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‘North’s plot to wrest Power from Tinubu in 2027 will spell doom’

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****APC Chieftain tackles Prof. Ango Abdullahi on rotational presidency comments

By our reporter in Minna

Former commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism and Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state Hon. Jonathan Vatsa has warned that any attempt to alter the political arrangement that produced President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2023 will spell doom for the country in 2027.
He specifically warned that those flying the kite of the need to abolish the current zoning arrangements in the country should have a rethink as such “shifting of goal post at the middle of the game” will tell negatively on the unity of the country.
The APC Chieftain was reacting to the recent comments credited to the former spokesperson of Northern Elders Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi as saying that the rotational presidency being practice by Nigeria since 1999 “is democratically irresponsible”.
During an interactive session with newsmen in Minna, the Niger state capital Vatsa said those planning to put stumbling blocks in the wheels of the rational arrangement should wait after 2027, and maybe until when every region must have had a shot at it.
The former Vice Chancellor of the ABU Zaria had argued in an interview that “If you are practising democracy of one man one vote you don’t talk about power going to one area or region or something.
“You are looking for leaders who will take us out of the woods. The search is going to be for good leadership in Nigeria, not allocating a leadership that you are talking about…”
But the former publicity secretary of APC in Niger state equally believe that the submission by the Elder statesman “is not only undemocratic but a joke taken too far for the interest of peace and unity of the country called Nigeria”.
Vatsa argued that rather than contemplating the abolition of the zoning arrangement, “we should be clamoring for an Ibo presidency after 2027 for equity, justice and fairness”, adding that “it is after everything region had tested the presidency that we can begin to fly any card or come to the table to discuss on how the country can be governed”.
He pointed out that no region of the country should continue to lay claim to power saying that “we all know the peace and stability that the zoning arrangement has brought to the country since 1999. It will therefore be selfish and unpatriotic for anybody or region to want to wrest power from Tinubu in 2027”.
The former commissioner wondered why anybody who has the interest of this country at heart would dream or contemplate the abolition of the rotational presidency, adding that “this idea did not come when former president Muhammadu Buhari destroyed the fabric of the country for eight years”.
According to him despite the eight years of misery, nepotism, ethnicity and the naked looting of the country Treasury by Buhari and his failed team, everywhere was quite in the north because he is from the north.
“If a Bad leader emerges from the north, the northerners keep quiet even when they knew very well that Buhari was destroying the economy and the unity of the country they kept quiet.
“When we loose out in the game of power as a region, the leadership must be changed. It will not work this time around”.
Vatsa pointed out that apart from the great Sardauna of blessed memory who picked a Christian and a Yoruba man Sunday Awoniyi from Kogi state as his personal aide, every other leaders have personalized leadership with religion, ethnicity and nepotism as their pre-occupation in the north.
“The leaders that emerged from the north in recent times only build dynasty for their children, extended family, their friends and cronies. “The poverty in the north is man made, not from God. It’s being created by our leaders and the elites so they can continue to govern the people easily unfortunately it has turned against them”.
He suggested that what the north should be talking about right now is how to end the insecurity all over the region as a result of poverty and lack of education, stressing that “When Chief Obafemi Awolowo was telling the yoruba’s “free education, go to school, what were the northern leaders telling us here in the north?
Vatsa stated further that poverty occasioned by lack of education and bad governance by northern leaders over the years are largely responsible for the current insecurity everywhere in the region, warning that until the leaders stopped building dynastiez for themselves with public funds and do the needful, insecurity will persist the north.
He concluded that it is not possible to change the goal post in 2027, especially at the middle of the game or else it will be an invitation to anarchy in the country.

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Eid El-Fitr: Gen Abdulsalami, Gov Bago, Ex-Gov Aliyu sue for peace

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***Charge Muslims to internalize Ramadan lessons

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As Muslims all over the world celebrate this year’s Eid-Firti to mark the end of the Ramadan, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Niger Governor Umar Mohammed Bago and former Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu have called on Nigerians, especially Muslims faithful to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan to ensure peaceful coexistence among one another.
In separate interviews with newsmen shortly after observing the prayers at the Minna praying ground, the leaders believed that peaceful coexistence was needed by all Nigerians to be able to overcome the present economic challenges facing the country.
General Abdulsalami in his message, pointed out that the Ramadan has taught Muslims all over the world a lesson to be each others keepers by maintaining peaceful coexistence.
He pointed out that the peaceful atmosphere enjoyed during the Ramadan should be sustained for the good of the country, adding that nothing can be achieved in an atmosphere of crisis and public disturbance.
Also speaking, the former governor of the state, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu said that some Muslims are just Muslims by name because they have failed to internalized the very good teaching of Islam which symbolizes peace.
He said that Muslims must allowe the teaching of Islam which is a way of life become part of them, stressing that “we must internalize the actual teaching of Islam so that it will become part of them but this he said is lacking in most Muslims today. “Many are just Muslims by name and not in practice”, he said
Also speaking shortly after observing the prayer, at the Kontagora praying ground where he spent the Sallah, the state Governor Umar Mohammed Bago called on all Muslim faithful to continue to imbibe the lessons learnt in the Month of Ramadan.
He emphasized the need for Muslims to remain selflessness, show kindness and maintain good neighbourliness as they continue to pray to God for peace in the land
While appreciating the Kontagora Emirate for the warm reception accorded him, he urged them to be security cautious during the Sallah celebrations by reporting any suspicious movement to relevant authorities.
Senator representing Niger North Senatorial District and former Niger State Governor, Senator Abubakar Sani Bello in his message expressed gratitude to Allah for witnessing another Eid-El-Fitr and pray to Allah to continue to protect the Country and bring an end to all forms of insecurity.
Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Muhammad Barau Mu’azu II who commended the Governor for coming to celebrate Eid with the people of Kontagora Emirate, prayed to Allah for the success of his administration.
Notable among other Muslim adherents that graced the Eid-El-Fitr prayer included Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly AbdulMalik Sarkin Daji, Member representing Kontagora/Mariga/Mashegu and Wushiahi Federal Constituency Abdullahi Idris Garba, Chief of Staff to the Governor Abdullahi Usman Gbatamangi, other members of the State Executive Council and traditional leaders from Kontagora Emirate

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SMA gives rice palliatives to 2,000 women in Bida

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**follow up exercise continues on Sunday in Katcha, Gbako LGAs

Member Representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi, SMA (Gwarzon Nupe) has given succor of Rice palliatives to two thousand women in Bida Niger State.
The support which was flagged off at Gowon’s Lodge is an initiative targeted at the poor women, beneficiaries who were drawn from widows and other vulnerable groups in the society.i⁸
A statement by the Senior Legislative Aide (SLA) to the Reps member Dodo Mustapha quoted the chairman of the distribution Committee Alhaji Baba Suleiman to have indicated that the gesture came at a time people were in dire need of assistance.
the chairman who is also the Sarki Samari Nupe, urged other political office holders and well to do individuals to emulate thr gesture to reduce poverty.

A Member of the Distribution committee, Wakili Raya Kasan Nupe, Alhaji Mohammed Baba Ndana pointed out that the exercise was properly strategized to accommodate various groups including the blind, FOMWAN, Muslim Ummah, security operatives and others.

Some of the Beneficiaries appreciated the Lawmaker for the initiative.

Similar exercise is billed to hold for Gbako and Katcha Local Government Areas that formed the Federal Constituency on Sunday

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Senator Sani Musa distributes 20,000 bags of grains, others to Constituents

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***Says hard times Will Soon Be Over

The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial district, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Musa on Friday in Minna, distributed over 20,000 bags of assorted grains and other food items to his Constituents to cushion the effect of the current hardship in the country.
The food items which included rice, beans, maize among others were distributed to the people of in the 2,053 polling units in the nine local government areas of the senatorial district.
This gesture is coming barely one month after the senator doled out cash and food items to his Constituents over the same reason
As many as 4,100 Constituents benefited with N50,000.00 each as empowerment to enable them cope with the present economic reality in the country.

The Senator in addition to the cash grant, gave grains and seedlings to farmers ahead of the forthcoming farming season.

This he said is targeted at boosting farming activities in his senatorial district in order to tackle the hardship from different angles.

The intervention programme tagged ” 313 Palliative/ Ramadan package distribution” cut across the 2,053 polling units in the nine local governments of Suleja, Gurara, Tafa, Paikoro, Chanchaga, Bosso, Rafi, Munya & Shiroro making up the Niger East Senatorial District .

Explaining to journalists the essence of the intervention program, Senator Musa noted that the gesture was for all his constituents, irrespective of party affiliations, to alleviate the prevailing economic hardship in the country, especially in Niger East.
“This is just my way of giving back to the people who voted me into office. It is my resolve to continue to do my best to bring dividends of democracy to them “, he said .

The responsive legislative gesture, he added, is required strategy of addressing the root causes of the current economic difficulties and also geared towards promoting long-term economic stability and prosperity of the people of his Senatorial district in particular and Niger state at large.

“These food items are a humble gesture to ease the burden of our families during this period. I pray that they bring sustenance, joy, and blessings to all who receive them’, he stressed .

Specifically in Paikoro Local Government Council, the items distributed include 232 Bags of Rice; 464 Bags of Millet, 464 Bags of Maize, among others.
Items for the local Government council were received by the Constituted Palliatives Distribution Committee consisting the Paikoro Local Government Council Chairman, Hon Umaru Aminu Yandayi, the Hon Commissioner for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mrs Elizabeth Shaba; the Paikoro Local Government APC Chairman, Hon Jibrin Mohammed (Anti-Boss), Hon Walijo Ahijo and the Paikoro Local Government 313’s Coordinator, Hon Danjuma (DJ Gwam).
Similar channels of distributions, were also used in other local government councils in the Senatorial District
Meanwhile the senator told Nigerians that the hard times being faced will soon be over following the successes being recorded by the federal government to improve the economy.
He indicated that the current economic hardship is being tackled from different dimension including the distribution of palliatives, adding that “the federal government had to a large extent been able to stabilize the exchange rate of the national currency against others thereby improving imports and exports”.
According to him, concerted efforts are also being made to fight oil bunkering which has contributed to the shortfall in revenue from the sector, pointing out that very soon the pump price of petrol and other petroleum products will drop.
“All these steps will soon begin to have positive impact on Nigerians. I can assure Nigerians that the hard times Will soon be over”, he added.
Musa appreciated the peaceful conduct of his constituets which he said has also assisted the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the state “in delivering dividends of democracy to them.
“Many projects are ongoing and immediately after fasting more projects will be flagged off by the Umaru Bago led APC administration in the state” he submitted.
Musa solicited for the continued cooperation of the people with the government at all levels stressing that “without peace there cannot be meaningful development”.
Special Adviser to Governor Umaru Bago on Political Matters, Alhaji Nma Kolo who witnessed the distribution of the food items, commended Senator Musa for always reaching out to his constituents saying ” You have reduced hunger among our people”.
He therefore appealed to the people to be patient and show some understanding with the present government, insisting that”there will surely be light at the end of the tunnel”.

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