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Restoring Muhammadu Sanusi II

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By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde

History repeats itself, they say. In the history of rulers of Northern Nigeria, however, that recurrence was less often. While historians can remember two, we may be at a point of witnessing the third.

Sometime in December 1652, Muhammadu Kakuna, the 33rd Sultan of Kano was ousted under the influence of the powerful Maidaki Auwa, who installed her son, Soyaki. Kakuna retreated to Zaria and within days fought back his way to the throne just before the year ran out. That was the only time a ruler of Kano was restored.

In 1901, the British occupied Kontagora—tudu makwantar rikici—and deposed its 3rd Emir, Ibrahim Nagwamatse, for his notorious slave expeditions. They installed his son. For some reasons, after just two years, the British returned Ibrahim from exile in 1903 and made him the Sarkin Sudan and he reigned until his death in 1929.

Muhammadu Sanusi II, the 14th Emir of Kano, may soon be the third. Like in the case of Kakuna, many saw his removal by Governor Ganduje on ground of insubordination as a live specimen of highhandedness, intolerance, and vengeance. The Emir was arrested and banished to Loko for confinement, an action which he successfully fought against before a federal high court in Abuja. The court on 30th November 2020 declared both the confinement and the Emirate Council Law under which it was undertaken as unconstitutional and restored the fundamental rights of the deposed Emir to human dignity and personal liberty.

In contrast to Maidaki Auwa of 1652, Governor Ganduje went beyond the Emir and balkanized the Emirate. He divided it into five independent emirates in order to prevent the emergence of any strong Emir of Kano in the future. This act of downgrading the system, the first of its kind since Bagauda founded Kano 1,025 years ago, is understandably the most repugnant to the Kano ruling family and to many of its subjects. If the malware, they argue, had only changed the driver file—in this case the Emir—the system could tolerate that and continue with the same speed. But corrupting the entire system files and downgrading its performance to a status of a photocopier cannot be tolerated. A ‘system restore’ is necessary.

Restoring the Kano Emirate system to its 9 March 2020 date is now on the fingers of the new administration in the State. It will certainly be greeted with mixed feelings when it happens in the next few days especially as it will portend restoring both its unified disk configuration and the deleted driver file.

History is about to witness that restoration, if the feelers from Kano are accurate. How the ancient city would absorb the heat of the operation and bounce back as one of the most important emirates in the region is a matter of immediate concern to its citizens. As Nigerians, we can only hope that it does so without boiling.

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Governor Dauda Lawal’s Lack Of Commitment On Insecurity Issue In Zamfara

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By: Abdulwali Anwar Tahir

The main reason of establishing the Zamfara State Community Protection Guards which is a local security outfit is to restore peace and combat the scourge of banditry. The Governor appointed retired Lt. Col. Rabiu Garba ‘Yandoto as its Commandant.

Just 4 months after its inauguration, there are numerous cries of foul play that led to its Commandant to make some comments in their activities and the state government’s failure to adequately fund it in a recent radio interview.

The Commandant said: “You trained somebody, gave him a gun to fight criminals, then you refuse to pay him his monthly allowance, and you cannot fuel his vehicle. How do you expect him to perform”?

“I swear to God that since the time I assumed office in January this year as the Commandant of the state CPG, I collected only N98, 000″.

Similarly also, the CPG were paid their allowances only once since they assumed duty 4 months ago.

“Similarly, I have been buying fuel with my own money whenever we are going out for operation. This can never happen anywhere in the world.” (On quote).

This is a clear testimony of lack of seriousness of Dauda Lawal’s so-called efforts on insecurity.

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Compassion In Action: A Closer Look At RT. Hon Abubakar Y. Suleiman’s Ramadan Feeding Program

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By Usman Abdullahi Koli

It is a trite tradition of life that after every hardship, there comes relief that makes people who underwent such difficult times regain their lost peace of mind. In fact, it is after the darkest hour of the night that the day breaks.

In every democratic setting, there are a set of people destined to oversee the affairs of others. Some of them, after emerging victorious, return to the electorate and uplift them, while the majority relegate them to the background till the eve of another election.

People should be wary of egocentric leaders and never waste their votes on them.
No one needs to be told about the economic hardship that Nigerians are going through. Unlike in the past when even average people could afford three square meals daily, pathetically, now they are ever busy trying hard to eat even once.

However, most of the elected political office holders are there doing nothing about the situation; only a few remember the terrible condition of the masses, and one of such individuals is Rt. Honorable Abubakar Y. Suleiman. Dan Galadiman Ningi is one in a million personality who sprouted from an ordinary community, went through similar or worse conditions, but his determination as well as good intentions in changing the narrative helped in actualizing his political ambition.

Many leaders have left their community since after emerging victorious but Honorable Y. Suleiman, as the speaker in the Bauchi House of Assembly, returned to his base and offered a helping hand that radically cushioned the adverse effect of Nigeria’s current economic hardship, especially in the month of Ramadan, where individuals fast without having what to eat or drink after sunrise.

A leader worth his salt, Honorable Abubakar Y. Suleiman acknowledged that fellow citizens from his constituency could not afford what to eat during this fasting period because of the inflated prices of food commodities, which are the rationale behind his recent gestures. He strategically identified 3 mosques in each of the eleven wards he is representing, feeding a total number of 350 people in each of the mosques and an additional 500 people in dire need in his neighborhood daily.

The Almighty always gives more to people who are generous to their fellow beings, whose hands are open, giving necessities of life to the poor; the giver oftentimes gets in return double of what he or she gives. We can only hope and pray that the Almighty opens more doors of provision and replenish the Honorable’s pockets.

The main aim of the Ramadan feeding program was to install unforgettable legacies that people will benefit from throughout the fasting period. Honorable Abubakar is a leader who always keeps his word, as this gesture is amongst his recent promises when he was sworn in again as the Speaker of the Bauchi State Assembly after emerging victorious at the rerun election in Ningi Central where he represents. He promised to ameliorate the hardship of his constituents to his best using the limited, scarce resources at his disposal.

Furthermore, the Honorable assured that the feeding package, which is being done through his foundation; Nabalago Foundation and supported by his family, is targeted to feed 10,500 individuals in three phases. Phase one of the program has been concluded, and another phase has already commenced for the complete month of Ramadan. Hence, he constituted a committee of trusted individuals to execute this task and ensure the judicious distribution of the cooked food to the beneficiaries. Not only that, he ensured that the menu of the feeding program aligns with the health benefits of those who are being given to.

It is an understatement to say that the people from Dan Galadima’s constituency are elated. Courtesy of a sterling representation, a limitless number of democratic dividends and projects he promised to pursue and execute for the benefit of all, irrespective of tribe or religion, it is imperative and necessary upon public office holders, politicians, and other representatives, to emulate what Rt. Honorable Abubakar Y. Suleiman has been doing for the development to reign in his constituency and beyond. Indeed, the Speaker is a pacesetter!

Koli, can be reached via;08168674594.

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Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore: Inge Urges PBT To Release Dr. Bodejo 

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By Sani Yarima

Alhaji Wakili Isiaka Inge, the Zonal Vice Chairman of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, South-west Zone, has appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene and effect the release of their National leader, Dr. Abdullahi Bello Bodejo. 

Inge who is residing in Ogun State made the plea during an interview with our reporter, in which he urged members of the association to remain united and not be distracted by the detention of Dr. Bodejo.

The Zonal VP also admonished members to maintain law and order, even as he reassured them that the National President is in good condition and will soon regain his freedom. 

Alhaji Wakili Isiaka Inge extolled Dr. Bodejo’s peace-building efforts, which he described as significant in maintaining peace and unity among the Fulani and other tribes, not only in Nigeria but across the African continent.

In addition, he clarified that Dr. Bodejo has a clean record and has never been involved in any criminal activity and implored the security agents responsible for Dr. Bodejo’s custody to take the necessary steps to secure his release.

Inge concluded his remarks by offering prayers to ALLAH for Dr. Bodejo’s continued protection and wisdom in leading the association to greater heights. 

Alhaji Wakili Isiaka Inge, however, expressed gratitude to the members and stakeholders for their support and cooperation, urging them to sustain the tempo.

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