KANO’S GAME OF THRONE: HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF

KANO’S GAME OF THRONE: HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF “If you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains; If you pursue good with labour, the labour passes away but the good remains.”—- Cicero With the unfolding events in the history of Kano Emirate Council, the name of His Excellency, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf will be laced on the plates of gold considering the role he is devotedly playing to restore the battered image and regretful distortion of the revered Kano Emirate. The intention to, balkanize the historic Kano Emirate was carried out by the immediate-past administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who dethroned and banished the 14th Emir of Kano, His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II, even after dividing the Kano Emirate into five places. At the first instance, the division of the Kano Emirate and elevation of the District Heads of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya to First Class Emirs was one to spite Emir Sanusi, who after all, did not give a wink. Emir Sanusi fought and secured his freedom and fundamental human rights of freedom of movement through the Court; and moved on with his life—— going about doing good and offering valuable advice to administrators and leaders across the world for a better world. During his electioneering campaigns, part of the promises made to the people of Kano by Governor Yusuf was that his administration will not only restore the battered traditional institution of Kano, but will also reinstate Emir Sanusi who was removed by ex-Governor Ganduje. Based on this promise, among others, the good people of Kano state overwhelmingly voted for Abba Gida-Gida. Today, the Governor has no choice, than to implement and execute the wishes of the people. It is a social contract he signed with the people of Kano, which must be fulfilled, no matter, whose, Ox is gored. In any case, Governor Yusuf’s populist action is not new to Kano political cum traditional landscape. Adequate legal steps were taken to repeal the Kano Emirate Council Law (2019). The enactment of the Emirate Council Law (2024) ensured the death and burial of Kano Emirate Law (2019). Indeed, Emir Sanusi’s return as the 16th Emir of Kano rekindled important aspect of Kano history which played out in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Recall that during the administration of ex-Governor Abubakar Rimi of blessed memory, there was an attempt to create five emirates in Kano State by splitting the Kano Emirate into five. Some members of the royal family and other traditional rulers, who saw it as an attempt to weaken the Kano Emirate’s influence opposed this move. However, Rimi went ahead with the plan and created the new emirates of Gaya, Karaye, Dutse, Rano, and Kano in April 1981. The Kano Emirate was reduced in size and given a more ceremonial role, while the new emirates were granted more administrative and political powers. The Emir of Kano at the time was not deposed. But was queried for his movements in July 1981 after returning from a journey. The move led to riots in Kano and Rimi never recovered politically and resigned in 1983 after falling out with Aminu Kano. When Governor Sabo Bakin Zuwo took over in 1983, he reversed the decision and restored the Kano Emirate to its original size and status, with the other emirates abolished. His decision was seen as an attempt to restore the traditional balance of power and to address the concerns of those who opposed the creation of the new emirates. Sabo Bakin Zuwo’s action was viewed by many as reflecting the wishes of the people, just the same way the people of Kano state are hailing the People’s Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf for restoring the integrity…

FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN COUNSELS NIGERIANS, SAYS WE’LL OVERCOME PRESENT ECONOMIC HARDSHIP

FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN COUNSELS NIGERIANS, SAYS WE’LL OVERCOME PRESENT ECONOMIC HARDSHIP Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the country needs the collaborative efforts of Nigerians to move forward. He opined that the economic situation in Nigeria would also be overcome by the grace of God. Jonathan stated that during General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s administration, Nigerians also suffered severe hardship, but they were able to bounce back because of God’s presence. He shared his thoughts at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall Yenagoa on Friday while declaring open the “2024 Annual Law Week” of the Yenagoa Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, with the theme: “The Legal Profession in a time of socio-economic uncertainty.” The former nation’s leader described the theme as not only apt but well chosen in view of the present economic hardships in the country. Jonathan, who was represented by the Paramount Ruler of Abureni Clan, HRM Collins Daniel, said, ”Between 1984-1987 there were also economic challenges in Nigeria under the General Ibrahim Badamasi Babagida’s administration, which led the Federal Government to introduce an economic recovery programme called the Structural Adjustment Programme, codenamed SAP. “The country experienced scarcity of essential commodities, and the citizens suffered severe hardship. God was with us, and the country bounced back. “Between 2016-2019 the whole world went through another economic recession. Nigeria also had her own share of the hardship, but we were fortunate we were able to get out of the recession in a few years.“I believe the present socio-economic uncertainty which had sent shivers to all nooks and crannies of society would also be overcome by the grace of God. The Federal Government is doing its best to salvage the situation.”

TEN GENERALS BID FAREWELL TO NIGERIAN ARMY

TEN GENERALS BID FAREWELL TO NIGERIAN ARMY Ten officers of the Nigerian Army, all on the ranks of a general, have retired from active service after successfully serving out their required number of years. The Generals, from the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps (NAAC), comprise six Major-Generals and four Brigadier-Generals. They include: Major-General Nsor Okpa Ojiji, Major-General MH Magaji, Major-General GB Audu, Major-General M Danmadami, Major-General JG Mohammed and Major-General UI Mohammed. Others are Brigadier-General A. Israel, Brigadier-General BA Mohammed, Brigadier-General D. Abdulsalam and Brigadier-General SP Akpan. Speaking on behalf of the others who were also pulled out of service, Ojiji expressed delight at being able to complete the years of active service successfully and commended the Army leadership for the roles played. He, however, appealed that more be done for those still in service to make them perform optimally in the service of the nation. “We recall that the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps (NAAC) has a lot of challenges, which range from poor accommodation to inadequate professional and medical facilities, amongst a myriad of others. “Today, however, I am happy to note that there are many very functional accommodation blocks; even the ambience of these barracks is very welcoming. Many resources and efforts have changed the situation. This is heartwarming. “Kudos to commander NAAC, his team of officers, soldiers, and their families, who are determined together that things must improve in the corps,” he said. Ojiji highlighted the need to address poor equipment grading, especially in formations and units and appealed to the Minister of Defence to look into it. He added, “We hope that the minister of defence, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, also make this his cardinal objective during his tenure. I plead with the Hon. Minister through this medium to deem it fit to do so.“ On his part, the commandant of the Armoured Corps, Major General Mohammed Ahmed, congratulated the retired officers, wished them well in their future endeavours and urged them to make themselves readily available for consultations and helpful advice on improving the Armoured Corps.“We are happy we did what we should do. We carry out a lot of services to the community, ranging from free medical services to the provision of pipe-borne water, among others, and if they tell us about their problems, we promptly attend to those problems,” Ahmed said.

TEN GENERALS BID FAREWELL TO NIGERIAN ARMY

TEN GENERALS BID FAREWELL TO NIGERIAN ARMY Ten officers of the Nigerian Army, all on the ranks of a general, have retired from active service after successfully serving out their required number of years. The Generals, from the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps (NAAC), comprise six Major-Generals and four Brigadier-Generals. They include: Major-General Nsor Okpa Ojiji, Major-General MH Magaji, Major-General GB Audu, Major-General M Danmadami, Major-General JG Mohammed and Major-General UI Mohammed. Others are Brigadier-General A. Israel, Brigadier-General BA Mohammed, Brigadier-General D. Abdulsalam and Brigadier-General SP Akpan. Speaking on behalf of the others who were also pulled out of service, Ojiji expressed delight at being able to complete the years of active service successfully and commended the Army leadership for the roles played. He, however, appealed that more be done for those still in service to make them perform optimally in the service of the nation. “We recall that the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps (NAAC) has a lot of challenges, which range from poor accommodation to inadequate professional and medical facilities, amongst a myriad of others. “Today, however, I am happy to note that there are many very functional accommodation blocks; even the ambience of these barracks is very welcoming. Many resources and efforts have changed the situation. This is heartwarming. “Kudos to commander NAAC, his team of officers, soldiers, and their families, who are determined together that things must improve in the corps,” he said. Ojiji highlighted the need to address poor equipment grading, especially in formations and units and appealed to the Minister of Defence to look into it. He added, “We hope that the minister of defence, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, also make this his cardinal objective during his tenure. I plead with the Hon. Minister through this medium to deem it fit to do so.“ On his part, the commandant of the Armoured Corps, Major General Mohammed Ahmed, congratulated the retired officers, wished them well in their future endeavours and urged them to make themselves readily available for consultations and helpful advice on improving the Armoured Corps.“We are happy we did what we should do. We carry out a lot of services to the community, ranging from free medical services to the provision of pipe-borne water, among others, and if they tell us about their problems, we promptly attend to those problems,” Ahmed said.

GUINEA’S DICTATOR’S EX-ALLY DIES IN DETENTION

GUINEA’S MILITARY DICTATOR’S EX-ALLY DIES IN DETENTION The former right-hand man to Guinea’s ruling general died in detention days after being sentenced by a military court, prosecutors said Wednesday, with his lawyer branding the death suspicious. Sadiba Koulibaly was sentenced by a military court to five years on June 14 for desertion and weapons offences in a trial his supporters denounced as trumped-up. He was second-in-command to junta leader Mamady Doumbouya during the 2021 coup that brought them to power. Prosecutors at a military tribunal said in a statement that he died on June 24. An autopsy ordered by the prosecutors found his death “could be attributable to severe psychological trauma and prolonged stress” causing a heart attack, the statement added. Koulibaly’s lawyer Mory Doumbouya told AFP however he believed the death was due to “anything but natural causes”. He said his client was “healthy and calm” and had not complained of any health problems since his arrest on June 4. He said Koulibaly was held in a secret location and the authorities “refused” to let his defence team contact him. Domestic turmoil has gripped the West African nation since the coup, with the opposition calling for a return to civilian rule. Under international pressure, the junta had agreed to organise elections by the end of 2024. But army-appointed Prime Minister Amadou Oury Bah backtracked on that timetable, saying that the military should remain in power until 2025 at least. After the September 2021 putsch, Koulibaly was appointed as the Guinean army’s chief of staff, a post he held until May 2023. He then became charge d’affaires at the West African nation’s embassy in Cuba. He returned to Guinea in May, saying he had come to demand that the authorities pay the embassy staff’s salaries.He was arrested on accusations of abandoning his post and prosecutors said weapons were found at his home.

“THEY’RE BECOMING JITTERY”, EL RUFAI SON MOCKS TINUBU’S GOVT AFTER FATHER’S VISIT TO BUHARI

‘THEY’RE GETTING JITTERY’ – EL-RUFAI’S SON MOCKS TINUBU’S GOVT AFTER FATHER’S VISIT TO BUHARI Bashir, the son of former Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, has mocked the Bola Tinubu-led government, adding that the administration’s officials are ‘jittery’ ahead of the 2027 general elections. El-Rufai has been meeting some prominent northern politicians in the last few weeks, prompting rumours of the north plotting against the Tinubu-led government. Shehu Sani, a former senator had also accused the northern politicians of ganging up against Tinubu ahead of 2027. Sani, a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, went ahead to write on social media, pleading with the north to allow Tinubu to complete eight years in office. Reacting to the post on X, Bashir wrote: “Lmao. They are getting jittery & sending the wrongest person from the North to advocate for their propaganda, with absolutely no electoral value to his name, but his old glory days of supposedly fighting for democracy & being locked in prison like he was Mandela.” Sani recently spoke at an event organised by the Tinubu government to mark Democracy Day. He praised President Tinubu describing him as the ”father of protests” during the military era. Sani, a former huma rights activist, joins a long list of former PDP chieftains who have been speaking in favour of the Tinubu-led government after the 2023 general elections. They include former spokespersons for Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate in the elections; Reno Omokri and Daniel Bwala. Ex-senator Ben Murray-Bruce has also been supporting the incumbent government.

RANGERS INTERNATIONAL: RETURN OF FLYING ANTELOPES

RANGERS INTERNATIONAL: RETURN OF FLYING ANTELOPES ANTELOPES do not fly.That’s why I often wondered why Rangers International Football Club of Enugu are nicknamed ‘the Flying Antelopes’. I know the genesis of the name ‘Rangers’. It is a deadly and destructive cannon used by Biafran soldiers during the bloody Nigerian Civil War. In ‘fighting’ their way back to the mainstream life in Nigeria, and in shedding the toga of a defeated people after the Civil War, some Igbo leaders set up the football club to fast track their re-integration and chose the name ‘Rangers’ to reflect strength, power and an indomitable fighting and winning spirit. One year after the end of the war, the team played its way to the finals of the most prestigious club competition in Nigeria at the time – the FA Cup! They were only halted in their march to the top only by the heroics of Amusa Adisa, the goalkeeper of WNDC FC, the team that later became IICC Shooting Stars International FC. Adisa had dramatically caught a last-minute penalty kick taken by Godwin Achebe, Captain of the Green Eagles (before and immediately after the War) and of Rangers FC, that would have possibly helped the team to go on and win a match they were dominating up till that point in the dramatic match. That’s how Rangers lost their first major final match by 2-1 to a team that would become their greatest rival in Nigerian football through the decades since then. That same year, 1971, in a competition that was referred to as an ‘emergency league’, Rangers FC emerged the league champions for the first time. But it was in 1974 that their three-year dominance of Nigerian football truly began. From that year, they went on to win the FA Cup three times and the league cup twice, back-to-back. These achievements were unprecedented in Nigeria’s football history and have not been matched 50 years after. Remarkably, it was not only the victories that made Rangers International FC famous and a great team. It was inthe manner of their performances on the field of play. They played with uncommon passion and determination. They had very skillful, very strong and very fast players in all departments on the field, with a goalkeeper who,at about 6 ft 5 inches tall, was a real giant between the posts. Emmanuel Okala went on to become the most celebrated goalkeeper with his award of Africa’s Best Player in 1978 by the African Sports Journalists Union. Rangers International FC always and everywhere played as if possessed, contesting for every ball on the field as if their lives depended on it, physically intimidating and dominating teams with their pphysicality, power and speed, leaving a physical or mental ‘scar’ on every opposing team. In 1977, Rangers FC added the appellation ‘International’ to its name when it won the Africa Cup-winners Cup, only the second Nigerian club side to win the same continental trophy. One year earlier, in 1976, IICC Shooting Stars International FC had blazed the international success trail. That achievement meant a great deal in Nigerian football and to the global followers of the great club based inEnugu. To mark the 40th anniversary of winning the continental trophy, in 2017, the clubs patrons and supporters organised and held the biggest celebration in the history of the team in Houston, Texas, USA.Why USA? Most of the surviving players of the 1970s and 1980s had moved to the USA for studies or in pursuit of a better life. It was, therefore, a great opportunity to re-unite and celebrate them in an audience of members of the Igbo community in the USA with a surprise-guest to embellish the historic event.… a Ranger That Never Played For Rangers InternationalWhen…

HIGH COST OF DRUGS: PRESIDENT TINUBU SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO SLASH PHARMACEUTICAL PRICES

HIGH COST OF DRUGS: PRESIDENT TINUBU SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO SLASH PHARMACEUTICAL PRICES President Bola Tinubu has signed an executive order to introduce zero tariffs, excise duties and value-added tax (VAT) on imported pharmaceutical inputs. This was made known in a statement on Friday by the coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Muhammad Ali Pate. He said the order introduces zero tariffs, excise duties, and value-added tax (VAT) on specified machinery, equipment, and raw materials imported for pharmaceutical production. “In a transformative move to revitalize the Nigerian health sector, His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR @officialABAT, has signed an Executive Order aiming to increase local production of healthcare products (pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, devices such as needles and syringes, biologicals, medical textile, etc.),” Pate said. “The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation @FedMinOfJustice, Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi SAN, @LOFagbemi, is to now take the next steps towards codifying the new Order.” Pate said the order is crucial to the success of the initiative for unlocking the healthcare value chain (PVAC_NG), which was approved in October 2023 by the president. “The Order introduces zero tariffs, excise duties and VAT on specified machinery, equipment and raw materials, aiming to reduce production costs and enhance our local manufacturers’ competitiveness,” he said. “Specified items include Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), excipients, other essential raw materials required for manufacturing of crucial health products like drugs, syringes and needles, Long-lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and Rapid Diagnostic Kits, among others. “The Order also provides for establishing market shaping mechanisms such as framework contracts and volume guarantees, to encourage local manufacturers.” The order also mandates collaboration among relevant ministries and agencies, including the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), to ensure swift implementation and reduce regulatory bottlenecks. According to the minister, the order provides market-based incentives to encourage medical industrialization, reduce costs of medical products through import substitution, create and retain economic value, and enable job creation in the healthcare value chain.The waivers and exemptions will be effective for two years.

14 WORSHIPERS KILLED IN KANO AS TRAILER RUNS INTO JUMAAT SERVICE

14 WORSHIPPERS KILLED IN KANO AS TRAILER RUNS INTO JUMAAT SERVICE No fewer than 14 worshippers were killed after a trailer ran into Jumaat congregation worshippers at Imawa town, Kura Local Government Area in Kano state. The trailer driver with the number plate MKA 537XN coming from Kaduna lost control and ran into the worshippers. The tragic incident occurred at Imawa town on the Kano-Kaduna highway shortly after Jumaat prayer around 1.50 pm on Friday, June 28. The public relations officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kano Sector Command, Abdullahi Labaran, disclosed this in a statement. Labaran said the driver of the trailer was at large. The statement partly read: “According to preliminary reports, a truck with the registration number MKA 537 XN lost control and collided with pedestrians who had just concluded their Friday prayers. The tragic crash not only resulted in fourteen fatalities but also left several others injured.” Labaran said upon receiving a distress call, the FRSC Kano state Command promptly dispatched personnel to the scene, alongside other security agencies He added that nine of the deceased were buried on Friday afternoon, while those injured were receiving treatment at a hospital. According to the statement, the FRSC Sector Commander, Ibrahim Abdullahi, condoled the families of the deceased. He urged all road users to adhere strictly to traffic regulations to prevent such avoidable tragedies. Meanwhile, another tragedy struck at the Mile 12 Market area along Ikorodu Road in Lagos state when a truck driver crushed a scavenger pushing a wheelbarrow to death. The truck driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the victim due to a brake failure while travelling at full speed.The victim was saved alive from the accident scene by LASTMA officers, but died while he was being rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“IS IT YOUR MONEY?”, DOCUMENTARY ON CORRUPTION ALLEGATION AGAINST DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE

“IS IT YOUR MONEY?”  DOCUMENTARY ON CORRUPTION ALLEGATION AGAINST DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources and the first female president of OPEC, is set to break her silence in a new documentary titled “Is It Your Money?” after an eight-year hiatus from the public eye. The documentary directed by renowned Nigerian media personality Chude Jideonwo, promises an in-depth exploration of the controversies that have surrounded Diezani’s tenure in government. During her time as minister (2010-2015), Diezani faced numerous accusations of corruption, particularly related to oil deals. Allegations against her include the diversion of billions of dollars from Nigerian oil revenue, inflation of oil contracts for personal gain, accepting bribes from oil companies, and laundering money through complex financial schemes. Despite these serious charges, Diezani has consistently denied any wrongdoing. “Is It Your Money?” will mark the first time Diezani directly addresses these accusations in eight years. While specific details of the documentary’s content remain under wraps, the title itself hints at a focus on the alleged corruption and its impact. The film will also incorporate the views of Nigerians on the matter, providing a comprehensive perspective on the issue. Chude Jideonwo, known for his thought-provoking interviews and critical approach to social issues, is expected to bring a sharp and insightful lens to the project. The documentary aims to shed light on Diezani’s side of the story while examining the broader implications of the allegations. The exact release date for “Is It Your Money?” has yet to be announced, but it is confirmed for release sometime this year. The documentary is highly anticipated, as it will offer a rare glimpse into Diezani’s perspective and could potentially reshape public opinion about her controversial tenure. Diezani Alison-Madueke’s period as Minister of Petroleum Resources was a tumultuous one, marked by significant achievements as well as profound controversies. Her upcoming documentary represents a crucial opportunity for her to address the allegations head-on and provide clarity on the issues that have haunted her legacy.As the release date approaches, both critics and supporters eagerly await the revelations that “Is It Your Money?” promises to deliver.