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Fintiri: Transforming Adamawa State’s Infrastructure Landscape – Tabiyatiya

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Three years ago, on this very day, a significant transformation unfolded in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, Nigeria. The iconic Police Roundabout, which had long been a central point in the city, was demolished to make way for a groundbreaking project – the first flyover and grade interchange in the Northern region of Nigeria.

This ambitious endeavor was met with skepticism from opposition voices and some citizens who had grown weary of politicians’ grand promises with no follow-through.

However, Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri was determined to prove the naysayers wrong, and he did so with remarkable success.

Governor Fintiri not only oversaw the construction of this impressive infrastructure but also went a step further by erecting another flyover bridge at Total junction.

These developments weren’t just about functionality; they were a testament to his commitment to beautify the city and alleviate traffic congestion.

News of the impending transformation of the renowned Mubi Roundabout into yet another flyover project resonates with hope and excitement.

It underscores Governor Fintiri’s unwavering dedication to uplift Adamawa State and its surrounding areas. His vision and drive are poised to propel the state into a league of developed regions within Nigeria.

With Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri at the helm of affairs, Adamawa State is on a trajectory to compete with the most advanced states in Nigeria. His relentless pursuit of progress and development is a beacon of hope for the people of Adamawa and a testament to the potential for positive change in the region.

His leadership has breathed new life into Adamawa State, earning him the admiration and respect of its residents. His unwavering commitment to delivering on his promises and executing ambitious projects has set a new standard for governance.

Moreover, Governor Fintiri’s focus extends beyond bricks and mortar. His administration has also prioritized initiatives that enhance the overall well-being of the state’s citizens.

From education and healthcare to job creation and youth empowerment, he has demonstrated a holistic approach to governance. With each passing day, the people of Adamawa State are witnessing the tangible results of his vision and leadership, which are paving the way for a brighter and more prosperous future.

Under his guidance, Adamawa State is indeed on the path to becoming a model of development and progress in Nigeria.

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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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The End Of Desperation

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Every election year, as usual, Nigerian politics is replete with drama; the theatre of the absurd. This does not mean that we are maturing in Democracy; no, it is a mirror of the power of our diversity.

After more than two decades of democratic process, one would have expected that the 2023 elections would be different.
While it may be a welcome reprieve for some, the tumult of power grabbing, attempted bribery, and unwholesome deals reveal the increasingly delicate state of Nigeria’s democracy. When the largest electoral population in Africa votes, it is unfortunate that it almost always comes as well with a wide reaching melodrama.

It is interesting that while the World watched keenly what the largest Black Country has to show, the obvious happened… A group of politicians undermining the seriousness of the polls to nothing but a melodrama displayed total sophomoric behaviour that bothered on lack of genuine patriotism and an absence of respect for ethics.

The peacefulness that characterised the great Adamawa state endured the provocation of some despairing politicians after the courageous participation of voters, who braved challenges during and after the 2023 elections in Nigeria. The situation, once again exposes the shenanigans of our politicians. The murky politics of power and dissidence in our state also exposed the increasing divorce between the people’s mandates and self seeking politicians.
Democracy is about people’s verdict and peaceful change. If a vote becomes merely a power play to allow unqualified people do as they please by their unbridled lust for power regardless of concern for public good, then democracy is reduced to a medieval power game. This propensity to undermine the people’s voice at will was best illustrated by the deplorable events in the last elections in Adamawa State.
The near rape of democracy which failed to sail from the events of the election process to the Tribunal and Court of Appeal was greeted with great relief by all advocates of political morality on Wednesday 31st January, 2024 with the decision of the Apex Court. However, its spirit was violated on innumerable occasions. The decision of the electorate and the pronouncement of the Electoral umpire was ignored with impunity.
Although the Electoral Act mandates that the returning officer reserves the right to announce and declare a winner, the opposition orchestrated a plan with an incapable electoral commissioner still on the run to announce to the contrary. Misusing authority and knowing fully well that he erred announcing the loser even when vote count was ongoing, he insisted that the Court declare their choice candidate the winner.

In all mature democracies, an acceptable political culture has evolved over a period of time, and violating people’s verdict or manipulations for personal gain is unthinkable and unacceptable. In an evolving democracy, it is difficult to sustain politics of principle without the aid of legal provisions and strong institutions.
Thankfully, the constitutional coup planned with meticulous precision has failed again. It therefore behoves on the Lawmakers to tidy our Law arm so that desperate politicians are not allowed to violate the Constitution with impunity.
It is obvious that major reforms are necessary if we are to preserve even the limited sanctity of the electoral process in Nigeria.

A democracy can survive only when the rule of law is respected. If the process of power itself is vitiated and no rules of conduct apply, soon the process will be seen as illegitimate, and governance reduced to constitutional brigandage. All concerned have great stakes in amending the provisions in the interest of the survival and credibility of the democratic process to end the scourge of illegality.

Nigeria’s democracy must move forward. We must not bow to the wishes of electoral gangsters.
The massive infrastructural development in road projects, education, health, security and human capital development amongst others across the state are feats by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who is passionate about the well being of the people of the state and also determined to sustain the administration’s developmental strides until May 2027 when his tenure would elapse. Governor Fintiri was never distracted even in the face of provocation, but has remained focused and determined to save democracy while also ensuring that Adamawa is lifted from the doldrums of underdevelopment. The lesson to learn in all, is that power is handed over by Divinity.

Humwashi Wonosikou writes from Yola

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