Kuje residents of FCT fear exclusion in coming election

Saminu Sani

Some Residents of Kuje Area council have expressed the fear of being disenfranchise in this year’s general election.
They made their position known while interacting with journalist at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission , INEC, in Kuje Area council of the Federal Capital Territory.
According to them, haven registered during the continuous voters registration centre since 2017, their continued visit to the commission’s office for the collection of their permanent voter card have not yielded positive result.
Those who succeeded in collecting their PVCs in the ongoing distribution exercise complained of slow pace of the process, a situation they say could discourage some prospective voters who may not have the patience of waiting in the long queue

Buhari reinstates commitment over national minimum wage

By Saminu Sani

President Muhammadu Buhari says that contrary to fears in some quarters, his administration is committed to a review of the National minimum wage.

The President who said this before inaugurating the technical advisory committee on the implementation of an increase in the national minimum wage on Wednesday at the Aso Rock Villa, noted that the last time workers salary was reviewed was in 2011.

To this end, the federal government has made adequate provision in the 2018 budget appropriation to the national assembly for a new minimum wage.

While noting that the trapatite committee set up in November 2017 to consider a national minimum wage and make recommendation to government was done in good faith, noted that there will be a salary review for those who are already earning above the new minimum wage.

The 24-man committee has Bismarck Rewane as chairman while Ben Akabueze will serve as secretary.

Nigerians Usher In New Year With Prayers And Fireworks

By Saminu Sani
Nigerians have joined the rest of the world in ushering in the year 2019.
In Nigeria, many Christians took to their various churches where night vigils held to herald the new year.
While some Nigerians took to the churches, there were others at city centres and parks where official countdown concerts took place.
The One Lagos Fiesta was one of the events put together to usher in the new year, with various artists and performers thrilling revelers who thronged to the venue of the fiesta put together by the Lagos state government.
And when the clock struck 12am signaling the berth of a new day, Nigerians across the country especially in Lagos, took to the streets in jubilation. At certain centres around Nigeria’s economic hub, major firework displays lit up the skies as each-one bad the other “Happy New Year”.

Keyamo criticizes PDP over comments on Amina Zakari’s appointment

By Saminu Sani

The Director of Media of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, FESTUS KEYAMO, has criticised the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for asking AMINA ZAKARI to recuse herself from her appointment as the chairperson of the Collation Centre Committee for the general elections.

Reacting to the controversy trailing the appointment of the national commissioner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, KEYAMO condemned the allegations of partiality by the opposition party.

He insisted that the ruling party was in support of credible elections and the Federal Government would ensure a free and fair process as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The APC presidential campaign spokesman said the PDP had no right to dictate to the nation how to run elections and democracy.

There Is Hope For Nigeria, Jonathan Says In New Year Message

By Saminu Sani
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says there is hope and future for Nigeria, a statement by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, was quoted as saying.
Jonathan stated this on Tuesday in his New Year address to Nigerians ahead next month’s general elections.
“All I just want to say is that there is hope and a future for Nigeria. We do not just have a New Year, we have a New Opportunity,” he said.
According to the former President, 2019 offers the citizens a new opportunity to aspire for the realization of the dream of a prosperous nation.
He also called on the citizens to “be better citizens who join hands with our fellow Nigerians, irrespective of region and religion, to bring Nigeria ever closer to the dreams of our Founding Fathers.”
While admitting that the nation is faced with numerous challenges, he is however optimistic that Nigeria would surmount them by God’s grace and our collective fidelity to the “Nigerian Dream.”
He wished Nigerians a Happy New Year on behalf of his family.

Burutai allegedly rains N500,000 each to 40 journalist in Maiduguri


Last week Army spokesman, Lt. Col SK Usman, at the behest of Army chief Buratai, invited 40 journalists, few bloggers mostly those covering the NE and editors, to Maiduguri. All expenses paid. It was a meeting that had two phases. He met with Heads of NGOs and officials of UN agencies in the NE. The theme for the media? To implore the media to take it easy and not pursue “negative”. Stories about how the military high command are stashing funds meant for soldiers, allowing them to die like hens when in combat with Boko. The dinner was open, questions were taken, there was photo shoot, then d media went into a private room. I must point out that two or three editors who were “not trusted” were left out of the Naira rain.
One of those they accuse was Babajide Otitoju of TVC. Usman personally accused him of ” demoralizing” troops. (check his wall) Babajide was there at the diner. Sources, including few who attended, told me each got N500,000. Buratai said it was not bribe but for the holidays. Not sure if the NGO’s got anything. I know every editor present but won’t list them here, listed Babajide because he hinted on his wall.
Are you aware the military has spent more on media, propaganda, damage control than they use to just feed the soldiers, we not talking weapons.


Islamic Movement condemns Kano CP of reckless impunity

By Abdulmumin Giwa

Recently in Kano members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have received an invitation from the state’ Police Commissioner to which they promptly responded.

They explained that the Movement’s contingent that went to see the CP were warned never to stage any peaceful protests again or face his wrath.

Responding to what looks more like a reckless threat, the Islamic Movement has issued a statement signed by the president of the Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa in response saying…

Kano CP Threatens To Kill Free Zakzaky Protesters

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has revealed that the Kano state Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf has confided to some members of the Movement that he will not hesitate to use force on them whenever they come out on their peaceful Free Zakzaky protest in his area of jurisdiction.

This was made known to newsmen in a press statement released by Ibrahim Musa, the President Media Forum of the Islamic Movement, on Thursday 27/12/18.

The Movement believed that the Kano CP meant to kill the protesters, when he said he will use force on them, since that is what happened when he used his force on members of the Islamic Movement in 2016 and 2017 during the yearly Arbaeen trek in commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain, the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

Below is the press statement in full:

On Wednesday 19th December, 2018, the Kano State Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf invited some members of the Islamic Movement to his office and bluntly threatened to use maximal force against them should they dare to henceforth defy his orders never again to conduct a Free Zakzaky protest in the state.

The Islamic Movement has decided to go public on the issue of this threat of the use of force, despite the fact that it will not in anyway break our resolve and we are not in anyway shaken by this latest threat.

The same CP had on Monday 14/11/2016 sent a detachment of policemen to open fire on thousands of members of the Islamic Movement who were peacefully marching during the Arbaeen religious festival, killing at least 40 people. Till this day, only 18 corpses handed over to us were duly buried according to Islamic rites, the rest were buried secretly by the police. Again on Sunday, 05 November, 2017, the same CP sent a police unit to use live bullets during yet another Arbaeen trek killing at least 3 persons, including an infant.

It is surprising that the CP would toe this line only some moments after the President warned the police against unprofessional conducts such as illegal detentions, extrajudicial killings, torture and violation of fundamental human rights at the convocation and passing out parade of the First Regular Cadet Course at the Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State. This recent outburst of the CP clearly goes contrary to the President’s rhetoric that ”We must abide by the constitutional code of conduct in policing our people. It is appropriate to warn you as Police Officers not to see yourselves as being above the Law.”

Free Zakzaky protest is our unassailable right as enshrined in the constitution. The provisions of Sections 38 and 39 of 1999 constitution guarantees our right to congregate peacefully, which is what we have been doing since the illegal detention of our leader Sheikh Zakzaky on 14th December, 2015.

Besides, there is a recent ruling of a Kano state High Court that affirmed the right of Shiites to organise their processions in so far as they are peaceful and do not infringe on the rights of other people. The recent video evidence by the New York Times however has conclusively proved that our processions are usually peaceful, don’t block the free flow of traffic but are attacked by security forces without provocation.

To this end, we call on the public and in particular the international community to prevail upon the Commissioner of police to thread cautiously in his inordinate hatred against peaceful unarmed protesters. He must be called to order not to carry out his senseless threat to kill innocent unarmed citizens who are exercising their right to peaceful protest as guaranteed by the constitution.

If the CP and his superiors are uncomfortable with incessant free Zakzaky protests, are advised to do the needful to obey a 2016 court judgement freeing our leader, Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife from their illegal incarceration. Only this will bring an end to the protest and not threats or intimidations. Threats will only strengthen our resolve to fight for our Rights and protect them.



Members of the Coalition of Kano State Markets Associations have promised total support and loyalty to the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election with a solemn declaration that they will do everything possible to ensure his success in the polls.
The Association which made the pledge during an interactive session on Sunday with the Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund), Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, vowed to mobilize electorates with a view to ensuring that Buhari returns to power with an overwhelming victory.
Chairman of the Coalition, Alhaji Uba Zubairu Yakasai, in his welcome remarks said that the Coalition is the umbrella body of all the market associations in the nooks and crannies of the state.
Alhaji Uba Yakasai, commended the laudable initiatives of the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, in the area of security and new policies for the creation of conducive environment for business development and expansion.

Many of the representatives of the Market Associations who spoke reaffirmed their commitment to support the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming elections. They equally, appealed to the government to support the traders who suffered a loss as a result of the fire and flood incidences in the various markets.
In his remarks, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, who is also the Director General of the One 2 Tell Ten, Buhari Support Group Movement (BSG), said the essence of the dialogue was to identify the needs of the traders with a view to forwarding it to the Federal Government for consideration. He assured the traders that the Federal Government is making elaborate arrangement to assist the victims of the inferno and other disasters.
The Director General told the traders that Buhari had a good intention for the country and its citizens and a vote for him would be a vote for the progress of the Nation. He said Kano state is the home state of Buhari, being the state giving the highest votes in all his political sojourns.
He disclosed that already a philanthropist had requested for the list of fifty petty traders from across the state whose businesses collapsed for support and life line so that they can return to their businesses.
Dr. Bichi also urged members of the Coalition to take advantage of the federal government’s business and investment opportunities initiated towards improving their business and commercial activities. He assured that President Muhammadu Buhari is very much committed to the Nigerian project, promising a lot of goodies to consolidate the gains of democracy in the country.

Kwara Politics: APC Leadership Insists Ishola Balogun Fulani-Led Exco Remains Expelled

By Saminu Sani
The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says its decision to expel the Ishola Balogun Fulani-led executive in Kwara State has not changed.
The party said this in a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu.
It noted, “We wish to restate the National Working Committee (NWC) decision to expel the erstwhile Ishola Balogun Fulani-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Executive in Kwara State.”
“This is in view of widespread misinterpretations given to a judgement of an Ilorin High Court on Wednesday.”
The ruling party explained that the decision to expel Ishola Balogun Fulani and others was within the powers of its NWC which investigated and deliberated on their alleged anti-party activities.
It explained further that direct primaries were used to elect party candidates in Kwara for the 2019 general elections, stressing that state executives had no role to play in the primaries.
“Only candidates that emerged from the direct primary exercise conducted by the NWC inaugurated committee was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“These candidates remain the authentic flagbearers of APC,” the party added.
It, therefore, urged the people of the state and members of the party to remain unrelenting in their collective efforts ahead of the forthcoming polls.
Meanwhile, the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has inaugurated a caretaker executive committee for the party in Imo State.
The caretaker committee which is chaired by Prince M.O. Nlemigbo has Ugochukwu Nzekwe as its vice chairman and Dr Love Ineh as its secretary.
Other members include Enyinna Onuegbu, Canice Moore, Josephine Nnoha, Paul Opara, Linus Ineoha, and Nicholas Osuagwu.
The APC National Chairman asked the caretaker committee to be reconciliatory in their actions and hit the ground running in view of the elections.
He revealed that the party’s leadership would flag off the campaign of the governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma, on Friday.
In his response, Nlemigbo promised to carry along all party stakeholders in the state to ensure party unity and victory in the state during the elections.

Supreme Court Rules on IPMAN Leadership

By Umar Hunkuyi

The Supreme Court has finally brought to an end the leadership crises bedeviling the Independent National Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN on Friday 14 December 2018 when it finally affirmed the leadership of Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo as the chairman. The court also ruled that he be paid N2m damages by Obasi Lawson for the displacement he caused him throughout the court sessions he had attended on the matter since he challenged his election.

Addressing newsmen on the matter, Okoronkwo described the former leader of the association as flouting the orders of the court by refusing to accept him as the chairman of IPMAN.

He further explained that he was elected chairman of the association on 10th of May 2014 but was sued to court by Obasi who wanted the court to declare him as leader of the association without any justifiable reason and the court finally decided against him.

Earlier, the Federal Appeal Court confirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja in a judgment with suit number FCT/HC/1479/2016 delivered on 28th of May 2014 declaring Okoronko as the elected leader of the association.

Lawson was the first to rush to court after being elected seeking the court to enforce his chairmanship on a three years term and the court at that time judged in his favor. The constitution was amended subsequently during the reign of Aminu Abdulqadir and the term in office was changed to five years. Lawson then came up insisting that he wants the court to allow him complete another period of two years to make his term in office five as well. He then sued the leadership to court but the judgment came against him confirming Okoronkwo who contested against him as chairman for which he appealed further at the Federal Appeal Court in Port Harcourt. He also lost the case at that level for which he went to the apex court.

A past leader of the association Sharif Abubakar Usmaniyya gave more light on the leadership style of the association saying it operates on a North, South and West regional basis, with each region producing a leader after the other. “The Northern region is split into two, North West and North East due to its size when compared to the other regions making four regions. These are the regions from which leaders of the association are elected” he said.

Chinedu Okoronkwo is the chairman of IPMAN but is being opposed by Obasi Lawson who is also from the same region and from the same town with him called Arochukwu. In the meantime, Okoronkwo’s term in office will finish by March 2019 from which the leadership will return to the north region.

Okoronkwo has expressed satisfaction with the verdict of the Supreme Court on Friday. He explained that the truth is clear and the case is simple without complications. He called on members of the association to put their heads together and set aside all differences in order for the association to foster forward. “We are all brothers because we belong to the same trade and we must unite to help one another” he said.