Justifying The Demand For The Creation Of Amana State
By Ahmad Sajoh
A presentation in support of the submissions of a Request for the creation of Amana State with the city of Mubi as Headquarters by the people of Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha, Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa state.
Today, we stand before you all here to speak for and on behalf the people of an area that had put its TRUST in Nigeria since 1961. An area that willingly voted to join a great Country called Nigeria. An area whose citizens are Nigerians by choice. A choice we made on the 11th of February 1961. A choice that represented hope for us which is anchored on a solemn promise by the then Prime Minister of Nigeria Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa when he said, “Join Nigeria for peace and progress, otherwise poverty and hardship” Everyone of us in that territory that was a ‘Trust Territory of the United Nations’ still believes in that promise.
Hence, we anchor our demand on the premise of the TRUST we had in Nigeria which in Hausa means AMANA. We the people of the Trust Territory or Kasar Amana have two demands. Restore our status as an autonomous region or state as it was when we joined you.
Secondly, take a second look at the series of deprivations we suffered over the years as a result of our lost of autonomy and the loss our capital city suffered since it ceased to be a capital city. It remains the only provincial capital in Nigeria not have the status of a state capital.
Why are we here?
If the plebiscite of 1961 represents a watershed in our history, the events that followed represent out tragedy. Since we voted to join Nigeria we had only one clamour, which is to be mainstreamed and accepted as equals in a country we willingly choose to join. But we have never been so accepted. Of the 11 territories that constituted the former German colonies taken over by the mandate of the League of Nations after the first world war and later held as Trust territories of the United Nations only the Kameruns that have not become independent countries. Of the two Kameruns, Northern and Southern, we are the only ones that did not get a sub-National status.
The Southern Cameroons joined the Republic of Cameroon as a distinct Region. Later, they were split into two Regions. We are still a vassal of a sub-National entity. This is sad and unfortunate and perhaps a betrayal of the trust we had in the promises made to us when we joined the country. This is because the Premier of Northern Nigeria had promised us our continued status as a distinct entity within the Nigerian state, and our capital which is Mubi will remain the capital of a sub-national entity as long as we remain within Nigeria.
When we see our brothers take up their struggle for autonomy as a nation state called “Ambazonia” we begin to pity ourselves. If our brothers who went to Cameroon as an autonomous Region now have the benefit of two Regions, two Airports, A Railway line, three University Campuses, two Radio Stations, two Television stations, 24 hour power supply to major cities, pipe borne water, good roads including the Enugu to Bamenda Road and several other amenities could feel so marginalised, what of us, who have no state status? Our capital city has been dismantled, our Airport is obliterated, we have no power sub-station to give us steady power, no water supply, no TV station, no Radio station to warn us when Boko Haram came calling. To add salt to injury, every road leading to our territory is bad.
There is virtually nothing to show that we once had a near autonomous territory with a thriving capital city of Mubi. In terms of appointments, the five Local Governments making Adamawa North Senatorial District did not have anyone sitting as a full member of the Federal Executive Council from 199 to date.
In 1979, then President Shehu Shagari made a pronouncement that all Federal Colleges of Arts and Science in the Country will be converted to Universities. However, when it came to Federal College of Arts and Science in Mubi, they said it will not apply because we are not a state capital. But ABU Zaria is not in a state capital, OAU Ife is not in a state capital, Federal University of Agriculture Umudike is not in a state capital. Why the double standards when it comes to Mubi or our area in general? Today Gashua, Malumfashi, Daura, Oye-Ekiti and Otuoke all have new Universities, but they are not state capitals. Go to Mubi and see, even our water system is being repaired by ICRC and not Federal Government Agencies charged with post Insurgency recovery efforts.
A compelling case for Amana state with Mubi as Capital City:
Mr. Chairman, dynamic and respected Hon. Representatives, if you go by the trajectory of our demand for Amana State, you will notice that we are the most consistent of all state creation agitators in Nigeria. From 1976 to date, we had made submissions to practically every panel, committee or conference established. There is no Nigerian leader that does not have a record of our agitations. And we have been consistent. Perhaps it was only the late General Murtala Muhammed that truly understood our situation when he lamented as follows after the Irekefe panel threw out our request “There is no other way to appreciate the heroic and historic decision of these people to remain with Nigeria, even after their Southern counterparts had already decided to the contrary, than to give them an independent state of their own”.
We want an Amana state with Mubi as its capital.
At a time when Nigeria had only one Governor in Lagos and Lieutenant Governors in the Regions, Mubi had a Governor. At a time when Telephony to Foreign Countries was a luxury reserved for only Lagos the Nation’s capital, Mubi had direct telephone line to the UN in New York and UK. Rather than give us “Peace and Progress” we have retrogressed immensely by joining Nigeria. But we are resilient. Mubi is the only Provincial capital in all of Nigeria that is yet to be made a state capital. It is sad. But we will continue to ask for a state of our own with our capital of Mubi restored to its status no matter how long it takes. We only hope and pray that our agitations will end with this 9th National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Even the tragic incidence of 2014 when Boko Haram overran our area and took over our capital city of Mubi did not break our spirit. They changed the name of our city to “Madinatul-Islam” and designated it the Headquarters of their Caliphate. We are still pained by that occurrence, but we are compelled to remind Nigeria that even an infamous group like Boko Haram realised that we deserve a state status and our Capital city deserves to be made a state capital. The continued ignoring of our right to be an autonomous region in a country we freely choose to belong is a serious misnomer. In the words of my brother Alhaji Haliru T. Ali, a very respected Teacher in Mubi, “our parents did not go to school, they dressed in skins and leaves, yet they emancipated us. They resolved to get us a better future and identity, they sent us to school. We got educated and dressed up in modern attires, but we failed to liberate ourselves not to talk of them”.
All along we have been following due process in our demand. We have written to every panel, committee or conference. We have been very peaceful in our agitations. But our peaceful disposition should not be construed to say Nigeria is being peaceful with us. Peace is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of Social justice. An area that willingly surrendered its sovereignty to join another country should not be treated as we are being treated. With all the things we enumerated earlier as being absent in our territory how can anyone say we have been mainstreamed or even treated as equal citizens with the rest of the country?
Indices of a viable state:
The National Population Commission and the National Bureau of Statistics put the population of the five Local Governments of Adamawa North Senatorial District as 911,500. But that was before we received several communities ceded to Nigeria as a result of the judgement of the International Court of Justice at The Hague with a sizable population. These are Rumsi, Rimisiki, Gouris, Rhumsiki, Gwava, Siwi, Sidakule, Misa, Bourha Vamgo, Ndabakura, Mabisi and part of Doumo. They came with a sizeble population. In addition, we equally received over 600,000 displaced persons from Insurgency ravaged areas of Borno and Yobe. Today we have a population of over 1,700,000 people and we are still counting because our area is so hospitable that we shared our lands and resources with all newcomers. There are states currently in existence with populations within this range. According to the Modibbo Adama University Journal of Environment, the total landmass of the area in question is 4,885.47 square kilometres. Lagos State has just 3,345.00, Anambra has 4,844.00 Imo and Abia have slightly above 5,000. According to statistics from INEC on voter population density, Sabon Layi, Kolere and Yelwa wards are among the most densely populated voting centres in Nigeria.
The area in question despite the many set-backs still houses a University, a Polytechnic, and a College of Health Technology. An indication that we have all the trappings of a viable development hub. We have a Military Barrack, a Police Barrack, a Customs Barrack, Immigration Service and the other Security Services. We have the capacity and capability to host a sub-national structure.
Economically, Mubi is to present day Adamawa state what Lagos is to Nigeria. We are the economic capital of the state. It is on record that by 1993 Mubi as a Municipality paid its staff salary before receiving allocation from Abuja. We in Mubi were giving our Councillors allocations to undertake projects in their constituencies which is what you call today “constituency allowance” Again permit me to borrow from my brother Haliru T. Ali, “We are far more economically viable than most states. We produced the grains that feed most of the states in Nigeria, we contributed to the famed groundnut pyramids in Kano, we provide the beans taken to Lagos especially the red beans, we have the largest cattle market in Nigeria with weekly trade volumes in billions of Naira. But our biggest resource is our people. Highly educated, vibrant, upwardly mobile, cosmopolitan and resilient” Our resilience and vibrancy ensured our quick recovery from the disaster of Boko Haram occupation. We are proud that our dynamic sons and daughters have played and are still playing leading roles in modernising the current state capital of Adamawa state. But that cannot compare with having a state of our own and our own state capital.
A passionate Appeal:
We will like to end this presentation by appealing to this vibrant and dynamic House of Representatives and indeed the National Assembly to consider repaying a historic debt owed Nigeria by all of us in the former Trust Territory of Northern Kameruns. A debt occasioned by our historic decision to willingly join this great country called Nigeria. A debt affirmed by all the promises made by Nigerian leaders at the time we joined. Restore our status as a sub-National entity or a state within the Federal set-up in Nigeria. Restore our Headquarters Mubi as the Capital of a Territory as it was in the past. We have carried on this agitation consistently since 1976. We pray it ends with this exercise.
Let me also state very categorically that we are not antagonistic towards any person or group of persons or region. We are only exercising our inalienable right to self-determination. We are exercising our freedom within the ambience of a constitutional order. We have endured. We have persevered. We have waited a long time. We pray the waiting ends one day and now should be the time. We may not know what colour or hue our children’s agitations may take if this continued denial and deprivation does not end. Now is the time to end it.
Mr. Chairman, Respected Hon. Members of the Federal House of Representatives, standing with us here and outside this venue are representatives of the community we speak for. We all came with high hopes. Hopes that one day our agitations will end. That one day we will converge in Mubi as the Capital of Amana State with all the rights and privileges and the status of a capital city it once enjoyed. And we must add that we in the proposed Amana state believe in Amana or Trust. Mubi is the only provincial capital in the North where no Ibo man was killed or molested in 1966. Rather the then Paramount Ruler gathered all Ibo people in his palace, called all his elders and asked them to hand over their property in Trust to the elders. He ensured their safe passage through Bourha in Cameroun. When the civil war ended, they returned to Mubi and everything was handed back including rent on property and proceeds of sale of domestic animals. There was no “Abandoned” property in Mubi. That is AMANA!
We thank you very much for listening to our presentation and for your disposition towards correcting the errors of the past.
God bless you all.
His Excellency Boni Haruna (Makaman Mubi)
His Highness the District Shuwa (Jarman Mubi)
Alhaji Mustafa Muhammadu Sanusi
Distinguished Senator Elisha Ishiyaku Abbo
Distinguished Senator Binta Massi Garba
Hon. Jaafar Magaji Haske Member House of Reps
Hon. Zakariya Dauda Yampa Member House of Reps
Professor Ladi Hamalai
Alhaji Haruna Lawan Duhu
Mr. John Papka Kaigamma
Hon. J. J. Ahmed
Crisis Looms Taraba PDP, AS Court Restrains New Chairman From Assuming Office
The Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State Capital on Friday gave an order of interim injunction restraining Alhaji Abubakar Bawa from functioning as the state Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Justice Bala Usman issued the order in response to the application by the erstwhile acting Chairman of the party Mr. Inuwa Bakari, challenging the recent appointment of Bawa as the state chairman of the party.
A Certified True Copy of the injunction obtained by our Correspondent in Jalingo read in part that “upon this MOTION EX-PARTE dated the 31st day of March 2023 and filed on the same date coming up before this Honourable Court praying for the following reliefs:
“AN ORDER of INTERIM INJUNCTION restraining the 2nd Defendant Abubakar Bawa from acting, carrying out functions, and parading himself as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Taraba State chapter pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“AN ORDER restraining the 1st Defendant from taking any step (s) that may negatively affect the membership right of the Plaintiff as the acting chairman of the 1st Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“AN ORDER restraining the 1 Defendant by itself or any of its organs at any level from expelling, suspending, reprimanding, censuring, fining, department from any party office and removal of the Plaintiff from office pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“AND for such further or other Order(s) as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances”.
The Injunction further read that “upon reading the affidavit in support of the Motion paper, sworn to by one Alhaji Bakari Inuwa, Male, Adult, Nigerian Citizen, of Old Pantisawa Road, Nyamusala, Jalingo, Taraba State, filed in the Registry of this Court on the 31st day of March 2023, and after hearing Chief C. C. Damba Mbanaso, Esq. of Counsel for the Plaintiff/Applicant moved in terms of the Motion paper, it is hereby ordered as follows:
“That an order of INTERIM INJUNCTION is hereby granted restraining the 2nd Defendant Abubakar Bawa from acting, carrying out functions, and parading himself as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Taraba State chapter pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“That an Order is made restraining the 1st Defendant from taking any step (s) that may negatively affect the membership right of the Plaintiff as the acting chairman of the 1st Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“That an Order is made restraining the 1 Defendant by itself or any of its organs at any level from expelling, suspending, reprimanding, censuring, fining, debarment from any party office and removal of the Plaintiff from office pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice”.
Justice Usman, however, announced that the matter is adjourned to the 9th of May, 2023 for a hearing.
Recalled that Governor Darius Ishaku had recently appointed his Senior Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa as the state Chairman of the party, a move some people described as trying to control the party machinery even after leaving office on May 29th.
When contacted through telephone, the embattled party Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa confirmed that he was aware of the court case but did not receive any surmon.
“Frankly speaking I don’t know anything but I heard that I was taken to court but nobody bring a surmon to me, nobody call me and I did not go to the court, that is the only thing I know,” Bawa added.
When asked whether he will still go to the office on Monday, Abubakar Bawa said “I am a law-abiding citizen, so, since the court has given an order I will comply.”
Za Kuga Chanji Cikin Kwanaki Dari Na Farko A Ofis- Zababben Gwamnan Taraba, Agbu
Zababben Gwamnan Jihar Taraba, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) yace da yardan Allah zasu kawo chanji na zahiri cikin kwanaki dari na farko da za suyi a ofis.
Agbu ya sanar da hakan ne a lokacin da yake yiwa dunbin magoya bayan Jam’iyyar su ta PDP yawabin godiya jim kadan bayan ya karfi takardan shedan zaben sa daga ofishin hukumar zabe mai zaman kanta ta INEC dake Jalingo.
Kwamishinan zabe na hukumar zaben mai zaman kanta ta INEC dake Jihar Taraba, Umar Muktar Gajiram shine ya mikawa zababben Gwamnan Jihar, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) takardan shedan zaben sa a ranar laraba 29 ga watan maris na 2023 da muke ciki.
Hakanan kuma, Umar Muktar Gajiram ya mikawa suma zababbun ‘Yan Majalisan dokokin jihar ta Taraba guda 24 takardan shedan zaben su a dakin da aka gudanar da tattara sakamakon zaben Gwamnan Jihar wanda ya gudana a ranar 18 ga watan maris din dake cikin haraban hukumar zaben a garin Jalingo.
Da yake yiwa dunbin magoya bayan sa da Jam’iyyar su ta PDP yawabin godiya, zababben Gwamnan Jihar, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) yace da yardan Allah zasu tafiyar da gwamnati ne na kowa da kowa domin hada kan al’umma, samar da zaman lafiya da ayyukan cigaba.
Batun addini, na sahun gaba wajen farraka al’umman jihar ta Taraba, toh saide kuma ga sakon da Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) ya baiwa Al’umman jihar.
“Batun addini wannan tsakanin Mutum ne da Allah, saboda haka Ina rokon ku ku taya mu da addu’a, dawan sukayi da wanda ma ba suyi ba dukkan mu daya ne, zamu sami zaman lafiya a Taraba, zamu hada kai, duk abinda gwamnati ya kamata tayi za muyi shi da yardan Allah,” inji Kanal Agbu.
Wasu daga cikin jama’an da suka dalarci taron sunyi fatan alheri da rokon iri daga sabuwar Gwamnatin mai zuwa.
Sun roki Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) daya duba wadan da suka yi ritaya daga aikin gwamnatin jihar kuma ba’a biyasu hakkin su ba na tsawon shekaru.
Mr. Nelson Len, Uwargida Veronica Alhassan, Gimbiya Batulu Muhammed, Mr. Gideon Katabs, Alh. Musa Abdullahi Chul, da Tsohon Kakakin Majalisar dokokin jihar Taraban, Peter Abel Diah na daga cikin zababbun ‘Yan Majalisan dokokin jihar guda ashirin da hudu.
Gimbiya Batulu Muhammed daga Gashaka, da Veronica Alhassan daga Bali ta daya zasu kasance mata guda biyu cikin ‘yan Majalisar dokokin jihar kashi na goma.
God’s willing you will see changes within our 100 days in office – Taraba Governor-elect, Agbu
Taraba State Governor-elect, Col. Kefas Agbu (Rtd) has pledged to transform the state within his hundred days in office.
Agbu made the promise on Wednesday while addressing a large gathering at his house shortly after he received the certificate of return from the resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Umar Muktar Gajiram in Jalingo.
The Governor-elect, Col. Kefas Agbu (Rtd) alongside his Deputy, Alhaji Aminu Alkali while thanking the people of Taraba State for believing in them and giving them the mandate also promised to run an all-inclusive government.
“I promise you that by the grace of God, we will have unity, peace, and development.
“We will create job opportunities for the teaming unemployed youth, and by his grace, we will do everything that a government supposes to do for its citizens to make Taraba great,” Agbu assured.
According to the Governor-elect, (rtd) Col. Kefas Agbu, the issue of religion is between man and God, therefore, he urged the people of the state to embrace one another and pray for the incoming administration.
“I am also urging you whenever you see us doing something that you feel is wrong, you should please call our attention in decent manners but not with insults, and I promise you we are going to carry everyone along,” he emphasized.
Some supporters and well-wishers who spoke to SAHEL REPORTERS Comrade Mannsir Audu from Gashaka, the former PDP state Women leader, Hon. Felicia Kaletus and the Taraba State Chairman of Rescue Teachers, Comrade Sylvanus Acha prayed for the new administration of (rtd) Col. Kefas Agbu for God’s guidance, and expressed optimism that the new government will change the narrative of the state in terms of development.
“Our expectations from his administration are very high from this new administration but we are very optimistic that he will do much better,”.
However, some elected new members into the Taraba State House of Assembly Mr. Nelson Len from the Nguroje constituency, and Mrs. Veronica Alhassan from the Bali I constituency all under the platform of the people’s Democratic Party PDP, appreciated their constituents and promised them good representation.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Veronica Alhassan and Hajiya Batulu Muhammed who also won the state house of assembly seat under the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC from Gashaka will be the two female legislators among the twenty-four house of assembly members in the state.
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