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THE ORIGINALITY AND TACT IN SEYI TINUBU’S PROTECTION OF PATERNAL INTEREST By Hashim Suleiman
While working as the Quality Control Manager of Mangrovetech Construction and Engineering in Abuja from 2011, it got me to 2015 in same position plus a combination to serve as the Site Manager at the same time. My father was to contest the gubernatorial primary elections of my state and my friends had started to suggest how I have to leave my job to proceed to the government house where we could run things but I will always insist to them that I wasn’t going to go anywhere and preferred to keep my job, my father eventually became second to Badaru in the primaries and the rest is now history.
Furthermore, apparently coming from a history of the involvement of family in governments over the years and especially coming from Jigawa State where we had witnessed father and son being docked for allegations of monetary misappropriations, I had always personally being skeptical about seeing the involvement of family especially offsprings in the governmental affairs of their parents, but Seyi Tinubu has easily and simply changed such notion and thoughts of mine by exhibiting an absolute departure from the usuals and such must be highlighted for posterity sake.
I had hardly known Seyi Tinubu despite my patronage of the social space and follower-ship of the ways of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for as long as I can remember, I equally admired atiku cos I felt they somewhat had alignments in thoughts so I had written so much about both. In all of it I hardly ever knew Seyi until later after 2015 when his name started to trickle in as the son of Asiwaju who had interest in the management of the signposts and advertisement in lagos. In my head, I tried to align the wealth of his father and the sort of the trade he was into without finding any correlation. This is because, I honestly see advertisements as some sort of a tedious enterprise as well as my previous knowledge of how children of Nigeria’s big men behave with wealth they display without any known trade, this caught my eyes in the first instance but because he was hardly ever in the news or shouty in nature, there was no need to make further scrutiny about his person or his ways.
Fast forward to the run up to the 2023 elections, the ease with which Seyi was able to move into Abuja and beyond and the sort of honest movement and goodwill he was able to gather for his fathers election mobilization is worthy of mention and amplification especially in a country desperate for mentorships. His foray into the matter was more of a soft work because no one really saw it coming, he would easily move with his team to the hinterlands and villages and mingle with the people in an absolute down to earth manner, there’s no way that your team and people you are soliciting support from will not align, all people ever want is originality and Seyi had and still displays excess of it. However, there’s an adage in Hausa that transliterates that ‘ the leopard will not run and her son will crawl’ literally meaning Seyi came out an ideal son of his father.
Seyi visited Buhari in Daura penultimate the elections in clear show of a desire for the presidency, a lot of people wanted the presidency but shied away from indicating an absolute desire for it. Asiwaju and his family showed a desire for it albeit more original and honest that all others and they got it. They appeared to never ‘whining’ us.
What caught my attention to pen this matter was a watch of the Renewed Hope Concert and the part where he was personally involved in the sharing of wheelchairs to the disabled people and I looked at his face and saw a honest and real dude who was executing the gesture from deep within. Afterwards, you could see him by the side of the stage appearing very original, down to earth and ready to mingle; wow. Ahmad Gana is a young man I had worked with from NYSC in 2018 and he ventured into passive politics afterwards until the Tinubu movement came by and I heard he had joined that Seyi movement I described above. Normal Nigerian thought would imagine that he will not see Seyi anywhere after the election talk less of having his calls to him answered, guess what? Ahmad was with Seyi closely in lots of pictures during organization of the concert, he was also listed in one of the committees. If this is not a classical case of an ideal son, what else could ever be!
Having said all these, something needs to be highlighted which Seyi himself may not be aware of but it’s instructive, some members shouted the removal of certain names from the concert committee and that was done by some quarters, I felt adherence to such could deplete a movement that’s expected to grow bigger owing to an imminent bigger challenge going forward, incumbents naturally find it difficult during re-elections, so much more people are needed into the net including frenemies and enemies alike, that much was highlighted by Uhuru Kenyatta and other speakers today at the Inauguration lecture. Seyi must be wary of sycophants and busy bodies in his bid to advance his lofty movement of which Nigerians of all creed look to be ready to join with the consolidation of its originality.
If Seyi is seeing playing a critical role in his fathers government, it’s a consequence of deserving and nothing more!
Big ups Seyi!
God bless Nigeria!
TAJUDEEN ABBAS AS THE IDEAL COMPLIMENT TO VINDICATE A HUGE EXPECTATION IN GOVERNANCE By Hashim Suleiman
It was a calm Sunday evening while watching an evening political program on TV and the host had introduced his guest as Honorable Tajudeen Abbas, one of the candidates for the speakership position for the 10th National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in all honesty I had barely heard about him or seen him speak anywhere. The tone, mode, criticality and mannerism with which he handled the interview of the day prompted my equally critical self to go into research about him, this is part of my interest in ensuring as a citizen, I am abreast of prospective leaders in our society.
During my research, he immediately passed my initial and most important pass mark being ‘Street Credibility’. Hon Tajudeen had taught in a primary school up to lecturing at the Kaduna State University before venturing into politics to come into the House of Representatives in 2011. Such humble beginning and grassroots experience tending towards the academic sector cannot provide any less criticality to any individual. He had become very interested in education to the extent of furthering his education to obtain a PhD in Business Management. Isn’t it time to insist on critical qualifications for a robust nation building?
Further to my research was an observation of humility and soft speaking skills with tact, it typifies an individual with an excellent listening ability. He answered all questions tendered to him with utmost discernment. The one that stroke me most was the question about rubber stamp leadership prospects and the Honorable wondered how at his age and experience could not be able to look anyone in the eyes and speak truths about issues, after-all he was not going on a war with the executive but rather oversight and legislation to ensure workable policies for the betterment of Nigeria; this represented the right mindset for any leader to succeed in Nigeria. The initial mindset of a seeming war between citizens has been a major bane of our development, it should instead be a contest and alignment of ideas, Tajudeen clearly understood the strategy.
Again, you’ll be amazed at how many meaningful bills Honorable Tajudeen had sponsored since his being at the Green Chamber since 2011. During this period he had sponsored or co-sponsored 75 bills in the National Assembly with some on 1st reading, others on second reading, some others 3rd and many have been passed and signed into law by the President. Those bills already assented to include the National Blood Transfusion Bill as well as 18 of the 21 Federal Medical Centers assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari. Considering the criticality of the sort of bills that Hon Tajudeen Abbas has interest in and equally pursues to logical conclusion, one cannot but wish him to preside over the House of Representatives at a time that our nation is in dire need of competence and criticality to advance.
The APC party had since announced Abbas alongside Akpabio as choices for Speaker and Senate President respectively and such did not come without some dissent. It is however pertinent for the APC members to note their mistake of the Bukola Saraki saga and work not to repeat them for the sake of the stability of their party and the huge expectations by Nigerians on them. The least that the APC needs at the moment was to enter into a divisive mode especially regarding this National Assembly Leadership as that will automatically throw a big spanner into the wheel of their need to provide urgent leadership to a very patience- deficit Nigerians.
Finally, it was important to draw the mind of Nigerians and the party members to desist from glorifying individuals simply on the depth of their pockets. Such tendencies were capable of promoting corruption and propelling individuals whose basic aim would be to amass the public treasury without commensurate development as they have showcased in the near past, we must learn to interrogate the stupendous wealth that certain people display to buy consciences in Nigeria, Tajudeen Abbas has never been identified with money but competence and humility to get the job done.
Consequently, it was only incumbent on the APC party members and Nigerians alike to work to support this humble individual into the leadership of the House of Representatives expecting that he will advance his depth of knowledge and experience into complimenting the Asiwaju led incoming executive to deliver the goods for Nigeria.
May God bless Nigeria!
BARRISTER ISMAIL: THE LEADER OF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW By Hashim Suleiman
The usual Nigerian cliché which says ‘The Young People are Leaders of Tomorrow’ has perhaps not seen the light of the day to a lot of people but that is because we have not had time to critically dissect the matter and bring it to limelight. Consequently, I have today chosen to use an apparent case study to highlight on this issue with a view to fostering mentorship and more effort and consistency from the young demography of Nigeria.
So, apparently, I and a friend had formed an NGO called One Heart Initiative for Equity and Good Leadership in 2014 with a view to mobilizing the youths then for unity and demanding inclusion in the system in the short term and a total takeover owing to demography in the long term. In the process of such struggle, we had come across several young people from different walks of life from the partisan ones to those from Civil Society and Student Unions, notable amongst those were Ali George, Ahmed Magem, Presley Akhigbe (Concerned Nigerians and Influencers), Uche Chuta, Ariyo, Deji Adeyanju, Tomide Akinribido and Demola Olarenwaju (PDP Members, though some have since left), the numbers of young people that came from all parts of the country for the National Launching of the programme are too numerous but their patriotism and zeal for a prosperous nation must be commended.
Notably however, the only APC member who partook in that programme and who chaired the event to the merriment and fanfare of everyone was Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed, the fanfare that greeted his arrival at the event was something that would ring in a mind forever, young people who filled up the Hall at Merit House, Maitama, Abuja were elated to witness his arrival and were all willing to have a snapshot with him both during and after the event, if this was not a classical show of a mentor with goodwill between his peers and beyond, what could ever be more. Barrister Ismail delivered his chairman speech aptly and presented certificates to our national and state officers accordingly, the event was well attended and was an absolute show of Nigeria at its united form.
Afterwards, I paid keen attention on Barrister Ismail and did a little research on him while continuing till today. He has been involved in partisan politics since 2003 with the then introduction of the Buhari movement at the age of 23 (wooow), he continued with loyalty to the cause up until 2011 when he indicated interest and won the primaries to contest to represent the House of Representatives seat for the Nassarawa Constituency in Kano State, Nigeria. The struggle continued up until the merger to form APC in 2014 and the young man was quick to form alliances with major stakeholders of the alliance with the chief amongst that being the one with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu because he hosted a couple of the Asiwaju birthday colloquiums, that’s big if you ask me. A simple google of APC activities videos will reveal a lot of Ismaeel Ahmed standing behind or beside most of the big wigs of the party.
Finally, the most instructive of Barrister’s political characteristics is the fact that his goodwill transcends his won political party to the extent that most Civil Society organizations who wish to organize multipartisan events will most likely invite Ismaeel owing to such goodwill. Let me refer you to my 2015 article to APC where I had advised them to utilize the young brave guys titled “The Youth As a Source of Resource for APC Success in Governance” as a buttress to this paragraph, can be read here: https://oneheartnaija.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/opinion/. He has an ability to mobilize people from other political leanings into APC but the apex of such may not have been noticed owing to the lack of commensurate political empowerment perhaps. If I was APC, as part of my strategic future development, I will rally the capture of the young population into the bank of the party around Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed by ensuring he was appropriately empowered to instill and renew the hope of the teeming young population just because they believe in him to the extent that they have christened him ‘Leader’.
May Nigeria succeed overall!
ASIWAJU: BETWEEN PARTISAN COMPENSATION AND A LEGACY AGENDA By Hashim Suleiman
The only reason why APC had to struggle to win the 2023 election in perhaps a controversial manner is entirely the result of the inability of the APC party to distinguish between how to manage mediocrity and criticality and obviously the former took precedence in the APC administration, and we are here today. You may read further on this from my article of 26th November 2016 titled ‘Between Setting a Stage for Compromise and Maintenance of Integrity’ and which can be read here:https://twitter.com/oneheartnaija/status/802446320833269760?s=46&t=NPC_NSLSH_jYKkXra1o8Bg.
From the foregoing, it is safe to conclude that President Buhari compromised too much for personal and partisan purposes at the detriment of his legacies, performance and integrity. Suffice it to say there is nothing wrong in compensating good gestures or contributions, but it becomes complex and complicated when that will be coming on a backdrop of an electoral victory that comes with baggage of expectations and entitlements.
The 2023 elections have come and gone, and the returning officer as enshrined in our laws has returned Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the President-Elect while all other offices have also been returned by the appropriate returning officers. Those who chose to not agree with the outcomes also have an inalienable democratic right to approach the tribunals to make their cases, in fact I for one encourages such democratic ideals so much because democracy becomes tasteless without them.
However, some of us who had warned severally about the mediocre nature of the members of APC that Buhari had nurtured for the 7 years in power and of which Tinubu had no option but to inherit. The performances of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies is enough to vindicate the mediocre nature of majority of those that became the crux of the Buhari administration and the APC. Little wonder why there had to be several burst outs by Asiwaju penultimate the Primary Elections and the General Elections alike. There were not any critical strategies formulated by majority of the directorates in the PCC less making more enemies for the party and the then candidate because indeed you must know mediocre are lazy minded and find it difficult to formulate strategic mitigations so their only tool becomes insult and brigandage, for example, have you ever seen Fashola in those kinds of insult mood or chicanery?? Your answer will be as good as mine.
To set the records straight, it was the absence of the much-needed criticality in the APC as orchestrated by Buhari that made the campaigns and electoral victory so difficult for Asiwaju Tinubu and equally why there are still numerous controversies after victory and guess what, they are still not able to manage the post-election controversies optimally because they just don’t have it. The needed criticality is scarce in Nigeria, and one would have to look outside the readily available crowd.
In balance to these opinions, it is also important to emphasize that in a political party, it was important to manage all of the good, the bad and the ugly as deliberated in my 2015 article titled: https://www.abusidiqu.com/the-continuity-and-change-agents-within-the-apc-and-a-need-to-manage-all-by-suleiman-hashim/, but for the sake of the need for legacy and performance in governance, some of the sectors cannot afford to be jettisoned on the alter of partisan compensation and it was very important for these points to be echoed to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in order that the necessary mindset be set for excellence in governance in compliance with the Lagos template that formed the crux of the Asiwaju campaign.
This final paragraph would be of immense interest to Asiwaju, and his success and it is to the effect that those with the described ‘make it easy’ character as described above come from the part of the country that feels most entitled to his presidency, if you allow their mindset and methods to take precedence over excellence then failure is imminent. There are indeed sound minds amongst them too but trust me the management of these individuals and their level of participation would to a large extent determine Asiwaju’s legacies and likely re-election in 2027. The difference between Kwankwaso and Ganduje’s performances and acceptability in Kano and how Kwankwaso came back to sweep kano owing to excessive goodwill capital is a buttress to some of the points I have laid out here.
May Nigeria succeed through Asiwaju
ORJI KALU: THE LAST OF HIS PEERS STANDING By Hashim Suleiman
It was a faithful Sunday, 17th October, 2021 when my inlaw Alhaji Sanusi Bala Mai Tuta of Zamfara had invited me for his wedding anniversary and I had to attend with my wife. It was an occasion full of crème de la crème ranging from General Boroh to family members and then lastly came in Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Nigeria’s senate. He looked fresh and young pumped up with lot of energy and so much cerebral capabilities that were sufficient to attract the attention of all that were present. Appropriate pleasantries were exchanged with unexpected humility for those of us who had never been such close as well as the expression of others alike.
Incidentally, I usually volunteer to anchor such kinds of programs in an impromptu manner for purposes of making attendees feel alright and the program worthy of attending. Consequently, I rose up to make a toast and after showering encomiums on the celebrants, Alhaji Sanusi Bala Mai Tuta and his dear Wife Hajiya Aisha Sanusi Bala, I faced Distinguished Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and reminded him and the congregation about how he was practically the only man of his league still standing tall in the polity. He is not only standing but doing so with utmost knowledge of the Nigerian polity and appropriate bridges built. He beamed with smiles while I was at it.
In case you do not understand what I mean by ‘The Last Man Standing of His League’, let me remind you that the Distinguished Senator was one of the three pioneer governors of the current republic that ascended to that position at their 30’s in 1999. Senator Orji Kalu was 39, Donald Duke, 38 and Ibrahim Saminu Turaki was 36 at the time. Your guess about who among them is still standing strong today must apparently be as good as mine.
Senator Orji Kalu is not a man that went through all without the appropriate trials and tribulations of life but in all cases he had utilized the necessary democratic channels to come out clean and on top, such feats require to be echoed for purpose of posterity especially considering that our country has this much snag for ‘Pull Him Down’ narratives unnecessarily. Senator Orji Kalu does not deserve such as he has demonstrated absolute desire to conduct himself in line with democratic tenets during his trial and good times. For example, a lot of people around me had in that ‘Pull Him Down’ character attempted to condemn the recent protest and counter protests about the elections by PDP and APC and I had to educate them to understand the fact that protests and opposition are a major ingredient of democracy and the lack of them makes the process tasteless.
In conclusion to my meeting the Distinguished at the event described in paragraph 1 above, a lot of us had to accompany him to the car while he was ready to depart and that final moment turned out the most interesting of the night as he went into mentorship and in-pact full counseling, first about the need to be an appropriate family man by ensuring you take appropriate care of your wife and kids more than any other thing, perhaps that was a message of appreciation to the celebrant but we equally benefited immensely. He equally went head to speak about humility and loyalty through the roles that Professor Jibril Aminu of Adamawa State had played in his life and how much respect and loyalty he still has for the Prof. The striking thing of this part is the depth of his bridges in this country.
Considering all of these, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has won his re-election into the senate for the second time in a row, the news has become rife in town that the Distinguished is billed to become the Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly for the 10th Assembly and some of us who are critical enough to study people objectively would say indeed Nigeria will be lucky to have such a very experienced man who would kill two birds with his emergence. First, to give the southeast the needed and clamored inclusion and to also utilize his deep networks and bridges as well as experience to stabilize the government of his very good friend and elder brother whom he took to his mum with so much cheer and enthusiasm. So, yes, why not for the ‘Last of his Peers Standing’ to compliment his elder brother ‘The Last Man Standing’.
Best Wishes to His Excellency, Senator. Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu
God Bless Nigeria
BUHARI HAS REPAID TINUBU; STOP THE BLACKMAIL By Hashim Suleiman
People who read my articles a lot know I’ve always been a defender of mischief and blackmail which has become a shortcut that Nigerians love to employ owing to their lazy mindsets and crave for cheap gains in order to Pull Down people they assume are their stumbling blocks to those shortcuts they want to take to progress. Remember when they came for Pantami and his past political opinions just because they didn’t like his revolutionary policies in the ICT sector and preferred their shortcuts as usual so they resorted to attempts at cancelling him but I set the records straight that he has a right to his political opinions per time, per available variables, you can read that piece here: https://dailytrust.com/pantami-and-his-citizen-right-to-political-opinion/.
Fast forward to today, these lazy agents are at it again and this time around it’s on the President, Muhammadu Buhari, they want to cancel him for committing to conduct a free and fair election and I wonder what that means, I’ll summarize it to mean that majority of those that Buhari surrounded himself with took him for a fool all along, they noticed he always reasoned with national noise and did what was necessary to douse tensions and they are employing same tactics now to get him to manipulate the system for their lazy self at the detriment of his legacy, that won’t work!
While one will understand Asiwaju to have been a fighter all his life, his current presidential aspiration comes with its own peculiarities, and that was why from before and after the primaries I had warned the APC to take their recruitments of campaigners and promoters very seriously because indeed there was going to be a lot of work to be done to convince Nigerians to vote the party and especially the candidate that emerged and the general public perception on him, that much work has to also be an intellectual one at that, but I guess they didn’t hear. The chicken has today come home to roost and they want to tie the consequences of their lazy intellectualism and lack of strategy on Buhari, we will not allow that, everyone should go out and campaign to the people and sought for their votes.
The managers of the APC campaign have succeeded in spreading a narrative that suggests to the society that the only way they can win is for Buhari to manipulate the system forgetting that them and Buhari were beneficiaries of free and fair conduct by Goodluck Jonathan, so many people have argued that the most significant contribution of Tinubu to Buhari in 2015 was at the primary elections in lagos in 2014 but the victory at the main elections was an amalgamation of forces ranging from Tinubu to Amaechi, Saraki, Atiku, Kwankwaso, Nyako and a host of others.
If the above narrative is what it is, then it’s very safe to say that Buhari has fully repaid Tinubu by first allowing him to nominate the Vice President and several others in cabinet and other appointments. Furthermore, he ensured the conduct of a free and fair primaries where Tinubu emerged. They are bandying a video of Abeokuta rally in 2014 where Tinubu campaigned for Buhari, but Buhari was also in Jos, Yola, Yobe, Bauchi, Nassarawa, Sokoto and Imo states to campaign for Asiwaju and he made equal or more speeches and the question to ask then is why the blackmail??
There are other contestants in this race, Buhari will not declare a war and throw them under a bus just because he needs to satisfy an imaginary payback that has been orchestrated by lazy campaigners who do not have what it takes to justify the humongous monies they have taken From Tinubu. They should go and sought for goodwill and people buy in just like Buhari is doing to the candidate but assuming that Buhari should jettison his legacy and rig the system on heir behalf as their definition of a payback is a further indication that their love for him was never genuine but for their personal gains and aggrandizement as is with lazy minds.
We support Buhari to finish strong!
May God bless Nigeria
Hashim Suleiman oneheartnaija@yahoo.Com
KPEROGI’S VEILED CAMPAIGN FOR TINUBU By Hashim Suleiman
I’ll start on this by referring you an an earlier piece I had written on 17 April, 2021 about Kperogi when he attempted to hoodwink his readers and Professor Pantami that he was the latter’s friend but still went ahead to disparage him by spewing lies and supposed private matters on the Professor, the piece can be read here: https://swiftreporters.com/kperogi-the-fake-friend/. At that point, I had just switched from being his ardent fan to seeing him for who he really is, a propaganda merchant who thrives on the docility of Nigerians to cash out. Kperogi had to acknowledge that article as it bursted his little games on 24 April, 2021 in his column tagged ‘On my friendship with Pantami’ and which can be read here: https://www.farooqkperogi.com/2021/04/on-my-friendship-with-pantami.html.
I read Kperogi piece of today 11th February, 2023 where he attempted to as usual disparage Buhari’s naira policy and linked it as a ploy to stop a BAT and I found the analogy in it very ludicrous to say the least. I wonder why Kperogi has developed a permanent feeling and understanding that Nigerians are extremely daft and so he could spew anything at them albeit hypocritically after cashing out his little coins behind the scene. Kperogi is a supporter of Tinubu but just like so many Nigerians who share his type of double character, he is finding it difficult to come clean about it, so he is using mind games this time around to blame Buhari and his policy as the reason why Tinubu would fail even though according to him, he doesn’t want it but he would prefer that the failure of Tinubu occurs through ballots and not through sabotage.
However, what Kperogi and the likes who don’t have the audacity and criticality to formulate critical campaign strategies to market Tinubu don’t understand is that the suffering of Nigerians which had largely made them to make up a mind did not start with the naira scarcity and it’s attendant suffering which in my opinion is over bloated by the likes of Kperogi and other propaganda merchants to unfairly blackmail Buhari into succumbing to perhaps use state resources to install Asiwaju as president and that won’t happen because in reality Nigeria has long moved away from such. You have to have some level of popularity to rig elections in any society and rather than campaign enough to get the masses support for Asiwaju, Kperogi and the likes believe the victory must only be gotten through blackmail.
While on my way back from office yesterday, I critically examined the menial marketers like ‘suya’ sellers and the rest, and I saw a normal activity going on as I used to know it and I wondered in my mind where the excessive suffering that was been hyped was? It has also been established and I know that those people in the remote villages that Kperogi attempted to refer to do not need more than one to five thousand Naira to transact and while in the beginning things got a little rough, POS merchants have since gotten cash for them and things are normalizing, so I’m sure that the whole propaganda about suffering is being spewed by some political elements who perhaps see free and fair contest as a threat to their victory and such narrative has to stop quickly because in recent past it was same kind of narrative that made Jonathan loose elections, Nigerians desist such fearful narrative.
Furthermore, Kperogi alluded to the fact that Asiwaju always used billion vans to win his way through elections, assuming without conceding that was true as coming from him, is Kperogi then telling us that he supports a corruption of the electoral system? If anything, is ensuring a free and fair contest by Buhari not worthy of commendation? I can bet you Nigerians especially those from
Northern Nigeria have accepted this policy not because there are not minor and temporary discomfort about it but because they see it from the prism of Buhari doing what he ought to have done a long time ago which was to annihilate corruption and its practices, so it appears the people were ready to bear this brunt in as much as it guarantees free and fair contest.
Speaking about a payback by Buhari after Tinubu had supported him, I have maintained in different fora that the agreement for the reciprocation was a party matter and that had been settled at the primary elections because indeed all stakeholders allowed Tinubu to emerge even though they had other preferences which is normal with every human. However, general elections are a totally different games because there are other contestants and it is a democratic regime we are in where numbers of votes garnered matters most, so Kperogi and co should rather concentrate on fetching votes for Tinubu rather than blackmailing Buhari to hand over powder to Tinubu already baked.
Kperogi supports Tinubu,I knew this penultimate the primary elections, when he kept dropping hammers on Osinbajo, a contract he collected to disparage Osinbajo in the eyes of the northerners so as to pave way for Asiwaju and that worked but the current one won’t work because the ordinary people from the north have bought into it to a large extent maybe not so much from the beginning of it but much more now. Rather than all these intellectual shortcuts, I have advised the APC and it’s campaign to make appropriate recruitments to formulate strategies and such recruitments can be out of the ‘big names’ and the usuals, there are millions of smart boys and girls out there who can beat Kperogi and the likes to their cheap and opportunistic games, Daniel Bwala is one of such examples!
May the best man win for Nigeria’s increased progress, Amen!
THE BIAS AND DISHONEST PAINTING OF THE NORTH AS ETHNICALLY FRAUDULENT BY MAHMUD JEGA By Hashim Suleiman
I read with interest how tacitly Mahmud Jega the revered former Editor of Daily Trust Newspapers elucidated how times have indeed changed and how the circumstances of 1979 would not be same as 2023 and I totally agree with such because if one takes the advent of social media alone, it was enough to change a whole lot talk more of so many other issues relating to migration, intermarriages, new born people who don’t even know but only read about 1979.
However, I didn’t understand how the academic description of how NNPP is different from Aminu Kano’s party changes the perception and the semblance of the situation?? Or how the emergence of Asiwaju as a minority and Kashim a minority changes the semblance to Awolowo’s movement of then. What about Obi’s movements being perceived as Biafra? I tried to understand the logic but I couldn’t unfortunately.
Further to all of this is that Mahmud also forgot that all of the fault lines that existed in 1979 are subsistent or even worse which makes the reason why everyone would be rightly suspicious and possibly why the word ‘unifier’ has become very catchy in recent times.
The fact is, it was high time the intellectual class and the opinion molders started to rate Nigerians because to use a brush and single out the northern Nigeria and project her as the most bigoted is the most unfair narrative I may ever have come across in a mutually suspicious country like Nigeria where one may choose to be fair but never get same in return.
I understand and respect Mahmud’s choices and preferences but the need to set the records straight also becomes imperative!!
May God chose the best for us through our endeavors and honesty!!
ATIKU: BEST MAN FOR THE JOB By Chief Anthony Ekene Onwuka
On February 25, 2023 Nigerians enfeebled by economic woes of almost eight years would return to the polls to perform the civic responsibility of electing a president that would preside over the affairs of our great Nation for another four years at the first instance. Routine as this periodic exercise is, 2023 election has peculiarities that must be thoroughly examined in the interest of the Nigerian Nation and its citizens.
It is why it is important that Nigerians use a fine comb to ferret the political spectrum and isolate who best fits this rescue mission of reversing Nigeria from the threshold which it is already mired. Of the panoply of candidates, a particular individual stands out, fit as a fiddle, fecund in wisdom, robust in current global economic trends, tactful and well heeled in diplomatic engagements, passionate about the Nation, possesses the political will to take Nigeria to its rightful place of pride and has the broad-mindedness to rebuild a Nigeria that would be home to all Nigerians. Without any iota of doubt or fear of equivocation, that man is His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar.
H.E Atiku Abubakar is a distinguished Nigerian of distinction. He cut his teeth in politics in the early nineties after a meritorious service with the Nigeria Customs and Excise. Abubakar looked at serving Nigeria from a political platform as the next port of call. Imbued with the uncanny attribute of towing a path of success, he joined forces with General Shehu Musa Yar’dua who was to become his mentor and himself a close confidant of the retired military general who had grown phenomenally into an outstanding political collosus reverberating across the length and breath of the Nation.
Atiku Abubakar’s political journey has been both altruistic and instructive. He sought for the presidential ticket of the Social Democratic Party with MKO Abiola and others but conceded to Abiola at the behest of his boss and benefactor, Yar’dua. By that action, he demonstrated that he was a man who preferred a common objective that ambition that orchestrates self beyond public good. Atiku further corroborated this selfless disposition when he took a gamble by abdicating the seat of governor of Adamawa State which he had already won overwhelmingly and accepting the position of running mate to General Olusegun Obasanjo. Even though that relationship ran into fiasco in its twilight in circumstances traceable to the overbearing nature of Obasanjo, Atiku proved to all and sundry that he is not only a true democrat, he is also a politician who has grit and is always willing to be on the side of the people.
Atiku’s ambition to be president of Nigeria is equivalent to the case of a good doctor who has diagnosed an ailment and is anxious to commence a regime of medical administration to cure the said ailment. The former vice president understands the problem of the country and is best position to proffer the solution. The country has a chance to reverse the downward slide that has beset this Nation and only the deft hands of Atiku Abubakar has the magic wand at this moment to change the fortunes of the country.
Those who may wish to disagree with this assertion should a cursory look at all the contestants. I bet they would not only see the leadership potentials in Atiku, they would see a strong virile man with vigour who is already set for the job. They would see a highly sociable Nigerian who is detribalised and flaunts unwaveringly a Pan Nigeria banner of hope that would build the country again into one homogeneous society of common heritage.
All Nigerians must hence be driven by a moral duty to join cause to bring this great country of our dream back. Our forebears loved this country and served her with love and faith. Atiku in all his actions has demonstrated that love and faith. This is the time to work with Atiku to bring back this beautiful dream. We have no doubt in our minds that with him, Nigeria would be pulled back from the brinks.Together we can make Nigeria work again!!
I have the honor to be,
Chf. Anthony Ekene Onwuka, LLB Hons, MSc.
SA,Special Duties to H.E Atiku Abubaker,GCON
Former Vice president of Nigeria 1999-2007
PDP Presidential candidate 2023.
SAHARA REPORTERS AND PANTAMI’S RIGHT TO A MILLION SELF SPONSORED VACATIONSBy Hashim Suleiman
We should have known by now there are lots of opportunists in every sector of our country with some in the media utilizing the docility and vulnerability of Nigerians of churn out information that usually pitches citizens against their leaders to the extent that the narrative has now become more of a leader having to wear rags and torn clothes around before he is seen to have integrity.
I and my wife were in Marrakech, Morocco recently and we searched for Nigerian food or place to change Naira to Moroccan Dirhams and we could not find any, this is contrary to Dubai where to you will find so much of such and I told her it was a result of Nigerian’s very poor mindset regarding vacations because I’m not sure there could be anywhere in the world that could beat Marrakech as a wonderful vacation destination, little wonder why you have Europeans trooping in and out in droves with so many of them opting to splash millions of euros to buy off houses in the Medina city centers of Morocco.
I made the above illustration to buttress how much Nigerians do not value vacations and to them every vacation has to be a show of opulence and wealth when in truth with as low as one million Naira, one could enjoy a vacation with family in as close a place as Accra or Mombasa as long as you’re conversant with how to plan vacations. I keep telling people that my salary is more than enough for me to embark on a vacation as long as I plan it well, its not rocket science, vacations are essential for one’s sanity.
Coming down to the crux where Sahara Reporters had resorted to their usual cheap propaganda on the lifestyle and person of Prof Isa Ali Pantami, one would have chosen to ignore the not very trendy news, but it’s essential to set out the real narrative for posterity sake. They had accused the Prof of numerous travels against President Buhari’s directive without sharing with us the details of each travel regarding on whether they were all official or some personal of which I am sure Pantami’s earnings are more than enough to embark on some if necessary to him.
Furthermore, the publisher of the story may not have had enough depth in terms of universal knowledge to know that in Islamic polygamy, there was a need for fairness amongst family. For instance, if I make an official journey with wife A,B or C, it was only incumbent on me to schedule others on some other trips which could again be official or personal depending on the circumstances and personal leadership plans on how to run the home. Let the publisher of that story calm down and understand it is alright to grab vacations with personal funds, he can even approach me for coaching on how to utilize his own earnings to enjoy some beautiful vacation.
They also attempted to paint Prof Pantami with affiliation to candidate Atiku, but that too is not new because some section of the society have also painted same brush on Buhari to the extent that Garba Shehu had to comment on it. Other than Buhari, so many other cabinet members of Buhari’s administration are rumored to be sympathetic to Atiku but one can only consider that to be ‘tea seller joint conversation’.
What the publisher did not however speak of or never spoke about was the fact that Prof Pantami had last week visited the site of the construction of the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center which was awarded in 2020 at a contract sum never awarded for such a gigantic project in Nigeria as well as beating a year ahead of its scheduled completion. If this is not unprecedented in the likes of leadership character we want in Nigeria, what could ever be? There is no time to highlight the economic contribution of that project and many others in his sector to the general economy of the country nor speak about the short and long term contributions the center will make to the development of ICT skills in Nigeria. History will certainly be kind to Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
If we don’t kill hypocrisy and slander in our country, it has the tendency of killing us because we are trying so hard to insist everyone in our nation must be bad regardless of how much they give in to the society in the midst of their allowable imperfections.
God bless Nigeria.