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YANDOTON DAJI EMIRATE SAGA: WAS ZAMFARA STATE GOVERNMENT REALLY UNAWARE ABOUT THE CORONATION PROCESS?

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Bello Galadi,

I was shocked by the news of the coronation of the notorious banditry kingpin, Adamu Aleru by the Birnin Yandoto Emirate Council as the Sarkin Fulani of the Emirate on Saturday, 16th July, 2022. It was an unfortunate development. It was a bad Saturday for the majority of the people of Zamfara State.

I personally watched the video clip of the coronation ceremony, monitored by Maibiredi TV which was attended by the Emir of Birnin Yandoto, Alh. Aliyu Marafa and the celebrant, Adamu Aleru, who was accompanied by a large number of his supporters, which held at Yandoton Daji, on Saturday 16th July 2022. I also listened to the speeches made at the occasion, more particularly the ones delivered by the Hon. Chairman of Tsafe Local Government Council and the Hon. Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, DIG Mamman Tsafe Rtd.
As a concerned citizen of Zamfara State, I was disappointed.

I was also disappointed with our security agents, more particularly the Police who claimed that Aleru has been on their wanted list since 2018 and placed a N5m bounty on his head. He is accused of committing atrocities in Katsina State and beyond.

It is a failure on the part of the Police to fail to arrest him for over 4 years and allow him to continue to move around freely.

Aleru might have played pivotal role during a recent peace process locally arranged between the Birnin Yandoto Emirate and the bandits terrorizing Tsafe LGA. It’s not wrong for the Emirate or any other institution of government to appreciate him for his efforts in some ways, but not by conferring him with a chieftaincy title of Sarkin Fulani.

By the nomenclature of the title, he is the spiritual leader of the Fulani tribe within the boundaries of Birnin Yandoto Emirate, which, in my opinion is highly wrong. The title is too big for a repentant bandit. It should be reserved for the highly respected Fulanis who have demonstrated commitment over the years for peace and human development. People with clean record.

It is not a bad idea to engage the bandits in dialogue who have surrendered their weapons. It is also not a bad idea for the government to reintegrate them into the society, so as to change their mindset.
Government should also have the capacity to arrest, investigate and prosecute those who are not willing to surrender. They should be punished by killing in line with the new Banditry Law of Zamfara State.

In my opinion, the Emirate was hasty in the decision. Remember, the Emirate is barely 2 months old and the Emir is just some weeks old. He should have taken time to study the situation before coming up with this idea. There should be uninterrupted peace for at least 5 years in the Emirate before the Emirate should contemplate the award. Few weeks ago, Mada town was attacked by bandits and displaced several people. Mada town is a stone throw away from Yandoto town.

As far as I am concerned, it’s too early to jubilate peace within that domain.

From the assumption of this government in May 2019, three Emirs and some District Heads have been sacked for alleged culpability in banditry.

Not only traditional leaders, almost every category of people are involved and are compromising the fight against banditry in Zamfara State, including high profile government figures, politicians, security agents, lawyers, judges etc.
At the moment, banditry is the most lucrative and profitable business and the fastest growing enterprise in Nigeria.

A lot of people are making fortunes out of it, that is why it refuses to go.
The government announced the suspension of the Emir on 17th July, 2022 and constituted a committee under the leadership of Hon. Yahaya Gora Namaye to investigate the circumstances leading to the action of the Emir. We are waiting for the outcome of the investigation of the committee which will either indict or absolve the Emir.

It would have been unfair for the government to sack the Emir at this stage. That will amount to the infringement of his fundamental rights of presumption of innocence under Section 36(5) of the Nigeria’s Constitution.

One funny thing about the whole saga was how the government distanced itself from the process. I find it difficult to agree with the government.
My father was a Village Head before he died. I am a holder of 2 traditional titles. I know what it means to confer chieftaincy title on someone. I know the process involved. Logically, one will be appointed first, then coronation follows. They hardly occur on the same date.

I do not know when Aleru was appointed but I am sure it was not on Saturday, 16th July, 2022.

It is a great failure and tremendous embarrassment on the part of the government to claim that it was not aware of both the appointment and the coronation.

That apart, some key government functionaries attended the coronation and delivered speeches, including the Hon Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, DIG Mamman Tsafe Rtd and the Hon. Chairman of Tsafe LGC.

Were they there privately for themselves or for the government? Their speeches confirmed that they were there for their people and for the government.

In all honesty, the government was supposed to suspend the duo of DIG Mamman Tsafe and the Hon Chairman of Tsafe Local Government Council respectively in the manner it suspended the Emir, because, to me, they committed the same offense.

On the 20th July, 2022, Zamfara State Government issued a directive that hence forth, any appointment for chieftaincy title by an Emir or Senior District Head or District Head must be approved by the government.

I personally don’t think that measure is sufficient to address the problem. We need a law to streamline the procedure for the appointment of chieftaincy title. The governor does not have to be involved in everything. The approval can be handled at the Local Government level.

I personally have reservations in the manner the government is handling the issue of security in Zamfara State.
It is sad that in spite of the government efforts, people are being killed and kidnapped on daily basis. We are not safe in our homes. We are not safe in our farms. We are not safe on our roads. Anybody can be kidnapped, even Soldiers.

Instead of addressing the insecurity itself, government should address the root causes of the insecurity. The poverty and illiteracy level in Zamfara State is too high, government should reduce it to the lowest level. There should be a strategic plan on how to create jobs for the people, provide quality water, accessible roads, drugs, electricity and other basic amenities. There should be plan on how to deal with corruption and address the seeming collapse of justice system. Something needs to be done to strengthen security on our borders. Government should collaborate with the neighboring state governments on border security.

The Community Protection Guards is a good idea but government should show serious political commitment in the project and provide a law to regulate the modus operandi of the outfit otherwise it will be a mere political statement.
May Allah SWT bring an end to the insecurity in Zamfara State, restore our peace, guide our leaders and bless them with focus, determination, honesty, foresight and sincerity to steer the affairs of the state to the dreamland, amin.

Galadi is a former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Gusau Branch (covering Zamfara State) and President of Bello Galadi Foundation.
He can be reached on:
muhammadbel_law@yahoo.com; muhammadbellaw80@gmail.com and twitter handle: @bello_galadi1
 
23rd July, 2022

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THREE FMR. GOVERNORS, MINISTERS, AND TOP APC POLITICIANS HEADS MATAWALLE APC CAMPAIGN COUNCIL

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Former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi and Ahmad Rufai Sani were among the prominent APC politicians that are to head the gubernatorial campaign council for the second term bid of Governor Bello Matawalle.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Tijjani Yahaya Kaura and former Finance Minister Ambassador Bashir Yuguda are among the leaders of Zamfara APC gubernatorial campaign council.

The campaign council also has many former and serving senators, members of the Federal House of Representatives as well as serving and former ambassadors.

Abdulaziz Yari who is the Chairman of the Campaign Council has formally issued appointment letters to the hundreds of APC power brokers that are to work at the various campaign committees and subcommittees.

He charged the members of the campaign council to work harder and justify the confidence reposed on them by making sure that the Governor and indeed all the APC candidates are returned elected in the forthcoming 2023 election.

He also warned politicians and party supporters to shun political thuggery and conduct a campaign that violent free.
He further said his committee would not allow anybody to carry any kind of weapons except the security agencies that are mandated to do so.

He assured that the campaign council would conduct a hitch free campaign devoid of any thuggery activities.

Abdul Aziz Abubakar Yari appeals to the people of Zamfara state to ensure that APC candidates are massively given all the necessary votes to win election in 2023 general election.

He further charged the council members to redouble their efforts as the committee would work for the success of the party in the state.

He called on the other political parties in the state to emulate his committee by not allowing anybody, particularly the youth to carry dangerous weapons during their political campaign and charge security agencies not to spare anyone caught carrying weapons during the campaigns of the political parties in the state.

Also speaking during the occasion the director general of the campaign council who was a former Minister and Senator Alhaji Tijjani Yahaya kaura Namoda charge members to be vigilant and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibility as they have chosen based on merit; therefore they must lead APC to victory.

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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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