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Enyi Ndigbo: Why VP Shettima deserves the title

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Enyi Ndigbo: Why VP Shettima deserves the title

By: James Bwala

Kashim Shettima has an adopted son, Paul, from the Igbo extraction. His Chief Security Officer, Mr. Efeanyi, and spokesman, Mr. Nwokocha, are all from the Igbo extraction. Beyond the tales trailing the conferment of his traditional titles in Anambra State, the home of the LP presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, Kashim Shettima has put the history of his commitment and relationship with the Igbo people beyond cheap imagination and interpretation of how and why the title of Enyi Ndigbo got to him.

So while some find the traditional title bestowed on Vice President Kashim Shettima worthy, especially those who remember history, it is natural for others, especially those on the fringe of people like Simon Okpe, to have some reservations on the traditional title bestowed on the Vice President, Senator (Dr.) Kashim Shettima by Igwe Dr. Robert Chukwudilim Eze (Okofia VI), Igwe Ukpo, and Clan Head of the Dunuokofia Ancient Kingdom in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria.

I have taken time to read many comments on Nigeria’s Nairaland Forum regarding the traditional title given to Shettima and what it means: “”Friends of the Igbo,” as well as other comments that follow from people who deliberately refuse to take a closer look at why Kashim Shettima deserved it.

Contrary to some insinuations, especially by those promoting the sentiments over the decision by the Igbo leaders to choose Kashim Shettima for the title, there is a need for them to understand the relationship the Vice President Kashim Shettima built over the years with prominent leaders of the Igbo people, not only when he came to office as the number two man in the country but going down the history books where it is written about Kashim Shettima and Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, and many others in the banking sector before his ascension to political prowess.

Many Igbos who live in Maiduguri know well and can tell moving stories of how Kashim Shettima, as governor, related to the Igbo community. He brought many of the Igbos closer to the government to understand their needs and also help them leave the state with equal rights as citizens. Kashim Shettima’s move wherever he pitched his tent was to unify the people, and his work since assuming office as Nigeria’s Vice President has been an effort to make Nigerians understand the kind of leadership the Tinubu Administration is trying to bring—that which reflected on the need to build unity amongst the diverse ethnicities in the country.

It was in that spirit that the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, on Friday, hours after being in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, moved to Anambra State in southeast Nigeria, where he spoke to the people who had been said to have been marginalized politically in the country to understand the political cloud under the Tinubu administration and build confidence that the government is geared towards changing the political compass in the direction that every region and people can have a shade over their political pursuit, particularly the people of the southeast extract.

While the Vice President attended the 32nd Ukpo Ofala Celebration of His Royal Highness, Igwe Dr. Robert Chukwudilim Eze (Okofia VI), Igwe Ukpo and Clan Head of Dunuokofia Ancient Kingdom, he received a chieftaincy title at the Ukpo Ofala Celebration. During the ceremony, Igwe Okofia VI bestowed upon Senator Shettima the title of Enyi Ndigbo, which translates to “Friend of the Igbo People.” This did not go down well with some of the people from that region who took to their social media pages to display their ignorance of the whole thing that happened in Anambra State.

Kashim Shettima, who spoke during the ceremony, said Igbo integration into mainstream Nigerian politics has begun. That should ring a bell to many of those calling their leaders names over Shettima’s new title and taking off their posts. Shettima was quoted in a statement signed by Levinus Nwabughiogu, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu, on Sunday. He was quoted while speaking after the conferment of traditional titles on him and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu by His Royal Highness, Igwe Dr. Robert Chukwudilim Eze (Okofia VI), the Igwe Ukpo and Clan Head of Dunuokofia Ancient Kingdom in Ukpo, Dunukofia Local Government of Anambra State.

President Tinubu was honored with the chieftaincy title “Eze Udo of Igbo Land,” meaning “King of Peace in Igbo Land,” while Shettima was decorated with the title “Enyi Ndigbo,” meaning “Friend of Igbo People.”.

Shettima, who also represented President Tinubu, said the administration understood the challenges of Ndi Igbo and would work assiduously to overcome them. He said, “With our leaders like Senator Hope Uzodinma, Senator Dave Umahi, and Hon. Ben Kalu, the process of integrating Ndi Igbo into the mainstream of Nigerian politics has commenced. Senator Ifeanyi Uba has just joined the APC.

“Wherever you go in this country, if you do not see an Igbo man, you better run away from that place. Why won’t I identify with you? Rest assured that the Ndi Igbo are the heartbeat of the Nigerian nation. We will work assiduously to see that Ndi Igbo are well represented.” He said.

Kalu congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, on the conferment of Igbo chieftaincy titles on them, saying that the conferment of the traditional titles would reinforce national cohesion and integration. Some of the people who took to their pages on social media are thinking otherwise owing to Simon Okpe’s theory, which has unsettled the Igbo communities about the realities being presented by the Tinubu and Kashim Shettima administrations.

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But while they roar, we celebrate the brave stance of the Igbo leaders for the step taken towards changing their political story on Nigeria’s landscape and their readiness to work to achieve political balancing for their children and the next generation.

As a member of the All Pioneers and Coordinators of Southern Borno APP to APC, a group of supporters of the Tinubu and Kashim Shettima administrations, we expressed delight and extended our warmest congratulations to VP Kashim Shettima on his conferment of the prestigious chieftaincy title of Enyi Ndigbo. We believe that this momentous honor recognizes Kashim Shettima’s exceptional achievements, his remarkable contributions within and beyond political lines, and his enduring relationship with the esteemed people of the southeast.

For his outstanding accomplishments and positive impact. We believe that the decision to bestow this chieftaincy title on Vice President Kashim Shettima is a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence and his dedication to fostering meaningful connections across various spheres.

As a highly accomplished politician and distinguished personality, the Vice President has continuously inspired generations with his exceptional talent and unparalleled expertise. His sterling pedigree as a performer and his extensive network of influence have earned him a well-deserved reputation as a role model and mentor to many aspiring politicians.

We applaud Kashim Shettima for his unwavering dedication to duty since he became Nigeria’s VP. His relentless pursuit of excellence and his numerous achievements have significantly impacted the lives of countless individuals, both within Nigeria and beyond. Kashim Shettima’s commitment to his community and his selfless efforts to promote democracy have garnered him immense respect and admiration.

We acknowledge the significance of this honorary chieftaincy title, as it represents not only an individual accomplishment but also a recognition of the valuable contributions made by Senator Kashim Shettima to the cultural and political landscape of the southeast region. It is a testament to his remarkable achievements and the high regard in which he is held by Nigerians who know his contribution towards balancing the political landscape in the country.

We believe the VP deserves the title, which shows his promotion of the unity of Nigeria and urges him to continue his noble work and serve as a beacon of inspiration for young politicians across Nigeria. This recognition further serves as an affirmation of his impact and a call to further contribute to the development and promotion of peace in Nigeria.

*James Bwala writes from Abuja

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May 29 : Borno APC Laud Gov Zulum For Landmark Achievements In One Year

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By Francis Okoye

The All Progressives Congress ( APC ) , Borno state Chapter has commended the state Governor, Babagana Zulum for the execution of over 100 people oriented solid capital projects in the first one year of his second tenure in office.

The state’s party Chairman of APC , Hon. Ayuba Bello made the commendation on Tuesday in Maiduguri in an interview with Journalists on the Governor’s performance ahead of the one year anniversary of his second term in office coming up on 29th of May, 2024.

Hon. Bello who is on record the first ruling APC Chairman to be elected from the minority southern part of Borno state since the inception of democracy, added that the popularity of Governor Zulum across the country is based on his hardwork, respect for the poor, commitment and high sense of responsibility towards governance.

He said even if one is from the opposition party, with humility and maturity, such person would agree that Zulum’s administration has performed greatly in the past one year since his projects are seen on ground.

The state party Chairman said,” As far as Iam concerned and the APC Chairman in Borno state is concerned, if you ask me to rate the performance of his Excellency for the past one year, it is exemplary, he has excelled in infrastructural performance.

” When you go round the country, you hardly find a Governor, who had done credibly well in terms of infrastructural development like Zulum’s administration. If somebody can carry out over 100 people oriented solid capital projects life on ground, honestly speaking, he deserve commendation.

” Even if you are not in APC, if you humility and maturity of mind, you would agree with me that this person has done greatly well. When you go round to the 27 local government areas of the state with exception of Guzamala, you will identify 10 to 20 capital projects that were executed by Governor Zulum.

” And they are people oriented projects, minor projects such as drilling of boreholes are not even counted. We are very proud of him, as a party, we are solidly behind him.”

On his election as chairman of the party from the minority southern part of Borno being the first in history, he said the party did it to balance the equation of leadership and giving the other side of the state a sense of belonging.

He said he enjoys followership and loyalty from all party members across the state, adding that structure put in place which is visible across the 27 local government areas of the state is reason the party would continue to dominate power in every election year.

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By: Michael Mike

The President of the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS) Commission, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, has deployed an Election Observation Mission of 40 observers to Togo to monitor the legislative and regional elections scheduled for 29 April 2024

According to a statement at the weekend, the mission is in line with the provisions of Article 12 of the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and constitutes support from the regional organisation to its Member States for the conduct of their elections.

The mission is led by the former Vice-President of The Gambia, Mrs Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang.

According to the statement, the mission is made up of Ambassadors from Member States accredited to ECOWAS; representatives of the ECOWAS Court of Justice and Parliament; Civil Society Organisations; media professionals and election observation specialists from the West African region.

It revealed that: “This observation mission is being deployed following the recommendations of a pre-election fact-finding mission that visited Togo from 15 to 20 April 2024 to assess the preparatory phases of the elections.

“During its stay in Togo, the observation mission will hold consultations with the main stakeholders in the electoral process and monitor the voting process up to 29 April 2024.”

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Re-run election into the national assembly, a Triumph of Democracy – Kwande

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Re-run election into the national assembly, a Triumph of Democracy – Kwande

By: Bodunrin Kayode

A Plateau elder Ambassador Yahaya Kwande has described the just concluded re-run election into the national assembly as a Triumph of Democracy.

In a release titled Congratulations to the Winners of Plateau State Bye Elections of February 3, 2024, he noted that the entire exercise was a victory to the people of the state.

“With great joy and profound gratitude, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the newly elected Senator, (Plateau North Senatorial District), Prince Pam Mwadkwon Dachungyang, and the Member of the House of Representatives, (Jos North/Bassa Constituency), Hon. Daniel Asama, on their resounding victory in the recently concluded bye election held in Plateau State.

“Your triumph is a testament to the true spirit of democracy and the unwavering support of the people.

“I have no doubt that both Prince Pam Mwadkon and Hon. Daniel Asama will live up to the aspirations and expectations of the voters, as they embark on this noble responsibility of representing their constituents. May your tenure be marked by dedication, integrity, and a relentless pursuit of progress for our beloved state and nation.

“As we celebrate this momentous milestone, let us not forget the challenges we faced during the post-2023 elections period. It is my sincere hope that Plateau State will swiftly recover from the divisions and tussles that marred our unity. Let us unite as one, for the strength of our state lies in our togetherness.

“It is essential for the government and the people to undertake immediate measures to reconcile and bridge the gaps that have emerged. We must never forget that every citizen, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity, is entitled to their fundamental rights. The use of religion as a tool of disfranchisement must cease; we must affirm that citizenship rights are not conditional on faith.

“Let us also strive to recapture the lost glory of our state, when Jos was hailed as the political Mecca of Nigeria, attracting momentous political events and embracing politicians from all shades and ideologies. We can revive this legacy by nurturing an environment that exudes peace, openness, and security for all. Together, we can restore Plateau State as a beacon of democratic excellence.

“In conclusion, I express my utmost optimism for the future of Plateau State. I extend my deepest appreciation to all who peacefully participated in the bye election, be it as candidates or enthusiastic supporters. Our journey towards progress and development continues, and I am confident that we will stand united, empowered by the unwavering spirit of our people.” said Kwande.

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