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Opinion: Tinibu’s Blunder Is A Catastrophe To APC

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By Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng

It’s common knowledge to everyone including the ruling APC members that selling candidates under the umbrella of the party is a herculean task. Most of the leading candidates contesting under this particular political party were once in one political office to another and perhaps perform less than expected.

However, with the look of things, even the Incumbent president is not in full support of the presidential candidate because of his inability to involve fully in most of the activities of the party since the controversial party primaries, which show a disagreement and lack of proper understanding and coordination between the leadership of the party and the contestants.

This has also greatly affected the structure of the party from the national state and local government levels which lead to the disqualification of many elected candidates as in the case of Adamawa and other states by the court.

Also, this became obvious when the Incumbent president, Buhari failed to find it Worthy to deliver a speech when the party kicked off its presidential campaign in the plateau state. Buhari of all people, the leader of the party, and a serving president who enjoyed massive and unalloyed support from all and sundry could have had a tremendous impact on campaigning for Tinubu, especially to the northern populace.

Unarguably, Tinubu at his age is physically and psychologically incapable to withstand the immense pressure of locking Horns with the gigantic people’s democratic party aspirant, Atiku Abubakar in the upcoming mouth-watering 2023 election.

Also, Tinubu should have come up with another plan not always announcing to the public that he is going to continue from where Buhari stopped, this statement appears to be counterproductive because many have suffered as a result of this administration, and consider it a failed one talk more of claiming to emulate its policies.

Also, APC failed to understand the role of an influential focal person in Tinibu’s campaign team, A person that can speak fluently and eloquently. Especially in Hausa to be able to convince a typical northerner that their candidate is who the cap pits and the right choice base on his track record back then as Lagos state governor.

Indeed, those silly utterances and outbursts have catastrophic consequences on the party’s ability to outshine the opposition. The same thing was experienced in the last election for Atiku on his plan to privatize NNPC which the then-ruling APC use as a weapon to mislead the public on what privatization means in his context.

For a couple of days, people have taken over cyberspace perhaps the opposition making mockery of the minibus’s recent conduct, utterances, and goofs while campaigning in Jos, and this will continue if care is not taken, Thus, paving way for the opposition to use it as a tool in condemning and castigating the candidate in the eyes and minds of curious Nigerians.

Unfortunately, since his emergence as the flag bearer of the ruling APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmad Tinubu was surrounded by sycophants and those whose actions leads to the introduction of the concept of ”stomach infrastructure” in the scene of Nigerian politics.

APC should, therefore, organize a team that will help in guiding the conduct, utterances, and speeches delivered by the leading presidential candidate of the party since there is no way Tinubu will stop speaking publicly.

Ideally, every sophisticated and critically equipped mind knows that whoever wanted to rule Nigeria should be able to stand firm with the spirit of jingoism, and a sense of belonging, and categorically make it clear to the teeming populace his manifestation and strategic plan to save the country from the current shambles and move to achieve the infrastructural need, socioeconomic and political development.

Writes from Maiduguri

Can be reach at: shuaibumubarak001@gmail.com.

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You Can Only Give What You Have Got

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One Year Of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Security And Defense Policy Costodians

By Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu

The Minister for Defense Alh. Badaru Abubakar fits this adage. During his tenure as the Executive Governor of Jigawa State and the Chief Security Officer, his domain witnessed and enjoyed maximum peace, security and adjoining growth.

This experience he brought to bear as the Minister for Defense. At the State level he coordinated all security organs, harmonized them, gave each organ the terms of reference of Operations while webbing them all together as a unit for the desired results. There were no overlapping references but overlapping corporation and coordination.

“You can only give what you have” is what Alh Badaru Abubakar is exuding within the Ministry of Defense.
Presentation Bola Ahmed Tinubu made the right choice of “the right peg in the right hole”. The Minister Mr. Badaru Abubakar in return reciprocated by coordinating the Chief of Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs (Land, Air and Sea) and not leaving behind the Minister of State Defence Alh Bello Matawalle with the respective roles to play so as to achieve the results that our sovereign nation is witnessing today.

One cannot shy away from mentioning some oversight responsibilities that have seen either tremendous achievements, overhaul or complete make-over to be in tandem with world best practices.

To mention just a few that have gone through any of the above are:
1, Defense Industries Corporation (DICON)Kaduna.

2, Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.

3, The Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna.

4, National Defense College, Abuja.

5, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Center Oshodi.

6, Defense Health Maintenance Abuja.

7, Defense Intelligence Agency Abuja.

8, Defense Space Administration, Abuja.

9, National Hydrographic Agency.
To mention just a few.

In return, the resultant consequences to the tenacious oversight functions, the following results were achieved:

(A), Special Operations Force was empowered, improved and expanded.

(B), Policy Framework on reducing dependency on foreign equipment and developing local content and adaptable technology was achieved.

(C,) Welfare of personnel at all strata both at the Frontline and home base was improved, hence boosting the morale of officers.

(D), Capacity building of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the point where other Foreign Forces are eager and seeking collaboration with ours.

(E).General Stability in the Ecowas sub region to a point where insurgency is gainfully contained.

(F), Nigeria’s territorial waters and the protection of Nigeria’s oil installations On and Off shore has been a positive impact on security when it comes to piracy, improved drilling/ production and accountability of crude oil.

(G), Electronic Content management system is being developed and deployed for effective content and personnel management, which will help in the implementation of personnel performance records and promote accountability, promotion and career satisfaction in public service.

(H), Arsenal, equipment and training cuts across the Army, Navy and Air Force.

(I)Armed forces Veterans Welfare have been taken seriously by the Honorable Minister Badaru Abubakar first he started with a meeting with the leadership of various bodies afterwards two Ministerial Committee’s were set up to look into the Welfare and well-being of the Retired Military Veterans.

This is not a medium to list all, it would be counter productive to do so. However, we are witnessing the achievements so far.
To mention just a few.

The ” Defense” business can and should not be seen as an ‘ instant coffee” affair. Good healthy coffee comes from carefully selected coffee beans from an optimum climatic producing zone, roasted, ground and percolated….it’s a long process, but the best is got. Alh Badaru Abubakar personifies just that and with a support of a “Formidable” team.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not make a mistake to make him Team Leader.
This is “Renewed Hope” in it’s purest form, achievement and Glory.

Cmrd Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu National president NSNCM.
Nineteen Seventeen Northern Consensus Movement For Peace Unity Empowerment and Development initiative an amalgamation of 596 affiliated Registered Community base Socio Cultural and Economic inclined grassroot Northern Associations.

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The Essence Of Political Loyalty: A Pathway To Development

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By Usman Abdullahi Koli, ANIPR

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This proverb aptly captures the essence of political loyalty and its potential to foster development. Democracy has granted citizens the freedom to express themselves and share their opinions regarding the activities of the government and its leaders. Such freedoms are not only for citizens but for leaders as well, who are entitled to enjoy these rights. Therefore, there is nothing wrong if a leader supports another leader whom he regards as his political role model.

Recently, the Speaker of the Bauchi State Assembly expressed his loyalty to the State Governor, a gesture that is both normal and beneficial. The mutual understanding between the legislative and executive arms of government will result in significant developments for the masses. If these arms are antagonistic towards each other, progress would be impeded. People and leaders should be allowed to express their minds and appreciate whoever they like, as long as it doesn’t prevent them from fulfilling their official responsibilities.

Honorable Abubakar Y. Sulaiman, despite being a leader in the State House of Assembly, has consistently delivered on the mandates he swore to uphold. The Speaker is gradually fulfilling the promises made during his political campaigns, with the people in his constituency attesting to this through the immense benefits they receive. His loyalty to the state’s foremost citizen, who shares the same political party, translates to driving developmental projects to his people. Ningi and its environs enjoy power and water supply, access to qualified health practitioners, standard schools, and a host of other amenities.

Being from the constituency of the Speaker, I can personally testify to the positive impact of his leadership. The improvements in infrastructure and public services have significantly enhanced the quality of life for residents. The alignment between the Speaker and the Governor has resulted in a seamless execution of policies and projects that cater to the needs of the populace.

Moreover, the collaborative relationship between the legislative and executive branches fosters a stable and progressive political environment. This unity not only accelerates development but also strengthens the trust and confidence of the citizens in their leaders. As a citizen of this state, it is reassuring to see our representatives working in harmony to achieve common goals that benefit us all.

The Speaker’s commitment to his constituents extends beyond infrastructure. He has initiated various social programs aimed at empowering youth and women, providing scholarships, and supporting small businesses. These initiatives not only improve the socio-economic status of the people but also create opportunities for sustainable development. His actions demonstrate that political loyalty, when aligned with public service, can be a powerful tool for transformative change.

Furthermore, the Speaker’s efforts in promoting transparency and accountability have set a high standard for governance. His dedication to open communication with his constituents ensures that their voices are heard and their needs addressed. This approach not only builds a stronger community but also reinforces the democratic values upon which our society is built.

Usman Abdullahi Koli,
mernoukoli@gmail.com

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Gov Fintiri Charges ANAN On Transparency, Accountability In Resource Management

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has charged members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) in Adamawa to exhibiting transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

The Governor who gave the charge when he granted audience to the state leadership of the association in the Government House, Yola Tuesday, appreciates the conducts of ANAN in the state.

Governor Umaru Fintiri noted with happiness that the members of ANAN in Adamawa stand for excellence and integrity which he described as the foundational cornerstones of his administration.

He promised continued support to ANAN in the state, asking the members to maintain the spirit of prudence, eschew corrupt tendencies and ensure effective management of resources at their disposal.

Earlier in his remarks, the State Chairman of ANAN, Mr Titus Obadia congratulated Governor Fintiri on his recent well deserved victory at the supreme Court, affirming the trust of the electorate bestowed on him.

As an association, the Chairman said the members of ANAN in the state will remain committed to contribute to the advancement of Adamawa and saluted Governor Fintiri for his considerable developmental strides.

He informed that Adamawa is set to host this year’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) of ANAN from first to third July in Yola and appeals for Governor Fintiri’s support towards holding a successful event.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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