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The Flight Of Halima

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(Da’a, Duhu’s daughter, Dodo’s wife)

By Abubakar Abba Tahir, PhD

  1. Sundays are usually Solemn Days for Everyone
  2. A times solitude breezes out the joy in life
  3. April 10 was same for the famous Dodo family
  4. Plans to inaugurate LGA leaders was altered
  5. Coverage for the top reporter was disrupted
  6. Because a novel loss Punctuated everything
  7. The ace reporter’s routine had to be reported
  8. Loosing his best and closest friend like no other
  9. Yes, we all lost the great Halima at childbirth
  10. Many hardly knew this Halima at first glance
  11. She exudes a unique ambience of humility & innocence
  12. Radiating a painless and harmless personality
  13. Her feminine aura was remarkably motherly
  14. The volume of traffic in her name was unquantifiable
  15. A clear testimony to Dodo’s fame and Halima’s family
  16. Everyone crazed to secure a glimpse of the moment
  17. In Yola this is one, too many for the Journalism profession
  18. In two years, the press lost countless hands
  19. Once it was Danjuma Usman of the Voice of America
  20. Followed by Ibrahim Abdul-Azeez of Daily Trust
  21. Then the loss of my boss Umar Mustafa of NTA
  22. Then Abubakar Dasin of Pulaaku FM Radio
  23. All these were well reported and documented by Dodo
  24. Then the Knock on Dodo’s own family Fortress
  25. This is one story which he could not personally report
  26. My sympathy is for Dodos life after Halima
  27. My sympathy is for the kids she left behind
  28. My sharpest sympathy is for Halima’s latest child
  29. Blindly Coming into a brand new world
  30. Unsure of what motherhood is all about
  31. Unsure the Mom is alive or long ByGone
  32. At the graveside Dodo was naturally in tears
  33. Inner and outer tears bidding farewell to Halima
  34. Consciously or otherwise, he was shoes-less
  35. But he had his characteristic glasses on duty
  36. He was deeply silent by Halima’s lone Home
  37. He was Unsure of his next phase of Life
  38. He had No experience about the Moment
  39. Never anticipated parting with her this day
  40. After Janaza, Dodo could not move an inch until helped
  41. He was weak, helpless and worn out
  42. That day, the Human Caravan was Huge
  43. Everyone you missed for days was there
  44. Halima’s Dad Never had it this bad
  45. Alhaji Duhu was Exceedingly Devastated
  46. He hardly ate, ignoring even the Sahur Meal
  47. Halima’s Hali is gone for good and forever
  48. Dodo is left to man the fortress she built
  49. It’s not merely tough but highly rough
  50. Allah’s Mercy will keep her soul at peace
  51. Allah’s Blessing will keep Dodo very strong
  52. Allah’s Goodness will shine through her offsprings
  53. In death, Halima scored five major goals:
  54. She earned the confidence of her parents
  55. She cultivated the trust of her dear husband
  56. She was loved and celebrated by everyone
  57. She left the world via the boundless blessings of Ramadan
  58. She died a Shahida having exited through childbirth
  59. These trilateral angles are enough solace for Dodo
  60. They are indeed divine compensations for our collective loss!

Abubakar Abba Tahir
(KaaKaaKey Fombina)

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How Politically Wise Is Governor Fintiri ?

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By Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng

There was hate outburst from the opposition party in the state about Governor Fintiri’s decision to denying them access to Ribadu Square for their campaign flag off. The governor expectedly stopped the ongoing renovation and grant them access to the place for peace to reign.Though, the opposition felt dishonored and considered another venue for the occasion.

As a result, all of the forms of insults, crooked lies, and stories were circulated against the governor but to our greatest surprise, the governor despite his long-time political experience didn’t utter a word and singlehandedly dealt with the political noisemakers. Indeed, Governor Fintiri is good at using silence and treat issues in the more salient way by showing a high sense of responsibility.

Though, the opposition All Progressives Congress campaign team was also super clever to have located a venue for the campaign in the heart of Jimeta-Yola metropolis. This helps stop many visitors from seeing the wonders the current administration has done especially in transforming Jimeta-Yola into a developed modern metropolis.

Honestly, Adamawa people are politically educated and know better how to go with the game of politics. Many were seen today trooping into the Jimeta-Yola metropolis to showing solidarity and unflinching support to the APC governorship candidate, Hajiya Aishatu Dahiru Ahmad Binani. A very strong woman that is known for her untiring support for women and children. This group of people has more than enough reason to support and campaign for her. Can she be able to win the election due to clear driving forces that the executive Governor has underground?

After the physical developmental projects laid down in the state and the excellent job done in the areas of education, health and civil servants’ welfare, and the security need of the state. And also the most honorable dealing of political matters. Did Binani stand a chance?

Unlike what we have seen in Maiduguri during Atiku’s visit, clear enmity was shown by those in authority. The executive Governor of Adamawa has maintained the tempo and made sure that the APC campaign Flag-off rally was free from political thugs even though, Adamawa was Atiku’s hometown and a People’s Democratic Party in the State.

Fintiri can now handle not only local champion politicians in Adamawa alone but the whole Nigerian politicians very well. His sense of honesty and hospitality has paid and every like-minded politician in Adamawa regardless of the political party must applaud his doggedness and extraordinary political approach.

Despite the immense and intense political pressure on him, the incumbent governor is seen leading the President’s entourage to the Lamido’s Palace with due respect and dignity. Without showing an iota or any kind of political differences. Something difficult for many to do and least expected from the governor himself.

Fintiri may perhaps win or lose the forthcoming election but his true loyalty, respect for almost all the politicians around including the opposition, and commitment to the masses show his clear quality as a competent true gentleman man that has the required leadership qualities.

Besides, the political rivalry in Adamawa is productive and lays some level of playing ground for every politician to be mindful of his words, and actions. Thus, leading to development in terms of infrastructure, society, and economy.

Mubarak shuaybu shelleng Writes From Yola.

Can be reach at shuaibumubarak001@gmail.com

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Youth And The Wayward Lifestyle

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By Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng

It is becoming the norm in society how youth to embrace a wayward lifestyle thereby deviating from cultural and religious teachings toward uprightness. Youth is considered an important asset to any society or country but the continuous growth of wayward lifestyles is bringing a doubtful mind over the future of the masses in hands of those unambitious youth.

Nowadays, youth fall into a questionable lifestyle from different means where the modernization of social media platforms encourages to take a complex part in influencing the youth to get involved in something usually unacceptable in their places, some of the youth were enforced by poor educational backgrounds or negligence of parent control during upbringing. By whatever means, the act of witnessing youth in such a way can be threatening.

Social media platforms are oftentimes opened with no strict and guided rules or regulations against any form of misbehaving. This, pave way for the display of nudity and other uncensored content leading to moral bankruptcy.

Those involved in this unfortunate act should keep it at the back of their minds that the internet doesn’t forget and should get ready for the consequences associated with their actions.

More often than not, womanizing has become cheap and affordable as many young men no longer see it as a habit that need not to be involved in due to its catastrophic consequences on the life of individuals. This particular act also makes them superfluously spend their money.

Also, the menace of drug use abuse has immeasurable effects and continues to threaten the life and the future of the younger generation. In most of our higher institutions, one must come across groups of students at various locations abusing drugs making them became academically unproductive and worthless. This has also greatly affected their physical, mental, health, and general well-being.

Political thuggery is yet another ugly act that youth involved themselves in, those youth are been sponsored by insincere political demagogues who usually see them as miscreant elements ready to kill and wound anybody against a particular political will, for chicken change rather than the future of the society.

Note that, the sons and daughters of those politicians sponsoring you were abroad studying perhaps in the world most prestigious universities and their employment also is guaranteed regardless of grade or qualifications.

Unfortunately, the youth’s recalcitrant attitude and the highest level of moral decadence in our climes is leading many to make posts on social media and attacking, traditional leaders, political leaders, and even religious clerics, disrespecting their persons because of differences in religious sects or other thoughts and controversial religious ideologies.

However, there are many ways to present your thought and ideas about burning issues in society without necessarily making pejorative statements against protected and respected individuals. One can criticize constructively going along with facts to sell ideas, opinions, or thoughts about contemporary and controversial societal issues.

For the children of the poor, It’s obvious that the labour market is jam-packed with graduates from various higher institutions of learning looking left, right and center for employment opportunities. And the government of the day out carelessness and strategic thinking kept on announcing to those poor youth that there were no jobs available. A situation that coacced many youth in to social vices and other juvenile delinquency.

Above all, it’s imperative for youth to utilize their youthful exuberance and maintain highest level of Decorum. Government on the other hand, should continue to create policies and programs that will help reduce the number of hundreds of thousands unemployed youth roaming the street to the barest minimum. Also, parents, traditional leaders and religious clerics should not relent in their efforts in preaching good morals making sure that those younger people are distinctively guided on religious beliefs, cultures, norms and values of our dear societies.

Mubarak shuaybu shelleng Writes from Yola.

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Opinion: On Kolmani Oil Well Controversy

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Since the announcement of the success of oil discovery by the Muhammad Buhari-led administration, through Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC limited, people from different parts of the country, jubilate over the milestone achievement.

However, the development came with a lot of controversies by the citizens who are in one way or another other have a direct or indirect connection to the development that is from some groups of people and individuals from the host community.

Immediately after the groundbreaking ceremony which was attended by his Excellency President Muhammad Buhari, Bauchi State Governor Sent. Bala Muhammed, the Group Managing Director NNP, and Mele Kyari among other dignitaries in Nigeria argue breaks between the neighboring states, Gombe and its mother state Bauchi, about who owns the Kolmani oil well.

Besides, Bauchi may be right to claim the ownership of Kolmani oil because the oil well is located in Barambu, a village under Alkaleri local government area of Bauchi state, Bauchi’s cites the presence of their governor at the breaking ceremony as one of the reasons that they own the oil well.

Gombe state, on the other hand, has more than a reason to claim the ownership because of their closeness to the point where the oil was drilled. Therefore oil as liquid stuff can not just be for Bauchi alone.

Unfortunately, farmers operating within the host community of MaiMadi, kwaimawa among the other 7 communities complained that they were not paid for the damage done to their farmlands in course of the oil drill.

Among them, one claimed the ownership of the kolmani oil well which according to him was inherited from his father and yet to be compensated. Also, the report indicates that workers who served during the seismic operation were not properly paid but only promise to be paid on unspecified dates.

Farmers and other people from the host community should be well informed about the operation of that kind, to be able to seek entitlement associated with the oil drill operation in their localities.

With the aforementioned allegations, one must note with dismay challenging the Public Relations section of that particular for failing the Social responsibility service expected to render to those communities.

Above all, what Nigerians need to know is how much we need to poster national development above our interest to build Nigeria of our dream. We should also learn from the experience of our people down the south, there is a need for corporation and mutual understanding between the two states, the farmers, and of course the entire host community to benefit from such a remarkable achievement.

Ibrahim Garba writes from Bauchi.

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