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Sagir Hamidu blabbing for recognition

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Sagir Hamidu blabbing for recognition

By Yusuf Idris Gusau

It now cristal clear that the National Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Party (APC), under the leadership of His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni by reuniting its members in addition to the glaring efforts of the national leader of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Some fair weather local politicians like Sagir Hamidu, a one time self-deceptive governorship aspirant in Zamfara who thinks political aspiration is the show of the believe to gain recognition at all cost, abandoning his supporters and his people and only to return to the limelight for the same reasons when another election time approaches. Only that this time around, an opportunity which is the membership revalidation in the party presented itself earlier than the election season which compelled him to come to Zamfara and quickly seek revalidation of his membership and distort the possibly good intentions of both the president and the party’s national leadership.

It is during such opportunity that the Abuja based politician spoke with journalists and openly expressed his fears in the the incumbent Zamfara Governor’s increasing political muscle, people’s acceptability and possibility of joining the APC by castigating the governor on non execution of projects in the state because he (Sagir) is blinded by inferiority, aggressive envy, the fear that the governor, His Excellency, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun will come, embrace and carry everone along in the state and above all, that it won’t be business as usual for the Sagirs as no one will be thinking of a candidature ambition selling politician like him when the party might be working in Matawalle’s already established direction of taking Zamfara higher against the pettiness of the minority thoughts of the Sagirs.

Although this write-up is not about whether or not the Shattiman Sokoto, peace maker of our time and my boss will defect to the APC, it can still mention the fact that the governor will certainly be a blessing to the APC, if this should happen and the state, as this move, if it is what it is, will be to the benefit of the APC which members are already coming to the governor while in the PDP.

A point in time, is the increasing number of decampees especially from the main opposition APC that are joining Matawalle and most recently, the call made by the state’s political leader and first civilian governor of the state, Senator Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura Sardaunan Zamfara that the party should welcome more members so that it would be stronger and win all future elections in the country.

Let us also not be seen to have deviated from Sagir’s unfortunately blinded assertions that Matawalle will be a burden to the APC if he should decamp because the governor had done nothing. At the begining, l said Sagir is Abuja based, not only that, more than 80 per cent of those that surround him are not even from Zamfara, as such, they go to their respective states to vote during elections if they have voters’ card or remain with Sagir but cannot secure any vote for him in Zamfara since they don’t know the people.

Similarly, because he has always been detached from the state and only comes in when there is opportunity to transact his candidature, he is not aware of the transformation taking place on roads development, education, healthcare service delivery, infrastructure and most especially, security.

Sagir’s house is always deserted but safe due to the improved security provided by the Matawalle-led government and that is why when the reporter asked him on his contributions over the state’s security issue, even on an advisory role, he shamefully did not have any answers to give.

Governor Bello Matawalle became governor by an act of God and he has truely remained thankful and in the strong believe and commitment to this act of God which is why he always asks people of the state to remain prayerful for the success of his administration, the unity of the people irrespective of their political, ethnic or religious inclinations and that only God gives or takes power from wherever to wherever.

Sagir may have forgotten that Gov. Matawalle is not like him in opposition because His Excellency was in opposition when he won election unlike Sagir who keeps scampering in between political parties looking for where to squeeze himself with some relevance among political big wigs in the state.

He should recall what happened in 2011 election when Matawalle in spite of his party’s PDP loss, won his Bakura/Maradun Federal Constituency to represent his people and his party at the National Assembly but the records are there to prove that Sagir appropriately fits his own claim as a ‘Political Burden or Liability,’ for never winning his own polling unit of Kambari 004 under Madawaki Ward of Gusau local government talk less of going beyond that, for somebody who claims to be eying the exhalted governor’s seat in the state.

He should rather strive to come to the political classroom where his teachers like Matawalle might help his political shortfalls and shape his knowledge so that his foundation can be known in the local government’s political arena before he can start to move higher and think of challenging his political elders.

On the movement of His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed to the APC, till now, no one has ever heard Matawalle at any forum suggesting he is or was defecting to the APC but there have been several calls especially from people like the state’s APC leader and former governor, Senator Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura who keeps saying they are working to woo and bring Matawalle to the APC, and as a responsible citizen who respects his leaders, elders and a true believer in the will of God, Matawalle is there concentrating on the provision of good governance to his people, a position which is making the governor more attractive in the state and the nation.
Yusuf wrote in from Gusau, Zamfara State

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Yinka Odumakin: The Exit Of A Convinced Humanist

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Yinka Odumakin: The Exit Of A Convinced Humanist

By Rauf Aregbesola

The circumstance of his demise were quite unusual. Though a picture he took with Papa Ayo Adebanjo, indicating he was not in the best shape of health had appeared on the internet not quite long ago; still, it caught us by surprise. The human mind has the incredible capacity to suppress morbid suggestions on loved ones, bordering on denial. But now, as the dust is settling and the tears are drying, we are beginning to reconcile to the fact that Yinka Odumakin is gone.

February 20, earlier this year, was the last time I had a telephone conversation with him. He was his natural self. He could be vivacious when excited and could also be dead sober, if the matter requires it. I never had any premonition it would be our last conversation.

Odumakin straddled the political spectrum, breaking into public consciousness as a students union activist at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, then practiced journalism at The Punch newspaper; was also part the struggles for military disengagement and deannulment of June 12, 1993 Presidential election won by Chief Moshood Abiola. In the post military era, Yinka retained his public presence with his participation in the politics of AD, AC, ACN, CPC and reportedly flirted with former President Goodluck Jonathan. He later consolidated his activism in Yoruba nationalism, being a highly visible spokesperson of Afenifere. He was a tenacious advocate of his convictions; never gave up on whatever he believed in, regardless of the opposition.

How did we meet? Yinka Odumakin and Bunmi Omoshehindemi walked into my office as the CGS of Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation office at Sunday Adigun St., Alausa Ikeja. It was in November of 1998.

Both came to declare support for the candidacy of Bola Tinubu unequivocally. This was in defiant opposition to those then opposed to any form of accommodation for democratic building process without a clear resolution of the June 12 imbroglio. This was a courageous step, then considering that their position would have been considered anathema by the movement. We had since then built a robust relationship, sometimes very smooth and at times frosty, but all the time remarkable till his translation on Friday, April 2, 2021.

I said we had a remarkable relationship because Yinka was consistent in standing up to fight for democracy, federalism, justice and rule of law. These to me are the factors for defining the dignity of man. Whoever has this commitment is an ally and a humanist.

Yinka has had to publicly criticise me a couple of times, especially when I was governor in Osun, our relationship notwithstanding. I took it in good faith, as it never affected our relationship. His criticisms were consistent with his convictions on what constitute public interest.

I am therefore proud to have known, interacted and worked with a humanist that doggedly fought for the dignity of people.

Yinka Odumakin, you will wake up to joyful activities on the other side. May the good Lord support your wife, family and friends. Ameen.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is Minister of Interior, Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Nigeria: These Terrible Times and Lessons of Easter

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Nigeria: These Terrible Times and Lessons of Easter

Easter Message of YOWICAN President

This Easter, I want us all to think about the unconditional love that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, had for us to the extent that He gave His life for our salvation.

His resurrection by God. What a lesson for young people of Nigeria and of what sacrifice can this achieve and the benefits it can bring to mankind generally and individually!

This Easter, I call on all, whether Christian or Muslim, to emulate Christ and sacrifice something for your nation, for your families and for yourselves. The young people are the change agents, let us not ask ourselves who will change our nation for the better. You and I are the ones that will cause the desired change our nation needs. Change begins with you and I. Young people of Nigeria, look in the mirror and ask how we can change our nation for better.

As agents of change, the youth should be wise enough to know what is good and bad before the law and in the sight of God. Avoid being used by politicians for thuggery; reject being enlisted into the Army of bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram. But accept to be enlisted into God’s Army. From all what are going on in different parts of the country, it is obvious that Nigerians have declared war against themselves.

How did the weapons find themselves into private hands? Although the government has tried, the best option is to embark on a mission to mop up all the arms and weapon in circulation. While we oppose amnesty and rehabilitation of bandits and Boko Haram insurgents, we will be wrong thinking that they will turn a new leaf. That will be encouraging blackmail and putting the lives of the defenceless citizens before firing squad.

Let us emulate Christ and have a change of heart. Turn from evil ways to good. Let this Easter be the beginning of a positive change in our nation, Africa and the world at large. I join other well-meaning Christian faithful all over the world to thank God for giving us all the grace to witness this year’s Easter celebration.

As we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I enjoin us all to imbibe the spirit of love, sacrifice, forgiveness, perseverance and tolerance that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ taught us.

ISHIELU KILLINGS And EFFIUM/EZZA EFFIUM CRISIS

•YOWICAN condemns and frowns seriously at the intra-communal war between Ezza-Effium and Effium clans in Ohaukwu Local Government of Ebonyi State and the killing of over 16 persons aged between 18 and 56 in Obeagu community in Ishielu LGA by suspected Fulani herdsmen. We demand justice for the victims in both crises. It is surprising that brothers in Ezza-Effium and Effium clans have declared war on themselves the end of which nobody can predict.

•We also condemn the assassination attempt on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo in which three police orderlies were killed ahead of the governorship election in Anambra State scheduled for November 6. These are not acceptable to Nigerians. All these threats to life must stop, we must live together as one Nigeria.

I extend my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi and the various families that lost their loved ones. during this heartless killing. Same for Soludo and for Governor Ortom, we are with you in prayers.

Happy Easter to you all

Sign:

Belusochukwu Enwere
Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria Youth Wing (YOWICAN)
April 4 2021

ENDS***

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AZUKA OKWUOSA: YESTERDAY’S GODSON IN TODAY’S GOVERNORSHIP RACE WITH HIS GODFATHERS

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AZUKA OKWUOSA: YESTERDAY’S GODSON IN TODAY’S GOVERNORSHIP RACE WITH HIS GODFATHERS

Anambra State is eight months away from a governorship election, many are hoping will take the state to the next level. The people want nothing but the best because it is the only way the state can get to the desired next level. Therefore, the best for the state cannot be a neophyte, a learner. The state urgently needs purpose driven administration, led by someone with huge and wide political experience. At the point where the state is now, it cannot afford to have a school boy governor, who would become governor first and then begin to learn how to be a political administrator. Anambra State Government House is not a political science class. Our next governor should be an accomplished politician, with accomplished record of national political experience.

The best for the state in the year 2021 cannot be another godson, a puppet foisted upon us and held on a leech by a godfather or godfathers. Anambra will no longer follow someone who is following someone else. Our next governor will be his own man and will be fully responsible for his actions as governor. The mere thought of godfathers in Anambra again conjures a horrific picture. Ndi Anambra can still recall clearly the chaos, impunity, retrogression and ridicule the godfather cult subjected the state to. We are still healing from that combined assault of renegades on our infrastructures and therefore, any aspirant in the Anambra governorship race who is found out to be funded by a godfather or godfathers should be treated as an “abomination” waiting to happen and must not be allowed to happen.

Our best in this year’s election is someone with forward approach to modernization, collective development and general welfare. The worst are those who can only point backwards to yesterday to recall whatever good they once nurtured. Yesterday was and will remain a terrible tragedy for ndi Anambra. However and courageously, we have moved on in search for a better state and any reminder of yesterday’s woes will be seen as insult, which we will reward with absolute rejection. Lewis Carroll had said, “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” We are no longer who we were yesterday, when every man Friday toyed with our state and with our lives.

For the above reasons I believe that one of the aspirants in the Anambra governorship race, on the platform of the APC, Sir Azuka Okwuosa, is in the race for the worst reasons ever. The political experience he touts falls far below what is required of an Anambra governor today. He was a former Chairman of old Nnewi LGA and former Commissioner for Works in Chinwoke Mbadinuju’s failed administration, that did not as much as construct one standard road in the entire state, and that was under Azuka Okwuosa’s watch. In Nigeria, where astute knowledge of political dynamics and strategies for concessions and compromises have become State crafts, Anambra State needs a governor with national political experience, extensive clout and formidable contacts, rather than Okwuosa’s testimonial of yesterday’s mediocrity.

Addressing a gathering of party faithfuls in his Oraifite home recently, he told them with misplaced pride, that he is confident in his aspiration because he has the backing of his billionaire younger brother, Dr. Emeka Okwuosa, the Chairman of Oilserve Group and also the backing of Sir Emeka Offor, who for obvious reasons does not need introduction. These two moneybags according to Okwuosa, are funding his aspiration. This confession which is threatening to take Anambra back to
Egypt, has exposed Okwuosa as an abomination waiting to happen, and it behoves all APC delegates, for the love of our state, to stamp out this fledgling godfatherism before it takes root again. Please remember Mbadinuju and Ngige and how godfathers crippled their administrations and rubbished our state. One godfather was horrifying enough but two godfathers, with competing and conflicting interests are impending catastrophe of monumental proportions and must not be allowed to happen again.

Then Okwuosa dropped the bomb that clearly showed him as yesterday’s man, living in yesterday’s world with only yesterday’s memories. He told his dumbfounded audience, that as Commissioner for Works in 1999, he awarded a road contract that is yet unexecuted and that when he becomes governor in 2022, he will re award the contract. When I heard this story I shed tears for Anambra State because perchance, this lethargic politician could become our next governor.

In 22 years he didn’t call attention to the road or criticized past administrations for abandoning the project. He did not consider prosecuting the contractor who collected the contract money and absconded. He didn’t tell his audience his role in the scam and what efforts he put in to ensure the contractor’s full compliance with the terms of the contract. Now he wants to be elected governor in 2021 so that he will re award the contract for a rural road he abandoned 22 years ago.

What simple mindedness when others are planning for skyscrapers, hanging bridges, real airports, integrated water schemes and critical rural development. Thank God, we are no longer who we were in 1999. We were a different people then. This is 2021 and Azuka Okwuosa’s ambition of taking us back to yesterday tells a loud story of his lack of relevant experience to be Anambra’s next governor. Moreover, his baggages of godfathers marks him out as the next worst thing that will happen to Anambra State.

Okosisi Nnamdi Iloduba.

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