described the Media as a major agent of socialization as well as a viable tool for disseminating information on the ills of drug and substance abuse.

“The role and importance of media as a viable tool for informing and educating people across groups and demographics especially on Drugs and substance abuse in our society cannot be over emphasized.
“As you are aware, substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate, deteriorating the health of nations, increasing crime, hampering productivity, destroying relationships, eroding social and moral values and impeding the overall progress of societies”.

Umar Farouq noted that young people were increasingly becoming victims of substance abuse, hence the urgent need for the mass media to propagate the disadvantages of the use of substances and hard drugs.

“The potential power of the mass media has helped in solving social problems. Television, radio and print advertising have been used overtime to influence our ideas, values and behaviour. “The continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality. “The effects of drug abuse is detrimental not only to the individual but to the society as a whole, therefore, the use of campaigns by the mass media to reduce health and other related social problems in the society is very critical.
“The potential of mass media campaigns lies in their ability to propagate simple and focused messages to large audiences repeatedly, over time, at a low cost per capita.
“It is also assumed that they are able to reach a large and heterogeneous proportion of the population”.

The Minister also urged the media to remain steadfast in the accurate reportage of helpful information that will promote peace and unity of the nation.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Bashir Nura Alkali reiterated the negative consequences of substance abuse on the society especially on youths.
Alkali who was represented by the Director Human Resource Management, Mr Abdulrahaman Babatunde Jaji urged the mass media to join hands in stamping out substance and drug abuse.

“The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by youths may result in family crises and jeopardize many aspects of family life, which sometimes result in family dysfunction.
“Therefore, the collaborative effort of all stakeholders is needed as no one alone can control it.
“The  problem is on the increase especially in the conflict zones of the country which is a serious threat to our national sanctity. Based on these findings, prevention advocates would look to the mass media as an important aid in addressing the problem of Drugs and Substance abuse”.
In her closing remark, the Director Social Development, Dr Dorothy Nwodo thanked the participants and other stakeholders for their contributions in ensuring a robust  awareness on drugs and substance abuse. She also implored  the media to keep up efforts towards projecting and actualizing the Ministry’s mandates.

Other participants at the Media Orientation on Awareness on Substance and Drug Abuse were representatives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Media.

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