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OF MAY 29, SHETTIMA AND THE DOOMSDAY FORECASTERS

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OF MAY 29, SHETTIMA AND THE DOOMSDAY FORECASTERS

By: Inuwa Bwala

The later day soothsayers who predicted that 29th May. 2023 was going to pass as a date, but without the inauguration of Senators Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima , as President and Vice Present, must be running away from their clients by now, for deceiving them.

Not only have they been proven wrong with the inauguration having taken place with a huge success, but that the duo seem to have surmounted all obstacles placed on their paths to the villa.

Those of us who witnessed the crescendo of the June 12, 1993 crises could see to the fact that, it this one is also a passing phase and Nigeria and Nigerians will survive it.

Almost all the permutations, even by so-called pundits who seem to lack sense of history do not have any concord with the realities on ground.

Some of the analysis and the attendant vile propaganda were skewed and reflect a deep seated mischief, and shallow understanding of trends in global democratic practice.

Very often when attempts by those who know Kashim Shettima very well for example:to counter the vile narratives and propaganda draw invectives.

Amongst the several narratives propagated against Kashim Shettima, which is now a subject of banters: was to try linking the Vice President with Boko Haram insurgency, as the sponsor, rather than as a victim.

Some: without an iota of knowledge or idea about the issue, advance arguments that tend to stand the truth on its head.

At every turn, since Kashim Shettima was nominated as the running mate to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, several attempts have been made to malign him, injure his reputation, embarrass him or to subject him to public ridicule, but at every turn he devised ways of responding: not using the same means, but employing reason, logics and superior approach, leaving his trauducers flat.

Very often when you call his attention to the obscenities people said about him and Boko Haram, Kashim Shettima will smile and joke with it, knowing that it was the usual politics, associated with the politics of most rising political stars.

I believe those who always use attacking Shettima as some form of trade, must have realized the futility of their vocation and virtually out of business: now that Shettima has survived all their antics.

But before I close. I have a good news for those who may want to repent and embrace the reality of our time. Kashim Shettima’s biggest weakness is that, he easily forgives and does not hold one’s past against one.

Some of us who had cause to offend him before and seamlessly got reabsorbed with him can attest to the fact that, those who feel they have maligned him could as well become his friends, once there is genuine repentance.

One fact we all have to live with, either as friends of Kashim Shettima or his assumed goes: is the fact that we owe our country a duty to come together and work for it’s good.

Very often, this has been the message of the Vice President and it is left for those who understand him to sheath their swords,; now that he has succeeded against all the odds and has opened a window for forgiveness and love.

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

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

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.

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

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Togo Elections: ECOWAS Deploys Election Observation Mission

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Togo Elections: ECOWAS Deploys Election Observation Mission

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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