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Senator Abubakar Kyari: What Kashim Shettima, Ahmed Lawan told us about the APC Deputy National Chairman North

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Senator Abubakar Kyari: What Kashim Shettima, Ahmed Lawan told us about the APC Deputy National Chairman North

Senator Abubakar Kyari: What Kashim Shettima, Ahmed Lawan told us about the APC Deputy National Chairman North

By: James Bwala

‘When you need a reliable personality getting someone like Senator Abubakar Kyari can be a herculean task, but when you do you are rest assured of the job being done’. This sums up the personality of the APC Deputy National Chairman, North – Senator Abubakar Kyari in the words of the 9th Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan.

Kyari’s has an intimidating profile rising from childhood. It was a wish only few people have. But his humility and character made him the most endearing. Senator Kashim Shettima, who summarizes the rise and life of the former Borno north Senator concluded by saying, he would rather be saved from an embarrassing scene by a colleague, who would always walked up to him to greet him as he steps into the Red Chambers and as well run to him to take his papers, while he is leaving the Chambers.

“This is not a slavish loyalty but of a relationship borne out of deep respect.” Shettima mentioned as he rejoices with Senator Abubakar Kyari, whom he address as his boss as he takes a new assignment in our nation’s building.

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In his words: “Francis Beacon, the British philosopher once said consistency is the foundation of all batches.” According to Kashim Shettima this is a reflection of the life of Senator Abubakar Kyari. “He spends a whopping 9 years of his childhood days in the sprawling ground of one of the iconic centre of power in Nigeria in Sir Kashim Ibrahim house in Kaduna. 

” This is when his father, the Venerable Brigadier General Abba Kyari was the governor of the defunct North Central states between 1967 and 1976.” Kashim Shettima said, ” Habu Kyari was born into a life of privilege, he was born with the probabiel silver spoon but his life is a steady in consummate humility and dedicated service. This America educated economies when he venture into politics go for the lowly position of a counselor in Mobbar local government area of Borno state in 1996.”

Describing the tarrain, Senator Kashim Shettima explained that this is in a tarrain populated by hynas, jackals and all sorts of all assorted animals. ” Habu Kyari is one hell of a gentleman who is brutally loyal and committed to whatever cause he champions.” 

Kashim Shettima further neither explained that, in a terrain where the political class suffered from chronic memory lost, where people hardly look beyond their nose nor think beyond the depth of their pockets, Habu Kyari a steady in consistency and loyalty. “My road crosses paths with Senator Abubakar Kyari’s own when we were Commissioners and Colleagues in the Borno state executive council between 2007 and 2011. 

“He became my chief of staff when I was a governor between 2011 and 2015. I was the Boss. I was the one calling the shots. He became my political soulmate, brother and friend when he became a Senator between 2015 and 2019. And from 2019 onwards, Senator Abubakar Kyari became my colleague in the hallow chambers. From the 26th day of March 2022, Senator Abubakar Kyari became my Boss as the Deputy National Chairman of the APC.

“Distinguished Colleagues, we should all anticipate and embrace this beautiful circle of life. The only thing about life is the change component….With the exit of Habu Kyari. I am going to be save from one embarrassing scene of a colleague coming up to greet me anytime I came into the chamber. Of a colleague rushing in to pick my papers when I am leaving the hallow chamber not out of any slavish loyalty but out of genuine respect and affection’. Kashim Shettima concluded.

Also speaking on the personality of Senator Abubakar Kyari, the Senate President Dr. Ahmed Lawan recalls so many experiences that relates to Kyari’s ability and reliability in any given assignments. According to him, “Like one of our colleagues put. The combinations of Adamu and Kyari can never be better. We served in the House of Representative in 1999 and at that time we had one critical issue that requires the house to set up a committee to the effect. We needed for the services to members of the house then – reliability, stability, transparency and accountability and the house had no option but to set up a 12 man committee to discharge those responsibilities to all members including the Speaker and other principal officers.

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“Senator Abubakar Kyari was the chairman of that committee. We called them the 12 wise men. I will not give details but the point I am making is that, Senator Abubakar Kyari is a reliable personality, he is transparent to the effect that when he told you something, you can take that to the Bank as would the deputy Senate President said.” Lawan added.

According to him, while Kyari did not come back to join them in the house in 2003, he had sojourn in the Borno state government. “But we never lose contact and he remained available to all of us. In 2019, as some of you may recall. We had a committee of either 7 or 11 who are arrange for offices and our chairs. Of course Senator Abubakar Kyari was the Chairman of that committee. When we are trying to constitute the leadership committees I called Senator Abubakar Kyari to my office, and I asked him, which committee he would want to serve as Chairman. He said any Committee you want me to serve and he left.

“I did not tell him that we are considering him to serve as the chairman FCT Committee. He did not ask, and even when I asked him, he did not say anything. What I am trying to emphasize here is that this shows his kind of mindset and that is to serve and give services regardless of what the service channel would be. We are very proud of him and the people of Borno state, the governor and Distinguish Senator Kashim Shettima as well as others.

“I recalled before the APac convention, they came together and said we want Senator Abubakar Kyari to be the Deputy National Chairman, North if it is zone to us. And of course, Borno and Yobe always go together, we said of course, if it is zone to us, it is going to be for Borno to take. And why should it be Senator Abubakar Kyari? Reliability! And of course, Senator Kashim Shettima told us more because he knows him more closely.”

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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.

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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