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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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Hammed Olamijuwon to youths: Vote wisely, shun violence and don’t sell your vote

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Young and dynamic, Hammed Solomon Olamijuwon has urged youths across the country to vote massively for young and vibrant candidates into respective position that would represent their interest in different level of government in the forthcoming general elections.

Olamijuwon in a statement issued at the weekend, implored Nigerian youths to be an active participants in the February 16 and March 2 elections.

His words: “In few days to this time, we shall be taking a major decision concerning our nation by electing leaders that will steer the affairs of this country. Our decision in the next few days will determine our next four years. The people we decide to elect to the position of power will determine a lot concerning you and I.

“I argue youths to go out and vote during the general election. If we all sit in our homes claiming that our votes won’t count, remember that some persons go out on that day and vote. If they vote-in the wrong people; we will have no choice than to be bound by their decisions over this nation for the next few years to come.

“If you have your PVC, kindly makes sure you go out to vote. Vote wisely. Vote credible and responsible candidates. Do not sell your vote. We must ensure that the right people are elected this time.”

Olamijuwon, a Real Estate developer and Managing Director of HSO Global Limited, while stressing the need for Nigerian youths to play active roles in the forthcoming elections, said the youth votes has the potential to be extremely influential in Nigeria.

“I believe the youth vote has the potential to be extremely influential in this country. Young voters notoriously neglect the importance of voting, but their voice is an important one on both sides of the aisle. Key issues in every election increasingly relate to the concerns of students and professionals between the ages of 18 and 35, making it essential for members within that age group to educate themselves on political issues and take to the polls,” he said.

On his political ambition; the Ijesha man who hail from Ilesa East Local Government Area of Osun State and founder of a Non-Governmental Organisation, HSO Foundation whose youthful political pedigree has endeared him to young and old in the town especially those in the grassroots, disclosed that: “I am taking my time and consulting political stakeholders across the country and my state to know the next step regarding my ambition of serving my people. By 2023 I believe the youth is taken over full time and I can assure my people I am ready to serve them.”

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This is what next level means, By Tunde Ajose

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When the news hit the media that the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, gave a press release, calling the attention of the federal government to his fears towards the 2019 presidential election and beyond, it is not surprising that the media took a mere advice out of proportion.

Right to free speech is a fundamental human right and well recognised by the Nigerian constitution.

In the release, OBJ as he’s popularly called while stating his desire for a change of government, insisted that Nigerians must vote in his preferred candidate to replace the incumbent, President Mohammadu Buhari, and send the country back to the dark days better forgotten.

The question that one would have expected to be asked should have been whether this was because he loved Nigeria or there was a selfish motive behind it all. Why?

It is not coincidental that his preferred candidate happens to be the same person he once ruled the country with. This same preferred candidate is the one same OBJ had rubbished severally in the media as unreliable and even went to the extent of writing a book; dedicating substantial pages to why Alhaji Atiku Abubakar must never be allowed to smell power again.

I could remember an interview Chief Obasanjo gave a long time ago, when he was also faced with cries of non performance. He was asked why it was taking like forever to fix Nigeria based on his promise. Obasanjo answered, “As a farmer, I know where I can hit a storey building with a caterpillar and it would all collapse within few minutes. But it takes months to build the same without changing its specification.”

Obasanjo believed that many years of military misrule can’t just be undone with few years of democracy as it would take time.

This is the same belief of the Buhari led government. That 16years of the Peoples Democratic Party’s rule, where money meant for national projects were shared by the privileged few. The insurgency caused by Boko Haram which has been greatly decimated by our gallant men of armed forces would have been a thing of the past if PDP 16 year rule has not diverted the fund meant for standard arm procurement into few pockets.

President Mohammadu Buhari came into power with the believe that even though the corrupt elements had already done havoc to the national treasury, he could not comprehend extent of rot he eventually met.

So with the believe that you can’t build a solid house on a rotten foundation, Buhari, despite enormous expectations placed on him, decided to start rebuilding the foundation into a stronger institution for the country in his first term and hope to consolidate and erect a befitting edifice, where corrupt elements, insurgency, unemployment and many social vices would be things of the past.

And this is the next level.

 

– Ajose, wrote from Lagos, Nigeria.

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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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