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A popular Islamic cleric in Zamfara Malam Saidu Aliyu Maikwano has blasted Zamfara State Commissioner for Religious Affairs Malam Tukur Sani Jangebe over a comment made during one of his Tafsir sessions regarding the need for wealth to do individuals and government to strengthen welfare to the needy persons during this holy month of ramadan.

It could be recall that, during one of his Tafsir sessions, the Commissioner for Religious Affairs in Zamfara Malam Tukur Sani Jangebe said, he is aware of a wealthy individual who is distributing rice in bulk across rural areas in Zamfara as a Ramadan welfare to the needy and lesspriviledged and he doesn’t want to be named.

He also said he knew of a man who pull out money buying cows for distribution to the people noting that such was the right decision they welcomed regardless of what political party someone belongs to.

He added that, even if the Paroh (Fir’auna) in Arabic dialect shall resurface, combat to Islam and conducted welfare he would welcome it.

But Malam Saidu Aliyu Maikwano in a rejoinder via a video clip shared by one of the local TV station Standard Voice said, welfare during Ramadan is not compulsory in Islam hence what is binding often Muslims is to feed their immediate families.

He acknowledged that the holy prophet has ordained the wealthy to assist the poor ones especially during Ramadan but insisted that there is no compulsion in it.

He challenged all the Islamic scholars in Zamfara State to probe him wrong if there is anywhere in the holy Quran or prophetic traditions where Muslims were compulsorily ordained to conduct welfare during Ramadan.

Maikwano who accused the Commissioner of playing politics with the statement insisted that the commissioner who is also an Islamic scholar is tactically campaigning for someone precisely a politician best known to him.

“Let me remind Malam Tukur Jangebe, Governor Matawalle has also distributed rice silently to the needy and poor ones through Sahaba Islamic Center. I conducted the exercise my self moved from house to house in the night to share the welfare package of the Governor and many people in Gusau can testify to this statement I was making”.

‘He released money running in to millions in the account of Masjudu Sahaba last year I bought a bag of rice from Kantin Sauki at the cost of N23,000, and we shared to the poor ones and needy. I moved from Tudun Wada to Samaru and in my house and people came and collected bags of rice courtesy of Bello Bello Matawalle the Governor of Zamfara”.

“The same thing this year, he has released money running in to millions and we had been sharing rice since the beginning of the Ramadan festive period, people who benefitted from the gesture can testify to the statement I made” Maikwano added

He alleged that Malam Tukur Jangebe is tactically protesting because the Governor has decided to engage other Islamic centers to share his package as against the usual tradition where the state ministry for Religious Affairs is engaged to conduct the exercise.

He said Matawalle as a Governor has the right to deal with anybody he so wishes and can give money to anybody or association to buy anything and distribute to the people as welfare and because a Commissioner was not involved in the process it is not enough to condemn the Governor and portrayed him as someone who has not done anything.

He lauded the government for its continued support to the feeding exercise conducted by Sahaba Islamic Center saying since during the regime of Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima each Governor tried as much as possible to sustain government support for the feeding programme of the center.

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The former lawmaker who represented Maru and Bungudu Federal constituency Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has met with party stakeholders from his constituency in his bid to woe their support ahead of the forthcoming APC primaries.

Zannan Bungudu is re-contesting for the same post of member representing Maru/Bungudu at the federal house of reps under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress.

His bid to contest the post followed the recent reconciliation effort between the serving Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle and the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar.

The meeting which took place at the conference hall of City King Hotel Gusau on Wednesday was attended by the APC Chairmen for Maru and Bungud and all the delegates from the two local government areas.

During the interface, vital issues regarding the progress of the APC, Bello Matawalle and all the party aspirants were discussed.

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The APC screening committee sent to Zamfara State has screened (28) aspirants who are going to contest for the posts of members of Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The seven-man committee led by Hon. Babangida Tijjani Banki from Borno State assured that justice would be done to all the aspirants screened.

With the screening of the 28 aspirants, four constituencies may likely go into the primary election if consensus has not been reached between the candidates.

The state House of Assembly has the vacancy of only (24) members representing the (14) local government councils.

The remaining members of the committee include Hon Wakili Aliyu, Hon Abubakar Yarima, Faruk Ibrahim Tsiga, Hon Abdullahi Musa, Hon Adamu Ibrahim and Hajiya Fadima Ibrahim who is to serve as committee Secretary.

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Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the appointment of Alh Muh’d Bello Suleiman as the new Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi (Emir of Zurmi).

He has also appointed Alh Aliyu Garba Marafa as the new Emir of Birnin Yan doto while Alh Muhd Aliyu was appointed as the new Sarkin Bazai.

The two emirs of Bazai and Birnin Yandoto were appointed following the signing into law the amended Zamfara Emirate Council Act 2022 which led to the creation of the two additional emirate councils of Yandoto and Bazai.

As for the new Emir of Zurmi he was appointed following the dethronement of the former Emir Atiku Abubakar by the current administration of Bello Matawalle

According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government Kabiru Balarabe, the Governor also approved the appointment of Alh Habib Lawal Habib khalifa as the new Bunun Tsafe the Senior District Head of Tsafe.

Both appointments take immediate effect.

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