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(Saturday Column)

Abbas Isah Gusau.

It is unfortunate that I am starting this column with a very delicate issue that borders around political security in Zamfara even though up to Friday I have agreed with the Managing Editor that I am to write on entirely different issue regarding Zamfara politics.

What attracted my attention to write specifically on Ahmad Almajir and his recent reaction on the security development in the state is to be able to remind him and my readers that it is too demeaning to try to bring immorality in everything we do just to settle personal scores with someone.

Linking a serving Governor with banditry is no doubt politically suicidal and for me, he has vomited a poisonous acid that may likely consume him unless if he has the facts that may save him.

He stated categorically that it is not possible for the emir to turbaned the bandit leader Alieru without the authorization of the government and also argued that, the presence of the council sole administrator and Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs are evidences enough to link the Governor to what transpired at Yandoto last week Saturday.

But I disagreed with him on the simple fact that, before the recent executive order issued last week, award of chieftaincy titles is a prerogative of the emirs and their council members. 90% of chieftaincy titles awarded had no blessing of the state government, and the Zamfara emirate council law has empowered the emirs with that prerogative.

For me Alh Ahmad Almajir may have personal issues to settle with the Governor, but that does not mean their personal issues can be extended to sensitive issue like security and where such issue need to be discussed by Almajir he needs to present facts, not folktales because Zamfara people are tired of playing politics with insecurity.

Everyone is aware of what transpired last Saturday and if Almajir has other vital information that can help link the government or any of its agents including the Governor with what happened he should, please raise them point black. But his utterances now are merely blanket political statements that lack substance by all standard.

I think I have read a perspective from this medium (Thunder Blowers) and indeed listen to the interview by the (BBC Hausa service) and people of the Yandoto community had taken full responsibility of the action and distances the government or any of its agents from having a hand on it. If Almajir had anything in the contrary, he shall be able to open up so that people can take him and his perspective very seriously.

As at now we shall await the outcome of the committee constituted to investigate the emir because it from the findings of the committee that we would be able to understand in clear term the dimension of the government regarding the whole issue.

As for Almajir, I believe that the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice shall see reason to ask from him what facts do he have to link a personality like Governor with banditry. This allegation is heavier and shall not be allowed to die just like every other political statement.

Citizens of Zamfara must be panicking if their Governor can be linked to having connection to armed banditry because that will make us develop the palpable fear that, the entire fight against banditry is not done sincerely and that will be the impression until it is proved otherwise by the Governor or Attorney General of the state.

I am among those that criticized the Governor for trying to always raise issue of politics when it comes to security matters but with the recent utterances by Almajir I am beginning to see reasons why the Governor always cried out because the entire thing about Alieru may likely be politicized and if care is not taken that will be too dangerous for the security and safety of the people of the state.

As for the Governor, even if his Attorney General has taken it too soft he shall personally demand for proof from Almajir to be able to clear himself because for now, the allegation is in the public, and it will remain until something in the contrary is provided.

As for the PDP and other political parties, it is now up to everyone to understand that we shall desist from playing politics with the issue of insecurity because like many people said, the bandits knew nobody who belongs to either APC, PDP or APGA if they are striking they strike at will and anyone can be a victim.

The time has come for all of us to join hand with the government actors to secure Zamfara state because it is only if Zamfara is secured that we can be able to confidently play politics of our party choice.

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The PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara Dr. Dauda Lawal has denied the comments made by some unscrupulous political agents on the social media that his meeting with the former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima in london has some political inclination.

Gamjin Gusau who spoke through his campaign team said, he has never met with Yarima in England to discuss politics rather he and Yarima met at a Friday mosque where the wedding of the son of the former Governor was conducted.

“Gamjin Gusau met with the former Governors of Zamfara and Gombe Ahmad Sani Yarima and Danjuma Goje after a Friday prayer in London and as Muslims they waited and exchanged pleasantries”.

“Apart from exchanging pleasantries, no discussion of whatever kind politics or otherwise took place between Gamjin Gusau and former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima”.

As regard to the rumor that Dauda is planning to defect to the APC the campaign team of Gamjin Gusau said “ this type of reasoning is the least of what the common sense can accept. Gamji is a gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Zamfara , and he has no business whatsoever with the APC since his motive is to ensure that the APC is defeated out of power come 2023 in Zamfara state”.

The campaign committee, alleged that “APC is sponsoring this campaign of calumny because the power brokers within the party have lost control of the affairs of Zamfara and they are scary of the growing popularity of the PDP”.

The campaign committee therefore urged the public to disregard such political insinuation because it is a figment of imagination of the people of doom”.

Gamjin Gusau urged the teeming PDP supporters to continue to work tirelessly in ensuring the success of the PDP, noting that because Zamfara PPD is waxing stronger, APC is busy spreading lies and rumors that are meant to cause confusion in the polity.

He thanked the well-wishers for their concern and assured them of his commitment to continue to spread the good manifestation of the PDP considering it’s growing political popularity in the state.

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The Secretary of Sabon Gari ward Alh Sani Ahmad Shatima has alleged that there was no executive committee meeting of the ward that took place which resulted to the suspension of the state secretary of the party.

According to the letter addressed to the state Chairman of the PDP dated 31/7/2022 copy which was issued to this medium, the Secretary asked the party to dis-regard such letter because it was a mere figment of imagination.

“Such forged letter that was viral on social media on 30/07/2022 should be disregarded in totality and appropriate measure should be taken to deal with such unscrupulous elements that were sponsored by opposition to tear our noble party apart”.

He also asked the Chairman to past track action aimed at arresting the situation and get the matter resolved amicably in the interest of the party.

He insisted that what the party PDP needed is to move in unity and ensure that it has succeeded in the battle ahead of the 2023.

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The former Director General in the administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Zamfara state Junaidu Muhammad Anka had cautioned the former Deputy Governor Mukhtar Ahmad Anka not allow some desperate politicians to use him and ignite crises of division within the All Progressive Congress in Anka.

Junaidu Anka who spoke during a Thunder Blowers TV show Da Wache Kazo insisted that those trying to raise this unnecessary controversy over who lead the APC in Anka is uncalled-for since the tradition of political hierarchy is obvious.

“By convention Sen. Lawal Daniya is the high-ranking politician and by implication he is the party leader in Anka and there is no reason for anyone to doubt this submission “.

“Those trying to use Mukhtar Anka as tools to ignite political tension within APC in Anka are real enemies of the party because there is no reason why this issue shall be risen for now”.

“Even where Sen. Daniya decided to resign from this status by convention member state house of assembly Yusuf Muhammad Anka is supposed to shoo-in as the APC leader in Anka so I don’t understand why some people are trying to drag the former Deputy Governor into unnecessary political log-jam”.

“The former Deputy Governor is supposed to understand that, by his status he is more or less like a father, and he is supposed to pay more attention to state politics not politics of Anka local government because he is bigger than it and I pray he shall see reasons not to allow some clueless politicians to smear his political reputation for their selfish political gains”.

“If they insisted on this argument that Mukhtar Anka is the APC leader in Anka we will also raise alarm that our leader is Ibrahim Babangida Turnuku Anka because it was he who was leading us before the reconciliation“.


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