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Political Party ideology, Corruption And The Politics of Defection In Nigeria

Political party, defection otherwise known as “cross-carpeting”, “party crossover”, “party switching” or “political prostitution” is a serious source of concern to the development of democracy, popular participation and good governance in Nigeria.

The way and manner in which Nigerian politicians defect from one party to the other, has not only constituted democratic nuisance, but has continued to raise serious concern among stakeholders, on the sustainability of democracy in the country.

This irritant democratic behavior lends credence, to lack of clear ideology among most political parties, lack of internal democracy, corruption, greed and dogged pursuance of selfish interest as against the common interests of the society.

Unfortunately, party defection has become a political norm in Nigeria’s democracy and it has created confusion, uncertainty and total lack of direction in political parties and governance.

Though politics of defection is synonymous with liberal democracy worldwide, but Nigeria’s case is exceptionally outrageous.

It is true that, party defection is a phenomenon that occurs even in the so-called advanced democracies.

For example, Winston Churchill of Britain remained one of the foremost political defectors in the history of Britain. He first joined the British parliament as a Conservative in 1901, defected to the Liberal in 1904, and defected back to the Conservative in 1925.

In India, the problem of political party defection became so alarming, that the country had to enact laws against defection in 1973, 1985 and 2003.

These laws provided that a person could be disqualified from serving in parliament for withdrawing membership of his original political party. So defection is not new to liberal democracy the world over.

This is because, democracy promotes the principles of fundamental human rights, the freedom of individuals’ political life and the people’s rights to unrestrained access to participation in the policy processes.

The beginning of politics of defection in Nigeria is traceable to 1951, when several members of the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon (NCNC), defected to the Action Group (AG) just to deny Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and his party (NCNC), the majority in the Western Regional House of Assembly, which the party required to form government in the Western Region, although, there were some isolated cases, here and there, when individuals and groups were coerced into defecting to other political parties.

Some members of NEPU were forced to defect to either NPC or withdraw from partisan politics as a result of their attachment to the establishment.

The cases of Maitama Sule (Dammasanin Kano) and Alhaji Musa Magami were typical examples. Thus, threat or subjection to political repression, was a serious factor that contributed to politics of defection.

During the Second Republic, Ahaji Ibrahim Waziri defected from Nigerian People Party (NPP), to form Great Nigerian Peoples Party (GNPP), when his bid for the Presidential nomination seemed to be threatened.

The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi had to defect from his People Redemption Party (PRP) to the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP), to be able to contest election for the second term. Thus, politics of defection is synonymous to liberal democracy anywhere in the World.

The argument is that, the system guarantees fundamental human rights of individuals, including the right to choose what is best for them. However, the rate of party defection in the Fourth Republic is so unprecedented such that most stakeholders in the polity become very much concerned. And indeed, the level of party defection exposes the total ideological bankruptcy of most members of Nigeria’s political parties, and the centrality of the pursuit of political power as against any other reason why people join politics.

Since the commencement of the Fourth Republic in 1999, all the major political parties in Nigeria have one internal crisis or the other. These crises often, degenerate into serious and irreconcilable conflicts, divisions, and factionalization, especially between 2006 and 2018 which marked the peak of both intra-party conflicts and inter party defections. At the initial stage, the scene was dominated by intra-party fraction, mostly associated with inability to observe internal democratic principles in most of the political parties, but later the situation grew to inter-party defections and mostly from the opposition to the ruling party. During the prelude to the 2015 general election, the unhealthy power contest within ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) prompted incessant defections of prominent members of the party to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

As mentioned earlier, lack of respect for party ideology is seen as the leading source of politics of defection.

Party ideology, which is supposed to be a practical belief system that justifies chosen political order for the society, explaining in practical terms, the best way the party intends to tackle social challenges and moving the country forward, seems to be not upheld or respected in most of our political parties.

And the simple reason is that, Parties in Nigeria are portrayed as lacking in clear vision and focus on transformation or rather the will to live up to such party characteristics. As such they are virtually the same in terms of attributes and characteristics except the PRP.

This is as against what obtains in the so-called advanced democracies, such as U.S.A. and Britain, where most Nigerian politicians draw inspiration from.

Political parties in those countries have been known to exist on sustained ideological bases.

Parties were not just platforms for ascending to political power, but constitute ways of socio-political identification as well as means of mobilization and a unifying factor.

Therefore, clear ideological stand of a political party, plays a major role in unifying people of different cultures, ethnicity, religion, gender and orientation to a common destiny. This is one of the good examples Nigerian political parties ought to have emulated from those countries, especially taking into consideration our multicultural setting.

But unfortunately, ideological bankruptcy in our political parties has reduced them to mere tools of ascending to public office.

Political parties have become organizations that survive on monetization as the basis for loyalty and support. This has also accounted for the incessant internal crises in the parties, which not only lead to defections, but also explained why in some cases, politicians defect to where they call “greener posture“ (baza su yi Azumi ba) that is even when there is no crisis bedevilling their own political parties.

Corruption is another major cause of politics of defection in Nigeria. Contemporary politicians emphasized primacy of political power over and above everything in politics. As against the views of the nationalist politicians such as Malam Aminu Kano, for instance, occupation of public office though desirable, but it is not an end in itself. That is why his ideas and contributions to socio-political development of the country are ever-lasting. To the present day politicians, the possession of public office is the ultimate and the most lucrative business in the country. Political office gives direct access to economic power. And presiding over the allocation of public resources allows one to plunder these public resources for personal ends. As such, desperation to hold public office as means of accumulating wealth or “empowering” group members or supporters, remains the primary objective of engaging in partisan politics. Thus defection by Nigerian politicians without justifications becomes an accepted norm.

Also associated with corrupt behavior of our politicians, is politicians that occupy public offices and looted public funds, defect to the new ruling party for cover-up. That is, their membership of the ruling party usually saves them from the anti-corruption agencies like EFCC and ICPC whom are to a greater extent reduced to political hounding dogs and tools or weapons used against the uncooperative members of the opposition parties.

The alarming rate of defection in Nigerian politics is also attributed to instability within political parties occasioned by lack of internal democracy. A popular trend in Nigeria is, politicians easily defect to other political parties, the moment they fail to secure party nominations during own party’s primaries. Winning party primary election and recognition of candidates for nomination or selection as flag bearer of a political party depends on the economic potency of the candidate, the strength of his political “godfather” or his support base from especially those in control of the government. Integrity and capacity of an aspirant does not matter. Some aspirants, who feel disillusioned, cheated or denied free and fair primaries, as well as those who simply lose out, defect to other parties so as to participate in the general elections, in fact, some of them with the intention of returning to their original parties after general elections.

A typical example, is the recent defection of the former gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) Kano State, in the 2019 general election, and some others, to the ruling APC without shame. Same Politicians defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to PRP when they did not emerge as the PDP gubernatorial candidates. PRP accepted them to contest the elections even as there were contestants on its platform, following rigorous screening conducted by its Committee on Research and Planning. When they lost in the general elections, they decided to dump the PRP, to defect to the ruling APC.

Indeed, this is a clear indication that, most Nigerian politicians are “political prostitutes” who lack integrity, vision and patriotism. There is no other way one could reasonably explain the defection of the Party’s gubernatorial candidate who was presumed to be honest, firm and patriotic, the like of Malam Aminu Kano, could defect easily from the only Nigerian political party with clear ideological stand, that is categorically out to emancipate the masses (Talakawa) and install equity and social justice; to the ruling APC, which obviously, from top to bottom demonstrated an unprecedented corruptive tendencies, incapacity and total disregard to the plight of the average Nigerians. A party which has clearly demonstrated its inability to deliver on any of its campaign promises regarding the security challenges of the country, fighting corruption and improving the economic wellbeing of Nigerians, a party, which has produced the most corrupt, clueless and fraudulent administration ever in the history of Kano State.

The use of money in liberal democracy permeates the system. Critics of the system always argue that, the contribution of money to political parties and candidates is an important way in which large corporations and wealthy capitalists influence politics and governance. While this argument is quite weighty, money politics is also an important factor in promoting defection in Nigeria. The use of money in politics is seen as necessary evils, but its negative effect as means of funding political competition has been a serious source of concern and so calls for serious re-consideration, if at all, the principles of popular participation is to be realized. The amount of money required by a candidate to be able to contest and win election, especially in presidential democracy, is so huge that, a candidate who has no access to such resources should simply forget about it, or if he is desperate, should defect to the ruling Party, where all his expenses would be funded from the public purse, or to move to a political party that has large concentration of wealthy personalities i.e. Ex-this, Ex-that, and Retired this, Retired that, where such huge resources could be accessed easily.

This political brouhaha could only be surmounted when the Nigerian electorate realizes the importance of owning a political party. PRP must conduct serious political reorientation and political education, as well as recruitment of select members of the public to actively participate in politics. They should be made to pay their membership fees, mobilize activists to make donations to election campaigns and insist that the leadership of their political parties must be honest, transparent and accountable for their actions or inactions.

They should be mobilized to retract their apathy toward partisan politics and be made to actively participate in the political process. This way would probably allow them to own the political parties, influence their programmes and ensure that political office holders respect their covenant with them.

By: Kano State Directorate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP).

NBA Update: Nasir El-Rufai Has Never Been Associated With Bigotry – HRH Sanusi

The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II has also lent his voice to the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s saga with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), where he was quoted to have said:

“If you have an opinion, people will either agree or disagree with you. But a man who has an opinion that can be agreed with or disagreed with is always better than a man who has no opinion at all.

“Nasir has always had opinions. He knows what his position is on things. He says that position very clearly. People will like it, some people will not like it. And that is what people call being controversial, being controversial is actually having an opinion. If you don’t want to be controversial, you just behave like these teflons, flexible, just flow with the wind and nobody knows where you stand…

“I think the case of the crisis in Kaduna, first of all is something that predates this government. It has been on for a long time. And the governor is doing something about it. The North as a whole suffers because we have people who profit from division. We have divided ourselves against each other, whether it is ethnicity of religion.

“And when you have someone who says I am simply going to stand for justice, for the rights of human beings and doing what is right, some people who are not used to things being done in that way are going to object. I am sure that His Excellency knows that with every single issue, there will be people who will object.

“I read the petition. I was looking for the specific allegation. You said somebody does not respect the rule of law, what is the specific instance of disrespect for the rule of law. You say somebody has mishandled a crisis. What is the specific manner in which he mishandled the crisis?

“If you going to take action on people based on allegations, the President of the NBA himself has allegations against him that have not been proven, but nobody has said anything about him because it this is a matter that is before a court of law, and people will wait for the court to decide because everybody has a right to fair hearing.

“More important for me, if you feel that the governor of Kaduna State is not doing well, you should invite him to your conference and ask him and let him explain what he is doing and tell him what you think he is doing wrong. You will learn something from him, he will learn something from him. Disinviting him is not the path of people who actually want progress. Because if you disagree with someone , having him in your hall where you can tell him your view is the best way and he can defend himself. And if there are things he needs to improve he will take them on board. And if there are things that you don’t know that he is doing, you can be better informed. That is the best way to handle issues like this.

“I hope that this matter will not be turned into a religious and ethnic matter. It should be a matter of principle. I think it is their loss because if he was there he would add value to the conference and they would learn something about what he is doing.

“It is sad for the NBA itself and it is sad for freedom of speech, and also fair

“I have known Nasir since we were 16/17. He is a nationalist. He has never been associated with any ethnic or religious bigotry. All our friends are Nigerians. People don’t even think of us as northerners because really we are just Nigerians.

“Anybody who knows him will tell you that he is just a Nigerian. Look at the people that he works with, look at the people around him, look at his friends. He has not surrounded himself with people from a particular ethnic group or a particular religious persuasion. He has friends all over, pastors, reverends, imams. It is is sad that anybody can accuse him in any way of being partisan in the matter.

One of the lawyers made a comment and I think it is something that we should bear in mind. He is a governor in charge of lives and property in the state. He is the number one person concerned with peace in Kaduna because if there is no peace, he is responsible. You can’t have people crying more than the bereaved. If we do not assist him, the least we can do is pray for him, and give him a chance and advice him.”

“Needless to say, this is a sad thing. I am his friend, but His Excellency is wrong, I will say it. If I am wrong, he will say it and we would still be friends. But on this matter, it does more to the discredit of the NBA. This is one less speaking engagement.

The most important thing that Kaduna State should have peace. We should not complicate efforts at peace-building. I read today that the groups are meeting and I hope and pray that they will reach a compromise and we will see peace in the state. That is the most important thing, not speaking at NBA or what NBA says, but that there should be peace in Kaduna State and in this country.” He concluded.

On NEPU’s Real Ideology

In simple terms, the word ideology refers to a set of practical ideas on the way social or political problems of a society could be solved or the society could be changed for the better.

By this simple definition one may rightly argue that of all the nationalists’ political parties that emerged in the political history of Nigeria, through the First Republic and Second Republic, the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) had the most unique ideology, which made some people to believe that ideology in Nigeria’s political affairs begins and ends with NEPU.

This is because NEPU’s ideology had local originality, based on socially derived principles and objectives in addition to a radical program of action. Its worldview was universalistic, rather than parochial and bigoted. It was thus committed to radical change. This made other people to brand it variously while its supporters and advocates branded its ideology as “Democratic Humanism”. On the other hand, its contemporaries such as the NPC and AG, which were either mid-wifed or inspired by the British as a counter force to the first nationalist party, the NCNC, had moderate views.

The political parties that emerged during the Second Republic were to some extent influenced by those of the First Republic, while the political experimentation of the presidential, as well as the two party system (one a little to the left and the other a little to the right), steered by the military, led to the abortive Third Republic resulting in the increasing political dependency on, and the imitation of, Euro-American political acts of self-promotion.

Indeed, most of the Fourth Republic political parties in Nigeria lack clearly identified ideology, which can spell out their own original vision, principles, objectives and programs. As such, discussing the issue of political party ideology is quite relevant and timely.

Certainly, Jibrin Ibrahim’s article of 14th August 2020, in Daily Trust titled, “NEPU: Recalling when ideology Mattered to Nigerian Parties” in commemoration of the 70 years anniversary of the establishment of NEPU, is most commendable in this regard.

No doubt, Nigeria’s political class has a lot to learn from the ideological profile of NEPU, if political parties are to have a clear sense of direction and to be able to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country on the basis of its historical experiences and aspirations.

However, the mere acknowledgement of the fact that the party had a sound ideology may not be good enough to serve as an ideal reference for others, without explaining the historical antecedence that led to the emergence of the ideology, that is, the sociology of its ideas, the nature of its achievements, crises and survival rate. It is equally important to place the emergence of NEPU’s ideology in proper historical perspectives in order to give meaning to the 70th anniversary.

NEPU was the first political party in Northern Nigeria, founded on 8th August 1950, in Kano at a time when British colonial despotism was at its zenith. The party arrived when the notorious, corrupt and oppressive Native Authority system, as the local tier of British colonial administration, subjected the citizens to different kinds of exploitation, illegal extortion and dehumanizing repression.

Therefore, the party’s ideology emerged in response to the socio-political and economic ills of British colonial domination and loudly questioned the existing social arrangements with fearless enthusiasm. The originality of its thought and actions made the party’s mobilized masses, or Talakawa, to reject all forms of oppression possible. This clear message of the need to stand up and struggle for freedom appealed to the people.

The “Sawaba Declaration” clearly spells out the objective principles of the struggle and declared that, “the emancipation must be the work of the Talakawa themselves”. The originality and clarity of NEPU’s ideology could also be seen in all its political statements.

Most of such statements were unambiguous, practical and radical in nature. For instance, the Sawaba Declaration of 1950 was so explicit on the call for a preferred political system i.e. democracy as against the autocratic family compact rule of the colonial Native Authority system. It categorically called for the abolishing of such system that serves the interests of the colonialists and the few privileged members of the society, while it was unequivocal in calling for radical political action to ensure the realization of that objective.

What followed was a successful mass mobilization of the citizens against the system of colonial control and exploitation leading to the deep entrenchment of a value system which remained largely a blatant resistant to injustice, mun ki, or “we stand opposed” as their own motto and weapon of salvation. The setting of this political terrain and the NEPU’’s radical stance attracted cruel reprisals from the colonial government. Consequently, NEPU’s followers suffered all kinds of repression ranging from intimidation, torture and imprisonment to murder and exile. The sincerity and commitment of NEPU’s adherents, allowed them to endure all forms of persecution and, at the end, most of the objectives of the party were realized even though they were never allowed to control state power.

Throughout its life span, NEPU did not form or control government, but its achievements were far reaching, as most of its objectives were realized. One of the major achievements of party was its role in inculcating political consciousness in the people, who for long had been under colonial domination and political inactiveness. It organized the common people into a political force, which learned to oppose all forms of exploitation and oppressions, a political community which even after the party was proscribed, following the Fall of the First Republic in 1966, its disciples and committed adherents resurfaced during the Second Republic and formed the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) which contested the 1979 elections. It succeeded in electing its legislative representatives as well as forming governments in Kano and Kaduna States. NEPU had since then further reverberated in various forms as the short-lived Peoples Salvation Party (PSP) under the chairmanship of Late Alh. Wada Nas as well as the current PRP, under the leadership of Alh. Balarabe Musa.

Another major achievement of NEPU was its laudable contribution to the decolonization of Nigeria. NEPU revolted against foreign occupation and exploitation as signified by the British colonial despotism in country. In its struggle for the liberation of Nigeria, it had to work together with all other political parties despite their differences. Regardless of Nigeria’s plural setting, promotion of ethnic and regional sectionalism by other parties, NEPU fought the century old strategy of colonial rule, based on “divide and rule” and worked together with the (NCNC), NPC, AG and UMBC for the purposes of promoting national consciousness and national sovereignty which consequently led to the decolonization of Nigeria. It needs to be noted that national independence and nationalist development was the most significant achievement defining Nigeria’s First Republic, in particular, and Nigeria’s politics in general.

Another significant achievement of NEPU was its contribution to the promotion of unity and political stability of both Nigeria and the North. NEPU discouraged all primordial sentiments promoted by the colonialist in their divide and rule policy. As such, it discouraged the use of religion, ethnicity and sectionalism, allying with the opposition party, the NPC, in protecting the unity of the North. This is an achievement which contributed immensely to the survival, unity and development of the region as a solid political bloc that was very difficult to penetrate.

NEPU contributed tremendously to the realization of so many changes in the socio-political set up of this country. To mention just a few examples, NEPU advocated for and contributed to the realization of the Adult Universal Suffrage in our voting system. Its struggle for women’s right to participate in politics and to vote is public knowledge. Its activities led to so many reforms which culminated into the total elimination of the NA system, laying the foundations of the current local government system. It contributed to the modernization of the local system of Quranic education in Nigeria by initiating the establishment of Islamiyya Schools. One can go on and on.

NEPU did not only support and promote Nigeria’s unity, it was also a strong supporter of Pan-African politics. It supported the liberation and unification of African nations. It recognized and supported dynamic, purposeful and focused African leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. It encouraged bonds of solidarity among Africans in the struggle for the liberation of the continent against enslavement and colonization especially where other African countries were still under colonial bondage. NEPU supported the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and its struggle for the unity of the African States and the dignity of African people all over the world. Finally, NEPU acknowledged the intellectual contribution of Pan- Africanist scholars like W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Sa’adu Zungur, Nnamdi Azikwe, Michael Imoudo etc., these contributions enriched the intellectual property which NEPU used in the political education of its members. The NEPU Political leaders learnt from the struggle of all oppressed peoples thereby benefitting from, and participating in, the development of this universal world view.

In conclusion it is important to emphasise that the article could have been more informed if the writer had attempted to learn from the surviving veterans of NEPU, of the older days, as well as those that have been practically involved in the efforts to sustain and promote its legacies, such is the PRP especially in these times when foreign powers, and their local surrogates, seem to be making a come-back towards the recolonisation of African states in general, and Nigeria in particular.

Secondly it would have served some useful purposes if the writer had commented on the type of ideology that currently rules Nigeria. In this manner he would have been able to clarify better the present political order in Nigeria especially in view of the fact that some refer to it as neo-colonial while others refer to it as neo-liberal and still some others describe it as mega-colonialism.

This would have thus helped to solve the riddle posed by the manner in which he titled his submission because the submission tends to presume that ideology does not either exist, or matter, under the present circumstances. This is a truly controversial proposition.

By: Kano State Directorate of People’s Redemption Party (PRP).

The Story: How Nuhu Poloma Converted To Islam And Became Ali Nuhu’s Father

How Nuhu Poloma became Muslim and Got Married to Ali Nuhu’s Mother (Fatima).

It was in the early month of June, the death of Mr. Nuhu Polom who is a father to veteran Kannywood actor Ali Nuhu surfaced online where people spitted Negative comments over religious differences between Late Nuhu Poloma who is a Christian and also fathering actor Ali Nuhu.

Nuhu Poloma was born on 2 September 1949 in Waja, Balanga local government, Gombe State. Nuhu was a former party Chairman of Gombe under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2001.

Ali Nuhu, Actor, Director, Producer, Kannywood.

The questions mostly asked, how Nuhu Poloma got married to Fatima, mother of Ali Nuhu, and give birth to their son despite religious differences? Did Islam accept such a union? Here clear the air.

Mr. Nuhu Polomo got married to Fatima Kardilam digema, Ali Nuhu’s Mother when he accepted Islam. When they got married, but Nuhu reverted to his Christian religion. Fatima discovered Mr. Poloma is no more performing Islamic activities and then she asks for a divorce.

She was divorced when actor Ali Nuhu was born. Ali Nuhu was then brought to Kano where he spent his childhood life. He did his primary and secondary school in Kano, Yakasai, the No Man’s Land. Ali Nuhu was raised by his single mother who was a primary school teacher before she died in 1999 which is the year Ali started acting.

Fatima, Ali Nuhu’s Mother

This means that their marriage is not interfaith but became interfaith when she uncovered he rejoined his father’s religion. She made the decision because Quran have cleared the air about interfaith (Muslim woman–Christian Man) marriage and I quote;

“Nor marry your girls to unbelievers until they believe. A man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever.” (Quran 2:221)

So the law stands that a Muslim woman can only be married believing Muslim. As you all know the husband is the head of the household and a Muslim woman does not follow the leadership of someone who does not share her faith and values.

Ali Nuhu and His Family

This was publishes in a voice posted by Facebook user called Meenah Love. I listened to the voice of a man who is a Christian and a native of Gombe saying above subject matter. Copy and paste the below link to hear hear.

$2.8 Billion Ajaokuta, Kaduna Kano (AKK) PIPELINE PROJECT: BUHARI STRIKES AGAIN! – Presidency

Something good is already happening. Something marvelous is in store, as Federal Government kick starts the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano (AKK) National Gas Pipeline Project next Tuesday. It’s another humongous signature milestone by President Muhammadu Buhari, which will leave his footprints inexorably on the sands of time.

Roads, Bridges, Rail, Airports, Social Investment, and many others. Buhari is doing great things, which will pedestal him in the pantheon of great Nigerian leaders. And now, he has struck again. He is kicking off the AKK pipeline project, which will carry gas between the southern and northern parts of the country. The project will eventually extend to North Africa.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) initially announced tenders for the project in July 2013. A project proposal was submitted to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission in June 2017, and the Federal Executive Council granted approval in December 2017. I tell you, this President Buhari has the heart of a lion.

If the intention was to continue to run the NNPC as an automated teller machine (ATM), as we have seen before in this country, will such staggering project ever be approved, not to talk of taking off? And some people are still asking for CHANGE, when it is right before their very eyes.

The 614 kilometers-long National Gas Pipeline is Phase One of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) project, to be done on build and transfer Public Private Partnership (PPP). It will transport 3,500 Million metric standard cubic feet per day of dehydrated gas from several gas gathering projects located in southern Nigeria.

The project will be in three phases. Phase One is 200 kilometers-long, between Ajaokuta and Abuja, at a projected cost of $855 Million.

Phase Two is 193 kilometers-long, between Abuja and Kaduna, to cost an estimated $835 million, while Phase Three is 221 kilometers-long, between Kaduna and Kano, at an approximate cost of $1.2 billion.
The project will eventually reach North Africa in subsequent phases.

What will AKK pipeline project do for Nigeria? Great and wonderful things. It will create steady and guaranteed gas supply network between the North and South, and will enhance Power Generation Capacity. The industrial sector will be strengthened, local usage of gas will be promoted and increased, and the country’s revenue generation boosted through export of natural gas.

Nigeria is ranked the 7th most endowed natural gas country in the world. She sits on about 180 trillion cubic feet of natural gas deposits, which can be utilized as gas to power, gas to petrochemicals, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), among others.

Over the years, Nigeria has exploited its oil resources more, to the detriment of gas, which incidentally fetches more revenue, but is also more expensive to prospect.
One big advantage the average Nigerian can look forward to is the evolvement of compressed natural gas (CNG), which is still at pilot stage in the country.

While presenting his performance report to the Federal Executive Council recently, Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, spoke extensively about CNG, and what it can do for Nigeria as an alternative to petrol.
He listed the challenges of the oil and gas sector to include; under-recovery, crude theft, insecurity, high cost of production, very low LPG penetration, refineries shutdown, long contracting cycle, among others.

Sylva stressed that the oil and gas sector remains critical to the Nigerian economy, even as we strive to diversify. He identified CNG and LPG penetration as priority.
Said the Minister: “The switch to CNG will help reduce the burden of petrol subsidy on the finances of the country, and government should encourage Nigerians to use CNG as fuel for transportation.”

CNG began as a pilot project in the country in 2006, but target for conversion workshops was not met till 2015. About 4,000 vehicles run on CNG in Benin, Edo State, and it’s about 50% cheaper than petrol.
Vehicles running on CNG, statistics show, save about N1,143 daily, compared with petrol. This amounts to over N30, 000 monthly. The cost of converting the car can thus be recovered within six months.

Gas is cleaner energy, cheaper than petrol, and more friendly to the environment. Global warming will, therefore, be slowed down.

More than 175,000 vehicles run on CNG in America today, and 23 million worldwide. Nigeria will join the number, and boost productivity.

The Buhari signature projects will remain landmarks in Nigeria. Help me count them: Roads, rail, bridges, airports, agriculture, AKK… and many more.

Surely, we will always remember this President for good.

By: Adesina is Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity


Since coming to power in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to, among other things, rehabilitate the railway subsector. The advantages of such a move are staggering. It would ease transportation, reduce destruction of roads, reduce accidents, reduce cost of production, create more jobs, enhance informal businesses along the rail’s numerous stations, and many more.

When the project was finally started, many of us cried foul due to the nomenclature used: Lagos-Kano project. That means the work was to commence from Lagos end. In many cases when government starts such project and leaves without completing it, the project is abandoned. For that reason we called on our leaders including Senators and Members of the National Assembly to intervene and ensure that the project is started on both sides. After all the length of rail is over 1000km. We didn’t succeed and the project commenced from one end: Lagos.

The initial plan was for the Lagos-Kano project to be completed in 2019. So far, in June 2020, only 156km (Lagos to Ibadan) has been completed. And just last week we read in the papers that the FGN has approved #123b for the Ibadan-Kano railway project.

It took them 5 years to complete 156km. The Ibadan- Kano rail would consist of 4 sections:
Ibadan-Ilorin 200km
Ilorin-Minna 270km
Minna-Kaduna-Kano 300km
Total 870km.

If they maintain the same speed (32km per year), it would take them 30years to reach Kano.

For this reason, our leaders need to raise up to their responsibilities. This project should be renamed Kano-Ibadan railway. If we are lucky by 2023 we may reach Zaria and if we get to Kaduna at least we would succeed in reducing the risk associated with Kano-Abuja road.

By: Mustapha Muhammad Maihadis, from Kano, Kano State, Nigeria.

PRP: Prof. Attahiru JEGA Calls For Action – Daily Watch Press

Prof. Attahiru M. Jega, Former Chairman INEC, VC Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.

The former Chairman, Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) and former Vice Chancellor (VC) Bayero University Kano, and as well as a major stakeholder in the ranks of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Prof. Attahiru M. Jega, calls for action within the rank of the party, where he said:

“I have joined the PRP as an ordinary member, trying to contribute in any way possible to make it a credible alternative party for governance throughout the Nigerian federation.”

The Professor Jega further said:

“The party is being reorganized and strengthened, in terms of structures and ideological clarity, to meet the challenges of the contemporary era.

Efforts have also commenced for membership recruitment to ensure effective national presence. As many people as possible, who have integrity, patriotism and competence and who are currently sitting on the fence, or doing “siddon look”, or burying their heads in the relatively cozy environment of the Ivory Towers, need to come on board to galvanize this effort towards success.”

“We must remove bandits and kleptocrats from the sphere of governance at federal and state levels to reposition Nigeria for desirable democratic development.” Jega concluded.


Job: Sale of Application Forms For 8th Regular Cadet Course – DAILY WATCH PRESS

The Nigeria Police Academy Wudil, Kano State Application for Admission Into The 8th Regular Cadet Course.

  1. This is to inform the general public that the sale of online application forms for admission into the 8th Regular Course of degree programmes of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, will commence on Monday 13th April, 2020 and ends on Sunday 5th July, 2020. Admission into the Academy is opened to both male and female Nigerians of good character.


  1. Interested Applicants are advised to go to the Nigeria Police Academy’s Website: http://www.polac.edu.ng in order to obtain or generate Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) Code. The RRR code obtained should be Note Down and it can be used to make payment of N3,500.00 through any commercial Bank Branch in Nigeria or through Remita platform. Applicants must, in addition, apply through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board [JAMB] as well as sit for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Candidates must select the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil as first choice in the JAMB form. However, only candidates who obtained the minimum UTME scores of 180 which is the Academy’s Cut-off mark in JAMB and purchased the Academy online Application Form will be eligible to sit for the Nigeria Police Academy Selection Examination.


  1. Applications are to be submitted online. On submission of the applications, candidates are required to download Acknowledgement slip. Only candidates who meets the cut-off mark will be enabled to download and print their examination cards.

Source: http://www.polac.edu.ng

Breaking: Gov. Ganduje Launched 200 Houses, Schools, Hospital, Ruga Settlement in Kano

Breaking: Gov. Ganduje Launched 200 House’s, Schools, Hospital , Ruga Settlement In Kano – Daily Watch Press

The newly launched Ruga Settlement is located at Yanshoshi forest, Kiru Local Government Area of Kano State.

The settlement has a total of 200 units of houses, schools, hospital, police station, earth dam for cattle rearing among others.

During the commissioning of the RUGA settlement, Ganduje said that:

“This is the first batch of the housing units of 25 out of 200 units earmarked for construction.”

He also, called on the federal government to put a halt to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries in Nigeria.

Gov Ganduje said the call is necessitated by:

“Successfully and effectively prevent the coming of herdsmen from other African countries, because they come to this country with guns and other weapons which flame the clash between herders and farmers. As they come with such weapons, they take crimes and criminalities to the country. That movement is what brings to us all sorts of clashes between herders and other communities, apart from the farmers.”

The governor equally said that the Yanshoshi Ruga Settlement would serve as the nucleus of the RUGA settlement project in Kano State. And further said:

“We engage in this project for three fundamental reasons, first and foremost is to avoid clashes between farmers and herders, secondly to avoid movement of herders which is the source of conflict and to avoid cattle rustling.

It is absolutely necessary to improve and modernize the breeding system for Fulani cattle. As it clear that a gallon of milk is more expensive than one gallon of petrol, it is, therefore, necessary for us to utilize this great opportunity.”

He noted that “the second RUGA project will be in Falgore forest where we have recently inaugurated military training ground.”

The Governor invited Fulanis across the country to come to Kano RUGA settlement, assuring that:

“Other units of the housing will continue as we are receiving more Fulanis from other places.”