NUJ Kano Council Issues Communique At The End Of Congress

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF CONGRESS OF THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS, KANO COUNCIL HELD AT THE PRESS CENTER, ON SATURDAY 14TH JULY, 2018.

The congress in session resolved as follows:-

1. The congress called on the state government to establish an agency to fight against drugs abuse as it replicated federal government anti corruption commissions with Kano state public complain and anti corruption commission.

2. The congress cautions media operators against publishing fake news and images especially those that emanated from social media platforms.

3. The congress cautions political programme producers/presenters to be extra careful in their programmes to avoid overheating the polity unnecessarily.

4. The congress called on broadcast organizations to abstain from airing illicit contents in news and magazine programmes.

5. As 2019 general elections is around the corner, the congress advised working journalists to be more professional in discharging their responsibilities and called on politicians to play politics without bitterness.

6. The union commended the state government for embarking on various developmental projects across the state and appealed for speedy completion for its benefit to the society.

7. The congress congratulated the council secretary Comrade Abba Murtala for being nominated as member of NUJ Credentials Committee for the forthcoming National Delegates Conference and reminded members to pay attention to the ongoing NUJ online registration.

8. The meeting sympathized with victims of fire inferno at Kofar Wambai market and condoled the families of late Khalifa Isyaka Rabiu, Sarkin Fadar Kano, Alh. Sule Gaya and Former Director Administration and General Services of Radio Kano, Alh. Inusa Kachako over their demise.

Signed:

Chairman Secretary

Comrade Abbas Ibrahim Comrade Abba Murtala

I Am Yet To Dump APC -Sen Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani, has said he is yet to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) to any other party.

He made this known on Friday in a press statement made available to reporters as well as his Facebook and Twitter pages.

“I’m yet to defect or decamp or migrate from the APC to any other party.

However, discussions and consultations are ongoing as regards to our future in the party.

“Decision will be taken in a matter of week or two whether to remain in the party of migrate. And when the time comes, I’ll make a formal announcement on the floor of the Senate and my Facebook and Twitter handle.

Thank you,” the statement read.

While on his social media pages, he wrote, “Clarification; I’m yet to leave the Broom city FC for the Umbrella united or any other club on the Premier league. Discussion and consultations are ongoing.

“If such will happen, it will be backed by a signed formal letter to the club management ;And a formal announcement on the side of the pitch by myself. Thank you.”

Senator Shehu Sani has, several times, hinted of his imminent departure from the APC; capturing his irreconcilable differences with the party.

Earlier this month, he had used biblical terms to announce his possible departure from the party.

“We the persecuted are on Exodus, riding on horses , chariots and caravans, departing Pharaoh Thutmose’s Egypt; we are now at the coast of the Red Sea, about to leave the land of cruelty and injustice,” he had said posted on his Facebook page.

The lawmaker’s “clarification” comes barely 24 hours after a faction of the APC known as APC Akida and members of APC Restoration group in Kaduna state, dumped the ruling party.

According to the two groups, they decided to dump APC because the party had failed to meet the expectations of millions of Nigerians who voted for the party.

Although Shehu Sani, who is a member of the Akida faction, was absent at the briefing, the groups, however, did not mention the new party they will be joining but said serious consultation was ongoing with political parties that share their values.

Shehu Sani, elected to the Senate for the first time in 2015, did not participate at the party’s congresses held a few weeks ago. He was rumoured to be on his way to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) last month, although he later debunked the claim.

Together with Suleiman Hunkuyi, another APC senator from Kaduna State, Shehu Sani threatened to dump the APC in May. Despite regular hints that Shehu Sani was plotting to leave the APC, it remained unclear which political party he is bound for.

Even though he is considered one of the top allies of Senate President Bukola Saraki, his name has not been mentioned amongst those behind the renegade ‘Reformed APC’ clique that recently emerged.

The bloc is reported to be in talks with the Peoples Democratic Party to devise a formidable alliance against Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Disturbing Figures As Things Fall Apart in Zamfara

About 3,000 persons were killed in Zamfara State by bandits in the last two years, with over N1.2 billion paid as ransom to secure the release of residents abducted during the period.
This was disclosed by a former Senator Sa’idu Dansadau during a press conference in Abuja yesterday.He said the killings took place between June 2016 and June 2018.
He said 682 villages and towns were sacked by the bandits causing residents to flee to neighbouring states of Katsina and Kebbi. The former lawmaker said 2,706 farms were also destroyed, just as 13,838 cattle, and 11,088 sheep and goats were looted.
Reeling out the statistics of the banditry, Dansadau said of the 682 villages and towns destroyed and deserted, residents were only able to return to 374 of them because of the intensity of the crimes. He said the bandits during the period under review stole motorcycles totalling 2,244.

– Daily Trust

Arewa Youth Give Buhari 12 Weeks To End Insecurity Or Face Mass Protests

A northern group under the auspices of Arewa Youth Coalition for Peace, (AYCP) has issued 12 weeks ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to end all killings or he will face mass protest from the youths.
The Chairman of the Coalition, Mukhtar Muhammed, in a news conference in Kaduna on Thursday, said the killings have severe economic implication on the livelihoods of the Nigerians, particularly northerners who are predominantly farmers.
“For us as an NGO, one of our cardinal responsibilities is to promote peaceful coexistence in the region.
Mukhtar said security of lives and property is the primary responsibility of every government, saying, any government that cannot fulfill this fundamental constitutional obligation has no moral claim to political power not to talk of seeking to remain therein.
“Fellow Nigerians, this press conference has become absolutely incumbent upon us as patriots of our great country in view of the wanton killings in Nigeria, particularly the northern region.
“Suffice, it to say that parts of Zamfara, Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Nassarawa and recently Plateau have now become a large killing field, making lived in these places to be, nasty, brutish and short.
“We are particularly disappointed and gravely concerned that one of the components of the tripod upon which the President rode to power in the 2015 general elections, which is the security of lives and properties, have become so grossly and ineptly managed to the extent that killer herdsmen, bandits and blood thirsty invaders could go on a killing spree in northern Nigeria, killing helpless Nigerians in the aforementioned states with sophisticated weapons in broad day light for more than 6 hours without response from any of the security agencies in the country.
“We know that there are remote causes to these killings in the region, but we also know that the primary role of government at all levels is the security of lives and properties of all its citizenry as enshrined in section 14 (2b) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
“A government that cannot fulfil this fundamental constitutional obligation has no moral claim to political power not to talk of seeking to remain therein”, he said.

According to the group, “If our country’s security architecture is federalized, then the President and commander-in-chief of the armed forces must be held responsible for the death of any citizen from the activities of purveyors of terror, evil and nihilism.
“On July 3rd, 2018, seven policemen and one civilian were killed at a checkpoint in Galadimawa Roundabout, off airport road, in the federal capital territory Abuja by men of the underworld as they now have been known.
“We not only find these’ killings discomfiting, but we are also upbeat by the fact that the Nigerian police under this IGP that has very little regard for the President or the National Assembly, have not told Nigerians in clear terms who these killers are but have found it convenient to dispatch 30,000 police personnel for the Ekiti State for the elections billed for Saturday 14 July 2018.
“We reckon that in fulfilment of his obligation of the security of lives and properties across the federation, the president needs the support and full corporation of all the state governors, especially of those with whom he shares the same political party.
“Our stand: We demand that all the service chiefs including the IGP be relieved of their duties with immediate effect and replaced with competent hands that the president would actively support to do their job toward ensuring that the sacredness and sanctity of human life are restored in our country.
“That the police must not only be adequately equipped and trained on covert counter-terrorism techniques but that the recent protest by some police officers in Borno state due to six months of unpaid salary arrears constitutes a national embarrassment and must be resolved within the next one week.

2019: El-rufai Begs Journalists In Kaduna

The Kaduna State government has finally moved to build a good relationship with journalists practicing in the state after three years of cat and mouse relationship.

Counselor to the Kaduna Governor on Information, Alhaji Saidu Adamu, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday, said, “Governor El-Rufai is learning, he is bound to make mistakes and through that we make amendment.

“It is normal to have issues among ourselves especially in a state and when amendment is made, that is the only way the state will grow.

“It is very important that we collaborate with you journalists and that is why l have come to interact with you and also appeal to you that l want you to be part of us. What has happened has happened.

“I want to have a new course with you, to chart a new role, to work in collaboration with you. I want you to assist us because we need you more than you need us. We should chart a new way of how you will promote the activities of the state government. We will continue going round with you to see what the governor is doing.

“We know we have a lot of challenges in the state, we will not allow it until something happen before going to the press, we should try to work together.

“Malam Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai is a human being like any other person, so he can make mistakes. I am here to appeal to you to ask you to be a little bit patience with the government and to work with you to project the activities of this government.

“I see you as important hands needed to move the state forward. Malam Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai has his left and right and so we should join hands together to move the state forward.”

Prince Eze Madumere’s Planned Impeachment, a Potent Danger to our Democracy – Ihedioha

PRESS RELEASE

The attention of the former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, has been drawn to the purported process of impeachment, initiated against the Deputy Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere MFR by the Imo State House of Assembly, visibly on the directive of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

The Deputy Governor’s obvious offence is his legitimate aspiration to run for the highest political office in the state, contrary to Governor Rochas Okorocha’s preference of his inlaw, Mr. Uche Nwosu .This unfortunate development is particularly alarming and indeed worrisome to all advocates and defenders of democracy and rule of law in Imo and the nation at large.

It is therefore incontrovertible that this move, being undertaken by Governor Okorocha and Imo House of Assembly is a colossal assault on all known democratic tenets, including freedom of choice, freedom of association and the right of an individual to aspire to any political position in the land. The present, unfathomable and inherent danger lies in the manner Governor Okorocha is wheedling the state lawmakers to plunder the mandate of the people on flimsy, narrow-minded and self-centered basis, contrary to the prescriptions of the relevant sections of the Constitution

The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, guarantees every citizen, the right to aspire to any position or office, as long as the aspirant meets the relevant requirements. Section 143 of the constitution provides that the Governor or his Deputy can only be removed from office by the House of Assembly if any of them is proven to have engaged in “gross misconduct.” The compelling question is whether aspiration to political office amounts to gross misconduct? It is unfortunate that Prince Eze Madumere is a victim of his own political ambition in a constitutional democracy.

It is most regrettable that Imo State is about to have a third Deputy Governor in the life Governor Okorocha’s administration as he has once again, demonstrated his clear intolerance to alternative political stance and viewpoint. And s it is typical of his administration, he has once more dishonorably pushed Imo in the news for the wrong reasons, thus, provoking salient questions, bordering on the institutionalized misrule and impunity that have enveloped the state in the past seven years of his administration.

Regrettably, this episode is coming at a time, one would have thought that Governor Rochas Okorocha would, at the twilight of his failed administration, be pre-occupied more on how to salvage the near ruinous state he is set to leave behind without any legacy to show than to be engaging in duel against perceived political enemies.

Governor Rochas Okorocha’s penchant for intimidation and betrayal is evidently legendary. This was evidenced in the manner, he supervised the impeachment of his former Deputy, Chief Jude Agbaso, whose family provided the platform with which he attained the position of Chief Executive of the state in 2011. It is also the same inclination that accounts for his desperation to remove Prince Madumere who has been known to be his greatest loyalist for over two decades. If he succeeds in impeaching Prince Madumere, that would inappropriately amount to denting the political records of two illustrious sons of Imo within his two-term in office

Governor Okorocha, therefore must stop this open display of gross abuse of power and treatment of Imolites as conquered people who must be humiliated and subjugated. This is manifest in the planned impeachment of Prince Madumere, which in all intents and purposes is irresponsible, undemocratic, illegitimate, irrational, egocentric and therefore should be reconsidered forthwith in the best interest of the state and sustenance of democracy.

May I reiterate my avowed solidarity to fellow democrats, comrades and the good people of Imo State in general in our quest towards rebuilding our state and reassure of my loyalty and commitment to the collective cause and yearning of our people for good governance.

My modest advice to Governor Okorocha is for him to pay more attention to the issues of governance, to save the state from imminent total collapse. And also for him to ensure that the welfare, infrastructural development and security of the people, which constitute the primary purpose of governance, are delivered efficiently, although time is fast ticking against his administration.

Chibuike Onyeukwu.

Media Aide to Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON.

12th July 2018.

State Anti-graft Commission Chairman Apologizes To Kano Judiciary

By Abdulmumin Murtala

Following a recent tussle between the chairman of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado and the State High Court at Gezawa, in which derogatory statements in violation of court summons were attributed to him, the anti-graft Commission chairman has issued an apology for is actions.

“I wish to without prejudice to the power and function of this Commission to apologize to the judiciary and any person that may have been offended by my statements. Though not excusable, all that may have been credited to me was not out of disrespect to the judiciary but due to the honest and ardent need to ensure that justice is meted out” he said.

He stated this in a press statement he signed recently in which he reiterated the need for synergy between the anti-graft body and the judiciary in fighting corruption in the state.

He said “It is our believe that the judiciary does not need anti-corruption Commission for its survival but the Commission needs the judiciary to operate and above all the society needs both for development.”

Magaji also called on the judicial arm of government to preserve and support the Commission to serve the purpose of its mandate in the interest of the state saying “fighting corruption is not a one man business”. He also reiterated the stance of the Commission to remain resolute and undaunted in its fight against corruption.

The tussle started when a former state Accountant General Hajiya Farida Tahir filed suit against Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado and 3 others before Justice Muhammad Yahaya of the Gezawa High Court. Magaji was invited to Court although the Petitioner Hajiya Farida and Grassroots Microfinance were under investigation by the anti-graft Commission for what they termed illegal deposit of N100 million by former Accountant General of Kano State in the bank.

In statements credited to the anti-graft Commission chairman, he was said to have told newsmen that he could also get the judge arrested and brought before the Commission. The court warned that it would issue an order for his arrest if he acted in contempt.

This heightened the tempo and concerned groups including the Coalition of Kano Civil Society organizations against corruption appealed to Magaji to appear before the Gezawa High Court on the 18th of July as ordered by the Court.

The Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission is the only state owned anti-graft agency in any state in the country.