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Muslim Council Again Berates Gov Ishaku Over Appointment of Principal Officers at State University



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The Muslim Council in Taraba state has again accused Governor Darius Ishaku of insensitivity to the multi-religious and diverse ethnicity of the state in his recent appointment of principal officers at the state-owned Taraba State University, Jalingo.

The Council had earlier addressed a Press conference where it faulted the appointment of Permanent Secretaries and heads of state-owned tertiary institutions saying that the Muslim population in the state is grossly marginalized.

The Council made the fresh accusations in a press statement issued in Jalingo on Friday and signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Council, Khadi Abdulmumini Abubakar (rtd) and Alhaji Chindo Bose respectively, and 18 others.

“Your Excellency may wish to recall a press release by the Muslim Council of Taraba State dated, 11th January 2022 on the marginalization of Muslims by the Taraba State Government in its various appointments.

“The appointments include twelve Permanent Secretaries among others. The Taraba State Government did not dispel the marginalization allegations raised in the earlier release, but still is reluctant to address the issues but instead flagrantly continued with the marginalization agenda as portrayed in the recent appointments of Principal Officers of Taraba State University.

“The appointees are as follows: Professor Sunday Paul Bako Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Joseph Bibinu Registrar, Mr. Abraham Bagu Bursar, Mr. Israel Idris Librarian.

All the above appointments were not based on merit rather were based on religious and ethnic sentiments/affiliations to Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State.

They are not only from the same religious affiliation but also from one ethnic group and the Taraba South Senatorial District. The Council alleged.

“It’s worthy to note that some of the applicants who scored higher points during the interview were not considered for the simple fact that they did not meet the qualification agenda of the Governor.

“The Council views the action of the Governor in the appointments of these Principal Officers as insensitive to the multi-religious and multi-ethnic nature of Taraba State.

They reminded the Governor of the oath of office to which he swore that he will “do right to all manner of people, according to the law, without fear or favor, affection or ill-will.

“In conclusion, the council urged the Governor to address the issues raised and review the contentious appointments of Permanent Secretaries and Principal Officers of Taraba State University among others in line with the Oath of Office he swore to guide him in the discharge of his duties to all Tarabans” the statement read in part.

Our correspondent recalled that the earlier statement by the Council alleging marginalization against the Muslim population in the state generated a lot of reactions and has pitched the Muslim Council against the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

The state government has, however, faulted the Muslim Council for taking their grievances to the Press rather than tabling them to the state governor who is in a position to address the issues.

Meanwhile, in a telephone interview, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu said the government position remained as stated in the previous press statements.

Recalled that in a press release signed by the SA said “Government wishes to state categorically that the allegation of marginalization of Muslims in Taraba State is false, unfounded and an attempt to distract the administration and cause religious and political tension in the state, especially now that the process for the nomination of candidates for election into political offices is about to start.

“The government hereby assures all groups and the entire people of Taraba State that it remains committed to equity, justice, and fairness in appointments and the provision of amenities to the people.

“It also assures the people that its doors remain open to those with genuine complaints against decisions and actions of government to come forward and table them rather than resorting to blackmail to win public support and sympathy.” Said Dan Abu.

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Tinubu/Shettima 2023: Amb. Ardo Leads GICC In Taraba 




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The National body of the Grassroot Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu/Shettima 2023 on Thursday inaugurated its Taraba State chapter with the former Nigerian Envoy to Trinidad and Tobago, Amb. Hassan Jika Ardo as the state Coordinator.

The inaugural ceremony was held at Millennium Hall in Jalingo, the capital city.

Addressing the gathering, the Deputy National Coordinator of GICC, North, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim said the choice of Amb. Ardo was deliberate as they made a thorough analysis and found him to have some qualities that Sen. Bola Tinubu has which being a “unifier and a dogged fighter”.

He explained that the GICC will consolidate the work of the PCC by going to the nook and crannies across the 36 states of the federation including the FCT, Abuja to canvas votes for Tinubu/ Shettima from Nigerians.

“We are going to sensitize our people. The women, youth, and elders especially on how to cast their votes with the new voting system, as well as ensure that they vote for Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kasheem Shettima during the February elections,”

“we will educate them on the new mechine to be use by INEC, which is BVAS -‘Bio-model Voter Accreditation System”, he added. 

According to Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, the council was part of the strategies to ensure that the party wins the elections at all levels in the country without hitches.

While commending the women and youth for the turnout, Muhammed also urged the APC supporters and other stakeholders in Taraba State to join hands together with the state chapter of GICC under the leadership of Amb. Hassan Ardo and ensure victory in the coming general elections.

Rt. Hon. Hamidu Suleiman, chairman of the occasion and former Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly appealed to APC supporters and all stakeholders to support and cooperate with the council to enable them to achieve the set goals of ensuring that Tinubu/ Shettima wins the state.

On his part, the Lead Consultant 1, GICC, Sen. Abubakar Mo’Allayidi noted that GICC is not a rival to anybody but will work with other support groups for Tinubu/Shettima to ensure victory in the February elections and appealed for more cooperation.

Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur El-sudi, who was represented by his Vice described Amb. Hassan Ardo as a round peg in a round hole, adding that with the inauguration, APC would not only take over the state and Nigeria in the next general elections, but it would send PDP packing completely in most parts of the country.

In their separate remarks, Sen. Bashir Abba Marafa, Sen. Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf who was represented by Hon. Umar Usman Biri, the former Speaker of the Taraba state house of assembly, Rt. Hon. Isa Ajiya, as well as Minority Leader of the Taraba State House of Assembly, at the 9th assembly, Hon. Bashir Bape all described Amb. Ardo was a  unifier and a grassroots politician who did well as the pioneer chairman of APC in the state.

In his acceptance speech, the Taraba State Coordinator of GICC, Amb. Hassan Jika Ardo assured that the Campaign Council would deliver Taraba unfailingly to Tinubu/Shettima in February 2023 elections.

He stressed that with the support of the caliber of people in the council, APC will deliver the state for its Presidential candidate, and will also take over the state from the ruling PDP, which he said has failed the people of the state.

He noted that the team in the GICC, comprised of master planners who had been in the game of politics of the State for years, and assured that the team had already mapped out strategies to carry out sensitization and mobilization for the people to come out and participate actively in the February elections.

He expressed joy that he was vindicated for his constant attack on the ruling PDP and the then-candidate of the party, Governor Darius Ishaku whom he said had taken the state backward during his reign as the Executive Governor of the state.

“I told my people in 2015 that Gov. Darius Ishaku had nothing to offer if he was elected as the governor of the state. I advised Tarabans not to vote for him but nobody listened to me. Now, look at how poor Taraba state is”. He alleged. 

Amb. Hassan Ardo who expressed satisfaction with the turn up of the party loyalists at the event appealed to all stakeholders of APC in the state to sheath their swords and come together as one indivisible family so that they would form a formidable force that would humble the ruling PDP in the state.

The GICC state Coordinator who assured Tarabans that the next president of Nigeria is Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with his vice, Sen. Kasheem Shetima, also urged them to vote for APC at all levels.

The APC Women leader in the state, Hajiya Salamatu expressed optimism that with the Amb. Ardo as the state Coordinator, there is no doubt of victory and urged the council to include the women as she noticed only one woman was appointed in EXCO of GICC.

The party’s state youth leaders, Comrade Idris Ayuba, and Comrade Auwal Abdullahi Ade believe in the style of leadership of Amb. Ardo urged him to apply the same method he used in unifying members of the party in the past with the view to ensure victory at all levels, and in Taraba State to dethrone the ruling PDP for the development of the state.

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Autan Zaki Global Foundation Confers Excellence Award On Bishop Mamza




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A Christian body under the auspices of Autan Zaki Global Foundation has presented an award of excellence to the Adamawa State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Most Reverend Dr. Stephen Dami Mamza in recognition of his contribution to his humanitarian services.

Presenting the award, Apostle Victor Bulus popularly known as Autan Zaki ikon Allah, who is the president and founder of the organization says as a body, the magnanimity of Bishop Mamza has reached their corridors hence the award and to further commends him for what he is doing in peace building and humanitarian service.

Autan Zaki noted that through their foundation, the respected cleric has written his name in gold by impacting positively on widows, orphans, internally displaced persons, the physically challenged, and a host of others.

While showering encomiums on Bishop Mamza who is the Catholic diocesan Bishop of Yola, Zaki says as the CAN Chairman of Adamawa State, Bishop has laid a solid foundation and has proved his worth as a leader worthy of emulation, reaffirming that indeed, he is called to serve God and humanity.

He reveals that his organization is due to host a youth summit in the state to further preach the gospel of unity as capsulated in a document he presented to Bishop Mamza saying, the blueprint was developed after a successful conversation they had with the Bishop and how he encouraged him to continue his good works.

Responding, Most Reverend Dr. Stephen Dami Mamza thanks the Autan Zaki Global Foundation for finding him worthy of the award expressing that he is humble by the honorary recognition.

Bishop Mamza reminded himself of the additional responsibility and expectation on him saying he is aware that to whom much is given much is expected, promising to continue to serve God and humanity in the little way he can.

The CAN chair reveals that he is slow in accepting awards, however, dims it is necessary to accept this one and to identify with the foundation due to their intention and the promotion of the gospel of Jesus Christ, praying for their success and encouraging the foundation to keep the fire burning by preaching peace and peaceful coexistence and supporting the less privileged.

Bishop Mamza calls on the well-to-do individuals to support the foundation, especially the Christian brothers and sisters that are placed in a good position noting that by so doing, they are equally promoting and preaching the good news proclaimed by Jesus Christ.

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2023: Muslims Must Collect PVCs In Taraba- Ustaz Sani Darul-Hadith




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As the 2023 general elections are around the corner, Muslims have again been urged to go and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

An Islamic Scholar in Mutum Biyu, headquarters of the Gassol local government area of Taraba State, Ustaz Sani Yusuf Darul-Hadith made the plea while speaking with our reporter.

He said it has become compulsory for Muslims to ensure that they collect their Permanent Voter Cards and vote for candidates that they are optimistic will be good leaders.

“We should also continue praying for the Almighty ALLAH to give us good leaders who have us at heart, those that love us not those that we love,” he added.

Ustaz Sani Yusuf also explained that it is a great mistake for any Muslim to refuse to go and collect his PVC or take part in any election.

The Islamic Scholar advised the youth not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs, as well as desist from drug abuse.

Ustaz Sani Yusuf Darul-Hadith, however, prayed to Almighty ALLAH for permanent peaceful coexistence in Mutum Biyu, Taraba State, Nigeria, and the world over.

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