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2023 Election: MURIC Thanks The North For Power Shift To The South



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An Islamic human rights advocacy group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has expressed appreciation to the North for keeping its promise on power shift to the South. The group described the North as the bastion of honour, the citadel of nobility and the abode of integrity in Nigeria.

MURIC made the declaration in a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Friday, 3rd March, 2023.

The full statement reads:

“It is an open secret that Nigeria’s political parties resolved to shift power to the South in the buildup to the 2023 general elections. It was argued that it would be unfair to the South if another Northerner succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari, a Northern Fulani.

“Although all eyes were on the two major political parties to implement this unwritten agreement, only the All People’s Congress (APC) implemented it by picking Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a Southern Yoruba. The main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), reneged and fielded Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, another Northern Fulani.

“This resulted in friction within the PDP leading to the emergence of the G-5 group. Palpable tension gripped the South as doubts were expressed about the sincerity of Northerners. Cynics argued that the North would not keep its promise since they now have one of their own, a Fulani, as the PDP presidential candidate.

“MURIC in particular was derided by non-Muslims in the South. We were called slaves of the North. But we stood our ground. We insisted that we trusted the North particularly on the basis of understandings reached and pledges made at various Islamic fora on MURIC’s avowed project for the emergence of a Yoruba Muslim president.

“The ground-breaking decision came just before the parties’ primaries when 12 Northern governors (the Noble Dozen) insisted that power must shift to the South ( This enabled Tinubu to emerge as the flagbearer of the ruling party and ultimately as the President-Elect after the presidential election held on Saturday, 25th December, 2023.

“A brief analysis of the results of the presidential election reveals that Tinubu polled the lion share of his votes in the North to give him his much needed victory. Working on approximate figures without claiming any mathematical exactitude, the total scores of Tinubu in the South was 3,196,040 whereas he garnered 5,598,686 in the North, a difference of about two and a half million. This gave him a grand total of 8,794,726. He scored 127,370 votes in the South East, 799,957 in the South South and 2,279,407 in the South West.

“The outcome of the presidential election showed that Northern votes won the election for Tinubu. The Northern figure almost doubled what he scored in the South. It showed that Northerners stood by their words. They walked their talks. They took the path of honour and nobility. They abandoned a Northern Fulani candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and voted for a Southern Yoruba Muslim candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“We doff our hats for the North. We salute integrity. The North is a reliable friend by all standards. The region stood behind Tinubu, a Southern Muslim, like the Rock of Gibralta.

“In fact, numerous calls received in MURIC’s Lagos headquarters during the tension-soaked hours of the collation of results proved beyond any reasonable doubt that our Northern brothers and sisters were even more concerned than us in the South. We celebrate the North.

“They called to give assurance. They called to know how we were holding on in the South. The solidarity was rock-solid, tremendous, unprecedented. But most gratifying were the congratulatory messages that came from the same Northern brothers to MURIC’s office after Tinubu was declared winner. We give it to the North.

“With this strong support for a Southerner coming from the North, the myth of a Northern oligarchy has fallen apart. The conspiracy theories of the existence of a Northern Caliphate bent on perpetuating Northerners in power becomes a mirage, a phantom. The ‘born to rule’ propaganda which haters of the North has been brandishing has been proved to be false, baseless and unfounded.

“Not only did the North win this election, it won the battle, pocketed the war itself and carted away the propaganda. It is a massive and disgraceful defeat for Southern ideologues, merchants of hate and peddlers of anti-North as well as anti-Muslim fake news. The North has disappointed the nay sayers and the doubting Thomases. The North has proved, without any iota of doubt, that it is the bastion of honour, the citadel of nobility and the abode of integrity in Nigeria. We salute the North.

“It is a big lesson for Southern Muslims who still entertain doubts about their Northern brethren. It is a big blow for non-Muslims whose hobby is to create wedges between Southern Muslims and their Northern counterparts. They sow the seeds of doubt and suspicion in the minds of Southern Muslims against their Muslim brothers in the North.

“They are always eager to tell Southern Muslims that Northerners would not pray behind them. They are always anxious to let Southern Muslims know that Northerners regard them as their slaves. They spread false information about Northerners and Muslims. We were able to counter all these. They resorted to blackmail and threats against MURIC when all their tricks failed yet we were not bothered.

“But the wind has blown. We have seen the ruff of the hen. We have seen Northern Muslims praying behind Yoruba and Igbo Imams even in the National Mosque, Abuja. Never again shall we allow confusionists to judge our Northern brothers for us. Never again shall we doubt our Northern brothers. Never again!”

ThankYouNorth #NorthIsTrustworthy #NorthIsBastionofHonour

Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Executive Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

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Party Dispute: APC North West Zone To Resolve Internal Issues




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By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

Following suspension of Party members and counter Suspension of Party members from party excos from national level down to ward level in the zone .

APC North West Stakeholders have held a meeting 19th May 2024 at the Murtala Square, under the chairmanship of the Coordinating Governor of the North West Zone, Senator Uba Sani.

In a Communique read by Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna state,the Communique read in part.

“The meeting took a critical look at the state of the party in the North – West, activated its internal dispute resolution mechanism to resolve pending issues, and charted the pathway to a more formidable zonal structure that will ensure victory for our dear party in future elections.

“The Meeting commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for his steadfast commitment to the fulfilment of his campaign promises to the Nigerian people. The meeting noted the decisive steps so far taken by the President in tackling Nigeria’s multitude of security and developmental challenges, and the far-reaching reforms he has initiated to reflate the economy and combat soaring inflation.

“The meeting observed that Mr. President’s Development Agenda has positively impacted the North West Zone, especially in the areas of Human Capital Development, Agriculture, Education, Poverty Alleviation, and Infrastructural Development.

“The meeting equally commended the various security agencies working tirelessly to maintain and enhance security in the zone.

“The meeting further stated that in view of the enormity of the developmental challenges facing the North West, stakeholders from the zone will continue to seek the gracious support, assistance and intervention of Mr. President.

The communique furher read “In view of Mr. President’s undiluted support and assistance to the North West, stakeholders called for continued support for President Tinubu’s administration as he strives to steady the ship of the Nigerian State. The challenges are enormous, but Mr. President is tackling them with courage and uncommon commitment.

“The meeting commended the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Honorable. Tajudeen Abbas, Deputy Senate President, Senator Jibrin Barau, and Senators and Members of the House of Representatives for crafting and vigorously pursuing the passage of the North West Development Commission Bill. The meeting urged members of the National Assembly to give the bills expeditious consideration in the interest of national cohesion and even development.

“The meeting wishes to commend Mr. President for his commitment towards the speedy completion of key projects in the North West Zone, including the Abuja – Kaduna – Kano Highway, the Sokoto – Badagry Road Project, the Sokoto – Zamfara – Katsina – Kaduna Road Project, the Kano – Katsina Dual Carriageway, the Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano Gas Pipeline, the Lagos – Kaduna – Kano – Katsina – Maradi Rail Project. These projects have the potentials of boosting economic activities, mitigating poverty, enhancing security, and helping in the forging of understanding and friendship among the citizens of Nigeria.

“The meeting while acknowledging the efforts of the political leaders from the zone in promoting development in the region hereby calls on them to put more efforts to further enhance the political fortunes of the zone in order to maintain the political dominance of the zone in Nigeria’s political landscape.

“The meeting commended the National Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their sustained commitment to the ideals of democracy, with particular recognition to members representing the zone in the party’s national leadership.

“The meeting equally recognized the efforts of the Ministers, Special Advisers and Presidential Aides from the zone in supporting Mr. President to deliver on the Renewed Hope Agenda.

“The meeting further commends the commitment of APC faithfuls and the resilience of the populace in the zone and urges them to continue to support the government at all levels.

“The meeting commended the Coordinating Governor of the North West, Senator Uba Sani for hosting the Inaugural Stakeholders Meeting and demonstrating commitment to the unity and progress of the APC in the North West Zone.

“The meeting also commended Governors Dikko Radda (Katsina State), Umar Namadi (Jigawa State), Nasiru Idris (Kebbi State), and Ahmad Aliyu (Sokoto State) for their credible leadership in their respective states.

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YLN, LEAP Train Bauchi Student Leaders On Democratic Leadership, Gender Inclusion, Others




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Over 60 student leaders from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Bauchi State University Gadau, and The Federal Polytechnic Bauchi have gathered in Bauchi for a 2-day Amplify Leadership Workshop from May 7 – 8, 2024, organized by Young Leaders Network and supported by LEAP Africa and Nigeria Youth Futures Fund.

Held at the American Spaces Bauchi, the workshop brings together a diverse group of student leaders who will engage in interactive sessions, group discussions, and hands-on activities designed to harness their potential and expertise.

The programme’s overarching goal is to bolster political engagement in Northeast Nigeria through a meticulously crafted program that fosters a formidable team of leaders dedicated to advancing and enriching the leadership acumen of student union leaders.

In his welcome remarks, the Programmes Manager Governance of Young Leaders Network, Moses Danjuma Kusko urged the participants to seize the golden opportunity to equip themselves with leadership skills that will enable them to make a positive impact in their communities and the country at large. Kusko, highlighted objectives of the programme to include empowering students’ Union leaders with democratic leadership skills, promote gender inclusion and equality within students’ unionism, strengthen political activism and engagement among youth and enhance democratic values and principles in student communities.

The workshop promises to be a life-changing experience for the participants, providing them with the tools, knowledge, and network to become effective leaders and change-makers in their respective institutions and beyond.

Through this initiative, Young Leaders Network demonstrates its commitment to empowering young leaders, while LEAP Africa and Nigeria Youth Futures Fund provide vital support to amplify the impact of the program and promote sustainable development in Northeast Nigeria.

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Hon. Gidado Of ADC, Laud Gov Kefas Over Payments Of Gratuity, Revival Of Festival 




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By Sarah Manya

Hon. Abdulrazaq Gidado (JAWAR), the candidate for the last Jalingo, Yerro, and Zing Federal Constituency by-election under the African Democratic Congress (ADC) platform in Taraba State, has commended Governor Agbu Kefas for reviving the Nwonyo International Fishing Festival in the State. 

In a press statement released on Saturday via his Media Adviser, Sulaiman Sani, Gidado praised the governor’s commitment to promoting cultural heritage and improving the internally generated revenue of the state, exemplified by his recent inspection of the ongoing projects at the festival site.

Gidado also expressed appreciation for the recent approval of N1bn for the payment of gratuity to retired civil servants in the state, as well as a monthly allocation of N200m for its sustainability. 

He lauded Governor Kefas for ending the era of gratuity being owed in the state and pledged to continue ensuring good governance thrives by constructively criticizing where necessary.

Additionally, Hon. Abdulrazaq Gidado thanked Governor Agbu Kefas for the appointment of board chairmen and Special advisers in the state.

Lastly, he congratulated all appointees and wished them success in assisting the governor in achieving his Moving Forward Agenda.

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