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Re: The Adamawa Electoral Saga: Binani Is A Victim By Ahmad Sajoh

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The Adamawa Electoral Saga: Binani Is A Victim By Ahmad Sajoh recently took to the media space to cast aspersion on the just concluded Adamawa State elections, conjecturing that Binani was a victim of the whole process. However, a careful perusal of his submissions reveal a depth of misrepresentation of facts and figures. It is only proper to put things into perspective for the benefit of the Good people of Adamawa State and Nigerians at large.

Firstly, it is glaringly obvious that even the National APC leadership has distanced itself from the actions of Senator Binani, Mr Hudu Ari and the Adamawa State APC. Isn’t it rather curious that no National Official of the APC has endorsed the shenanigans of the APC gang in the State? Neither President Muhamadu Buhari, nor The National Chairman of APC, nor even Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu had endorsed the actions of Binani. As a matter of fact, some prominent members of the APC have acknowledged and congratulated Governor Ahmadu Fintiri over his success at the polls.
Sahara Reporters of April, 18th 2023 reported that
“The camp of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed defeat in the Adamawa State governorship election after the incumbent governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, emerged the winner of the poll. Furthermore, the Deputy Director of New Media for Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Council, Adamu Garba, said“I congratulate Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on his victory in the last supplementary election,” he wrote on his Twitter handle.
Unfortunately, only people like Ahmad Sajoh, Cliff Abbo and an infinitesimal few in the State APC that are still holding onto a fast sinking ship. Facts are sacred thus, it is only proper we present the facts as they are;
Ahmad Sajoh started his insinuations by referring to …”The arrest of security details and some political acolytes of the Governor” one wonders who these unknown, faceless acolytes of the Governor are. Sajoh should present facts and figures to his pontifications. Besides it is common knowledge that indeed the INEC Commissioner was attacked by irate youths who mistook him for Hudu Ari. That incidence is no news but common knowledge to all. Unfortunately, the Police and DSS swooped on PDP supporters with impunity to effect arrest in the same way they followed Binani to invade the PDP situation room after the elections. Many share the view that the enforcement agencies did the biddings of Binani for pecuniary reasons.
Sajoh further alleged that “a number of other persons are on the run” let him be bold to mention names .Who are these unknown, faceless people on the run? On the other hand, Nigerians are aware of specific names and individuals that were on the run. Hudu Ari, the INEC REC in Adamawa State in particular, had been on the run until he could hide no more. Isn’t ahmad sajoh aware of this? As a matter of fact, most of those that sang high praises to Binani for the “coup” and congratulated her, have suddenly gone quiet and literally abandoned her.
Mr. Sajoh also claimed that the Deputy Director of the DSS was ‘tortured to the point of making false confession to admit Binani offered 2 billion naira in bribe .This assertion doesn’t hold water. Nowhere had the officer in question admitted the position of Sajoh either in public or otherwise. Sajoh is neither a law enforcement agent nor a court of law.

Investigations into the allegation would be handled by appropriate Agencies to ascertain if money exchanged hands and the amount in question as alleged by the Deputy Director of the DSS .Ahmad Sajoh cannot assume the position of a jury in the case of his patron, Aisha Binani.

Ahmad Sajoh further posited that Barrister AT Shehu led a protest to the DSS Office demanding the release of certain individuals. As mentioned earlier, that protest was necessitated due to the impunity of the security agencies. Obviously irate crowd attacked the INEC Commissioner in error thinking he was Hudu Ari. In response, the DSS swooped in on PDP supporters. It is no wonder the impunity of some of the security Agencies in the State contributed to the reprimand and recall of their Heads.

Sajoh also alluded that Governor Ahmadu Fintiri was “weaponising violence” in the State. The same Governor that consistently called for calm in the face of provocation? The same Governor that kept insisting on decorum by his supporters? If the indefatigable Governor of Adamawa State contemplated unleashing violence on his political opponents as unscrupulously alleged, neither Sajoh, nor Binani, herself could stand the backlash from the massive supporters of the Governor across the state. But the Governor kept calling for calm amongst his supporters even in the face of provocation.

Recall that Binani led security operatives to disrupt proceedings at the PDP situation room after the elections. The Governor was confident that the will of the people will prevail thus no need for matching violence with violence. The Governor ensured his supporters remained calm in the face of provocation.
More so, Ahmad Sajoh paraded an unfounded allegation that an “INEC ICT Head …tampered with BVAS machines’ leading to his redeployment. This is laughable and reveals a depth of ignorance on the operations of the BVAS machines. The INEC had consistently spoken on series of checks and authorizations to access the server not to talk of reconfiguring the server to upload fake results! Isn’t it ironic that of all the 36 States in Nigeria, Sajoh is alleging the “upload magic“ was only possible in Adamawa State?! Besides, the deployment of INEC officers was said to be a routine administrative procedure not a punitive measure. Sajoh should stop crying more than the bereaved.

The so called changing “of an umpire in the middle of a game” in the person of Hudu Ari was clearly necessitated due to his role in attempting to subvert the will of the people of Adamawa State. Hudu was clearly caught on record asking the Returning Officer to “Do whatever it takes” to help Binani to win at all cost. That singular action made him complicit He was obviously compromised even before the supplementary elections and needed to be replaced or put in check. That was the reason two federal commissioners were sent to oversee electoral proceedings in the State.

For once, Ahmad Sajoh was correct when he alluded that “There were those uncomfortable with Binani as a woman “even within the APC. But there is hope with a Governor as Ahmadu Fintiri who doesn’t condone discrimination against women. Recently, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri swore in the first female Chief Judge in Adamawa State.

Stoking the embers of religion was a wrong move by Sajoh. Referring to some Islamic clerics as “hypocritical Ulamas” and alluding that “Christians were on a crusade against Fulani muslims” were statements not expected from a statesman particularly in a heterogeneous state as Adamawa. What crusade? How? Where? When? He feigned ignorance of the fact that Christians in Adamawa had lived peacefully with Muslim Fulanis for ages. Trying to whip up religious sentiments in the name of politics is one action taken to the extreme.
Finally, it is obvious that his Excellency AUF is not perturbed by the rantings of the APC and their collaborators. If the election was conducted a thousand times over, AUF would still win. He is only concerned about delivering the dividends of democracy to the good people of Adamawa State. It was high time Sajoh and the APC gang stopped their wishful thinking and realized that its game over for them.

Written by: Dogo Victor
SSA Social Mobilization to Adamawa State Governor

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Heroes Of Tinubu’s Victory In The 2023 Presidential Election Series: Dr Bello Maigari

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In all democracies all over the world and victories of all electoral countries, there are political figures who stake their all in order to make that victory possible. The victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the 2023 Presidential contest in the country was made possible by so many heroes of that resounding victory and today we in the cause of this series want to bring to the fore the contributions of Dr Bello Maigari, the present executive secretary of the national lottery trust fund to make that victory possible.

Even before the President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu made public his intention to contest for the office of the President by declaring for that seat under the All Progressive Congress which he was formerly it’s national leader, Dr. Bello Maigari is one of the apostles of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s political school who staked his office by publicly calling on him to come out and declare for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and this was because he believed that he was the best foot forward to achieve the greatness, peace, unity, progress and development of Nigeria in all its physicality.

It is a fact that when other political figures choose to seat on the fence by keeping there supporters guessing on whom among the plethora of speculated would be candidates and on which platforms they would contest for the seat of the President of Nigeria, Dr Bello Maigari publicly declared his support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and he matched his talk by going ahead to make big billboards displayed publicly in all the capitals and major cities of the nineteen northern states and the Federal capital territory seeking for supports and endorsement of Bola Ahmed Tinubu when he finally decides to declare for the Presidency. To many who are conversant with the political philosophies of Dr Bello Maigari, he is not a man that seeks to support a candidate for the sake of political rent seeking because as a patriot and leader he believes that in history no nation has been able to achieve any substantial leap without a leader with vision, strategic plans and the credentials to give it quality leadership. Dr Bello Maigari believes that we as citizens have a patriotic duty to in our own little way contribute to the recruitment of quality leaders for our country and in his leadership recruitment drive of the best man for the job as President of the Federal republic of Nigeria, he sees Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the best candidate to support to move our country forward.

Dr Bello Maigari walked his talk by forming and sponsoring many supports group as patron which he uses to galvanize and aggregating the supports of the citizens for the candidature of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu when he finally bowed to pressure from people like him to come out and declare for the President of Nigeria. He also made sure that as an ambassador of this supports group for the victory of the President, the group have a national spread. His support for the President was total and make no mistake about it, as he believes that when the President finally becomes victorious, the country is going to experience many positives because Bola Ahmed Tinubu based on data and evidence from his past political endeavours is not a leader who over relied on the unbridled optimism, hedonistic fatalism and the political gimmickery in his dealing with matters of great importance like the development of our country in all its physicality because he has severally been tried and tested. His campaign as the presidents political ambassador was spreading the messages that the positives to be derived from the President victory would be accentuated by his deliberate leadership style which entails a departure from the usual political sloganeering of the past which has never translated into any positives for the country. He believes the overarching vision of the President and his significant development strategies and his key performance indicators as

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The New Fawn At The National Lottery Trust Fund

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Throughout history, no institution has achieved any substantial leap without a leadership vision and strategic thinking because no amount of whimsical, unplanned and hurriedly re-actional actions or even inactions can Trump an excellent and well articulated plan judiciously executed for the national benefits”- Unanimous.

This is very true about the National Lottery Trust Fund under the leadership of it’s executive secretary, Dr.Bello Maigari, who has done everything possible in reforming the interventionist agency and changing its narratives so that it can achieve it’s mandates. It is therefore not surprising to hear many analysts and public commentators say that indeed there is a new dawn at the agency. The National Lottery Trust Fund an interventionist agency under the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and intergovernmental Affairs was created to help use the proceed of the funds accruing from the proceed of remittances to the federal government through gaming to intervene in areas of needs in the country.

Based on the prevalent knee-jerk approach to developmental interventions of the past in the country by the Federal government, the present Minister of Special Duties and intergovernmental Affairs, Honourable Zaphaniah Jisalo, and the present executive secretary of the National Lottery Trust Fund, Dr. Bello Maigari made serious efforts in reforming the agency so that it can carry out it’s mandates as prescribed in the enabling laws creating the agency so that it can truly be said to be fit for purpose in implementing it’s core mandates by touching the lives of all Nigerians positively. The agency is now working to the satisfaction of all Nigerians as there are no longer room for hunches, guess works or mere sloganeering at the agency because what we now see daily are actions bringing succour to the less priveledged in society.

Many would ask what makes the agency now working more than ever before?. The answer is quite simple, the synergy between the Minister in charge of the agency, Honourable Zaphaniah Jisalo, and the management of the agency led by it’s executive secretary, Dr. Bello Maigari are in sync and creating the leadership synergy as the needed impetus to made the agency fulfilling it’s mandates especially in the renewed hope administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The present management of the agency led by the executive secretary communicates their strategies transparently and are very ready to take responsibility for it’s outcomes as the open communications in the agency about the challenges and setbacks is helping the agency to manage public expectations and building trust in the agency by Nigerians. No wonder that today the National Lottery Trust Fund is now regarded as one of the best run interventionist agency in Nigeria because of the accountable and transparent manner it is carrying out it’s duties devoid of any sectional or political considerations. This is really a rapid departure from it’s past ways of carrying out it’s mandates to a pragmatic and systematic approach in making sure that all section and geopolitical zones in the country are treated fairly.

The National Lottery Trust Fund is intervening in every areas of needs in the country. Areas such as health, sports, education, and culture etc has felt the development in all its physicality interventions we can see and touch to the glory of the management of the agency led by Dr. Bello Maigari. The executive secretary and the National Lottery Trust Fund successes is because of the strategic actions made in implementing the present administration’s strategic plans as it regards the agency’s mandates and the policies by the Minister of it’s supervisory Ministry that from time to time, the agency would undergo a comprehensive performances assessment. This assessments involves areas covered quarterly, identifications of it’s present potential obstacles considering world class scenarios and the efforts of the management in developing contingency plans to avoid the situation where policies are not we’ll thought out and implemented to frustrate the citizens quality of life in the areas the fund is intervening based on national interests.

The strategies of the National Lottery Trust Fund is making sure is today adaptable to changing circumstances and adjusting to real time feedback’s and evolving challenges in the nation. Today, make no mistake about it, the National Lottery Trust Fund it recognizes that while optimism
and hope are essential in taking on interventionist challenges in a nation like Nigeria, but in the agency strategic actions complimented by realistic assessments based on data and realism has helped build an evidence based strategies helping it to achieve it’s mandates. The positives from this is that the agency is now once again working to the general expectations of the citizens because of its adoptions of a balanced and systematic approach in addressing it’s challenges and opportunities intervening in the lives and development of all Nigerians.

Musa Wada
Abuja

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Gender Based Violence: Experience, Effects And Way Forward

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By: Jibrin Hussaini Kundum, Bauchi

Gender-Based Violence refers to harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender which include sexual, physical, mental and economic harms inflicted in public or in private. It also includes threats of violence, coercion and manipulation. This can take many forms such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called ‘honour crimes’. The consequences of gender-based violence are devastating and can have life-long repercussions on survivors.

Violence is a form of action that causes pain, destruction or suffering to the affected persons. All over the world, gender-based violence acts as threats to human rights and hinders the ability of the victims to contribute meaningfully to societal growth, sustainable peace and development. This is because victims of violence often find it difficult to express themselves freely or explore the talents embedded in them to make their environment more soothing, loving, peaceful and comfortable.

There is no gain saying the fact that, these phenomenon has deeply rooted in gender inequality and continues to be one of the most notable human right violations. Non Governmental Organizations like the BAOBAB foundation has it that gender-based violence can take different forms and mostly affects women and girls, which can result in physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm, depending on the society or individual being affected.

Consequently, gender-based violence takes different forms to operate within its environment thus they include: physical, sexual or psychological. Factors such as poverty, lack of education and unemployment are set to cause gender-based violence in the life of a person or a community. No matter the form of gender-based violence, it leaves several short and long-term implications for victims which prevents them from contributing actively to the promotion of sustainable peace and development.

Stakeholders particularly Non Governmental Organizations such as the Bauchi State Sexual Assault Referral Center, according to the founder of the Organization Hajiya Hadiza Muhammad from February to November 2023, it has received 200 case of Gender Based Violence mostly from the rural areas.

Another foundation, Ikra Youth and Women Group said it has received 500 cases of GBV and 100 out of the number are rape from Toro, Alkaleri and Katagum across Bauchi State in 2023, this is according to the director of the group Amina Garuba Ahmad as published by a national daily on 15 October 2023.

In 2021, 40 year old man has been arrested for allegedly rapping four year old girl in side Mosque in Igbo quarters Aminu street Bauchi. Malam Jamilu Abdullahi, Father of the victim,
“I lived in Igbo quarters, Bauchi,now living in Unguwar Sarakuna. My daughter who was the victim of the rape is Hauwa’u Jamilu , when the ugly trend happened, she was six years and now 9 years, “I was not at home went for livelihood and the mother of the victim, they called me and informed on the matter ,the people of my area took action. I am called on people to desist from discrimination to the people who were affected by such accident. I felt discourage and deep concern on the matter,with this I want to called on parents to be extra careful and monitor the affairs of their children to disassociate them from bad eggs. One of the reason why I changed my place of living is to protect my daughter from the discrimination, people in my old area describing the victim somehow.

GVB and experience:
According to Jamilu Abdullahib Bauchi State government,under the office of the first , deserved a wonderful commendation, because , she took the baby to the hospital for necessary medication, people like member representing Bauchi at the State house of assembly and Speaker of the house and other leaders ,I knowledge their contribution in the crusade.

Way forward : Relevant groups, local authorities, partners, and donors as well as concerned individuals such as Saving the Future Girls Initiative, Way forward to North-East Youth, Ward Head of Gwallaga in Bauchi metropolis and Doctor Hamza Abubakar Hussaini From the department of Islamic , faculty of art and social science, Federal University Kashere, Gombe state, Barrister Mu’azu, a Bauchi based lawyer, relevant groups and concerned individuals such as Saving the Future Girls Initiative, Way forward to North-East Youth, Ward Head of Gwallaga in Bauchi metropolis and Doctor Hamza Abubakar Hussaini From the department of Islamic , faculty of art and social science, Federal University Kashere, Gombe state, Barrister Mu’azu, a Bauchi based lawyer, said that GBV has been increasingly recognized as a grave challenge for public health, development and a violation of human rights and opined that the government should create facilities that would help women experiencing Gender Based Violence such as counselling centers, funds that will help victims get rehabilitated and invest in institutions like Police and the judiciary so that victims are assisted, the community should also establish community social structures such as community groups of both men and women provide a sensitization platform for people to share experiences related GBV.

Police as a law established agency, has a better role to play in the fight against gender-based Violence because, it has recorded at least 202 cases of sex and gender-based violence in 2022 according to the force Public Relations Officer Ahmed Wakili and also arrested a total of 326 suspected SGBV offenders in connection with the recorded crimes.

The police, according to the spokesperson, had in 2020 recorded 149 rape cases and other related offences and was able to arrest at least 257 suspects in connection with the cases.

Worried by the rising trends of sex-related offences, he said the command intensified “fight against the menace” which led to the decrease in the number of reported cases in Bauchi state.

The police said the drastic decrease in the number of cases this year was because of the intensive awareness creation and the command’s rigorous effort to prosecute offenders, adding that the command had set up an SGBV desk in all the Divisional Police headquarters as well as the four area commands in the state.

This story is supported by BAOBAB for Women’s Human Right, under the 2023 SGBV Media Fellowship Project.

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