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Unhealthy rivalry between govs, deputies bad for Nigeria’s democracy, says Prof Sonni Tyodern



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***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.”

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




Mamman Musa
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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




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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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Natasha grieves over the death of Ohinoyi




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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.

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