Former Governor of Jigawa State Alhaji Sule Lamido has expressed deep sympathy with the family, friends, Kano State and Nigeria at large over the death of Bashir Today.
He particularly lamented on the vacuum his death has created in the effort to resolve the seeming division in Northern Nigeria and the emerging cracks threatening the legendary Unity in Diversity with serious security and economic consequences.
Lamido in a personal message which was made available to the NationalUpdate said,
“When the idea of forming the Abuja Round Table the parent body of AR CHAT ROOM was mooted by a group of nine namely, Dr Bello Halliru, Mahmoud Yayale, Attahiru Bafarawa, Barr Tanimu Turaki, Adamu Waziri, Ibrahim Shema, Ahmed Makarfi, Lawal Batagarawa and myself, I was mandated to approach and invite Bashir Tofa to join us. “Bashir was my good friend and I have read quite a number of the books he authored especially the History of the Propets in Islam which are extremely educating and illuminating thus my fondly calling him Ustaz! “He told me he was writing another 500 page book also on Islam and promised that I will be the first to receive a copy. Allahu Akbar, he never lived to fulfill that wish!
“Back to the gist of what i want write. I visited him at his Castle and told him about the Group and as expected, he asked about the objective of the Group.
“I told him the names of the members and our concern and worry about the seeming division in Northern Nigeria and the emerging cracks threatening our legendary Unity in Diversity with serious security and economic consequences.
“I informed him of our desire to identify like minds to dialogue and restore the trust and common bond among the various components of Northern Nigeria irrespective of our religion or tribe as per the dream of our founding fathers!
“The Bashir I know who will do anything and sacrifice anything for Northern Nigeria did not disappoint me and instantly jumped at the idea and so the birth of Abuja Round Table and subsequent AR Chat Room.
“I knew Bashir Tofa as an extremely courageous and fearless person and above all highly knowledgeable.
“His able leadership qualities of Abuja Round Table and AR Chat Room eloquently testify to that. “His loss is not only to his family, the good people of Kano and Nigeria but will leave a huge gap in the service of Northern Nigeria by Abuja Round Table and Chat Room!
He prayed God to comfort his family and give them the strength to bear the irreplaceable loss and God to admit him into Aljanna.
Natasha grieves over the death of Ohinoyi
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the February 25th Presidential and National Assembly Election for Kogi Central Senatorial district Chief Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has expressed deep grieve over the demise of the late Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, HRM, Dr. Ado Ibrahim.
The revered paramount ruler in Ebiraland passed on at the age of 94 on Sunday.
In a statement, Chief Natasha extended her condolences to the immediate family of the late King, the entire Ebira Kingdom, Kogi State, and Nigeria as a whole, expressing that the Ohinoyi was a symbol of hope, wisdom, and courage until his passing.
According to her, the loss of the Ohinoyi is a personal one for her and her family, reiterating the fact that the late monarch had been a source of strength and encouragement in her mission to change the narrative.
While offering prayers for the repose of the King’s soul, Natasha said she finds solace in the knowledge that the late King lived a fulfilled life, and his exemplary life will continue to inspire those who are still living.
The late Dr. Ado Ibrahim ascended to the throne of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland on June 2, 1997, and reigned for 26 years.
Unhealthy rivalry between govs, deputies bad for Nigeria’s democracy, says Prof Sonni Tyodern
***Canvasses for clearly defined constitutional roles for the deputy govs
The crises of confidence between Governors and their Deputies have been described as an unhealthy development for the Nigerian Democratic development as being recently exhibited in Ondo and Edo States.
Speaking on Tuesday at a two day National Conference by the Forum of Former Deputy Governors of Nigeria (FFDGN) in a paper he presented with the theme,”Resilience, A Positive Mindset And Indefatigability As Essential Tools For The Deputy Governor” Professor Sonni Tyodern Ex-Deputy Governor, Plateau state and a former Vice Chancellor, University of Jos
said there is need for the provision of clearly defined constitutional roles and functions for the Deputy Governor independent of the Office of the Governor.
Professor Tyodeen said the issue of succession should be handled in more democratic and transparent manner, adding that once, aspirants are given a level playing field rather than being imposed, Deputy Governors are likely to cooperate and work with their Governors.
He said Governors should continually bear in mind, that they came into office on the same platform and on a joint ticket with their Deputies, they should therefore operate as such and take each other into confidence.
“I believe that the framers of our Constitution provided for the two offices; Governor and Deputy Governor because they believed that the two are relevant and necessary for the smooth running of our democracy.
“However, the extent to which the two are increasingly at each other jugular is an issue for serious concern, as they are becoming irritants to the smooth running of the Nigerian democracy.
“The source of the friction between the duo varies from case to case, but invariably, they revolve round the issue of succession and the politics of schedule of duties.
“As a newspaper editorial observed “very few governors assign their deputies supervisory roles over certain government ministries or agencies”, thus rendering them redundant and irrelevant.
“True, the constitution provides a basis of support for the office of the Deputy Governor by making a provision for its establishment (S. 186). Indeed, as $187 states even the nomination of a gubernatorial candidate is incomplete without an accompanying Deputy.
“However, there ends the constitutional relevance of the Office of the Deputy Governor as all other functions, responsibilities of significance to that office are dependent on the acts of omission or commission by the Governor.
“Thus, S.193(1) states, the Governor shall “in his discretion” assign responsibilities to the Deputy. Two, the Deputy Governor can act as Governor when the Governor is proceeding on vocation or is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office.
“In that situation, the Governor has to transmit “a written declaration to the Speaker to that effect” (S.190).
“Finally, the processes of impeachment of a Deputy Governor although mainly a House of Assembly matter, the reality is that it is the Governor that pulls the strings behind the scene particularly in determining what constitutes the critical issue “gross misconduct, for which the Deputy Governor is usually being charged.
“So much has been made about the issue of loyalty between the Governor and his Deputy to the extent that it is assumed that the decline in the loyalty of the Deputy to his Governor, is the bane of harmonious relationship between the two.
“The issue of loyalty needs to be put in context to be appreciated. More often than not, it is assessed within the context of succession plans, with a Deputy Governor who disagrees with his principal over the issue, particularly when he is interested in succeeding his principal is seen as a betrayer who has committed sacrilege and to that extent, disloyal to his boss. It is usually forgotten that the Deputy Governor is also a politician and entitled to his own political aspiration.
“From the above, it is clear that a Deputy Governor is only as relevant as a Governor wants him to be.”
BB NAIJA; Idoko Kingsley Ilonah Congratulates Winner, Ilebaye Precious Odiniya
Nigeria outdoor Advert Mogul and a frontline Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 11 2023 Governorship Election in Kogi State, Chief Idoko Kingsley Ilonah has rejoiced with the new Big Brother Naija Winner for 2023, Miss Precious Ilebaye Odiniya.
In a congratulatory letter released to the press and personally signed by him, Chief Ilonah rejoiced and felicitated with the celebrity winner on the auspicious occasion of the exceptional feat achieved by her, as he commended the Big Brother All Star Reality Show winner for season 8, stating that she exhibited an uncommon resilience and dogged determination to come top of the contest.
Chief Ilonah stated that Ilebaye’s upbringing, her social capital and the collective spirit of her fans Nationwide, and the grace of Almighty God, contributed immensely to making her attain victory in the keenly contested show.
He further stated that Ilebaye remains a pride and a jewel of inesteemable value to kogi state and Nigeria in general.
He prayed for Gods guidance and wisdom to help her sustain and manage her new status in the committee of Celebrities world wide.
Crime1 month ago
Police nabs Killer of Varsity Lecturer in Niger
News2 months ago
IPOB: Simon Ekpa gives reason for seperatists clamour for Biafra
News From Kogi3 months ago
Echocho Challenges Tribunal Judgment ordering rerun in 94 polling units
News From Kogi3 weeks ago
INEC cancells election in 67 polling units in Ogori-Magongo in Kogi
Appointment3 months ago
Tinubu names El-Rufai, Tope Fasua, others in New appointments
Crime1 month ago
FUT female lecturer Murdered in her Minna residence
News from Jigawa4 weeks ago
Group applauds Jigawa Gov over N500m Malnutrition Medicine procured for 10, 000 Children
Politics2 months ago
Ododo/Oyibo campaign in harvest of decampees as NNPP reps candidate, Amanabo Joins APC with Supporters