Zamfara State Commissioner of Information, Ibrahim Dosara, Mourns Brother In- Law
Zamfara State Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, has announced the death of his bother-in-law, Ibrahim Abubakar (Gandi) who died at the early hours of today friday June 6th, 2022 after a protracted illness.
In a statement released to newsmen today and made available to our Medium, Honorable Dosara said, “With heavy heart, deep sorrow and total submission to the will of Allah (SWT), I announce the demise of my younger brother in- law Ibrahim Abubakar (Gandi) who died at the early hours of today friday June 6th, 2022 after a protracted illness.”
“The deceased who is a younger brother to my first wife Hajiya Rabi Abubakar Danmaliki, died at the Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto and has since been buried according to islamic tradition.”
The funeral prayer which was performed at the family house of former Chief Judge of Sokoto state, Justice Bello Abbas Gidadawa at about 10 am this morning, was attended by a large crowd of family members and sympathizers, comprising prominent personalities within and outside Sokoto metropolitan.
He was survived by one wife and six children.
May the Almighty Allah grant his gentle soul Jannatil Firdausi and the family the fortitude to bear the irreparrable loss. Amen.
PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS THE DEAD, CONDOLES WITH ONDO STATE GOVT AND PEOPLE
PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS THE DEAD, CONDOLES WITH ONDO STATE GOVT AND PEOPLE
The President says only fiends from the nether region could have conceived and carried out such dastardly act, adding that eternal sorrow awaits them both on earth here, and ultimately in the hereafter.
President Buhari mourns the dead, condoles with their families, the Catholic Church, and the Government of Ondo State, charging emergency agencies to swing into action, and bring succor to the wounded.
“No matter what, this country shall never give in to evil and wicked people, and darkness will never overcome light. Nigeria will eventually win,” the President says.
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Nigerian Political Parties Lack Ideology” – Joko, Mindshift Convener
“Nigerian Political Parties Lack Ideology” – Joko, Mindshift Convener
The Convener, Mindshift Advocacy for Development Initiative, Mr. Joko Okupe, has indicted Nigerian political parties for lack of ideological direction. Mr. Okupe made this declaration in a media interaction held recently at the Mindshift corporate office in Ikeja, Lagos.
Fielding questions from the press the Mindshift Convener argues that none of the parties in Nigeria contending and jostling for political power come 2023 is driven on the wheels of ideology. What directs the life and operations of a political party in a democracy, he said, is ideology. Ideology is the bulwark of the party’s culture. It stands tall as the oil or blood that runs the engine of the party and directs the actions of both the party officials and the membership.
According to Mr. Okupe, “Ideology consists of the common beliefs, values, and norms of the party directed at defining the kind of society a party plans to build. It comes from a common vision designed by the party as a roadmap to the society in view. Ideology forms the operating framework from where the political parties draw their inspirations and strategies which are encapsulated into manifestoes and agendas and subsequently communicated to the public through their campaign communications. But can we say the parties have any ideological direction? How, for instance, can you distinguish APC from PDP. Because the parties lack ideology, so there are no distinctions in their manifestoes. Every party appears to be saying the same thing about: building infrastructure, providing youth employment, providing good health care and good education. But we know it is the same thing they have been saying since 1999”.
Speaking further about the Nigerian state and the type of leader Nigerians will expect come 2023 he said, “There is no political party in Nigeria today you can say is a shining example of what a political party should be. They all lack ideology. We are in a Nigerian state variously described by political scientists as predatory, prebendal, parasitic, patrimonial, neo-patrimonial, crony, kleptocratic, venal, greedy, etc., that has created a crop of leaders who in themselves are selfish and do not understand their own historical mission. Under this situation he posited that we need a certain kind of leader. “We need a leader who is sufficiently knowledgeable about the task ahead, and understands the context behind Nigeria’s current historical trajectory, and would be ready to tackle it headlong. We need a leader who is bold, brave, and courageous – who can break the bounds of our stranglehold. A leader who understands the need to build cohesion in a multiethnic and multicultural society. We need someone who can confront orthodoxy and demolish our fault lines without diminishing our disparate cultural and ethnic values. Such a leader needs to have a clarity of his vision and how he wants to achieve it. I have not seen much of that in the present crop of party contenders for the post of the president in 2023.”
Speaking on the solution to the Nigerian leadership problem, he said that Nigeria needs an upgrade in the reformulation of the state, the leadership class, and the citizens. The state is malfunctioning because of its hackneyed structure which tilts towards centrality and unitary-federalism. That is an aberration in a multiethnic and multicultural state. The leaders are selfish and visionless, attracted only by the fancy of their kleptomaniac tendencies. They do not understand the very purpose of life, and hence can hardly understand the essence of leadership. The followers are famished and lack the understanding of what liberal democracy is all about. In the most part, they lack enough knowledge to appreciate that they are actually the king while the politicians are their servants. They mistake the concept of leadership in a political setting with the concept of kingship in a traditional setting; and this makes them subservient to the politicians who should be accountable to them. This contradiction makes democracy difficult to practice in Nigeria. Under this scenario the politicians weaponize poverty as an instrument of domination against the citizens.
Following this, Mr. Okupe advocates for the mass enlightenment of the political class and the citizens. For him, both the political class and the citizens are under bondage, and need to be enlightened so that they can be liberated to develop the country, without which Nigeria remains undeveloped for eve. This is the reason he convened the Mindshift movement.
Explaining further, Mr. Okupe said that, “Mindshift Advocacy Initiative for Development was created out of the vision and understanding that our response to whatever situation we find ourselves, either in our individual terrain, group terrain or national terrain, is directly a result of how we think. The bible says, as a man thinks in his heart so he is or becomes. So, if we understand that, we will all push for a Mindshift or a change of how we think. That is what will actually move us away from where we are now. So, the Mindshift movement is actually focused on shifting mind-sets from negative to positive. It is a non-governmental and non-partisan organization. It is focused on redirecting the mind-set of Nigerians from the route of destruction in every area of lives. “If a man wants to be destructive or disruptive, it is through the power of his mind.”
“There is so much capacity in the power of the mind that the way and manner that the mind is directed determines a man’s outcome. Even for us, as a lesson, other nations of the world are doing incredibly well is due to the different mind-sets that they have. The average Nigerian mindset is anti-progress and anti-development. How can we have progress and development without working on the re-orientations of the mindset we have? Even when government decides to run a campaign on changing attitudes, the success will depend on how people think.” We must have that clear understanding. That essentially is the mandate of the Mindshift advocacy.
Joko Okupe who is a brand management and marketing communications expert of about 35 years, and who has consulted for many globally reckoned organisations, is set to bring that knowledge and experience to the front burner in the management of the Mindshift advocacy, with the sole aim of galvanizing the Nigerian people to a new way of thinking and reasoning that will lift this country from one milestone of development to a higher milestone of development.
Clarion Call: The Brutal Mugging And Judas/Fulanis Robbery In Fagba Is Getting To A Heightened And Disturbing Rate
Clarion Call: The Brutal Mugging And Judas/Fulanis Robbery In Fagba Is Getting To A Heightened And Disturbing Rate. ~By Oluwaseun Trust Bethnews media
This is to officially draw the attention of Lagos State Government, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government chairman, Usman Hamsat and Area Commander, Area G Police Station, Commander Zungura who covers Ifako Ijaiye axis, I would like to use this medium to pass this privileged information as Lagos/Lagosian already sitting on a keg of gun powder.
The present situation of Fagba axis is no longer save and unbearable as several people had related their experiences while I witnessed this about 9:30pm yesterday, Thursday June 2, 2022 right between daddy savage junction and Fagba bus stop.
People were mugged with impunity; while Red House police vehicle/van usually stationed before now, in savry but suddenly nowhere to be found! Even if those policemen were sighted, surely, they were only stationed for something different entirely, whether to extort the motorists or traffic offenders either of the two basis, I have my point on the allegations because it has severally happened in my presence which I even took extorting pictures of the scene.
Recently I have seen a scenario whereby a small boy amongst those truck pushers snatched a phone from a passenger seated Inside Keke Napep (Tricycle) while on traffic of about 30 seconds in the presence of those policemen we all saw him while he ran towards rail-line Abattoir axis
These were Hausa boys we saw and mostly teenagers who eventually ran across the market/ rail line to the abattoir.
During our 7:00am vox Pop another victim recalled “my wife witnessed one around 6am sometimes back between Oparo and zenith bank her colleague was fast to quickly enter the car after using the atm. They used a cutlass to attack their victim who was on his way to work, blood dripping from him he was shouting ole, while those Hausas attackers too was shouting ole(thief) and running too just at fagba bus stop while it was raining at 6.30am on that Saturday some pole were robbed”.
It’s obvious something urgent needs to be done as fast as possible.
My major concern is those Hausas/Fulanis teenagers that always gathered themselves at Fagba junction on daily basis doing nothing, similar cases has been reported by this medium in the year past during the era of former Ifako Ijaiye Local government, Apostle OlorunToba Oke who singlehandedly warned and addressed those guys to desist from their evil perpetrators/act else they will face the wrath of the State government, this was Toba Oke’s words then.
Guess we will recalled what happened during endsars protest? We saw how those guys went out midnight to set many houses/shops ablaze which nothing was done till date.
Now the same ugly scenario is about to resurface again. I wish our political rulers, Lagos state government could adhered towards this popular saying
“A stich in time is just for the wise”!
Kindly help share this concern to reach Lagos State Government or those who can stem this situation.
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