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KaaKaaKey: The Making Abba Tahir As Yola South Council Transition Chair And Matters Arising

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By Adamu Muhammad Dodo
aadododo@yahoo.co.uk

The most of all talked about appointed local council transition committee chairmen and members in Adamawa state is that of the Yola South local government authority; the communication scholar and professional, KaaKaaKey Fombina, Abubakar Abba Tahir, PhD.

There are those who register displeasure that the communication scholar and professional should not have accepted the offer considering how tough, rough and ugly politics is being played, particularly at the local government level.

Most of the commentators in the category, particularly the politicians however, given the opportunity as dropped carelessly – as Emily Dickinson the British poet, would describe of “A Word Dropped Careless On A Page,” could stimulate reading appetite – would have stimulated their leadership appetites to the point of no rejected. Could they be meaning, wishing well to the KaaKaaKey?

There are those who in appreciation, register their satisfaction, kind of approval by joining in the celebration with prayers, text messages wishing well; nursing the spirit of change for sure from the corrupted old fashioned. Having for the first time an intellectual, communication professional, a man of varried capacities, experiences and integrity, having a traditional title with functional portfolio, as LG transition chairman.

Some of the those, could be thinking of joining in milking the cash cow lean without providing fodder for further fattening; the herdsman typical of Tahir, the conscientious KaaKaaKey Fombina would understand the metaphor better to address accordingly, the moral disorder in tune with societal reorientation.

However, the appointment has already gotten to the notice of the public that in turn flooded KaaKaaKey’s entire means of communication with congratulatory text messages, more than mine was flooded late at night, as I wrote previously to explain, before he could even get to be formally served the appointment notice or letter. He was in a fix, as the scenario would determine. It would be unreasonable to the point of being unpatriotic, rather unconcerned about the troubles concerning his immediate community seeking to be gotten out of the maze, should he declined the taxing task.

“It was already in public domain minutes before getting to me by means of congratulatory text messages; defining the impact of social media. What honourably would I have done to remain blameless in that sense?” The KaaKaaKey would ask me.

“You’ve carefully made the cheerfully, matured choice Prof,” I’d respond, when I visited to coordinate the setting of the Periscope satellite that would cover the communication scholar and professional’s activities as KaaKaaKey Fombina and caretaker chairman.

One of the ardent ruling party members in Yola North would tell me that KaaKaaKey was factored into the grassroots politics as a consensus candidate where reconciliation failed rather vehemently.

“The party chieftains and stalwarts could not reconcile, every group would want to present their candidates, with each group conceiving an unacceptable superimposition. However, constrained by the timeframe within which to produce a generally acceptable and accepted candidate, the chief executive of the state would have to join in as mediator to suggest a rather apolitical capable, consensus candidate; that’s how the KaaKaaKey Fombina is factored in,” the party faithful would reveal.

Whether or not it’s an authentic reflection of what had transpired, the KaaKaaKey would not confirm to me, I would not even ask, knowing fully well that he as I, was not part of the groups, was not a witness to the mediatory resolution.

There are the discordant voices, taking to bitter pill politics, have pointed out that the transition committee ought be meant for and man by politicians; the active ruling party, card carrying members, in that sense, to participate, to play their part in making the party popular to the people ahead of the proper LG election.

Some other discordant, rather mischievous voices are only engaged in campaign of calumny; constrained by foundational, party based spirit, pointing towards personality rather than issue based attacks that are eventually dismissed with a simple, soft and smooth to the dimples smile.

The obnoxious discordant voices, who lack the knowledge of history and seem to be in a hurry to dig deep into details would argue that the appointed Prof is not even an indigene of Yola South local government. The argument they would not advance when Abubakar Abba Tahir, the communication scholar and professional was appointed the first KaaKaaKey Fombina and joined in celebrating the turbaning amidst pomp and pageantry.

Records would have proved that the KaaKaaKey Fombina is more native than the ignorant claimants, when I earlier checked scribbling his biography:

Abubakar Abba Tahir was born in 1964 at the home of his maternal grandfather, the late Wakili Mahmudu Hammawa in Yola. His father, the famous Dahiru Abba Iya, was an accomplished Sanitary Health Inspector with the Adamawa Native Authority and moved back to Mubi as the first Wakili Tsapta (Chief Sanitary Health Inspector) in the history of the defunct Sardauna Province. Abba Tahir’s mother, Princess Bilkiisu Hammawa, a descendant of Modibbo Adama, was the first child of her parents.

Abba Tahir is her fourth child, the second son out of six siblings sandwiched by four sisters. From the paternal side of the family tree, he is the twelfth child and the fifth surviving son.

Apart from being a bonafide indigene by birth, the KaaKaaKey Fombina is a descendant of Modibbo Adama by maternal right. Case closed.

The unconstitutionality of the transitional appointments as alleged that some groups of opposition would want to have quashed before the law, is conceived by teeming electorates as being dead on arrival unless otherwise it goes beyond the stipulated three months span.

The KaaKaaKey is made a key, in part owing to his character traits and largely in consideration of his position leading the equals. He is made the ALGON chairman for the state.

To face the challenge of the new politically administrative office head-on, loyal and reliable lieutenants would have to be recruited; the first is the appointment of Aliyu Abubakar as Personal, (PA) to the chairman; followed by the appointment of Princes Atikatu Aliyu Musdafa as Chief of Staff and later some SA’s were appointed.

Aliyu Abubakar, the new PA started his occupational carrier with printing press. He was with Abti printing press before joining American University of Nigeria, AUN Yola. He was among the pioneer staff of the institution and had worked closely with Abubakar Abba Tahir till the termination of their appointments in the institution.

Aliyu remains the Abubakar of Tahir, owing to his uncompromising loyalty, trustworthiness and reliability. I can stand a surety as a referee. He was among my most reliable students at Modibbo Adama University, MAU Yola where he had his first degree in Language and Communication Art and at Konngol SilverTongue: Media and Language Training Institute Yola, founded by the KaaKaaKey Fombina.

Aliyu is currently a postgraduate student, he is almost halfway through.

The choice of tested, trusted, loyal and reliable PA is therefore undoubted.

The inaugural council executive meeting was to say the least, promising.

Among the itinerary of activities of responsibility designed for the three months tenure, is the needs assessment visits to some salient palaces across the LGA.

The findings take another report

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ICC:  Arewa Group Sparks Fire, Says Wike Must Go

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A Northern group under the auspices of Arewa New Agenda (ANA) blasted the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barrister Nyesome Wike as an intruder who is having vested interest in the political space of 2027.

The group said the dictatorial nature of Tinubu shown today with forceful takeover of International conference center (ICC) which is under the management of their leader, Sen. Ahmad Abubakar MoAllahyidi and incidentally is the Managing Director of Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd (IFMSL) – the contracting firm managing ICC was a pure disgrace of the tenets of democracy.

The group in a press conference in Abuja cautioned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be wary about his political maneuvers that is pitching a tent of political allies to work against him.

Prof Usman A. K, ANA’s Deputy Chairman addressed journalists on behalf of the group and reiterated that Wike is depicting the government of Tinubu in bad light and creating confusion where none exists.

According to him Minister Wike is an unrepentant member of the PDP who placed a curse on himself should he leave the PDP.

” Being in the main opposition party, he might as a presidential candidate of his party, be pitched against Tinubu in the 2027 presidential election. Undermining the Tinubu administration the way he is currently doing therefore would, in such scenario, serve him well.”

Usman described the administration of the FCT Minister as a Nepotism as a “Knight in Shining Armor”: Minister Wike’s Naked Dance in the Village Square.

He said ANA is known with a routine public engagement in support of the Tinubu Administration- going back several months before, during and after the 2023 Presidential election.

But he however said  today’s press conference is caused by a worrisome dimension that crept into the body-politic of the Tinubu administration and is eating deep like a cankerworm into the fabric of the nation destroying trust between the people and the APC led Federal Government.

The statement of the press conference reads as follows:

“The name Nyesom Wike has become synonymous with controversy and un-guarded pronouncements not-minding whose ox is gored and what the larger consequences may be. This summarizes the character of the person who sits as the Minister of the FCT in the current administration. As an outsider in government, ordinarily this man should have been the humblest man in this government with a pleasant disposition and kind words. This unfortunately is not the case. The case is that Wike is projecting himself as the lord of the manor and a knight in a shining armour driven by nepotism, conceitedness and narcissistic posturing.

“The Arewa New Agenda is not new to you gentlemen of the press. You will recall that long before the electioneering process for the 2023 general election took firm roots, ANA, in the spirit of fairness, has been in the forefront of projecting northern values of fairness, trust and friendship and rallying support of northern Nigeria for Tinubu. Data from the last six election cycles indicates that the north control 73% of votes that makes anyone President in Nigeria. Arewa New Agenda helped in getting majority of these votes for president Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the last Presidential election in the country.

ANA is on record to have convened series of dialogue sessions to support key policies of the Tinubu Administration such as poverty reduction, peace and peaceful coexistence, removal of oil subsidy and benefits of the renewed hope agenda.

“ANA has been engaged in the support and promotion of good policies and actions of the Tinubu Administration under the leadership of our convener, Sen. Ahmad Abubakar MoAllahyidi who incidentally is the MD of Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd (IFMSL) – the contracting firm managing the International Conference Center in Abuja (The ICC).

“The minister of the FCT, in his usual element, recently took to the media saying he has revoked the management contract of the ICC and threatened to shut it down. This action of the minister is irregular, devoid of due process and without regard for fair hearing.

Minister Wike in purporting to terminate the management contract between IFMSL and Abuja Investments Company Limited (AICL) exhibits ignorance of what the ICC as a global standard Event Centre stands for. The ICC is the No. 1 event center in Nigeria. It is the go-to venue for international organizations having events in Nigeria. At the time of Wike’s purported revocation of Integrated Facility Managers management contract of the ICC, a number of international organizations have booked the ICC for their events. These bookings are for the whole year ending December 2024. The threat of the Minister to close down the ICC has impacted negatively on these bookings which are third-party contracts with clients locally and internationally. The threat also hampers international business; drives away foreign investment and kills growth and business prospects at a time the country needs these the most. 

It is worth noting that the facility managers of the ICC –  Integrated  Facility Management Services Ltd, has remolded the ICC to meet global standards. By IFMSL remolding of the ICC, the Centre is now a flexible venue that can be customized to client’s specifications. The facility depicts opulence and refined aesthetics of the modern world. 

“In the circumstance, it is very distressing hearing Wike saying he is going to renovate the ICC when no assessment has been carried out and no performance audit has been done in the ICC. As it stands today, the ICC is in its best form delivering first class and five-star services to its clients. To embark on a so-called renovation at this time is to engage in a wasteful exercise. If it is not broken, why mend it? 

“We hasten to state that the ICC is managed by Integrated facility managers under a subsisting management contract with Abuja Investment Company ltd, that has provisions on how the contract could be terminated. Without recourse to the management contract provisions on termination, the FCT Minister took to the air announcing he has terminated the contract. This action of the minister is irregular, against fair hearing and the rule of law and unhelpful to the Tinubu administration. Simple: The FCT Minister cannot do what he is threatening to do because it is against the law, fair dealings and has no place in governance and service delivery.

The FCT Minister’s despotic and nepotic profiling of the north, going after the businesses and social interest of individuals and groups that are Bonafede APC members is unhelpful to the Tinubu administration and paints the picture of one undermining his master in a veiled effort to feather his political nest against 2027.

“By his actions, Minister Wike is pitching the Tinubu administration against Nigerian citizens by depicting the government in bad light and creating confusion where none exists. Minister Wike is an unrepentant member of the PDP who placed a curse on himself should he leave the PDP. Being in the main opposition party, he might as a presidential candidate of his party, be pitched against Tinubu in the 2027 presidential election. Undermining the Tinubu administration the way he is currently doing therefore would, in such scenario, serve him well.

“By this we will go any length to seek for justice and fight for our rights. We are party men and women who supported this government against all odds yet what we see now is a show of hatred for those that love Tinubu and our Great. We can’t accept these charades.

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Gov Fintiri Sets Up Committee To Investigate Yola Market Inferno

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has set up a 15-member high powered investigation committee on the Yola Market fire disaster. 

The fire has burnt down many shops of the market on Monday. 

This is contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Awwal Tukur.

The committee has the Commissioner of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Humanitarian Services as Chairman, while the executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) will serve as the Secretary. 

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Wike: APC Chieftain Lampoons Northern Politicians In Tinubu’s Cabinet

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…says they’re gullible politicians who failed to represent the region well

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Sai’du Bobboi lampooned Northern politicians who have formed the cabinet of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a bunch of failures in representing the entire region.

He said the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barrister Nyesome Wike is an intruder and the Party’s interloper who came from the opposition ruling party and displaced them in silenced any issues concerning the northern region.

He accused Wike of attacking some well-meaning Nigerians, especially those from the Northern extraction at will without any of the politicians in the current government fighting for the injustice being meted out by the current FCT minister to many sons and Daughters of the party.

Sai’du from Adamawa Central Senatorial District gave the example of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd managing the affairs of the International Conference Center (ICC) Abuja abruptly revoked its contract with the federal government by Wike without following due process.

According to him, Wike did that because the company is owned by a Northerner and revoked the contractual agreement with the sole aim of empowering his political cronies who will be loyal to him in 2027.

The Adamawa State-born politician said the crop of ministers from the Northern region in the current cabinets are Wike stooges who do not have the capability and capacity to stand against injustice and defend anyone in the North.

Worried that if they cannot defend the interest of the North and any politician who has served the party well and wholeheartedly worked for the success of the party they have become failures and all Nigerians should boo them because they are a disgrace.

Sai’du further said that Mallam Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi, a non-serving Senator who has represented Adamawa Southern Senatorial District in recent times became a victim of Wike’s “rascality” of attacking Northerners.

Sai’du who was the former National Chairman of the KOWA Party said Moallayidi was one of the few individuals who sacrificed a lot in delivering President Tinubu and all he could get in return was Wike’s sheer wickedness in attacking Northerners.

He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency replace Wike with a more decent politician from Rivers State who is a true member of APC otherwise, the excesses of his leadership are becoming more unbecoming and will consume everyone in the party, including the president.

“Wike from PDP is getting on the nerves of everyone in APC, the Man is having his field day and his atrocities are going unhindered being aided by the so-called Ministers who are afraid to call him to order.

“All I’m saying is he should stand up for Justice and stop fighting those who worked for the party that’s today a beneficiary of their hard work and labor through all sorts of pains to bring Tinubu on board,” Sai’du said

Sai’du a one-time Vice Presidential Candidate of the KOWA PARTY in the 2015 Presidential Election With Professor Oluremi Sonayya as the only woman Presidential candidate continued to say that the APC party is becoming evil with the glaring tendencies of killing her own bonafide Sons and Daughters.

“Many people sacrificed a lot, who against all odds served the party and spent their time, energy and resources in bringing into power the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu are today crying for marginalization because the likes of Wike are the Alpha and Omega of all that’s happening in the party.” He said

He said Northern politicians in Tinubu’s regime are dosing off, they should wake up and fight for the collective interest of the entire region.

“Your silence is too much for our liking, you are becoming stooges to a Man that ought to be under your tutelage. He has silenced you and is making you irrelevant in this administration for his personal interest. Under your nose is fighting one of our own for no just course, under your watch is meting out injustice to some northern politicians and none of you can address him. You are failing us, you are not representing us well and you all will regret it later. Remember the consequences of your actions or inactions will bore down to the electorates to decide.” Sai’du further stated

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