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Muhammadu Sanusi, Kperoogi et al…

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Muhammadu Sanusi, Kperoogi et al…
By Abdullahi O Haruna Haruspice

There is a new trend right now, if you are from the north and you want to be hailed a hero, pick your pen, begin the mastication of the north. Bash the region as a parasitic entity, demystify the Sahel north as people without respect for women, refer to her as a place where kids are sent to the streets to languish in waste. Don’t stop at that, paint the region as archaic, extreme and intolerant.

If you are able to do all of these, you are hailed a hero, objective and very civilised Nigerian. Kperoogi started it and he is enjoying his ephemeral braggado, some of our social media pundits have taken the gauntlets and they are enjoying the flapping waves from other Nigerians. The latest is his eminence Muhammadu Sanusi II, he is using the traditional podium to shred into pieces the absolutism of the northern tradition. While he does this, he gets million social media mentions and shares.

Emir-of-Kano-Muhammadu-Sanusi-IIWhile this maybe seen as the manifestations of a digital leadership, a formidable rich cultural foundation is being shaken. Cracks are opening up so dangerously in the domain of his eminence. So much daring revelations coming out in torrents. The northern emirate was so fortified in her dealings that information coming out the palace was considered rare privilege. Today, we have journalists giving graphic details of the expenditure of the emirate. This is sacrilege and unheard.

Attempts to impress outsiders is fast bringing ridicule to the exalted throne. Something needs to be done fast before the kano traditional throne is made an amusement park!.

The emir threw taciturn to the winds when he sent his daughter to pour venom on his traducers. The young married lady in her 20s missed the opportunity to sell the uniqueness of combining marriage and education in northern Nigeria but chose the arrogance route to dare her father’s enemies. When the emir who is meant to preach peace turns the prevacatour, then the land is in danger.

Muhammadu Sanusi II is using the wrong tools to call for change in northern Nigeria, he is using the bullying rod, he is not persuading, he is scolding. It’s usually difficult to achieve result this way. The Ooni of Ife is revolutionizing the Ife throne but in a more tacit way. When he decided to be sworn in with the Holy Bible, he didn’t condemned the existing rituals, same thing with the Oba of Benin.

These people are silently mapping out strategies on addressing the plethora of problems in their domains and subjecting their subjects to public ridicule. Traditional rulers are respected because of their taciturn nature, those who get challenged are usually the Muhammadu Sanusi II of this world.

While we wear clothes is not just to cover our nakedness but to conceal some not too okay body parts, the Emir should talk less of the ills in his domain and work in silence proffering solutions.

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JUMMAI AHMADU’S INTIMATE PACT WITH THE POOR

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She appears ebullient and full of compassion for the downtrodden, for every dime she makes, she shares with the less privilege in the society. Her large heart for the poor makes her living reference. World Entourage Magazine went on her heels recently to pin her for the reason for her large heart. Enjoy the interview with Jummai Ahmadu- the cerebral young philanthropist in Abuja.

 

WE: Who is Jummai Ahmadu please?

My name is Mrs. Jummai Ahmadu .I hail from the confluence state of Kogi . Happily married to Dr. Abubakar Ahmadu – a proud indigene of Nasarawa state, so we are all from kwararafa kingdom.  Education for me begun from Ofante to Jos, Plateau state where I had my primary, secondary and university pursuits respectively.

Quest for national integration brought me to the Federal Capital Development Authority where I did my compulsory one-year national service. I got myself distinguished and got honored with the prestigious NYSC Award for exemplary and innovative service. To his glory, I have been under the payroll of FCDA as Administrative Officer.  In 2000, I bagged a master’s degree in Public Admin and Policy Analysis from the University of Abuja and presently attached to the press unit of the Federal Capital Territory Administration. I also head the FCT call center unit, which is a platform for government and public interface – which is more like a feedback mechanism that the FCT Administration put in place to be able to gauge what the people feel about the services we render.

 WE: How did your passion for humanitarian work evolved?

I think it is an inherent thing- my mother was a mother figure to people. I saw her catering and fed for people who are not even related to her.  I horned my humanitarian zeal during my NYSC days where I would mobilize fellow corps members to prison yards, orphanage homes and communities for sanitation exercises.

My preoccupation however was my endless timeout with the Abuja Children Home in Karu Abuja where I would spend time tendering to the kids. I was doing all these without the hindsight that someone was observing me.

I remember one of our Directors calling me to task me to document my interventions. That split advise fetched me the NYSC award eventually!

I got motivated the more to reach out to the less privilege. From my NYSC stipends, I mobilized resources for my intervention and my husband and other family and friends who believed in my efforts were not left out too.  In 2003, I incorporated what is to be called the Helpline foundation after experimental toying with the ‘pure saint home. Which was somehow limited to just orphanage things.

So we now have the “Help Line Foundation for the needy, Abuja. Through this NGO, we mobilize resources for widows. During festivities like Christmas and Sallah, we gather them together and give them that sense of belonging. We create this atmosphere of conviviality that take them away from their vacuum. We have evolved from this to more sustainable interventions, instead of giving them fish, we now teach them to fish.  We give them start up capital that is monitored to the latter. We provide all the needed tools for their start-ups.

We gave them like a revolving loan that has recorded appreciable results thus far. Eight out of ten complied, so we have like 80% success story. We organized them into group of 5 with two waiting on the line to get their own start –up from the three. With this, we have people supervising themselves to create wealth. With help from the Abuja Enterprise Agency and the CNB, we have a fall back to funding.

On our intervention strides are adopted kids who we put in schools and pay their fee. Recently, we launched a farming scheme to support the people. We intend to go into farming so that we have a cassava farm where the women will process the cassava into garri and they sell and use the capital for something else and we also have a charity shop in Kuje.

WE: What is the concept of this charity shop?                                                                                                       

 

The charity shop is where you can take your fairly used things. You donate to us since we don’t have money on ground to be given these women once we sell these things in the shop we now use these money to pay for their school fees or to give them little capital to start their business.  We also have a food bank at Area 1 of Abuja where people go to get food item to feed their families. The food bank was launched February last year.

WE: This look like a gamut of a big organization, how do you combine your official schedules with this intervention?

That’s why if you notice all of my activities, the ones I am personally involved are done during weekend or public holidays. So I make sure that there is a divide between my official schedule and Helpline work. Thank God for the competent staff volunteer who are keeping the dream alive.

WE: What motivated your humanitarian zeal to always give, given the fact that you come from a privilege background?

I won’t say privileged, anyway my parents were comfortable but you know like I said earlier I grow up in the village. I was taken to the village to stay with my aunty. There I saw her tendering to so many kids who aren’t even related to her. Kids who come from neighboring villages to have education found refuge in her house. She was like the mama of the village. She looked out for everyone in the village. I always desired to be like her.

A particular incident happen because when I got to the village I was ten years old you know as a child at times you feel bad when people come to your house to eat, somebody came to the house when the food was to be served. She saw the frown on my face and decided to drop the whole pot of food for me to finish. Much as I tried, I could half the food. So she said, this is a lesson for you, that no matter how many people come to your house if the food is available nobody can eat the potion that you will eat. That incident became a turning point in my life and then vowed to live the life of this woman who would always share and share even to her discomfort. I love to give no matter how little because nobody is ever too poor to give.

WE: How many lives has Helpline foundation touched since the beginning of your intervention?

We have over 500 registered widows under our intervention. Relying on life coaching skills, we have empowered them to be self-sufficient. We brought people from the Fortis Micro Finance Bank to train them on financial and entrepreneurial management.  Unfortunately, some got the fund and squandered, opting to buying wrappers!

We presently have 85 women under our micro credit scheme and more than 300 children under educational fund.

WE: …Cut in: Is this intervention limited to just the FCT?

No! no!! we are not limited to Abuja, we cover other states including my village of Ofante, you know, Charity they say begins from home!  As a product of village life, I know what it is to have education in the village. Ordinary N500 could stop a child from getting education.  We have kids we sponsor through schools and prepare and also register them for JAMB every year depending on their performances.

 WE: From this beautiful and wonderful interventions thus, you seem to leave out the men folk out of your intervention, is this deliberate?

I told somebody recently widowers don’t cry out like the widows do. So it is technically difficult to come to their aids. If you want help, it beholds on you to cry out otherwise, people would think you are okay.

Also, in our society, men are never the victims of death of spouses; they are always in control of situation unlike women who face the brute of fate. I have never seen a celebrated case where a woman dies somebody said the man should come and perform rituals! So our intervention basically is for the women who are always at the receiving end of life. That does not mean that we don’t have widowers feeling the pang of poverty, but they must come out to state their case in order to get help.

 

 

WE: How do you feel when these people see you and they are all over you?  

I feel very emotional most times that I end up in tears.  This could have been or my siblings. I empathize with them and do all I can to put smiles on their faces. We must not turn our back against those in need.

WE: So what would you want to be remembered for in all of this intervention this all interventions?                                   

I want to be remembered as somebody who came, who saw, and was able to do the little I could to better the world around. That one person, that put smiles on the faces of the despair and brought them out of their despondencies.

WE: You have this regal personality of an infectious leader, are you considering a political life in the nearest future?

I am not cut out for politics, the best I can do is to advice and look for credible people to come and take over the political landscape. It is people like you we are calling on to venture into politics and replace the old generations. They have tried their best and it is time they take the deserve rest and watch from afar, while we run to them for plausible consultations.

WE: What is your last shot for women?

As I always say, women should try as much as possible to be economically independent no matter how rich your husband. Your earnings are your treasure that you have absolute control of.  With your earnings, you can assist other women in need. Being financially independent should not be an affront to your husband. And your financial independence should not make you disrespectful to your husband no matter how rich you are you owe your husband that respect.

Thank you very much!!!!!

 

What Northern Leaders Can Learn from Governor Tambuwal

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Five decades after Nigeria’s independence, the Northern Nigeria still remains the most illiterate region in Nigeria. This status is disturbing for a number of reasons. Illiteracy is said to have connection with poverty, workplace productivity and insecurity. This implies that those who are illiterate are more likely to be poor, less productive and more vulnerable to the enticement of terrorist organizations. While successive governments in the Northern Nigeria have paid lip service to education, the massive investment in education by the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, is a good example for Northern leaders to follow. In this story, IBRAHIM BABA SHATAMBAYA AND ABDULLAHI O. HARUNA did a dispassionate analysis of how Governor Tambuwal is laying solid foundation for radical transformation through massive investment in education.

 

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Sokoto State is one of the educationally backward states in Nigeria with the worst figures in child enrolment and female education. It is also bedeviled with other challenges in the area of Teacher/Students ratio as well as poor quality of teaching staff across all the schools, with the worst cases being at the basic education level. Another challenge was the skewed concentration of teachers at the metropolitan areas with most having little or nothing to do while the rural areas lack the required number of staff to man existing schools. In addition to the general dearth of infrastructure, the existing structures were in ruin.

It is not surprising that the state of education in Sokoto state has attracted the attention of international development actors, particularly United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and World Bank. For example, from 2009 to date, USAID has maintained its presence in Sokoto state providing critical assistance in education in the area of system strengthening, increasing access, enhancing numeracy and literacy capabilities of pupils in schools, teacher training, curriculum development, research and data collection as well as provision of support packages. This, it has done, by implementing a number of Projects including the Nigeria Northern Education Initiative (NEI), Nigeria Reading and Access Research Activity (NRARA) and the ongoing Nigeria Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI Plus).

It is with this gory state of education in mind that the Governor of Sokoto State Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal launched the famous declaration of the state of emergency on the education Sector on the 15th of December, 2015. This according to him is the most appropriate plan that should deliver the sector from its ruin. With the declaration, the education sector becomes one of the prime areas of attention of the government in its bid to deliver on its mandate to the people of Sokoto state. This narrative is thus an attempt to analyze the state of emergency as a strategy to develop the education sector in the state. In doing this, the following questions were answered: what plans are put in place to ensure a complete overhaul of the education sector in the state? How would these plans assist in reducing and resolving some of the dossier of maladies that have afflicted the education sector in the state over the years? Are there lessons to be learned from what Sokoto state has done so far in the education sector? The next section discussed plans by the state to implement its state of emergency on the education sector.

Implementation of the State of Emergency on education in Sokoto State

The declaration of the state of emergency on education by Governor Tambuwal engendered the formation of a technical committee which is chaired by an outstanding academician, the immediate past Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Professor Riskuwa Arabu Shehu. The first task before the committee was to investigate the extent of rot, decay and malfunction in the education system of the state. This necessitated the need to collect data in a systematic way such that the data so generated will be reflective of the reality of the situation in the sector. In essence there was the need for specific needs assessment of schools across the state. It was on the basis of this, that a sub-committee on the School Specific Needs Assessment was set up. The Sub-Committee has as its chairman, Dr. Shadi Sabeh – a lecturer with the Department of Economics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and the proprietor of Brilliant Foot Steps Academy (a model Formal and Qur’anic Integrated School offering training pupils pre-nursery to secondary school levels).

 

The sub-committee immediately began its work by conducting a research. The research was carried out using forty (40) selected model schools from the 23 local government areas of the state. The needs assessment covered pre-primary, primary and secondary schools. It also focused on the teachers as well as the physical infrastructure of the selected schools. The summary of the research shows that there are gross inadequacies in all the requirements for the educational system in the state to function as it is expected to. The report of the sub-committee on needs assessment shows that there are problems ranging from dilapidating classroom structures across all the pilot schools, to inadequacy and non-availability of classroom structures; inadequate chairs and tables as well as other teaching materials; non-availability of IT tools and equipment as well as lack of official School Email and Telephone lines that may aid ICT training in most of the schools in the state.  Issues of poor quality of staff, as well as inadequate number of teaching personnel, were also identified as major problems. For example, the average teacher/student ratio in the selected schools is put at an average of 1:135 as against the standard of 1:50). The report of the committee confirmed the suspicion of the government and provided a working guide for it to come up with programs on how to tackle some of the identified problems.

 

Inputting on solid grounds the decision of the government on the education sector, the government initiated an executive bill on Free Education which was sent to the State House of Assembly in 2016. The bill seeks to recognize, promote and protect the right of children to free education. It covers children from the ages of six to eighteen. With this development, Sokoto State is the first in Nigeria to begin steps to concretize and guarantee the rights of children to free education. It is therefore a development that reinforces the state of emergency on education policy of the government as well as its commitment and sincerity in this regard. When passed into law, its provision will ensure that every child of school age actually goes to school since it will be free and no parent will have to bother about the expenses of sending their children to school. This will also be augmented by the school feeding program which the state is still working on providing to pupils at basic level of education. Delays in the implementation of the school feeding program has been halted by the harsh economic situation in the country owing to the current recession occasioned by falling prices of crude-oil at the international market, the disruption of oil exploration as a result of destruction of pipelines in the South-South among others.

 

The governor has also shown commitment in revamping the education sector by increasing the budgetary allocation to the sector. The amount budgeted for the education sector in 2016 increased compared to its share in 2015. In the same vein, the sector has claimed the highest allocation in the 2017 proposed budget. This is a clear manifestation of the government’s resolve to breathe life into the education sector.

 

In line with its promise to develop the sector, the government has made adjustments in the existing ministries and agencies responsible for the management of the education sector, thus creating a Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education on one hand, and the Ministry of Tertiary Education on the other hand. While the latter is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing Tertiary Education, the former is mandated to ensure massive improvement in the primary and secondary cadre of education in the state. Although other key institutions like the Ministry of Science and Technology, Sokoto State Teachers Service Board, State Universal Education Board and Sokoto State Scholarship Board are still in existence, they have been strategically placed and reorganized to meet the needs of the state of emergency in the sector. Already, the state government has embarked on the construction of one hundred and sixty schools (160). The schools are in the primary and secondary categories. While the senior secondary schools got 45 out of the total number, junior secondary schools to be built are 15 while the remaining 100 schools are primary.

 

Another direction the government has focused attention is on being realistic with expenses on the education sector. In this regard, students who were sponsored by the previous administration in the state to pursue academic programs abroad have been returned home albeit not to the sacrifice of their educational careers. Good schools have been identified within Nigeria and the affected students have been sent to those schools to continue with their respective programmes. Through this approach, the government has saved funds with which other projects could be embarked upon in the sector.

 

The domain of scholarship is another critical part of the administration’s stronghold. So far, Governor Tambuwal has been up to date in paying registration fees and other allowances to students in institutions of higher learning across the country. In a related development, the state has maintained its tradition of ensuring that students due for WAEC and NECO have their registration fees settled by the State government. In addition, forms for JAMB are bought and distributed to candidates with the required grades in their O’level examinations. Some of this practices may have been the norm, however, given the dwindling revenues accruing to state governments in a country replete with states who have consistently not been able to pay staff salaries for months, it is worthy of commendation that the state governor has not only been consistent in paying staff salaries but he has lived up to expectation in maintaining ongoing programs in the education sector and has set the tone for a remarkable improvement in that regard.

 

As part of the state of emergency plans in the education sector, the design for a proactive rather than a reactive monitoring and evaluation programme has been drawn. This is with a view to ensuring that teachers do not only report to work as at when due and close at the stipulated time, but they teach the pupils what is expected to be taught. Thus, the issue of lateness to work or outright refusal to show up for work by teachers without any genuine and documented excuse, is now a thing of the past in Sokoto state. Arrangements are also on ground to embark on massive teacher training programs to equip the capacity and capabilities of teachers in the state to deliver on their duties using best practices. In addition, the proliferation of private schools offering training at both primary and secondary school level necessitated the state government to embark on quality assurance monitoring across the state. In the course of the monitoring, many schools that do not conform to the standard guidelines of their operations were closed down. This is to ensure that students and parents are not shortchanged by the vagaries of some private concerns that are only concerned about their business interest to the detriment of the quality of education they deliver to their customers.

 

At the level of Tertiary Education, a committee has already been constituted to visit all the state institutions of higher learning (Sokoto State University; Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto; Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto; Sultan Abdulrahman School of Health Technology, Gwadabawa and the State College of Basic and Remedial Studies, Sokoto) to identify specific needs of the institutions. As part of its activities, the committee is to conduct a public hearing to give opportunities for the general public to make input into how the institutions could be made to function better. At the state university for example, the government has already began the construction of sixty (60) additional office accommodation for staff. Also, the construction of the permanent university library has commenced and it is billed to be completed within six months.The state has also embarked on massive renovation of dilapidated school structures across the state. In addition, it has provided chairs and tables in schools with shortages of these materials. A distribution committee has been set up to ensure that the facilities are distributed to the benefiting schools in accordance with the specific needs assessment recommendations. These and many other proactive measures have ensued in line with the state of emergency on the education sector declared by the state governor.

 

What Northern Leaders Can Learn

The plans put in place to bolster the standard and status of education in Sokoto state will encourage parents to ensure that their children and wards do not miss the opportunity to get educated. This is because of the growing difficulties associated with access to education by children. The right to free education bill when passed into law will ensure that students get free education at the basic and secondary level.  The training and retraining of staff will also enhance quality of education in the state. Building of more schools and rehabilitation of dilapidated structures will make the environment for teaching and learning in the state more conducive. The incremental improvement on the budget of the education sector is a step in the right direction which will ensure that more funds are channeled in addressing all the challenges and needs of the sector. Payment of registration fees and allowances to students of tertiary institutions has the advantage of serving as a morale booster with the obvious consequence of ensuring that students give their best and graduate with the best grades. The more proactive monitoring and evaluation embarked upon by ministries and agencies in the education sector will also promote and enhance productivity in the sector while at the same time ensuring better quality control at all levels of education in the state. Accordingly, the government and people of Sokoto state have been mobilized in the process of the complete overhaul of the education sector. In this regard all critical stakeholders including the general public have been mobilized and are aware of the roles they are expected to play in achieving the goal of the state of emergency on education in the state. The decisions and actions of government in carrying out series of activities on education, is promising because it is based on data generated generate by professionals, using methods that are reliable. It is therefore believed that, in the near future the fortunes of education in the state will be improved remarkably.

 

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The plans and activities put in place occasioned by the state of emergency declared by the Sokoto state government on the education sector are beginning to unfold. However, with due diligence, commitment and the required financial investment, the future of education in the state is bright. With the highest proposed amount in the 2017 budget going to the education sector, the government is positioned to actualize some of its programs on education in the state. However, more allocations need to be made to the sector in subsequent years and policies faithfully implemented to bring to fruition the vision of the government on education.

 

Thus, other states can take a cue from Sokoto state especially in the area of liaising with the legislature in ensuring that the right legislative provisions are made for the development of education in their states. To start with, the right to free education law should be passed and implemented. In addition, giving education its rightful allocation in the scheme of budget allocation is also another area governor Tambuwal should be emulated by his colleagues. In the same vein, prioritizing education as the pivot for the turnaround of governance and development of the society should be considered sacrosanct by other state governments. Additionally, education managers with the requisite experiences, skills and proven track record of achievement driven service should be engaged and given the opportunity to share their ingenuity in moving the level of education forward. This will go a long way in advancing the course of education, reducing illiteracy and ignorance as well as equipping the vast majority of the population in Nigeria with the necessary skills and ideas to pursue their various goals and contribute effectively to the development of this country.

 

 

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Lawmakers-Gololo-sex

On a second thought, is it a crime to solicit for sex in America? Besides the guy that tried to force the room attendant, can we also say the other two who solicited for prostitutes have committed any crime as adults? Do we smell any diplomatic blackmail here? Is USA getting back at us for rejecting the gay propositions? Anxiously waiting for your answers.

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Former President Jonathan Is A Great Man.

By Hamisu Hassan

 

Candid opinion! I tried to stay away from politics or any social issue till after Ramadan, but yesterday after Iftar, I saw what touched me deeply on NTA Hausa. It is below Ex-President Jonathan’s historical concessional call to President MBuhari. Before I comment further, that call reminded me of Imam Hasan the grandson of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.
Jonathan: Your Excellency, how are you?
Buhari: I’m alright, thank you very much, Your Excellency.
Jonathan: (laughs) Congratulations.
Buhari: Thank you very much, your Excellency (laughs).
Jonathan: Yeah, so how are things?
Buhari: (laughs) Well…
Jonathan: So, you’d find time to come one of these days so that we can sort out
how to plan the transition period. Buhari: Thank you very much, your Excellency.
Jonathan: Congratulations.
Buhari: Thank you.
Jonathan: Okay.
Buhari: My respect, Your Excellency.

That brief call, change the entire equations and brought to an end the hegemony of 16 years of PDP. But how was the call reflected the greatness of Jonathan?

You are aware that after Sayyidna Uthman bin Affan bin Abil As Al-Umawi’s house was surrounded by rebels and later assassinated, Muslim Umma unanimously pledged alliance to Imam Ali as fourth Caliph of the Prophet after Uthman may Allah be please with them.

Every power components surrendered alliance to Aliyu as the new commander of the faithfuls except Mu’awuyya Ibn Abu Sufyan, the governor of Sham. He flatly refused to pledge alliance to Imam Ali because he wanted those who assassinated the former Caliph who was his brother to be prosecuted. Aliyu R.A tried to prevail on him that he should pledge alliance first because that regime’s power needed to be consolidated, and the rebels were powerful, they can’t be subdued without a strong united forces.

Sayyidna Mu’awuyya R.A refused to comply and Imam Ali made a powerful resolution to forcefully subdued him. Aliyu went our to Ass-Siffin, present day Syria, the battle ground, they made and serious fight ensured after all diplomatic tricks failed. For about three days, thousands of faithfuls fall. Among them were great companions of Prophet may Allah be please with them.

In that trial, neither Imam Ali non Sayyidna Mu’awuyya was able to influence each other. They both saw the reality that if that fighting continues, Islam itself will be vulnerable to Romans and Persians, that strategic thinking force them to signed peace treaty.

Imam Ali went back to Kufa, but he was later assassinated too by Abdurrahman bin Muljim, a khawarij. His son Imam Hasan took over the throne without any opposition.

After six months on the throne, Imam Hasan decided to handover power, ‘Great Caliphat Seat’ of the prophet S.A.W to Sayyidna Mu’awuyya R.A willingly for ‘peace to reign’.
Imam Hasan fulfil the Prophecy of his grandfather, Prophet Muhammad S.A.W when once he held Hasan as an infant and declared that: ‘this my son, is a leader, certainly under him Allah will settle a too wary faction of Muslims’.
By surrendering that power to Mu’awuyya, peace reigns for 20 years. Muslim empire wax and get strong across every corner of the world as far to Europe, Contastinapol, Syria, Iran, North Africa and and many places.

From that period, Mu’awuyya was very courteous to the House Hold of the Prophet. It was recorded that he kept the allowances of Ahlu Bait constant and consistent. He once gave them a gifts of 200 thousand Dirham. He said jokingly: ”take it! I am the son of Hindu”. Younger brother of Imam Hasan, Imam Hussein may Allah be please with him replied him sharply that: ”By Allah, you will never find exalted House Hold like us that will it from you after now”.

All this long history course that I took you through is to show you that only those who are great can release power. Amru bin Al-As blindly told Mu’awuyya that: ”Imam Hasan now has a powerful force behind him that if we decide to fight him like his father, the whole of Sham will be perished and we will never achieves our goal”. Despite that, Imam Hasan surrendered that great throne to Mu’awuyya willingly. That was leadership. Great men have wit, they look beyond what ordinary men can’t see.

What did you think if Jonathan has not made that call? Probably, by now we would have still been fighting each other and its never going to be easy for many reasons.
1. The North Eastern part of Nigeria was very weak and almost non existing, and also North West was rapidly afflicted;
2. Middle belt of Nigeria may not support us;
3. The arm forces was begin to be polarized;
4. International community are hypocrites, no one sensible person can rely on them;
5. Jonathan has federal might and many other factors.

For the following reasons, I am calling the APC government to see wisdom behind the sacrifice of Nigeria’s great man and rest and put behind any issue that has to do with Jonathan directly. Gowon was there until he was overthrown, IBB flatly refused Abiola and tried to manipulate us until he read the writing clearly under wall, Abacha was there until God intervene, while on the second coming of Obasanjo, he has to be forcefully stopped, otherwise he would have become’s like Mugabe because power is sweet.

Ramadan Kareem!

Modu, PDP and the Wadata Wahala

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By Abdullahi O Haruna Haruspice

 

moduI made a vow not to dwell on political matters but its tempting aura is so irresistible. The conundrum in PDP is so amusing; akin to where three kids are in endless pursuit of a young girl in the village. It so funny to see the drama at the Wadata house. But is PDP being fair to Modu Sharrif? This guy was on his own jeje when you called him to assume the leadership of your party. His ascendancy was greeted with pomp and pageantry and some PDP guys went ballistic taunting APC for giving them a juicy member.

Pronto! power hungry Modu Sharrif who is one of the reasons the North East is in turmoil today went to town with flamboyancy as he assumed a new status of leading a party he was never a member until last year. In no time, he built an iron cast around himself as he puffs around town in bravado. The old horses in PDP felt threatened and even jealous of the intimidating rising profile of Modu Sharif. They gathered surreptitiously and issued fatwa on Sharrif.

They allowed him to use his resources to pay adverts on TVs, newspapers and online platforms. He used his private jet to fly delegates to Rivers for the PDP convention. He hired tested musicians and entertainers. He paid for hotels in Port Harcourt and logistics were near perfect. The gathering at the stadium venue of the convention was an intimidating assemblage of party members. The APC no doubt felt a tinge of worry with this renewed onslaught by the Modu led PDP. Just when it was time for the presidential hopeful to climb the rostrum, the rug was pulled off his feet! The stadium was stunned with dead silence as Wike in fidgeting perspirations incoherently announced Modu’s end of era as PDP chairman.

The drums went numb, the crowd went cold and the party that was set for reckoning after losing out in the last elections came crumbling again and again. And since then, the party has been in the news for the worst reasons. And I dare to ask, what is wrong with this party that it can’t ever get things right for once? Why call on a man who was barely a year in your party to lead you? What happened to your tested members who have sacrificed years and resources to build the party?

Once again, the party is under the element and washing its linen in the village square. I wish they overcome this setback and put their house in order so that they can provide a formidable opposition to the APC. We cant afford to have a one party state.

Politically musing

Something really never change…

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Something really never change…

By Abdullahi O Haruna Haruspice

 

 

 

 

Many despicable things that we vehemently frowned at in the not-too distant past are embarrassingly happening the more to our chagrin. Consistently, selective employments have been going on surreptitiously in some government quarters, and at the benefitting end of these ‘nighttime’ job placements are folks with blue blood. While these kids get fixed in choice agencies and parastatal thus sustaining the age long statuesque, the folks from the mainstream Nigeria are left battling with intangible issues of religion and tribal shenanigans. Yes only the poor fight for religion and tribal supremacy quote me anyway.

 

As we speak in helpless indignation so, The Federal Inland Revenue Service is recruiting secretly! Why they do that I do not know. Indeed a change in government does not necessarily mean a change in people. Nigeria witnessed a party switch but not an attitude change. Same things we complained of keep happening unabated. It happened at the CBN first- where kids of the hegemonic clout were infamously fixed in the country’s apex Bank. What did we do? Nothing, we moved on as if nothing absurd happened.

 

Juxtapose this economic debauchery by the elites and the alleged beheading of a woman in kano and the purported stabbing of a guy in Kaduna. The combined fury that greeted that unconfirmed ugly occurrences was so palpable we came close to a religious showdown. The people rose brimming fire and brimstone. While we appreciably rose in defense of these two people – we remain perpetually docile to the open beheading of a majority. We are indolently quite when we are cheated of our rights but quick to fight for religion. We allow the elites the continuous sustenance of the statuesque while struggle to showcase in fascinating dexterity our arsenals in religious and tribal skills.

 

In Osun state, kids are now openly drafted into proxy war of attrition. At the center of that daylight shame are kids from the poor folks. While the kids of the rich folks are swotting it out in choice schools, the children of religious warriors are in public schools fighting over who wears hijab and choir gown to school. Such vain display at a time other kids are being trained on how to develop the world! Continue una hear? By time you finish fighting for religion, the rich kids would have been back to lord it over you all again as the circle of elitism continues while your chain of stagnation remains.

Senior military personnel were recently retired by the Army, instead of jubilating that a window gap of opportunity has been opened for you, you went data in hands compiling who is pro Jonathan in the retirement list. Can’t you struggle your way to the top and leave compilation to the record departments?

 

You may not know this obviously because you don’t want to know. The hegemonic elites are in constant control of your brains- they busy you with inanities while they perpetuate themselves in governance. Show me a picture of Dasuki, Fani-Kayode, Metuh, Dieziani’s kids protesting or whining on the trials of their parents and I will stop writing forever. You can never find them but we can always find you doing the needful – cursing, writing and even praying for those who raped our treasure purse.

 

As president Muhammadu Buhari returns from his vacation, top on his list of his ‘to do’ is to look into the secret recruitment in CBN,FIRS, FAAN and other agencies and parastatal. It is not enough to leave the police recruitment portal transparently open and encrypt the portals of juicy agencies and parastatal . We shall not take it.

Rambling musing

 

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