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Niger Gov eulogises former CJ, describes her as a calm, meticulous person

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By Naseer Minjiyawa

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has eulogised immediate past Chief Judge (CJ) of the State, Justice Lami Bawa Bwari describing her as calm and meticulous in all she does. 

The governor gave the indication at the Valedictory court session in her honour and the swearing- in of the Acting Chief Judge Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, held at the High Court of Justice, Minna. 

The Governor at the valedictory session, said “Justice Bwari has done well, she consolidated on all the achievements made by her predecessors, we are surely going to miss her”. 

On the challenges faced by the Judicial arm of government, Governor Bello explained that addressing the challenges is a continuous process saying he will not relent in doing so.  

To the Acting Chief Judge of the State, the Governor said he has no doubt that she will do well as she is upto the task. 

“I have worked with her for some times, she has chaired some of our committees, I’ve given her some responsibilities which she did very well”, he said. 

In her valedictory address, the immediate past CJ Justice Lami Bawa Bwari, said the knowledge she acquired having worked in different capacities in the Judiciary and the support she enjoyed from the government and other administrative staff, helped her carried out her task smoothly after building on the legacies left by her predecessors.  

She highlighted some of her achievements as construction of new courts in Kontagora, Sabon Daga and Gbara, remodeling of Magistrate Court to a befitting Hight Court in Kontagora, renovation and maintenance works, appointment of High Court Judges, Khadis and Shari’a Judges as well as clearing backlogs of promotion of staff from 2016 to 2021 among others. 

Justice Bwari however said the Judiciary is not without some challenges which she said include lack of adequate funds; medical and vacation allowances for Judges; total renovation and fencing of some courts; as well as shortage of office accommodation at the Judicial Service Commission.  

In her remarks, the Acting CJ of the State, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik acknowledged that the former CJ Justice Bwari has paid her dues through diligent and loyal service to the state for more than four decades adding that she deserves to rest. 

Justice Abdulmalik said her immediate predecessor in her capacity as a Judicial officer has distinguished herself while as a memeber of the Bar and on the Bench, pointing out that the former CJ had presided over hundreds of matters and delivered well thought out judgments that stood their grounds at the appellate Courts.  

“She was known to be an expert on election matters and presided over many election tribunals, she is an encyclopedia on matters of law, ardent supporter of the rule of law, an excellent manager of public funds.  

“Indeed My Lord has paid her dues and it is time to break new grounds. We pray My Lord will not be tired to share her wealth of experience with young and upcoming juries and will willingly offer herself to assist the Judiciary”, she said. 

The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Nasara Dan-Mallam, representative of Senior Advocates of Nigeria Ibrahim Isyaku, Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association Minna Branch, Mohammed Abubakar El-saru and Chairman Magistrate Association of Nigeria, Hauwa’u Baba Yusuf in their separate remarks eulogized the former CJ for her meritorious service to the state. 

The immediate past CJ Justice Lami Bawa Bwari was the 8th Chief Judge of the State and was born on the 27th of February 1957. 

The former CJ started her career from 1976 and rose through the ranks to the positions of Chief Magistrate, Assistant Secretary Judicial Service Commission,  Chief Registrar Niger State High Court, Solicitor General/Director General State Ministry of Justice and Judge of the High Court among others before her elevation as the Chief Judge of the State on the 23rd of October, 2020.

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Southern, Middle Belt Leaders grieve over Ezeife’s demise

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The leadership of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’Forum (SMBLF) has expressed grief over sudden demise of the former Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Dr) Chukwuemeka Ezeife on Thursday 14th day of December 2023 at the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja. He was 85.
The statement was jointly signed by Chief (Dr.) E.K. Clark for Southern people, Chief Ayo Adebanjo Leader of Afenifere, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr. Pogu Bitrus – President, Middle Belt Forum and Senator Emmanuel Ibok-Essien, FNSE – National Chairman, PANDEF
Thestatemwnt reads, “‘Okwadike’ as he was fondly called was a founding and staunch member of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum; a strong promoter, and an unshaken believer in the unity and progress of Nigeria, based on equity, fairness, and justice.

“We recall that he actively participated in the last meeting of the Forum (SMBLF) in Abuja on Thursday 26th October 2023, where far-reaching decisions were made in the overall interest of the country.

“The Havard-trained economist was a prominent Statesman, a politician of exceptional brilliance, high repute, and integrity. He was a man of firm resolve and typical modesty. Ezeife loved his people and Nigeria with passion.

“We will sorely miss his inspiring personality, brilliant ideas, vibrant contributions, and steadfast solidarity in our pursuit of an egalitarian Nigerian State that would be fair and just to all irrespective of tribe, religion, or political inclination.”

The statement extended its deepest condolences to his family in particular, as well as the Government and people of Anambra State, the Igbo Nation, and Nigeria, which he served dedicatedly.

“We pray the Almighty God ro grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss and for the peaceful repose of the noble soul of our dearly beloved departed Compatriot.

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Unveiling First Hausa Catholic Bishop in History: Mamman Musa’s Extraordinary Journey

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In a historic move set to redefine identities and religious narratives, Mamman Musa, a Hausa man, is on the verge of becoming the first-ever Hausa Catholic Bishop in the Catholic Church. The investiture ceremony, scheduled for December 12, will mark a revolutionary milestone, elevating Mamman Musa into the echelons of the church hierarchy within Hausaland, specifically in Katsina.

At 52, Mamman Musa’s appointment as a bishop heralds a new chapter in Hausa-Catholic relations. His journey into Christianity and priesthood, defying the odds of a predominantly Muslim background where only 1 percent are Christians, resonates with a legacy of resilience and dedication.

Born Gerald Mamman Musa, his family’s conversion to Catholicism traced back to the arrival of the Society of Missionaries of Africa in northern Nigeria in 1934. Mamman’s grandfather became a convert, setting the stage for a generational commitment to the faith. Despite facing hostility and challenges in a region with a religious majority opposing their beliefs, Mamman’s parents continued their Christian devotion.

Emmanuel Musa, Mamman’s father, became a torchbearer for the faith, translating the Bible and Christian doctrines into Hausa. He confronted adversity in the form of societal ostracization and professional limitations but stood firm in his convictions. Similarly, Mamman’s mother, Christiana Asabe, hailing from a family of converts, contributed to their steadfast commitment to Catholicism.

Mamman Musa’s upbringing in Malumfashi, Katsina state, was marked by an immersion in church activities, fostering a love for Catholicism despite being surrounded by a predominantly Muslim environment. His education in Catholic seminaries further solidified his dedication to the church, leading him on a path that eventually saw him excel academically, earning degrees from prestigious institutions globally.

His journey into priesthood and academia culminated in his role as a director at the Centre for Studies of African Culture and Communications in Port Harcourt. Amidst challenges of potential alienation and derogatory terms like “maguzawa,” a disparaging label for Christians in the North, Mamman Musa’s commitment to his faith remained resolute.

In his forthcoming role as a bishop, Mamman Musa acknowledges the weight of responsibility and privilege attached to this historic position. His inclination towards liberation theology, emphasizing the centrality of the poor and marginalized, reflects a commitment to addressing societal issues and drawing inspiration from influential figures such as Gustavo Guitierrez.

As Mamman Musa prepares to assume his role as the first Hausa Catholic Bishop, his journey stands as a testament to resilience, dedication, and a commitment to bridging religious divides while upholding the tenets of his faith.

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Bird of elocution

a bird of elocution

she doesn’t speak in English

she sings it

when she speaks

we hear the ring

of dulcet tones and sound

of rhythms and notes

so ear pleasing

that her voice becomes

a part of the message

she is speaking about

and those in the know

know and they make her

a favorite compere and moderator

of august events

so her smiles beam

screen shines when she appears

to cast the news

and interest fresh and new

greets the viewer

and she speaks as well as she writes

a gift wrapped for the TV station

and the book makers world

her flourish is a story

of increase and lifting

her name is Eugenia

the wife of Abu

a fairy godmother of the arts

etiquette defines her

By Sam Ogabidu

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