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By Dahiru Samaila Mafara

Most of newspaper headlines about the parsonality of late Hon. Bello Dankande Gamji, (Walin Bakura) coined him as a very active ‘APC chieftain’.

As his close ally, I regard late Dankande as a political giant of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Zamfara state who was also known for his philanthropism

My relationship with him started when he was the chairman of Bakura Local Government Council, at the same time I was a zonal correspondent of the Legacy newspaper.

The relationship between us waxed much more when he was appointed as the Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs when I was also the Director General in charge of ONLINE MEDIA.

He involved me in almost all the activities of his ministry, especially on issues concerning the general public. In fact, I was like a unofficial Public Relations Officer of the ministry.

After the controversial judgement on the 2019 general elections in Zamfara state, the relationship blossomed and we became like a one family to the extent that, we used to have regular contact.

In December 2020 Zamfara state House of Assembly bye election for Bakura Local Government Seat in which Dankande emerged as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. I was opportune to rally round all the 10 Wards of Bakura Local Government.

The experience I gathered during the electioneering campaign was not a new thing to me because of my previous knowledge and involvement in his activities for a long time.

After his demise, I was among the Hundreds of relatives that attended the three day mourning which was led by Hon. Muhammad Muttaka Rini who was appointed by the leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, His Excellency Hon. Dr. Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar to led the three day mourning.

People across all political parties have attended his funeral prayers at his home, Gamji in Bakura Local Government.

The event which was attended by thousands of people across the state showcased the diginity of late Hon. Bello Dankande Gamji and portrayed him as not only a mere politician, but an icon of nation building, a philanthropist and indeed a servant of his people.

Most of the revelations from people across the state were not only centred to his political relevance but his sacrifice, dedication and commitment to issues related to the overall development of his people.

One among many thing that touches my heart during the three days mourning was that a remark by a farmer in his immediate environment that, the last activity of late Dankande Gamji was his annual distribution of seed in which he said, he normally distribute nothing less than 100 bags of various seeds ranging from millet, guinea corn, maize among others.

Another less privileged resident confirmed that, every year Dankande used to dash out
500 or more bags of different food items to less privileged and orphans as Zakkat in Bakura alone.

A farmer at Damri said, his presence at his farmland along Damri axis has given them a courage to come out and farm this year because he was such a fearless public figure who chose to die in the course of protecting his people.

Reports confirmed that, there were several attacks allegedly targeted at him in his home town, Gamji despite which did not stop him from coming to spend days in the mist of his people.

A reliable source has similarly confirmed that Dankande single handedly used to settle the monthly electricity bill to the residents of Gamji for a long time.

The mamoth crowd that attended his funeral prayers has no doubt testify his societal relevance and a testimony of his philanthropic position in the society.

My deepest sympathy goes to his family, friends, Bakura community, his Excellency, the former Governor of Zamfara state, Hon. Dr Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar, (Shatiman Zamfara) for this great loss of his link mind and brain behind the success and achievements recorded during his tenure as the executive Governor of Zamfara state.

Some of the projects he vigorously parsued as a commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs include, local government headquarters township roads, construction of over 300 jumuat mosques solar motorized boreholes and indeed uncompromised stand in fighting the deadly bandits through the local vigilantee also known as ‘yan Sakai.

May Allah grant him eternal race and give his family the courage to bear this irreparable loss.

Adieu Hon Bello Dankande Gamji, ( Walin Bakura).

Dahiru Samaila Mafara is a member of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara state and a close associate of late Hon. Bello Dankande Gamji.

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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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