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THE NEED FOR GOVERNOR MATAWALLE TO REACT TO END ZAMFARA NUJ CRISIS (OPINION)

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By Dahiru Samaila Mafara

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As a patriotic member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, I feel obliged to stress a point that may greatly help towards amicable resolution of the burning crisis among members of NUJ, Zamfara state chapter.

 It’s normal to have such a crisis in any union or  body such as intellectual as the NUJ.

Recently, there was a paper circulating on the social media that the incumbent chairman of the NUJ Zamfara state council, Comrade Abdulrazaq Bello Kaura was transferred to Royal FM, Sokoto which by implication, could affect his position.

But in a sharp reaction to the letter, the chairman issued a statement debunking the said transfer.

But unfortunately yesterday another statement was issued by the Assistant Secretary of the council, Nasiru Shehu Aula claiming that following the transfer of the incumbent chairman, Abdulrqzaq Bello Kaura, his office be taken over by his deputy, Bello Boko.

Few hours after the release of this controversial statement, another release was issued by the incumbent chairman, Abdulrazaq Bello Kaura emphasizing his stand as the substantive chairman of the council.

To my utmost dismay, instead of bringing the two parties together for amicable resolution, another injury was dust to the matter as suddenly a statement was issued by the Director General, Media, Communication and Public Enlightenment, Yusuf Idris congratulating one faction on behalf of the state Governor, HE. Hon. Bello Muhammad MON, ( Barden Kasar Hausa).

I have a strong believe that Governor Matawalle who on his wisdom created a Directorate of Conflict Resolution as part of his administration efforts to ensure peace and reconciliation to all conflicting parties in the state including the deadly bandits, would not okay such a statement at this critical time.

So many things that involved media practitioners in the state were attributed to the governor, knowingly or unknowingly

I believed His Excellency may not be aware of the recent several harassments and intimidation of journalists working under various government information sectors.

To mention but a few, recently my salary was withheld for many months for what they said was a directive from the ‘above’, not only me but including some of my colleagues at Zamfara Radio and ministry of information.

I have a strong reservation that Governor Matawalle will not direct them to hold our only means of livelihood for whatever reason, but nevertheless, I decided to follow the matter to logical conclusion.

There was also a recent happening in which some members of the NUJ at Zamfara Radio and ministry of information as well as Directorate of Media and Communication was queried, alleging that they have performed fasting and prayers over the Supreme Court judgement that gave  PDP victory in Zamfara state in 2019.

What would NUJ chairman add or reduce to the government that has a vibrant and resourceful information managers like Zailani Bappa, Mallam Lawal Umar Maradun and my boss Ibrahim Dosara??

Some people are of the opinion that there was an interference by the immediate fast administration during the election that produced the incumbent chairman, yes agreed! But two wrongs never make right!

Dahiru Samaila Mafara is the former Treasurer of the NUJ, Zamfara state council.

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.

 

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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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