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The Urgent Call For The Rehabilitation Of Ayetoro-Gbede Central Mosque

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By Ayuba Haruna Ayodeji

The Ayetoro-Gbede Central Mosque, a place of spiritual significance and communal gathering, has served as the cornerstone of the Ayetoro-Gbede community since its establishment in 1980. Over the years, it has been a sacred space where countless prayers and religious activities have taken place. However, as time has passed, the mosque has faced significant challenges that now call for urgent attention and rehabilitation.

For over four decades, the mosque was guided by two pioneer Chief Imams, Alhaji Suleiman and the late Alhaji Thiamiyu Arobani, who faithfully served from 1980 to 2022. Today, Imam Alhaji Tajudeen Ajibola has taken up the mantle of leadership.

The decision to demolish the mosque was born out of the need to provide a more convenient and modern space for the congregational Jumat service. Many community members used to pray in the streets surrounding the mosque, while others resorted to nearby houses due to the lack of sufficient space within the mosque premises.

After careful deliberation, the Chief Imam and the entire Muslim community concluded that demolition was necessary for future development. To fund this ambitious project, they rallied contributions, donations, and Fisebilillah from community members, starting with the demolition and construction of the foundation.

Notably, political leaders from the constituency, including Prince Olushola Akanmode, Senator Dino Melaye, Alhaji Isa Taofiq, and House of Representatives architect Salman Idris, have made significant contributions to the progress and development of the mosque.

At the federal level, Minister of FCT and the General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, showed immense support by donating ten million naira during the launch and turban inauguration of the new Chief Imam of Ayetoro-Gbede.

Despite these efforts, the construction project has reached a critical stage, requiring substantial financial support to continue. The entire Muslim community faces inconvenience and hardship in observing their congregation Jumat prayer, as the new location is approximately 5km from the community and subject to harsh weather conditions.

In light of these challenges, we earnestly appeal to His Excellency, Governor Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, and other individuals capable of contributing to the project. Your support will help us fulfill our commitment to Almighty Allah, and may Allah reward all those who positively impact the success of this endeavor.

Ayuba Haruna Ayodeji writes from the Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri.

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Immediate Plea: Will APC Ever Get Around To Thanking Its MVPs For Party Prosperity?

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By Muhammad Bashir Ilyasu

In the dynamic landscape of Nigerian politics, where dedication and loyalty are often overshadowed by the pursuit of power, there emerges a figure whose unwavering commitment to the All Progressive Congress (APC) has become a beacon of inspiration.

So many individuals within the APC family, spanning across states in northern Nigeria and beyond, find themselves caught between two sides of the coin. This raises concerns about whether the ruling party in Nigeria truly possesses a mechanism for rewarding optimal loyalty and commitment. This article highlights some of these individuals, signaling to the ruling party that while the 2023 general elections may have been a year of battles and successes, the atmosphere in 2027 will be fraught with tension and power-plays.

Research conducted by the writer reveals that many dedicated sons and daughters of the APC, who contributed their best efforts, commitment, and support to the party’s success at all levels of the electoral process, have been overlooked for federal or state recognition. Consequently, they are being courted by strong opposition parties. In politics, one must heed the writing on the wall.

Kaduna, being the center of northern Nigeria, is a hub for national leaders. Many party stalwarts have faced animosity, leading some to defect to other parties. Notably, Mr. Wilson Iliya Yangye, a prominent figure in Jema’a local government council and a driving force behind the APC’s success, recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after being left to his destiny.

Similarly, in Adamawa State, former Senator Binta Garba, known for her active role in the APC, was offered a substantial sum to defect but staunchly refused due to her commitment to the party. However, despite her loyalty, Garba found herself unsupported in the end.

From the axis of Jigawa State, and in the intricate dance of politics, loyalty is often the currency of power. For Faruk Adamu Aliyu, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa State, his unwavering commitment to the party has been both a badge of honor and a source of frustration.

Faruk Adamu Aliyu, a name once synonymous with the relentless pursuit of APC’s success in Jigawa and beyond, finds himself at a crossroads. Despite his tireless efforts and dedication to the party’s cause, he stands unrecognized and sidelined by the current administration. His aspirations, once buoyed by promises of recognition and reward, now lie in tatters, casting a shadow over the party’s integrity and commitment to its own.

As Faruk Adamu Aliyu’s story reverberates through the corridors of power, it serves as a sobering reminder of the delicate balance between loyalty and neglect in politics. His plight underscores a fundamental question: what happens when a political party fails to honor its promises and support its own?

The ramifications extend far beyond the personal disillusionment of one individual. They speak to the broader disillusionment of a constituency that feels overlooked and undervalued by those in power. In the absence of recognition and opportunity within the APC ranks, the allure of alternative political affiliations grows stronger.

Indeed, as whispers of opposition interest in Faruk Adamu Aliyu grow louder, the APC risks losing not only a dedicated member but also the trust and support of those who have long stood by its side. The warning signs are clear: neglect the sons and daughters of your party at your peril.

As Nigeria hurtles towards the 2027 general elections, the APC would do well to heed this cautionary tale. For every Faruk Adamu Aliyu left behind, there are countless others whose loyalty hangs in the balance. The future of the party depends not only on its ability to secure victory at the polls but also on its commitment to nurturing and empowering its grassroots supporters.

In the crucible of Nigerian politics, loyalty is a precious commodity, one that must be cherished and reciprocated if a party is to thrive. As the APC charts its course forward, it must remember the lesson of Faruk Adamu Aliyu: neglect your own at your own peril.

In Kano State, known as the political nucleus of northern Nigeria, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura, also known as A. A. Zaura, epitomizes integrity, perseverance, and service to the party.
From the nascent stages of APC’s formation in Kano State, A. A. Zaura has been a towering figure, instrumental in nurturing the party to unprecedented heights. His unwavering support for the party’s leadership, tireless efforts in strengthening its structures, and pivotal role in securing victories during critical elections have earned him the respect and admiration of fellow party members and constituents alike.

In the tumultuous aftermath of the 2023 general elections, where the stakes were high and the challenges daunting, A. A. Zaura stood firm in his allegiance to APC, despite facing personal setbacks. His bid for a senatorial seat in Kano Central may not have materialized, but his resilience in the face of adversity serves as a testament to his unwavering commitment to the party’s ideals.

Despite his invaluable contributions to APC’s success, A. A. Zaura finds himself overlooked when it comes to federal appointments or positions of influence. This glaring omission raises pertinent questions about the party’s mechanisms for rewarding loyalty and dedication. As calls for his defection to opposing parties grow louder, A. A. Zaura remains steadfast in his allegiance to APC, demonstrating a rare brand of loyalty that transcends personal ambition.

It is imperative for the leadership of APC, particularly at the federal level, to recognize and appreciate the selfless sacrifices of individuals like A. A. Zaura. His continued support for the party, even in the face of adversity, serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of valuing loyalty and commitment within the political sphere.

As Nigeria looks towards a future shaped by the leadership of individuals like Bola Ahmed Tinubu, it is incumbent upon the party’s stalwarts to heed the call for recognition and reward those who have stood by its side through thick and thin. A. A. Zaura’s story is not just one of personal resilience, but a reflection of the enduring spirit of dedication that defines APC’s journey towards a brighter tomorrow. It is time for his contributions to be acknowledged and celebrated, lest the party risk losing the very essence of its core values.

Investigations reveal that all political parties are vying for A. A. Zaura, particularly amid rumors of forming a mega party to challenge the ruling party in 2027. It is speculated that figures such as Atiku, Obi, and Elrufai are gearing up to enlist talented youth and influential politicians who feel neglected by the APC. Sources have disclosed numerous attempts to court Zaura, but his reluctance may stem from his close relationship with President Bola Tinubu.

However, in the system of politics, anything is possible, especially when an individual’s loyalty and efforts are disregarded, and they are excluded from the decision-making process.

A glimpse into the life of former Police Minister, Mallam Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, reveals him as a beacon of unwavering loyalty amidst political challenges. As a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, Dingyadi dedicated himself wholeheartedly to advancing its agenda. His commitment was boundless, evident in his investment of time, energy, and resources to support the party’s objectives.

Despite his steadfast loyalty and significant contributions, Dingyadi finds himself overlooked and marginalized by the current administration. The very party he fervently supported has failed to acknowledge his dedication, leaving him feeling neglected and sidelined.

In the midst of this political upheaval, Dingyadi faces relentless pressure from formidable opposition parties seeking to lure him away from the APC. Day in and day out, they visit him, attempting to sway his allegiance and enlist him in their cause. However, despite the allure of alternative options, Dingyadi remains resolute in his commitment to the APC, steadfastly refusing to yield to the enticements of the opposition.

Dingyadi’s narrative epitomizes resilience, integrity, and unwavering loyalty. Despite encountering neglect and abandonment, he remains faithful to the party he believes in, steadfastly upholding his principles even in adversity. As Nigeria’s political landscape undergoes transformation, Dingyadi’s unwavering commitment serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring strength of loyalty amidst turbulent times.

In subsequent segments of this article series, we will detail the experiences of other APC members who have been overlooked and disregarded despite their significant contributions to the party. They placed their trust in the leadership of the ruling party, hoping for recognition, but unfortunately, their hopes were dashed.

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*Ilyaus is a freelance journalist and commentator. he writes in from Abuja and can be reached on: bashirilyasu55@gmail.com.

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REJOINDER: Hon. Jauro Hassan Firmly Believes In The Primacy Of Humanity Over Religious Affiliation

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By Concern Christian Youths

It is with disappointment that we address the baseless accusations propagated by Taraba News on behalf of anonymous individuals, targeting Hon. (Dr.) Aminu Jauro Hassan, the Executive Chairman of Jalingo Local Government Council, alleges marginalization. While initially inclined to dismiss such unfounded claims, it is imperative to set the record straight.

In the pursuit of political relevance, it is paramount to uphold the truth over a facade of falsehoods. Hon. (Dr.) Aminu Jauro Hassan has consistently demonstrated integrity and transparency in his role as the Executive Chairman of the Jalingo Local Government Council.

Any insinuation of religious bias against him is not only erroneous but also a gross misrepresentation of Dr. Jauro Hassan’s character. He firmly believes in the primacy of humanity over religious affiliation, emphasizing the unity of all people regardless of their faith.

The assertion of Christian marginalization is unfounded and begs the question: can there be varying degrees of Christianity among believers? Contrary to these claims, numerous Christians have been appointed under Dr. Jauro Hassan’s leadership, reflecting his commitment to inclusivity and diversity.

It is regrettable that instead of celebrating the appointments of fellow Christians, some individuals, perhaps driven by personal agendas, have chosen to fuel a smear campaign to advance their interests.

Dr. Jauro remains steadfast in his dedication to the vision of His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas, in fostering a cohesive Taraba devoid of discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, or creed. 

He continues to advocate for unity and cooperation among all residents, reaffirming his unwavering commitment to the principles of fairness and equality for all.

_Concerned Christian Youths_

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Battling Banditry: If You Think Dr Gumi’s The Problem You Have a Problem

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By Saadu Umar

Many critics of Gumi can’t see the wood for the trees, hence their growing call to stifle and limit his liberty, beliefs and free speech.

To be sure, Gumi isn’t a bandit neither is he a bandits’ backer. How could he be when it’s haram! Gumi’s forays into bandits den were restricted to calling them to lay down their arms, retrace their steps, embrace God, and repent.

Indeed his views on banditry (hiraaba) as I hear him say, is informed by the provisions of Qur’an 4: 33-34. In his tafsirs, at every opportunity, Gumi rightly describes and denounces hiraaba as a crime against the state worthy of the prescribed hadd – capital punishment.

But we all know what is happening in the Northwest and other affected states is a little bit more complex than the hiraaba as we know it.

The Fulanis, major ‘culprits’ in this banditry, have suffered untold injustices in the hands of the state, traditional institutions and the citizens. I know this, I saw it since I was barely 11. For instance, a minor encroachment on a farm will cost the life or limb of the Fulani herder, a hefty fine in court or big bribe and extortion in the hands of police. Their grazing lands were usurped and giving to rich farmers. These injustices have continued unabated to date. All this has turned them into amoral, nihilistic insurgents. Perhaps, delusional jihadists!

The historical Injustices served on the Fulanis are so notorious that they joke about it and mock the Fulanis. I have a personal anecdote to buttress this:
A fortnight ago, at a park close to Apo roundabout in Abuja, I listened to a crude raillery between a Fulani and a Hausa, who speaks Sakkwatanci—Western Hausa dialect. The Hausaman was telling the Fulani that if given the chance, he would do what the “hukuma” (security agents) “Sarki” (traditional rulers) and “sarkin fawa” (butchers) do to him. By this he meant cheating the Fulani is okay. I chipped in to be sure what he meant. He said he’ll usurped anything and everything the Fulani has. And I retorted by saying that’s why “we kidnap and kill you too” —jokingly of course. I’m Fulani too.

The Injustice of the state is its failure to provide security for the lives and livestock of the Fulanis —rustlers have rustled their cattle, armed robbers rob them and murder them. The systemic corruption in the police and judiciary means that the Fulanis can’t get justice when the ‘Sarki’ or ‘Sarkin Fawa’ cheat them. The impunity ensures that the state and citizens dehumanise the Fulanis: their cattle kill for food; their kind kill for fun! The Fulanis are left to their own devices and ordinary Nigerians are the worse for it.
Of course, there are other underlining causes of this banditry like unemployment, poverty, illiteracy, governors, civil wars in neighbouring nations, external conspiracies, destruction of Libya etc.

Thus, it’s easy to see that something beyond bombs and bullets is needed. The Nigerian armed forces have been bombing and shooting at banditry for over a decade now but they’re unable to stop the abductions, at least, the kind we just saw at Kuriga and many other places.

Worse, sometimes it results in catastrophic outcomes like Tudun Biri where about 120 innocent citizens, mostly children, were wasted erroneously by military drones.

More, the cost of the war isn’t limited to unintentional occasional killings of civilians, it includes lives and limbs of dozens of servicemen, downed air force jets, military vehicles and tonnes of Naira notes.
Dr Gumi has put his head over the parapet so as to reduce these costs. His perspective is by no means justificatory or exculpatory.

He might not be an epitome of oratory but his prescription, even if in provocative language, is worth looking at: fight corruption, strengthen the state –Nigeria is a weak state, if state is about monopoly of legitimate use of force, protection of citizens and provision of services like healthcare, education etc, talk to the Fulanis, educate them—teach them “high self-control,” integrate them into the mainstream society, provide jobs for them — farming can consume all of them— and alleviate their extreme poverty.

I must add that Tinubu’s Pulaku Initiative would help if it’s not corrupted. Better spending of security votes by governors would help too.
Lastly, the President should be open-minded and lend listening ear to dissenting voices including Gumi’s. For Dr Gumi’s prescription is part of the solution and if you think it’s the problem, Wallahi you have a problem.

Saad Umar writes from Bauchi and can be reached at saadumaresq@yahoo.com.

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