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Understanding the hullabaloo behind call for Matawalle’s probe* By Toby Prince

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*Understanding the hullabaloo behind call for Matawalle’s probe*

By Toby Prince

 

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“Must we always kill our best?” This poignant question, credited to the late Ken Saro Wiwa, resonates deeply in the current political climate of Nigeria, particularly in the case of Bello Matawalle, the Minister of State for Defence. Matawalle, a former governor known for his vocal advocacy for the common masses, now finds himself at the center of a probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). One can’t help but resonate with Wiwa’s sentiments.

 

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There seems to be an orchestrated campaign to undermine Matawalle’s efforts and derail him from his ministerial duties. It is a lamentable situation where those who are keen on disrupting peace and progress are hell-bent on pulling down those who strive to uphold them. This probe, however, appears to be less about justice and more about political manoeuvring. This move reeks of desperation and hatred, as it is clear that the petitioners are hell-bent on punishing Matawalle for his hardened support for this administration and his unrelenting efforts to combat banditry in Zamfara and other parts of the country.

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It is crucial to recognise that Matawalle’s vocal stance against insecurity and his determination to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians have made him a thorn in the flesh of those who benefit from the status quo. His commitment to this administration and his unapologetic support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu have earned him the ire of those who seek to undermine the government’s efforts.

Matawalle’s tenure as the governor of Zamfara State from 2019 to 2023 was marked by his relentless efforts to curb banditry and uplift the common masses. His persistence in getting support to combat banditry in the state was frustrated by powerful personalities that traded gains gotten from the continuity of insecurity. His dedication was such that he was ready to lose his immunity for the sake of the people. Now, as the Minister of State for Defence, he continues to serve with the same zeal and commitment. Yet, his detractors seem hell-bent on tarnishing his reputation and derailing his efforts.

The EFCC’s probe into an alleged N70bn fraud during Matawalle’s tenure as governor is a classic example of this. The allegations, based on phantom contract awards and diversion of funds, were brought forth by the Tinubu Youth and Women Network. This group, led by Aliyu Yunusa, has been vocal in its demand for a swift investigation. However, one must question the motives behind this sudden urgency. It is no secret that Matawalle is a vocal and proud supporter of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. His unwavering support for the administration has earned him many admirers, but it has also made him a target for those who oppose the administration.

The hurriedly packaged petition against Matawalle seems to be a thinly veiled attempt to punish him for his political affiliations. They have failed to take into account the rigorous process of investigation that a probe entails. But one must ask, is this probe truly about ensuring justice, or is it a tool being used to silence a vocal supporter of the administration? The timing and circumstances surrounding the probe raise serious doubts about its legitimacy.

However, the EFCC’s response to the protesters, calling for a thorough investigation, is a welcome development. It is essential to ensure that any probe is thorough, impartial, and free from political interference. Matawalle’s innocence or guilt must be established through a fair and transparent process, rather than relying on unsubstantiated allegations and malicious petitions.

In a deep cross-examination of precedent occurrences leading to the vile protest, one can undoubtedly conclude that the call for Matawalle’s probe is nothing but a witch-hunt, orchestrated by forces that seek to discredit and silence him. This action is a disservice to a man who has dedicated his life to serving the people. More of a classic case of shooting the messenger, as Matawalle’s efforts to address the root causes of insecurity have exposed the complicity of some powerful individuals and groups. The petitioners, hiding behind the cloak of anonymity, are attempting to divert attention from the real issues, and creating a distraction from the progress being made in the fight against insecurity. This is a blatant attempt to discredit his efforts and undermine his contributions.

In light of this, we must revisit and reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental principles of justice and fairness, which are the very cornerstones of our society. Every individual, including Matawale, is inherently entitled to the inviolable presumption of innocence until proven guilty, a sacrosanct right that must be upheld at all costs. We must resist the temptation to rush to judgment based on unsubstantiated allegations and instead allow the due process of law to unfold unhindered, permitting the truth to emerge organically. While the allegations of corruption are grave and warrant a thorough investigation, they must not be exploited as a political weapon to settle scores or silence dissenting voices. Matawale’s detractors, in their zeal to discredit him, have failed to recognise his unyielding resilience and unwavering dedication to his duties. Despite the allegations and the ongoing investigation, Matawalle continues to serve with unrelenting passion, remaining steadfast in his role as the Minister of State for Defence and persisting in his advocacy for the welfare of the common masses, a testament to his unshakeable commitment to the greater good.

Matawalle’s achievements as a former governor and his current efforts as Minister of State for Defence speak volumes about his dedication to the Nigerian people. His commitment to transparency and accountability has earned him the respect and admiration of many. It is, therefore, ludicrous to suggest that he is suddenly unfit for office or that he has become corrupt overnight.

In conclusion, the probe against Bello Matawalle appears to be more of a political vendetta than a genuine pursuit of justice. A handy work of political jobbers, whose unpatriotic pursuit is only based on selfish reasons and self-aggrandizement. It is a clear example of how political rivalries can overshadow the true purpose of institutions like the EFCC. Instead of being used as a tool for justice, the EFCC is being used as a weapon in a political battle. This is not only unjust to Matawalle but also undermines the credibility of the EFCC. The EFCC would do well to prove this obvious narrative wrong.

Matawalle’s probe is nothing but a desperate attempt to discredit a vocal and effective leader. This is nothing short of a witch-hunt, rather than a genuine desire for accountability. We must not allow the forces of hatred and desperation to succeed in their efforts to undermine the progress being made in the fight against insecurity. Matawalle’s commitment to Nigeria and its people is unwavering, and we must stand with him against those who seek to destroy our country.

As we ponder on Ken Saro Wiwa’s question, “Must we always kill our best?” we must also ask ourselves, “Must we always let political rivalries overshadow the pursuit of justice?” The answer, undoubtedly, should be a resounding “No.” Let us transcend the mundane and divisive realm of petty politics, and instead, unite in our support for those selfless individuals who are tirelessly dedicating themselves to the noble pursuit of our nation’s advancement.

***Prince is a communication expert based in Abuja.

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Egbe Obaneye Okunrin Earmarks #15m To Empower Members At SME Business Seminar

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SAHARA WEEKLY Reports That One of the fastest growing age-groups, otherwise known as Regbregbe in Ijebuland, Egbe Obaneye Okunrin Akile-Ijebu will on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 hold the second edition of its SME Business Seminar.

 

 

 

 

 

Egbe Obaneye Okunrin Earmarks #15m To Empower Members At SME Business Seminar

 

 

 

The event which promises to be business friendly and educative has been scheduled for Chinese Hall, of the upscale Conference Hotel, Ijebu-Ode, the heartbeat of Ijebuland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to a statement by the headship of the Regberegbe, Giwa Oluseye Yusuf, the group through its Baba Egbe has earmarked #15m for the empowerment of 10 members during the SME business seminar to be anchored by Mr Bola Bhadmus, CEO WelthBrifge Asset Management Limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘You are cordially invited to the Idokowo Egbe Obaneye 2.0 SME seminar, where industry experts and thought leaders will share insights and strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises to thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape. Join us for a morning of networking, learning, and growth’.

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Kano Probe: Independent CSO report exonerates APC National Chairman, Ganduje of any wrongdoing

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…cautions against use of state apparatus to witch-hunt perceived enemies

 

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The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, has been exonerated of allegations of corruption.

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The Coalition for Truth and Justice made this known in its preliminary report on the purported probe of the former Kano State Governor.

In the report signed by its convener Dr Okwa Dan, the Coalition said from8 its findings, there was an intense campaign aimed at character assassination and mischief against Ganduje.

The Coalition added that the alleged evidence presented against Ganduje on supposed bribery lacks the necessary clarity and direct linkage to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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The Coalition for Truth and Justice, therefore, warned against the use of state apparatus to witch-hunt perceived political opponents.

“The Coalition for Trust and Justice wishes to use this medium to inform members of the public of the smear campaign, which does not reflect the realities on the ground with the allegations,” the statement said.

“The allegations remain a figment of the imaginations of its proponents, who have recently deployed enormous resources in the diatribe against Dr Umar Ganduje. It is instructive to note that Dr Umar Ganduje is targeted because of his position as the National Chairman of the APC, which has witnessed proactive leadership in managing the affairs of the APC.

“Our findings showed that the Kano state government elected to play in the gallery by spreading falsehood and giving a dog a bad name to hang. The recent probe is one such example of the slander campaign against Dr Umar Ganduje that can’t be substantiated. It is a feeble attempt at tarnishing the image of the national chairman of the APC.

“To ensure we are not weighing in on the wrong side of history, the Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) diligently examined the allegations of corruption levelled against Dr. Umar Ganduje,). Our preliminary findings are based on rigorous research, legal analysis, and adherence to principles of natural justice.

“The bribery allegations against Dr. Ganduje are serious and should have ordinarily merit thorough investigation. However, the allegations must be approached with fairness and objectivity, not the kind of lynch mob that the incumbent Kano State Government has convened. Our research reveals that the evidence presented lacks the necessary clarity and direct linkage to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

“The probe, teleguided by Dr. Ganduje’s predecessor in the person of Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankawso, raises questions about its procedural integrity. The absence of due process, including proper documentation and adherence to legal protocols, undermines the investigation. Its credibility is eroded.

“Dr. Ganduje, like any other citizen, enjoys the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. As a result, we, place it on record that allegations alone do not constitute guilt. The burden of proof lies with the accusers.

“The allegations against Dr. Ganduje are mostly anchored on a piece of supposed video evidence. This widely circulated video allegedly showing Dr. Ganduje receiving bribes lacks authenticity and context. Without proper forensic analysis and verification, relying solely on this video undermines the pursuit of justice. We took note that the video evidence has been discredited. prior

“The entire episode, therefore, has all the markings of selective targeting. This raises several posers. Why focus solely on Dr. Ganduje when corruption allegations cut across various political offices? Why not have a holistic and comprehensive investigation that includes all relevant actors?

“After an extensive assessment of the allegations, the Coalition for Truth and Justice states that some vested interests are behind the slander campaign to cause untoward embarrassment to Dr Umar Ganduje.

The Coalition for Truth and Justice frowns at such a disposition that has the potential to elicit negative remarks on the personality of Dr Umar Ganduje. Given the findings of our preliminary analysis of the issues in focus, we boldly state this.

“Our findings revealed that the allegations have political undertones that were well intended towards mischief rather than facts or evidence. Therefore, the purported probe remains a waste of time and resources by the Kano State government.

“The Coalition for Truth and Justice wishes to state in unequivocal terms that Dr Umar Ganduje did not commit any infraction while in office as they would want the unsuspecting members of the general public to believe. The facts before us indicate a regime of transparency and accountability.

“The Coalition for Truth and Justice, as a result of this, informs members of the general public that the allegations of corruption against Dr Umar Ganduje are, at best, a political strategy aimed at shifting focus on the ineptitude of the government of Kano state in delivering on the dividends of democracy.”

 

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Nova Care CEO, Tijani Olumide Bags ‘Face of London 24’ Awards.

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The Managing Director of Nova Care and Recruitment Limited, United Kingdom has bagged the face of London 2024 awards on the 16th of May 2024.

The awards was organized by Triangle Media International, a creative and balanced reporting outfit cutting across the world.

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The awards was presented based on tremendous efforts of Mr Tijani Olumide in caring for Nigerians and other citizen in getting a stable job in the United Kingdom among other philanthropy gesture to humanity.

He was ably represented by Omooba Damilare Oloyode who is a close ally to Tijani Olumide.

Below is the awards and certificates

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Nova Care CEO, Tijani Olumide Bags 'Face of London 24' Awards.

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