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UNDERSTANDING SHETTIMA’S BANTERS TO ATIKU

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UNDERSTANDING SHETTIMA’S BANTERS TO ATIKU
BY: Inuwa Bwala
Those who wrote the script and gave firmer Vuce President Atiku Abubajar, as a reaction to an earlier banter, thrown at him by Vice President Kashim Shettima, were most uncharitable to him.
Whoever did it was also either being mischievous or lacking a sense of history in inter-tribal relations.
But before I recap the clarifications offered by others, I must state that Shettima had earlier, in thesame reaction to the verdict of the Presidential Elections Petitions Court, extended hand of fellowship to both Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.
I recall Shettima emphasising that the time of political antagonism is goneand the task ahead of both the winners and losers is to close ranks and work for the unity and progress of Nigeria.
Shettima made the call in a sober mood. And I know that the Vice President is too intelligent to almost immediately contradict himself.
While not denying the later remarks, which was obviously intended as a banter, one needs to first understand the context within which that remark was made.
The Kanuris; Kashim Shettima’s ethnic stock, and the Fulanis, to which Atiku Abubakar belongs, are historically known to be playmates.

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At every occasion, including social or very serious official meets, the two ethnic groups throw banters at each other, often without any form of caution.
For those of us who grew up amongst the Kanuris and the Fulanis, we know that, none of them takes offence when such happens, rather, each one of them seeks avenues to throw back banters: mostly without any serious intent to impugn or injure each other’s integrity.
The above situation often plays out between the Babur/Bura, my own ethnic group, and the Kakare of Potiskum in Yobe state.
As a matter of fact, the types of banters often exchanged between these groups and many others, I have not mentioned, defy limits. It is considered a vital aspect of inter tribal identity and relationship.
Atiku Abubakar, whom Kashim Shettima has acknowledged as a statesman and whom he holds in high esteem, should not have read the banter upside down to warrant the type of response he issued
Be that as it may, managers of our leaders should refrain from stirring the minds of their principals by trying to inflame passions over harmless remarks like Shettimas banter to Atiku.
I know Shettima to always share jokes with Fulanis wherever he meets them, and they always understand him to be their tribal playmate.I have heard Settima and Atiku to also share some jokes.
I think we should refrain from being too desperate in trying to grab headlines, even when the situation does not qualify as one.

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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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APC-IGG: Ambassador Tsoken commends President Tinubu for intervening to ease hardship for Nigerians.

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APC-IGG: Ambassador Tsoken commends President Tinubu for intervening to ease hardship for Nigerians.

By: Jabiru Hassan

The National President of the APC Initiative for Good Governance (APC-IGG), Ambassador Musa Mohammed Tsoken, has commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for intervening to ease the hardships affecting Nigerians.

In a message he issued to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Ambassador Tsoken described President Tinubu as a leader with listening war by giving a marching order for the release of different food items to ease hardships for the people of Nigeria, which is a good initiative.

”APC-IGG has recognized what Mr. President has done in order to ease the hardship affecting the people on the food price hike, which is very good foresight from our leader. We therefore thank all those who have helped with the implementation of the process to release the food items from the federal government reserves across the country for their well-deserved thought.” The statement was added.

Ambassador Musa Mohammed Tsoken reassured the people of Nigeria that the APC Initiative for Good Governance would continue to work selflessly in order to ensure that Nigeria is progressive under the present democratic dispensation without bias.

Amb Tsoken emphasizes that the emergence of His Excellency Sen. Dr. George Akume as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation depicts the fact that President Bola Ahmad Tinubu has reliable and credible individuals who have verse experience in governance from all ramifications; therefore, the deliverance of democratic dividends is something that Nigerians should believe in its workability and full efficacy in the near future, considering the fact that some of the policies and programs of the Renewed Hope Agenda have started gaining sway in the lives of the citizenry, he concluded.

APC-IGG: Ambassador Tsoken commends President Tinubu for intervening to ease hardship for Nigerians.

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APC Campaign Team in Chibok Town Rally Ahead of Bye Election

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APC Campaign Team in Chibok Town Rally Ahead of Bye Election

… Campaign Team Receives Decampees and Highlights Continued Development in Chibok

By: Our Reporter

Borno State’s Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, led an All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign team to Chibok town in preparation for the upcoming House of Assembly bye election scheduled for Saturday. The event saw the presence of several notable APC figures, including the APC Deputy National Chairman for the North, Ali Bukar Dalori, and APC State Chairman, Hon. Bello Ayuba, among others.

Addressing a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters, Deputy Governor Kadafur urged the people of Chibok Local Government to come out in large numbers and vote for the APC House of Assembly candidate, Pogu Lawan. He assured them that the administration of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is committed to delivering more dividends of democracy, particularly in the areas of youth empowerment, education, and basic amenities.

Deputy Governor Kadafur emphasized the administration’s achievements in terms of infrastructural development, not only in Chibok but across the entire state. He promised that more developmental projects are in the works in the coming years. He encouraged the people of Chibok to support Governor Zulum’s administration by ensuring a resounding victory for the APC in the bye election.

APC Deputy National Chairman for the North, Ali Dalori, APC State Chairman, Bello Ayuba, and APC State Vice Chairman for Zone C, Yerima Aliyu, all took turns addressing the crowd during the campaign rally. They urged the people of Chibok to consider the significant achievements of the APC-led administration and to reciprocate the gesture by voting for Pogu Lawan.

The APC leaders reiterated that the party remains the strongest and most promising in the country. They expressed gratitude for the warm reception received from the people of Chibok and expressed confidence in the party’s victory in the upcoming election.

During the rally, thousands of individuals, including the local government PDP Party chairman, decamped from the PDP to the ruling APC. The decampees were warmly welcomed by the deputy governor and other APC party stalwarts, with a promise of equal treatment within the party.

The bye election in Chibok is necessitated by the vacancy resulting from the death of the winner of the 2023 House of Assembly election, Late Dr. Nuhu Clark. As per constitutional requirements, the bye election will fill the vacant seat.

APC Campaign Team in Chibok Town Rally Ahead of Bye Election

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