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POLITICAL OPPONENTS BEHIND PROTEST BY ZAMFARA STATE STUDENTS IN SUDAN

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One of the issues trending in the social media platforms is the recent news of  protest by some Zamfara indigenes studying at the University of Sudan over alleged non payment of their hostel rent by the State government and poor payment of 100 dollars per month for their upkeep which they alleged to be too small for their monthly needs in Sudan. The video footage circulating the social media have generated mixed reactions over how genuine is the allegation. To discuss the issue Thunder Blowers Online News Medium has hosted the Special Adviser to Zamfara State Governor on Scholarship and Student matters Lukuman Bisallah Majidadi as well as the Chief Consultant engaged by the State Alh Jazuli Musa to offer some clarification on the whole scenario.
Negative Reports have recently been trending over the status of Zamfara students studying in Sudan, is the state government aware?

We are aware because we caught up with the video footage trending on the social media platforms just like anyone else did but we cannot make any official comment for now because none of the protesting students has intimated us about the situation or even written to inform us of the development.


So we are waiting to hear from our actual students with their official complaints so that we can establish the true picture of what transpired and for us as a government to chart the way out if the situation is actually true.


What is the sponsorship arrangement with the students in Sudan?


The arrangement is simple, the Governor gave us approval to engage those children of the poor who have the basic minimum requirement to study medicine and nursing and we worked in partnership with the consultant appointed by the state government and came up with simple modalities. We prepared examination for them and screened them. About 1000 candidates applied, we didn’t know any of them and we screened them based on the guidelines provided by the consultant. Luckily enough however, we used some resource persons from the Federal University, Gusau to conduct the exercise and arrive at the present position.


I could remember the Governor intimated myself and the consultant to be fair,  just and avoid engaging the children of influential persons in the state and as a directorate, we neither participated in the exercise nor recommended any person to the consultant or the committee that was engaged.


Have you reached out to the protesting students?


We followed all the possible ways to reach out to the students so that we can hear from them directly but our efforts failed. We called many of them severally and also sent text messages but they refused to pick or reply and we used all other alternative communication channels but the students were not willing to talk to us..


Why do you think it is becoming difficult for the government to reach out to these students it sent out for study?


I don’t know but I sensed there may be political instigation and I guess some politicians from the opposition block may be using them to sabotage the programme but we are digging deep and we shall find out the actual reasons. 


But it is most unfortunate that, these students are paying us back in a very un-ceremonial manners and this is the least we anticipated from them but like I said at the beginning of our interview you cannot underrate human beings. We are very surprised but we have anticipated this because we are under democracy, any form of sabotage can come up at any point in time.

Are you saying politics is playing into this recent development involving our students in Sudan?

Of course there is politics in this issue and like I told you those we are suspecting to be behind this ugly development were the people from the opposition who have failed to pay for those students they sent during their own time. When we were searching for the admission for these students we met a debt of about 70,000,000 naira at the Sudan University  and we pldged to pay off the loan.


We believe, if we can finance each student studying in Sudan with 10,000 dollars annually and also spend 8,000 dollars on each student studying nursing annually, imagine how much is spent by the government as an investment for human resource in the state. So if someone wants to play politics it should not be played with giant achievement like this one.

What is the next line of action?


The next line of action is to continue to tap from the available links we have to understand the reality of what is happening in Sudan. We cannot fold our hands and allow things to continue the way they are. We will await their reaction on us, our agent in Sudan has been very clear with us that nobody is evicted from his home and all students under his supervision are doing well and like I told you we have paid the annual tuition fees for all the students as well
as accommodation allowances for all of them so we believe as a government we don’t have any issue with all of them but if they feel there is, let them communicate to us so that we can find out the real situation and act accordingly.


They were alleging that, 100 dollar is not enough for their monthly upkeep in Sudan how true is this?


I assure you as a consultant I have children who are studying in Sudan and believe me, there are those that cannot spend up to 100 dollars per month and this is the fact of the matter. But like I said, people can be funny enough to say what they want without thinking of the implication of what they are saying. 


As consultant to the state government what I have given the state is the best and no reasonable student can protest that 100 dollars per month cannot keep him comfortably in Sudan. But let us wait patiently and hear from them.

Are the parents of these students in touch with you?


None of the parents or relations of any of the students contacted myself or anybody from my staffers. I believe if truly they have issues, they should have communicated to their parents and I am sure the parents would have contacted us. But like I told you, we are waiting for them to respond so that we can look at the situation and act accordingly.


Have you contacted those students on similar scholarship of the state and studying in other countries to avert such protests by Zamfara students?


We have contacted those in India and Cyprus and they have confirmed to us that, they are doing well and that they don’t have any issue. Like I told you, politics is playing very well in this issue of Sudan protest.


When I saw the video I looked at the pictures in that video but I could not recognize any one of them. Believe me, I doubt if the protesting students are those ones we sent, because virtually I know all of them.

One of the aides of former Governor Yari was quoted to have called on the Nigerian embassy in Sudan to wade into the matter before the students would be frustrated further, have you also intimated the embassy as a government?

It has not reached to that level and believe me, that same Governor’s aide is not fit enough to even talk on this issue because his principal has failed to do the right thing when they were in power.


Again if he wants to play politics with it, let him and his principal come back to Zamfara and play it alongside the people. He should not stay all the way in Abuja and start talking  senselessly. We believe we are doing the right thing and no opposition should derail us again.

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ZAMFARA SEN. YAU INAUGURATES 2023 CAMPAIGN URGES CONSTITUENTS TO VOTE FOR TINUBU & ALL APC CANDIDATES

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The Senator representing Zamfara North Sahabi Alh Yau has inaugurate his 2023 campaign at Kaura Namoda local government area, the headquarters of the Senatorial zone.

The campaign inauguration was attended by hundreds of party supporters and well-wishers who joined the campaign rally with jubilation.

The Senator who expressed satisfaction with the effort he has put in place so far in delivering to his 2019 campaign promises assured that if provided the opportunity again, he will do more to consolidate from what he has done and ensure that more federal opportunities are brought to the door steps of his constituents.

He took time to make a review of his stewardship and thanked his constituents for given him the opportunity to represent them at the Nigeria’s upper chamber.

On the APC Presidential candidature, Sen. Yau in insisted that, Tinubu and Shetima Presidential candidature is the best option for Nigeria especially with the effort put in place by the Buhari led administration and why the gesture need to be sustained.

He urged people of his constituency to massively vote for Tunubu and Shatima as well as all the APC candidates across the board.

AFormer Governor Mahmuda Shinkafi, former Sen. Tijjani Yahaya and a host of other prominent personalities from the Zone attended the campaign Flag off.

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ZAMFARA: WHY ENGR SULEIMAN GUMMI’S DESPERATE TACTICS WON’T SAVE PDP

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Yusuf Idris Gusau

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This is no doubt the best of times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

The party and its many candidates deserve the sympathy of all for the current situation it finds itself in.

Having lost all hopes of making any impact in the forthcoming general elections, it has resorted to untoward means, behaving like a bull in a china shop, destroying anything and everything in its way.

But how can a party of PDP’s standing, which has been in power at some points for many years and its candidates behave like deranged women whose kids have suddenly gone missing?

In this moment of madness, there should be a sane member within the lot who could rein them in; a rallying figure who could calm the fraying nerves.

But when a ranking member of one of the country’s highest law making body, the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gummi’s joined the fray, it then becomes obvious that the situation is irredeemable.

The party, as it were, is doomed and at a dire point of no return.

The honourable member of the House of Representatives has swelled the number of the PDP’s attack dogs whose targets include the ruling party and the state chief executive, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

In a press statement he recently signed on behalf of “PDP candidates” titled “On critical national alert” Gummi went the “dishonourable” path by throwing decorum to the wind and lunched viral attacks on person and personality of Governor Matawalle with no iota of respect for his seat as the father of the state.

In doing so he deployed uncouth, crude and abusive language symptomatic of those low level maniacs unleashed at every opportunity as dogs of war.

But why will anyone be surprised at the action of this charlatan who forgot that his behavior could rob off on the integrity of the lower chamber he represents and taint the reputation of his colleagues in that reputable and respected institution? He is PDP member in the state after all and their stock in trade is to cause breach of peace in the state.

In the said press statement, Gummi went a rigmarole quoting the respected late social crusader, Martins Luther King and dancing around in circle.

From all his outing and vituperations, the only take away was the supposed arrest on Monday, November 28, of the party’s candidate for Zamfara central senatorial district, Alhaji Ikira Aliyu Bilbis by the police on charges of vandalism, which he claimed were trumped up.

In trying to elicit public sympathy to himself and co-travelers, he lumped the current issue with the earlier arrest of the Nigeria Union of Journalists chairman in the state but as usual, his effort failed to invoke the emotion and public outcry he had envisaged.

But let us even give him the benefit of the doubt and interrogate the issues his outing threw up. He has informed the public why Bilbis was arrested, but said the charges were “trumped up”. Really?

How did Gummi who is a lawmaker come about such a position over an issue that is before a court of law? Why is he in a hurry to clear the accused even before the court adjudicate on the matter.

The police even from Gummi’s statement did the needful by arresting Bilbis. They (police) did not hold him or keep him for long in their cell but charged him to court after their investigation.

The onus is therefore on the accused to exonerate and clear himself of the allegations.

The court even went ahead to grant him bail as Gummi testified in his statement. So why is it anybody’s fault if the accused failed to meet the bail condition? And because his associate failed to meet the stipulated condition to effect his release, Gummi is now accusing the judge and police of being tools in the hands of Matawalle in his alleged witch hunt of the opposition.

If a sitting governor is desirous in tackling an opponent who is clearly linked with a crime it would have been easy to clamp such person in police custody and claim that investigation is still ongoing as has been the case everywhere.

However, in this case, the police did not waste anytime in charging the accused to court where he is expected to defend himself. The court and its presiding judge should be commended for the expressway it granted the accused bail instead of being needlessly vilified like Gummi is doing.

His allegation that Matawalle was trying to muzzle the main opposition to whittle down their power and influence in the forthcoming elections is laughable because the PDP is not in reckoning and not a threat to APC in anyway.

He even went ahead to list those he thinks Matawalle will go after including the party’s governorship candidate, Lawal Dauda Dare. Waoo! Is this not absurd? Is Lawal Dare even in contention for the governorship race with all the court cases dangling over his head?

The so called governorship is still traumatized over his defeat at the federal high court, which nullified the primary that produced him and recently, the Appeal court.

It is fundamental to note that his ordeals were from his own very party and has nothing to do with Governor Matawalle. So it’s absurd to blame others for PDP’s misfortune and allege that anyone would hunt it’s candidates whose political future are uncertain.

And resorting to violence as a means to an end like the party and its members have been doing could only heighten the already tensed atmosphere which Matawalle has been working round-the -clock to manage.

The billboard saga wasn’t the only violent imprints the party has left on its route to 2023, a rally at its governorship candidate’s home had led to lost of Iives even as many were wounded. It’s sad that Gumi left out such important development from his statement.

As per the NUJ chairman which Gummi tried unsuccessfully to lump Bilbis case with to draw inspiration, he should have done the needful by telling the public the background of the affected person and the circumstances leading to such state of affairs to enable them appreciate and interrogate the issue based on its merit.

It’s imperative that Gummi calls a press conference or issue another statement to shedlight on the matter.

Having come from an honourable family, one would have thought Gumi will keep the legacy of the parental training we thought he received, unfortunately, even if he had such grooming as he was growing up, elements of bad politics and the fear of losing in the upcoming 2023 general elections have infuriated to throw away his sensibilities and turn disrespectful, dishonourable and regardless.

Certainly, with the overwhelming wind of mass support and mass mobilization going on in the APC, the likes of Gumi will not even be noticed when the electorate cast their votes to bring in APC at all levels in the coming elections.

As it were, rep Gummi achieved nothing by his recent desperate tactics. The PDP is doomed and irredeemable, and by 2023 the party will go into permanent extinction in Zamfara State.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State
4th November, 2022

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FMR. ZAMFARA GOV. YARI CONDOLES SEN. WAMMAKO

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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