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The Struggle For Positive Change In Bauchi State Through PRP – Dr. Wada Abdullahi

The strugle for positive change is continuosly arising from whole edges and angles by the only principled and victorious party in our dear state in particular and our dear nation in general.

This change can never be blocked by any gang or forces of darkness. They always keep trying to obstruct it by denying us chances and sometimes by sending political propaganda via various electronic media platforms.

The convergance of the ligitamate Peples Redemption Party (PRP) Executive Council today in Bauchi city solves many outstanding problems, we are happy with these achievements.

Leaders should always try to do the right thing by paying the salaries and wages of their employees and providing all the necessary amenities for the betterment of the lives of these masses.

They must stop the propaganda of building understandard classroom blocks while the number of failures are getting higher in both Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and higher institutions. How can you be bragging in the educational sector where 8,553 students failed in the Primary School Common Entrance Examinations in this session?

We are still calling on the masses to stop collecting money for electing wrong candidates into various poltical positions.

I am grateful to my colleages for their precious performance in delitrating and coming up with very powerful resolutions during the meeting.

I hope the Almighty Allah will delider all you to your various destinations. Amin.

Long live PRP Bauchi State Chapter.
Long live PRP Nigeria.
Long live FRN.
Thank you and God bless you.

By: Dr. Wada Abdullahi,

My Dear Abdulrasheed Bawa – Osita Chidoka

Open Letter to EFCC Chairman

Congratulations on your appointment as EFFC Chairman. As somebody who shares some similarity with your trajectory, I want to publicly advise you as the euphoria of your appointment and the deluge of advice continue to come your way. Usually, I would have been critical of this appointment as it continues the profound disrespect and insensitivity to the constitutional provision on Federal Character. Since the inception of this administration appointments in the paramilitary, intelligence, police, and military organisations have been so lopsided but not my letter’s subject. I will continue that conversation at an appropriate place.

Today, I support the generational shift that your appointment represents. We should remove all the clauses in our laws that create an age barrier to executive positions. It is anachronistic and against the spirit of the Not Too Young to Run Act.

Your appointment is reminiscent of mine as Corps Marshal in 2007 when I was35 years. The difference with yours is that you came from within the organisation. The first challenge you will face as a young man is the difficulty your direct reports who are older and more experienced than you will have taking orders from you. They will pledge their loyalty, laugh with you but will be bitter and rightly so. Those who publicly try to belittle you or want to be the leaders of the opposition to you should be quickly excused from the organisation through transfer of service or termination if necessary. Do not try to convince or manage them. It won’t work.

They will try to do two things. First, expose you to public ridicule as an intemperate and inexperienced young man by pushing you to make rash decisions. If that does not work, they will try to show you ineffectual, incapable of taking decisions, and always waiting for the Attorney-General to direct or run to him for cover. You can avoid both by establishing a universe of principles that guide you. Still sleep over decisions. Learn to use weekly management meetings to get free advice and guidance on issues you are not conversant with. Don’t be shy to ask questions. I always ask my staff, “What should I say?” before I appear on any media or official function. You are the leader, not omniscient.

You are now Chief Executive. Past interactions and friendships should not cloud your actions. They may try to blackmail you. Don’t give in. Abdulrasheed the investigator is not the same as Abdulrasheed the Chairman. Always remember that and make it clear to your colleagues. A new Sherriff is in town.

Quickly set up a team to review the commission’s mission and the journey so far and develop a corporate road map for the future. If such a document already exists, the team should review it. Hire a world-class consultancy firm to guide the review and choose three countries you admire or those rated highly in preventing corruption and use them as your benchmark.

Continually benchmark your work. My mantra of Measure, Monitor, Improve is recommended. Relentlessly measure and monitor. Quantify always, as our culture is not a numerate one and our public service is weak in data collection and analysis. Train a small team to do that.

Do keep a diary. You will need it. I kept a diary but was not religious in updating it to my regret. President Reagan kept a diary daily for his eight years as President, so there is no excuse. Keep a copy of all the approvals you grant, and important circulars. Nigeria’s ruling and media elite are vicious. Be ready to defend yourself.

Dimension your time to 48 months. That way, you will realise that every four months is 10% of your time, and you need to work to achieve your road map within your first term debarring any changes. Time is your enemy. Don’t spend time celebrating. Don’t stand still while you are waiting for the roadmap. Move on to the tactical issues confronting you.

As a staff, you know all the murmuring of the junior and senior officers. Usually, they include the backlog of unpaid transfer allowances, late promotion, punitive postings and exclusion of other ethnic groups from core operational functions. Deal with them. You are too young to be burdened by the fault lines of a dying order. Successful organisations are inclusive, goal-oriented, merit-driven, and anchored on fairness.

Create opportunities to interact with staff. Invite them randomly to eat with you or travel with you so you can remain grounded. its lonely upstairs, especially if you are young.

Create a safe place for the female staff of your organisation. It is an issue. Please encourage them to speak out against abuse and gender discrimination. Remove all rules that discriminate against women and entrust them with operational roles. I believe you are disciplined don’t fall for their feminine wiles. Keep clear.

On the job, you have a decision to make, and history will guide you. How do you want to be remembered? I think you have an advantage of age, ICT knowledge, global training and on the job experience. I think you should embrace technology and work on digitising the commission you promised during your Senate clearance. Purge the commission of the police analogue and brute force mentality. Technology will make your investigating team productive and help in preventing corruption.

Do not be frightened by the plight of your predecessors. Be bold. Be guided by facts and data. Don’t make media show when you have no evidence. Strike like the MET police or the Singapore Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, not the past Chairman’s unintelligent media posturing. Good investigating agencies don’t arrest people and start looking for evidence. Combine the boldness of Nuhu Ribadu and the meticulousness of DIG Lamorde as your guide.

Finally, the powers that be will use you. Be smart about how you go about it. Fairness is important. Use them too to get funding and support for your agency. Anchor your work with global institutions so you can use them as an excuse to ward off undue influence. The last for me: truly fight corruption. The war against corruption needs a sociological and philosophical underpinning. Lead that conversation.

Corruption is at the root of the state failure staring us on the face. We have to re-establish a fair compensation system; otherwise, the excluded will continue to seek ways to equalise those with unfair access to state resources. We must fight corruption.

Fight without fear or favour. Kick big and small men hard; you have enough time to make peace afterwards. It is better Nigerians fear than love you. Our love is worth nothing if you are judged incompetent.

Osita Chidoka
February 2021

Igboho and the Road to 2023 – Aminu Alhassan Kuba

I used to think that the South West was somehow better than their neighbors to the east. I had admired people like Tinubu and Fashola.

They did very well as governors. They continued doing well at higher level. They occasionally spoke well outside their home.

Some of the traditional leadership also showed some level of sophistication and enlightenment.

This is despite the fact that the press from that part of our country belongs to the lowest level of filth anywhere in the world as far as journalism and its ethics are concerned.

Then Igboho happened. He led a mob on a killing spree. First, against a hapless, helpless, defenseless and vulnerable herders. Then against Hausas and other northerners in Shasha.

Tinubu, Fashola, the Ooni, the Alaafin, the bookish tongue twisting english speaking pretenders to human rights, the ubiquitous high faluting lousy lawyers, the fire brand outrage expressing journalists…., All went to sleep.

Even religious fire spitting professors like Ishaq Akintola that always jumped in defense of Islam either went suddenly quiet or found some reason to rationalize the broadway massacre of babies, women, men and the aged.

Media houses lionized the murderer and called him activist. Newspapers like The Nation owned by Tinubu provided ample space for the defense of the murderous thug.

They went on as if they were the Hutus in the 1990s Rwanda or members of Slobodan Milosovic army in Serbia against the Bosniaks. They just carried on.

Many of them, perhaps majority, Muslims looked on while fellow Nigerians. Fellow Muslims. Were being murdered in broad daylight.

Their governors, senators, political, religious, traditional opinion and everything leaders had neither words of consolation nor remorse for such pure unprovoked heinous acts of violence by a most despicable fellow towards those whose lives and means of livelihood were so brutally terminated.

Instead of rising in unison to condemn Igboho or at least pretend to be sorry that such evil happened in their domain, and by a vagabond amongst them, they began to invite him to parties, to meetings, to political conclaves.

Even a nobel laureate wrote a piece about cows to balm the perfidy. He couldn’t mention the owner because he was a fellow tribesman.

And come 2023, these same fellows want us to not only vote for them but convince the very people they couldn’t protect and empathize with to vote for them to rule over us. How they want us to do this is what I am trying to understand.

In 1999, when there was no killer herdsmen narrative, when there was no kidnapping for ransom, when there was no farmers-herders violence, when there was no Boko Haram, when there was no religious violence…, We were asked to vote for Obasanjo..and by the time he was done with us, every one of the above mentioned evils had become firmly rooted in our land.

And when he was finally forced to leave, he made sure he left behind a combination of a terminally ill man and below average intelligence chronic drunkard at the helm. By the time they were finished with us, Arewa had become the global capital of violence.

Now that we’re at another cross road, I think it’s going to be just plain stupid to yet again offer our heads up for the guillotine.

If you want to understand why, see how Tinubu’s social media goons are reacting to Sunday Igboho’s threats. So it’s not like they didn’t know what Sunday represented, they just didn’t think we were human enough to deserve their sympathy or even empathy.

Therefore, come 2023, let democracy win. Let Arewa be bold enough to present their candidate for election. If this should mean the end of the mistake of 1914, so be it. Only a fool gets bitten twice by same snake from the same hole.

By: Aminu Alhassan Kuba

That These Northerners Are Quiet And Calm Does Not Mean They Are WEAK – Chigozirim Emeakayi

They have been dared, abused, attacked, harassed, and demonised, yet they pretend as if they don’t watch the news. Nope, these Northerners watch the news more than us the Southerners.

They understand the consequences of war or tribal conflict, the Igbos and Yorubas living with them has been classified as their fellow Citizens, and they treat us right in the North because they understand the meaning of PEACE.

They have nothing to loose if this tribal conflict breaks out, but still they are as calm as the lakes in the desert.

In the past two days, they have raised funds for their evicted people from the South to be transported back to the North but they have not evicted anybody from the North.

In the past two days, they have buried their people over there in the South, but no Southerner has been buried in the North over tribal attacks.

I belive there is a limit to everything and everyone has a price, there is a limit to their Patience, endurance and understanding, I just hope we don’t cross those limits and stop this madness.

Let the recent crisis that has happened in this Country teach us that not all Notherners are evil, not all Yorubas are evil and not all Igbos are evil.

Racial profiling must stop, we must fight the crime and leave the Tribe, we must prosecute the criminal and leave his or her brothers out of it.

Between 2018 and 2019, huge number of kidnapped kids from the North were found in Southeast, you all can bear me witness that kids were kidnapped from Kano and Kaduna and then sold in Anambra and Imo States, yet these Northerners kept quiet.

Let’s all be calming down, no one is worst than the other, we all are humans and we are prone to making mistakes in life.

Value the peace of mind you have today, don’t throw that privilege away because of pride and ignorance.

Let love lead.

By: Chigozirim Emeakayi

Now That The Demonization of Hausa Fulani Is Completed: What Next? – Prof. S. A. Zuru

I have watched with irreparable pain the well choreographed demonization of “Hausa Fulani” by other major ethnic groups in liaison with their ethnic minorities cheerleaders, no thanks to clueless Otorm of Benue State.

The truth is that, if you think the current demonization and genocide of the herding fulanis in parts of this country are sporadic isolated incidences, you have been fooled.

In my opinion, it was orchestrated by those following the script of their foreign masters in a grand plot to contain the political dominance of the Islamic “Hausa fulani”.

What evidence of this do you still need better than the recent hacking and killing of the innocent fulanis in parts of both the South East and the South West.

And what evidence of foreign mercenaries meddling in our domestic affairs would you need better than how miscreants took over the country in a well coordinated insurrection dubbed Endsars sponsored by enemies of the state but embraced by Governors in certain parts of the Country.

It is an agonizing mockery of fate that, in abundance of brilliance that some of these Governors are best quality of leadership that this great Country has to offer.

Some of them clueless, cantankerous, demagogue, naive and paranoid by pathological animosity towards the dominant ethnic group in terms of demography of this Country.

Without making excuses for criminal element in every ethnic group, it is a simple rule, “unless there is peace in our bushes and forests, there will never be peace in our cities “similarly, unless every citizen of this country is allowed to live and seek economic opportunities peacefully in any part of the country unmolested, there can never be peace.

The other day, i heard that the foreign sponsors of the current organized anarchy in the country will soon start a hearing on the situation in Nigeria with a potential threat of sanctions against Nigeria for our stand on same sex marriage.

Permit me to admonish here that, let America and western europe know that beyond sovereignty, Nigeria is not Central African Republic or Congo, we are not perturbed by your threat of sanctions or that of United Nations Security Council or the ragtag treacherous Amnesty International or afraid of the ICC’s threat of a commissioned inquiry into alleged human rights abuses by the Nigerian Military.

The truth is that, make no mistake, Nigeria is a medium power in Africa and despite the relentless international conspiracy against us as vividly articulated by Wikileaks, we are yet to be subdued or conquered.

Nothing can be furthered from the truth, like America like Nigeria, the Trump’s deranged regime and his recent commando invasion of the Capitol Hill should have thought America only one thing that, political rights and democracy do not mean a freedom for anarchy.

And therefore, every responsible government must deal with it ruthlessly. The bitter truth is that, you must have a Country first before you talk about cosmetics of human rights.

Now that it seems like we have overstretched the rubber band of our collective sanity, let us respect the limitations of reason.

No region of this country is a liability on to other regions, it also suffices for the record to say that, no region of this country has the monopoly of violence.

Without prejudice, with the demonization of “Hausa Fulani” and their criminal profiling, it appears that the unity of the country is only hanging by the cliff of abyss.

Forget about political correctness, it must be said point blank and understood accordingly that the North of my generation is not ready to be slaved by the burden of national unity.

It is either we accept to mutually sacrifice for the unity of the country or every region should accept the shared consequences dissolution of the union.

As for the North and this government in particular, it must ensure that the ongoing transformational projects are completed during its tenure.

The highest premium projects are; gas pipeline line to Kano, the Dutse Maradi rail line, the manbila hydro project and perhaps the aggressive development of the oil reserves in Bauchi Basin.

Finally, “the day the person who thought you were a fool realized that the real fool is him will be the beginning of his nightmare”

May God bless the Mother North, Ameen!

By: Prof. S. A. Zuru

Unpaid Salaries: An Appeal to Governor Bala Mohammed

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammed of Bauchi State.

I would like to draw the attention of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir on the issue of the unpaid salaries of some civil servants in the state.

Your Excellency, you need to first and foremost look into the positive impact of the civil servants on the development of our noble state.

It is unfortunate to note that at this trying time of economic hardship, there are some workers in the state whose names are exempted from the state’s payroll. This has clearly shown that an old voucher is being used instead of using the said updated one.

It is so disheartening that a state where 90 per cent of the population depends on salary for sustenance is experiencing this unending salary issue.

Sir, how are these people expected to live a comfortable life considering the fact that our state is not among the robust revenue-generating states in Nigeria?

With all due respect, I would like to plead with you Sir, to look into this situation and do the needful. State workers are suffering. They need your intervention.

By: Mallam Musbahu Magayaki
Writes from Sabon Fegi, Azare
Bauchi State.
Musbahumuhammad258@gmail.com

Did Someone Who Spends Money Mistakenly Sent Into His Account Commits Theft?

IS SPENDING MONEY MISTAKENLY TRANSFERED TO ONE’S BANK ACCOUNT A THEFT?

A driver, Adetunji Tunde Oluwasegun, was allegedly sentenced to two years imprisonment few days ago by Kwara State High Court for spending a sum of N2 million that was erroneously transferred into his account.

He was convicted for the offence of theft which provided in Section 286 and punishable under Section 287 of the Penal Code.

You can read the news here: https://thenigerialawyer.com/court-convicts-a-man-for-spending-n2m-accidentally-sent-to-his-bank-account/

Has Oluwasegun really committed theft or any offence known to law?

Section 286 of the Penal Code in question provides as follows:

“Whoever, intending to take dishonestly any movable property out of the possession of any person without that person’s consent, moves that property in order to take it is said to commit theft.”

By the clear wordings of the above provision, to prove offence of theft, the following elements must be proved:

  1. Taking of a movable property
  2. out of the possession of any person
  3. without that person’s consent
  4. With dishonest intention.

Can we say therefore that by using money erroneously sent to Oluwasegun’s account, Oluwasegun has taken any persons property without that person’s consent?

In banking jurisprudence, any money deposited in bank belongs to the bank, not the depositor. Since in this case the bank willingly gave the 2million Naira to Oluwasegun upon demand, it means Oluwasegun took it with the consent of the bank (owner of the money). Therefore, the offence of theft has clearly not been committed here.

Furthermore, assuming Oluwasegun knew that he did not actually have money in his account but still went ahead to withdraw money from his account, is it not reasonable to conclude that the amount given to him by the bank is an overdraft/debt instead?

In law of banking if you withdraw money above what you have in your account, it is deemed that the excess is an overdraft/debt. See the following cases: N.D.I.C. v. Rabo Farms Ltd. (2018) 15 NWLR (Pt. 1643) 482; shola v. S.G.B. (Nig.) Ltd (1997) 2 NWLR (Pt. 488) 405; and A.C.B. Ltd. v. Egbunike (1988) 4 NWLR (Pt. 88) 350.

In my view Oluwasegun has not committed theft or any offence known to law when he withdrew that money. He simply borrowed it and is not an offence to borrow money. What the bank should have done was to ask Oluwasegun to bring back the money within a particular period of time. If he fails, he can be sued for what is called “money had and received”

By: O. G. Chukkol, ACIArb (UK)

On The Suspension Of ASUU Strike – Mahmud Yahaya


Just while we were drowned in the ocean of melancholy and buried in the sands of uncertainty as a result of the nine month old ASUU strike; there comes glad tidings: “The strike is suspended”.

This news is one that has made it to the headlines of various news medium, perhaps due to its significance to students. The news could be said to be one good news in this month of December after the terrible and horrible news which overwhelmed the mainstream and online media since the beginning of the month.

The suspension of the strike did not only bring vivacious smile to the faces of students, but the story is so to everyone who has direct or indirect connection with the university.

As heart soothing as the news may sound, however, the ASUU Boss, Prof. Ogunyemi was quoted to have said “the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers”.

The above statement of the ASUU chairman, I think is worthy of note. It simply means the suspension of the strike is conditional and it may resume if by any chance the government reneges on its promises.

Should this give us hope or hopelessness?

If that is the case, I must without reservations plead with the Federal Government to redeem its promises made to ASUU so as to enable the child of the common man have a future.

It was evident, the strike only added fuel to the fire of youth restiveness, increased rate of vices among others.

One must commend both parties (FG & ASUU) for resolving to settle the matter once and for all. Perhaps the struggles of ASUU for the improvement of public universities have not been in vain.

We hope this will mark the end of incessant strike which the ASUU is notorious for and usher in a new dawn where students will have undisrupted prescribed period of study.

By: Mahmud Yahaya,

Faculty of Law, Bauchi State University, Gadau. yahayamahmood090@gmail.com

Naira vs. Dollar Devaluation Is Not Our Biggest Problem In Nigeria!

I often wonder why, when China devalue her currency, the almighty USA cries “BLUE MURDER.” And even threaten “TRADE WARS.” Or perhaps why the Japanese currency is twice as worse compared to the US Dollar vs. the Nigerian Naira. Yet the Japanese are smiling and the almighty USA doesn’t seem to like that smile.

But when Nigerian currency devalues, only Nigerians cry.

The answer, Nigeria has a different economic pattern and economic activities compared to China and Japan.

You cannot have a “Mono Economy” that’s totally dependent on crude export for external revenues and imports almost everything else for her citizen use.

Any economy in this category will definitely be hurt by Exchange Rate differentials – Yes! Foreign Exchange Rate fluctuates like wild FIRE!

But what do you make of a society that’ll travel from Lagos to Paris just to get Ice Cream. Make it trend on Social Media and sing a hit song about such useless expedition. You think you’ll not have to pay for such madness?

The exchange rate differentials will definitely come for your head and your economy too!

I don’t even want to argue about how you can have a complete meal in Nigeria for 500 Naira or $1 while a coffee at Starbucks cost $6.

To me, this comparison/argument is not worth the conversation because it only makes clever comparison without profering solutions.

THIS IS WHAT I THINK!

Nigeria is not a rich country. You can argue about this all you want! But before you write your response to my assertions, I’ll like you to pounder on the following;

Assuming Nigeria extracts 2,400,000 barrels of crude oil per day at $60pb. Now multiply the dollar figure and share it amongst 200 million people to see what that amounts to per person per day – then you’ll understand how poor we are as a country.

The above analysis doesn’t consider the cost of exploration and other biz/logistics expenses or what accountants call OPEX.

Yet you’ll see that we don’t even earn $1.5 per person per day. How poor can a country be?

Remind me again. What’s the yardstick that measures the extremely poor? $1 I think, is that correct?

THE SOLUTION!

Nigeria must move from being a 100% oil exporting country and begin to create value in other sectors.

We get it wrong when we keep calling for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Nobody will bring FDI into a country where civil servants are openly asking for pasentage share of the FDI, blatantly asking for kickbacks and even asking for stake in prospective businesses.

We need more than a call for FDI, We need a people that are engaged in economic activities that creates value – I’m talking about Economic Values that’ll directly benefit Nigerians and also attract foreign customers.

Discussing the solutions I’m considering will require a bigger space. Maybe I’ll talk about the other options Nigeria can utilize in subsequent epistles!

But untill then, what do I know?

End SARS: We Were Misled And Misinformed, IPOB Is At It Again

It is evidently clear that some persons are hell bent to destroy this country and we shall resist it by all means.

We were misinformed and misled to believe that soldiers killed peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate, whose bodies are yet to be seen, family members yet to be seen crying and the hospitals they were taken to yet to be seen or shown to us. We have not heard parents or relatives of the deceased coming out to cry. The governor confirmed only one death which was not as a result bullet, and it is yet to be confirmed if the incident happend at the scene of the protest at Lekki.

The burning and destruction of Public infrastructure, media houses and attacks on the Oba of Lagos and other personalities has shown the evil intent of some anarchist. We shall not allow this, and the best way to resist this madness is by resisting to be tempted to respond to their evil act, but to allow the constituted authority to do the needful.

Our young people up here in the North must keep calm and refuse to be tempted to see the violence from a regional, tribal or religious angle because that is their intention. Those in Plateau that have subconsciously allowed themselves to be used must wake up and note that they are only playing to the gallary of some evil persons.

We shall soon mobilize young people of influence from this part of the country to have a talk and see how to prevail on other young people with tendencies not to contemplate taking laws into their hands. Violence has never defeated violence.

We urge all voices of young progressive Nigerians both those for and against SARS to speak up against this insincerity and intent to burn down our country.

The IPOB guys have proven a point and we must resist them by refusing to be violent while we note that not all Igbos are members of IPOB.

Mallam Yusuf Amoke
22/10/2020.