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Engr. Abdulmalik: A God’s messenger of liberation for Kogites, By John Paul

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I think the manifestation of the famous tale of Israelites versus Pharaoh of Egypt in the holy book is apparent here. God allowed His children (the Israelites) to undergo certain hardship in the hands of Egyptians because Moses was in the making. Even though it was easy for Him been the creator of the creatures to change Pharaoh’s heart for the favor of the Israelites, He was Patience because at the right time, not only will the Israelites be freed, the omnipotent of God will be revealed to Egyptians.

Taking your mind back on those degradable events that thronged from the realms of governance in the last three years will make this post boring for my amiable readers. As a matter of fact, it will be a recalling of the process of an injury through which the scar was sustained.

Kogi state has had her fair share of ineptitude, monism, sycophancy and other political caboodle. In fact, the state has been on the lips of everyone for obviously odd reasons. And like king Pharaoh of Egypt, the perpetrators of these monstrous crime against humanity find solace in doing so. They were never perturbed by the increasing hunger, unemployment, insecurities and other socio-economic morass currently raging the land. Instead, they have stiffened and may probably drive Kogi state into seeking global succor if they eventually return to power in 2019. But God almighty has forbidden that.

Fellow Kogites, let me quickly admit here that it’s possible for a discerning mind to conclude that Kogi state has been plunged to abyss, considering the the fact that though, it luckily produced the youngest governor in the history of Nigeria’s democratic rebirth, it’s been flaunted as the state governed by the most clueless and incompetence leaders of the century. I will also admit here that the two ex-leaders who happened to be in-laws were also prominent in their own errors. But for the fact that inevitable circumstances had relinquished power to the minority for the first time, I had expected that Kogi state amidst her numerous abundance of nature will be speedily driven on the part of socio-economic development.
But reverse is now the case as, payment of salaries to civil servants and even political appointees have been politicized. Survival has become a jungle game where only the fittest survives. Security upheavals is at it’s peak. And in a nutshell, people are resorting to the most abominable suicidal acts in a bid to end the ungodly and perpetual catastrophe brought upon the land.
Each time I sit for sober reflections, fellow Kogites I weep profusely for my inability to reconcile the fact that such mayhem could be unleashed on a once most peaceful state in Nigeria- The confluence home of the most industrious and easily contented people. The peace loving and law abiding Kogites.

But help is on the way! I see a brighter light on the horizon. I see a Kogi state that will soon be envied by all and sundry. I see a Kogi state where the unborn generation will find themselves lucky to have originated from. I see our economy fully restored. I see the confluence city becoming a global destination for tourism. I see a revitalized industrious youths. I see a Kogi state where civil servants will not have to spend their monthly pay and waiting for it’s endless arrivals. I see the Kogi state with equal opportunities. I see the Kogi state where democracy will be fully celebrated in all election seasons. I see the Kogi state where the essence of good governance- equitable distribution of common wealth, is taken into cognizance. Finally, I see the most economically developed and viable Kogi state with Engineer Abdulmalik Muhammed Adama. A renowned technocrat, democrat and progressive mind of our time. A man who believes in the capacity of Kogi state to cater for the overwhelming needs of the people. A lover of all and a humanitarian ambassador. A globally exposed industrialist with experience and connections that cut across every sector of human endeavors. A man whose aspirations detest the politically infectious godfatherism syndrome. His political mandate which will soon transform into a movement will champion the cause of humanity and revamp the already dilapidated economy of the state.

I know you may want to ask; why are we canvassing for a man who has not identified with any political party? Perhaps, a man who is residence offshore.
Fellow Kogites, an overview of the current socio-economic and political challenges will clear any doubt. Just as the saying goes; the best way to solve a problem is to identify its cause. The antidotes to the current political quagmire requires a global experience and affiliation. However, the necessity of identifying an aspiration with a political party is in fulfillment of democratic principle. Otherwise, Nigeria’s political parties despite its diversity has no cognitive objective contrary to the party mens’ interest. Therefore, if you ask me, the best brain for Kogi’s economic, political and social reform is that with untainted social history. An academically inclined and financially stable with a distinctive humanitarian gestures. A vast knowledge of the various gift of nature with a distinctive analysis that will see through a judicious use of those resources.
Finally, a non member of the devilish caucus and conspicuous human killer- The comprador class of political bourgeois (godfathers and their loyalist). This is where Engineer Abdulmalik Muhammed Adama stood as the best man for the job. As an industrialist, he is currently an MD/CEO of a world class aviation services. This means Engineer Abdulmalik Muhammed Adama is an employer of labour. As a humanitarian ambassador, AMA left his business and the comfort offshore for two years to Kogi state where he toured every nooks and crannies of the state, alleviating poverty from among the people.

Most amazingly, his governorship aspirations is just a ‘one tenure’ mandate that will transform Kogi state for good after four years. Now, you may want to ask, how possible could this be? Here is your answer; First, Nigeria is too blessed to be poor. Secondly, Kogi state is so naturally endowed that if what we have is judiciously used, even an unborn baby will be too rich to be nurtured by its parents. It may appear funny but that is the gospel truth. There are two things that actually killed us as a people;
The cost of governance and,
lack of political will.
Imagine a governor, after eight years of unwarranted allocating of resources to himself, he will still be entitled for life pension. This will be a tale for tomorrow’s moonlight.

Fellow Kogites, its possible for us to boast of a world class road in less than a year. Its possible to boast of uninterrupted power supply in less than a year. A free and standard Medical system is achievable in less than a year. A world class Educational system with the most qualified teachers and a credible environment for learning is possible in less than a year. Kogi state has what it takes to put those things in place but, what is virtually lacking is political will to achieve them. That’s why we must look beyond ethnic or social differences and cultivate on these virgin land ( vote AMA) for a bountiful harvest. We must unite and speak in one voice. Unless, you are not pained that your father, mother, uncle, brother, sister, friend and relative is a direct victim of this visionless Yahaya Bello’s government. We must take Kogi back or forever remain on our toes. And Engineer Abdulmalik Muhammed Adama is out to liberate, reposition and restructure Kogi state for us and the unborn generation.
As another election season gathers momentum, take a sober reflection and decide whether to be responsible for your own destiny or forever remain a refugee in your fatherland.
Kogi state is for all of us. And not only for the lions and Jackals of Lugard house.

We shall meet again.

GOD BLESS KOGI STATE.

JOHN PAUL.
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Atiku’s US Trip: So much ado about nothing, By Tunde Ajose

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For good watchers of the Nigerian politics, one thing has come to stay in our political experiment at getting it right in this country and that is the ability for smart politicians to easily sway the electorates with mundane issues.

The campaigns are no longer issue based but media sensationalism.

Latest of such was the sudden appearance of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the United States of America! Then one begins to wonder why the opposition would think such is the needed magic wand to win the election.

And the euphoria may not be unconnected with the report that Atiku was barred from entering the States because of his fraudulent nature but the question is, why would any serious opposition believes such action would immediately translate into winning the Aso Rock.

One would have wondered why Atiku has chosen to travel with the current senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki? Could it be that he actually traveled under the diplomatic immunity of Saraki’s official delegation?

Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity that ensures diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country’s laws, but they can still be expelled.

We need to be circumspect as we move forward as a nation and be more discerning. The current government of Nigeria is focused more than before in ensuring that Nigerians, regardless of the class or status has a befitting country they could fall back to and call a home.

It is quite obvious that while the opposition are playing to the gallery, the presidential campaign organisation of president Mohammad Buhari is busy rolling up its sleeves and getting down to fields where the real electorates are and connecting with them.

This past week especially has been full of activities for the president despite his age. Within a spate of two weeks, Buhari had sat down to two interviews in-between journeying from the length and breadth of the country in getting the message of hope down to the people.

The president does not rely on his privilege as an incumbent, but insisted on talking to his people and ensuring that Nigerians are united as they go to polls come February.

No one is in doubt that his message also resonates well with the citizens as they troop out en masse to welcome and listen to what he has to say. With the multitude of crowd recorded today as he presented the gubernatorial flagbearer of the party to the good people of Delta State and the ovation that greeted it, there is no doubt that Buhari is truly loved.

As we count down to the elections, Nigerians need to bear it in mind that the 2019 election is about building on a new foundation which the present government has been able to achieve in the first four years and giving the solid foundation out to the marauders to destroy along with the better forgotten 16years in power.

If Atiku is in the United States today, there is no way the intelligence agencies of the federal government of Nigeria would not know about it.

 

Tunde Ajose, a political commentator, writes from Lagos.

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Red alert on Kogi 2019 elections, By Omahi Umar

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2019 Kogi elections may end up being the bloodiest and the most rigged election in the history of Nigeria. This is not a question of being an alarmist. It is rather because the incumbent governor, having failed woefully in governance has principally resorted to the use of security agents to rig and manipulate the outcome of the elections in favour of the ruling government.

A taste of what to expect in the elections in Kogi has started manifesting. In the Kogi Central Senatorial District where the governor hails from, members of the opposition are now harassed, harangued, maimed, killed and kidnapped on regular basis. The latest victim is one Enesi who was recently killed by armed men while several others went missing in recent night raids and hunts for men of the opposition parties in the Kogi Central.

In the same central, it is an open secret that the houses of Commissioner for Water Resources, the Commissioner for  Local Government and many of the local government administrators have now turned armouries where a huge number of sophisticated guns and ammunitions are off-loaded at nights purportedly by “men in uniform” unchallenged. It was being speculated that over 3000 assorted automatic weapons have been acquired by the governor and hidden in different locations across the state. The state local tabloids and social media have the news of the governor vowing that he was ready to kill anyone who stands on his way in the coming elections.

The Kogi East will definitely be a battleground of sorts too. It is the home of the all powerful Chief of Staff who has vowed to deliver his constituency to the governor at all costs. Recently in Idah, many vehicles belonging to Atai Idoko were destroyed by APC members while on campaign rallies. Pockets of violence from Kogi East are reported on daily basis and will be on the increase as we approach elections. The most troubling aspects of this violence is that they are often committed in the glaring eyes of security agents who choose to look the other way while these crimes are being perpetrated.

It has been rumoured that the Ogohi of Anyigba’s palace is the armoury for Eastern Kogi with brother, the administrator of Dekina Local Government, Alhaji Isiaka and Alhaji Ahmed, the Kogi East Zonal chairman of the APC as field commanders.

The Western Senatorial District appears calm as of today but we believe it is an uneasy and heavily pregnant calm.  This Senatorial District is the home place of Dino. The governor is betting it everywhere with his life that he would rather die than allow free and fair elections  that would produce Dino. Since Dino enjoys cult followership in these areas, the modus operandi here will be to scare away many people from voting units so as to allow for heavily falsified results against Dino and Atiku.

The number of militants in training in Kogi is becoming very scary, worrisome, alarming and really frightening. The men of the Vigilante Service are now being secretly trained on the use of sophisticated weapons. The first batch of about 1000 men and women have passed out. Currently at the Lokoja Stadium, there are over 700 vigilante men/women in camp undergoing military training for the elections. Police and military uniforms are smuggled into the state for use in the elections.

Apart from this number being trained in the state, reliable information is that over 1000 militants are currently undergoing training in Yobe State for Kogi elections. The whole stories are really very worrisome.

The intention is to kill and harass opposition members as much as possible. It is also intended that many strong opposition members would be kidnapped prior to the elections. Information is that many should be scared away from voting, especially in the opposition strongholds.

By and large, the elections in Kogi may witness tales of anguish and failures except urgent steps are taken to counter the devilish plans of the state governor. The goings on in Kogi State must be exposed to the whole world by all means possible. This is a situation where a stitch in time will save nine.

 

  • Umar wrote in from Lokoja, Kogi State
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Wait! Before you vote Atiku, By Musa Mohammed

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While the clamour for change in government from president Mohammodu Buhari to Atiku Abubakar may have been something that has taken over the national discuss and rightly so as the elections draw near, it may be noteworthy to pause and reflect on the character of the prospected replacement.

The big question on our mind should be can we trust Atiku? What really is the new thing he is coming to offer bearing in mind he was once the number two citizen of this great nation for 8years? If we insist the position of a vice president is not as powerful as the president, haven’t the achievements of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo knocked out such narrative?

The Nigerian vice president has proven times without number that he is as useful as the president of Nigeria and records are there to show for it. Where are the achievements of Mr. Atiku?

If you ask Nigerians, most of what they would remember about his days in office would be the national assets he sold to his colleagues and the long running battle he had with his principal, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Aside from the fact that there should be no vacancy in Aso Rock, Osinbajo is more presidential than Atiku. Don’t take my words for it, below were some of the things his then boss said and wrote about him chronologically.

2003 “I regret picking Atiku Abubakar as my vice”.

2004 “I can no longer work with Atiku, his integrity is in question “.

2005 “Atiku cannot be trusted “.

2006 “Atiku cannot escape justice over corruption cases ”

2007 “Do not vote Atiku he is corrupt”.

2008 “Atiku is a corrupt leader”.

2009 “Nigerians can never forgive Atiku”.

2010 “Atiku is not an option to leadership in Nigeria “.

2011 “I have never seen a leader as greedy as Atiku “.

2012 “Nigerians should pray for leaders imbued with integrity not Atiku “.

2013 “Atiku should apologize to Nigerians over his political sins”.

2014 No political party with the aspiration to assume leadership should think of Atiku”.

2015 “Nigeria has grown beyond a corrupt leader like Atiku”.

2016 “I will never reconcile with Atiku “.

2017 “I never knew Atiku was this corrupt ” “I can never be on the same page with Atiku. God forbid!”.

2018 January to August “God will not forgive me if I support Atiku “.

2018 August “Atiku has the capacity to save Nigeria’s economy from collapse”.

If such verdicts could come from Obasanjo who was his direct boss, what doubts should Nigerians have in rejecting such bad market and move on to the next level with the present administration bearing mind that Obasanjo once said, “As an engineer, I know a point I can use tractor to hit and a storey building would come down within few minutes, but it would take years to erect such.”

Nigeria is undergoing transformation. The administration of president Mohammodu Buhari has used his first term to lay a good foundation for him to start building on in 2019 and it only make sense to key in.

God bless Nigeria.

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