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Lawan, 3 Govs get Machina kingdom chieftaincy titles in Yobe



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President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan, the Governor’s of Yobe state Mai Mala Buni, Jigawa State Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar and Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu have received chieftaincy titles of the Machina kingdom.
They were honoured at the 2022 Annual Machina Cultural Festival which started on Monday and ended on Sunday.
The special adviser on media to the Senate President Ola Awoniyi in a statement said the three Governors were all honoured with chieftaincy titles by the chief host, the Emir of Machina, HRH Alhaji Dr. Bashir Albishir Bukar Machinama.
According to the statement the Machina Paramount ruler gave Lawan letter of appointment as the Danmasani Machina.

“Lawan was once Danmasani Bade but having been elevated by the Bade Emirate Council in Yobe State as Sardaunan Bade, his first son, Ibrahim Ahmad Lawan now bears the title.”
He said, the Yobe State Governor received a letter of appointment as Zanna Gargamma, Jigawa State Governor as Dugajin Machina and Kebbi State Governor as Dan Maliki Machina.

The week long activities which became an annual event in 2006 were rounded off on Sunday with grand Durban which was a beautiful display of horsemanship and led by the Machina Paramount ruler himself, HRH Alhaji Dr. Bashir Albishir Bukar.

The colourful event was also witnessed by the Shehu of Borno, HRH. Alhaji Abubakar Umar Garbai Ibn Al – Kanemi.
Buni at the event praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his untiring efforts at restoring peace and normalcy particularly to the troubled north eastern part of the country.

Buni acknowledged that there is now a significant improvement in the security situation in the Northeast particularly in Yobe State.

The Yobe Governor also commended the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan for providing the right leadership at the National Assembly and for providing the much needed support and cooperation to enable the executive arm of government perform.

Buni said the large and peaceful congregation that witnessed the cultural festival was an evidence that the security situation had improved.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the security personnel the required resources to secure lives and property in the country.

“As a result of this, the people in the north eastern part of the country can now sleep with their two eyes closed.

“In case there is still anybody in doubt, this large congregation at this event is enough proof that the security situation has improved,” Buni said.

Buni also thanked the traditional rulers, other community leaders and Imams for their prayers which, from evidence, had been answered by God.

The Yobe governor also made glowing remarks about the Senate President for leading a legislative arm which provided cooperation and support needed for the executive arm to deliver on its mandate to the people.

Buni said the various projects that the government had executed or are now being implemented were the results of the cooperation and support which once eluded the Buhari’s administration the first four years but are now being provided by the current Assembly.

“I have earlier acknowledged Ahmad Lawan as Sardaunan Bade. He is not Sardaunan Bade alone but Sardaunan of Northern Nigeria.

“He was voted here as a Senator because this is his constituency. But God has made him Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“Since he assumed office as Senate President, the support and cooperation that he gives the executive arm of government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has brought about the development in the country that we are witnessing today.

“That cooperation and support by the current National Assembly is what is responsible for the development we are seeing today in Nigeria because the first four years of President Buhari, he did not enjoy this kind of cooperation and support by the National Assembly.

“This is why we are seeing projects of national and rural development and the likes and these projects will get to you here very soon,” Buni said.

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Creativity Minister set to shed more light on strategies for building creative economy




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The Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa is expected to speak on ‘Culture and Creativity as a Catalytic Force for Transformative Impact’ at a round table discussion billed for Goal House on Wednesday January 17, 2024 in Davos, Switzerland.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the minister, Nneka Nkem Anibeze in a statement indicated thst Musawa who will be joined by over 20 other high level participants will discuss shaping and investing in the culture and creative economy as well as partnerships and collaborative actions that will enable the country to generate $100b by 2030.

“Later, the Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy will host the world to a cultural night tagged the ‘Nigeria Reception’.

“The event which is in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy will feature an exhibition of Nigerian art, culture and music, celebrating and showcasing Nigeria’s diverse cultural heritage on the global stage.

The statement quoted the Minister to have indicated that the evening will afford the country an opportunity to showcase Nigeria’s culture to the world and establish global connections to unlock the creative economy.

“The Art and Culture sector accounts for 2.3 million jobs, representing about 3.5% of the labour force in Nigeria.

“We are looking to connect with global networks which we believe can expand the local market dynamics to create growth and jobs for our teeming creatives, beef up the driving force for the economy and society and set up long-term strategies for the creative industry”.

Goals House is a diverse community of business and political leaders, activists, NGOs and entrepreneurs who come together at significant global moments throughout the year, united in the shared mission of driving progress to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

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Again, indegenes cautions gov Oti over planned appointment of proposed ‘Mayor of Aba’




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***Say, its unconstitutional, aberration

The umbrella body of the 24 indigenous communities of Aba North and Aba South, in Abia state on the aegis of Indigenous People of Aba Ngwa, has cautioned governor Alex Otti against his planned appointment of a ‘Mayor of Aba’, describing the move as “not only unconstitutional, but also an aberration.”

The Aba indigenes also said that “appointing a non-indigene as the said ‘Mayor of Aba’, which has been said to be unconstitutional, is an insult on the sensibilities of the peaceful and hard-working indigenous people of Aba.”

In a communique issued after its meeting, which held Thursday, the Indigenous People of Aba Ngwa said vowed to resist any attempt capable of inciting violence in Aba city.

The communique released to newsmen Friday in Abuja and signed by Mr. Ogechukwu Ogbonna (Obama), Mr. Chintua Nwagba and Engr Obinna Greg, on behalf of the Indigenous People of Aba Ngwa, also expressed worry that Aba has been deliberately excluded by the Governor in his appointments into the State Executive Council and in the leadership of the markets.

The communique reads in parts: “The Indigenous People of Aba Ngwa, the umbrella body of the 24 indigenous communities of Aba North and Aba South met on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at Osusu Aba Town Hall. Arising from the well-attended meeting, the Forum issued the following resolutions:

“That we acknowledge that Dr Alex Otti whose duties, functions and actions are defined and guided by the Constitution of Nigeria and some other extant laws.

“That Aba is owned by the indigenous people drawn from the 24 communities of Aba-la-Ohazu.

“That we express our utmost disappointment at the comment credited to Dr Alex Otti, the Governor of Abia State, wherein he described Aba as a no-man’s land.

“That we are greatly worried that Aba has been deliberately excluded by the Governor in his appointments into the State Executive Council and in the leadership of the markets.

“That the proposed appointment of a ‘Mayor of Aba’ is not only unconstitutional, but also an aberration.

“That appointing a non-indigene as the Transition Committee Chairman of Aba is against the Abia State Local Government Transition Edict of 2002 which stipulates that the person appointed as a chairman shall be a native of the local government area.

“That appointing a non-indigene as the said ‘Mayor of Aba’, which has been said to be unconstitutional, is an insult on the sensibilities of the peaceful and hard-working indigenous people of Aba.

“That the actions of the Governor of Abia State in relation to appointments are tantamount to pushing the indigenous people of Aba into extinction, which is totally unacceptable to us.

“That we shall resist any attempt capable of inciting violence in Aba which the actions and utterances of the Governor are pointing towards.

“That in line with the old saying that he who comes to equity must come with clean hands, should the Governor plan to unconstitutionally foist a non-indigene on Aba as a Transition Committee chairman, he should do so in Umuahia, Bende, Arochukwu and other local government areas.

“That asking people who are not comfortable with the planned appointment of a non-indigene Mayor of Aba to go and hit their heads on the wall, is unbecoming of a governor elected by the people and capable of causing civil unrest in Aba.

“That we hereby advise the governor, in the spirit of equity and fairness, to balance his appointments among the ethnic extractions that make up Abia State.”

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Ata Igala inaugurates 7-member caretaker panel for ICDA




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The Ata Igala, His royal Majesty, Gabaidu, Matthew Opaluwa Oguche Akpa has inaugurated a seven member caretaker committee for the Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA) with a charge to hit d ground running and constitute a new executive for the socio cultural organization of Igala/Bassa people of Kogi state.
Speaking during the inauguration at his palace in Idah on Tuesday, his royal Majesty declared that time has come for the voice of the Igala/Bassa people to be heard far and wide and be respected in the comity of nations.

He stressed that for that to be achieved, a credible leadership which is apolitical, competent credible, capable and committed must emerge for the new leadership of the ICDA.
His Majesty expressed his desire to ensure that igala Bassa nation regains it’s lost glory being among the first ten ethnic nationalities in the country.
He assured the committee of his utmost support for d success of their assignment but warned them to be guided against any acts of sabotage from within and outside.

Responding on behalf of the committee, the chairman, pastor Immanuel Ameadaji assured of the resolve of the committee to do a good job that will stand the test of time and equally produce a credible leadership for ICDA. Other members of the committee are Mrs Comfort Musa secretary, Chief doctor elukpo, Barrister salihu Ahmed, Bartholomew Ademu, Honourable Gowon Omale and Chief Ibrahim Atadoga.

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