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NEWS RELEASE: Governor Adeleke condoles with Rep Omirin over mother's passing

NEWS RELEASE: Governor Adeleke condoles with Rep Omirin over mother's passing


Governor Ademola Adeleke has commiserated with the federal lawmaker representing Atakunmosa West, Atakunmosa East, Ilesa East and Ilesa West, Honourable Sanya Omirin over the passing of his mother, Mama Aderemi Omirin (Née Abe)


Governor Adeleke who acknowledges the pain of losing a loved one, more so, a mother, urged Hon. Omirin to take solace in the life full of accomplishments lived by Mama Omirin, of which he is one.


"I sympathise with Hon Sanya Omirin on the loss of his mother. It's a tough experience to bear and urge him and every loved ones impacted by Mama Aderemi Omirin's demise to honour her legacy of good deeds," the Governor was quoted to have said in a condolences note.


"In this moment of grief, I convey my heartfelt thoughts and prayers while hoping that Rep Omirin and everyone left behind would be comforted by a life full of accomplishments lived by Mama."


Governor Adeleke prays for the repose of the soul of the departed and give everyone who mourn the fortitude to bear this painful loss. May her soul rest in peace!


Signed: 

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor


Governor Ademola Adeleke has commiserated with the federal lawmaker representing Atakunmosa West, Atakunmosa East, Ilesa East and Ilesa West, Honourable Sanya Omirin over the passing of his mother, Mama Aderemi Omirin (Née Abe)


Governor Adeleke who acknowledges the pain of losing a loved one, more so, a mother, urged Hon. Omirin to take solace in the life full of accomplishments lived by Mama Omirin, of which he is one.


"I sympathise with Hon Sanya Omirin on the loss of his mother. It's a tough experience to bear and urge him and every loved ones impacted by Mama Aderemi Omirin's demise to honour her legacy of good deeds," the Governor was quoted to have said in a condolences note.


"In this moment of grief, I convey my heartfelt thoughts and prayers while hoping that Rep Omirin and everyone left behind would be comforted by a life full of accomplishments lived by Mama."


Governor Adeleke prays for the repose of the soul of the departed and give everyone who mourn the fortitude to bear this painful loss. May her soul rest in peace!


Signed: 

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor

OPINION: Tinubu and the creation of a new society

OPINION: Tinubu and the creation of a new society

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



Nigeria is at a critical juncture; and in such a context, it is _“cometh the moment, cometh the man”._ For President Bola Tinubu, this adversity should be turned into a historic advantage which should propel him to be the creator of a new society and his place in history will be assured, not for all time but forever. Men who took advantage of their opportunity include Park Chung Hee of South Korea, Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil. Take it or leave it, Nigeria is in it already but this is a historic task for Tinubu to right the wrongs; and it must not be long.


In life, every day counts! Tinubu has already spent more than 20% of his four-year tenure. By May 28, 2024, he will have used 25% of his tenure as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. So, the clock is ticking and time waits for no one! Reinventing the wheel shouldn’t be an option!


It is a historic turning point for Nigeria and Tinubu has a historic opportunity to position himself as the creator of a new political economy and the builder of a new Nigeria. If he gets it right, especially by reconstructing an economy that was hitherto based on parasitic activities, the country will never look back. If he is able to midwife a production, export-led economy, the changes brought will be irreversible and Tinubu will become the equivalent of Hee, Yew, and da Silva. Then he should forget about the next election as his place in history as the creator of a new Nigeria will have been assured and cemented. It will have been signed, sealed and delivered!


According to Karl Marx, _“men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past …”_ In a word, Tinubu is asked to make history but not in ways that he would have chosen or wanted but he still has to make that history in a positive manner. In order to attract more support from the masses therefore, what is expected from our president is to understand that sermons will not quench thirst and hunger even as change is not expected to be in a day but a daily process. He must understand that dispensational factors are expected to play notable roles in the fulfillment of his agenda for the Nigeria of his vision and that the opposition and those benefiting from the afflictions confronting Nigerians are not relenting. Since they are condemned to the monstrous conventions of politics, they aren’t going to sleep either. But if the president asked not to be pitied, Nigerians are seriously asking for his pity.


Tinubu is expected to represent the progressive currents that have passed through the Nigerian space, going back to the foundation of _‘Egbe Omo Oduduwa’, Northern Elements Progressive Union_ (NEPU) and others. So, the president must return to the basic tenets of social democracy – the German-type social market and shared prosperity.


But why are his ministers not functioning and why are they not talking to Nigerians about what their respective ministries are bringing to the table to help Nigeria out of this socioeconomic morass? For reasons best known to most of them, there’s no functional, mobile and serious in-house media to help coordinate their media outlets other than the usual _‘kick-and-start’_ creation of bureaucracy. There is no meeting of minds and it’s as if our ministers are scared of taking bullets for the president, which, of course, is one of their central functions as presidential aides.


The two performing ministries in times of Balance of Payment crises ought to be Solid Minerals and Blue Economy. In the 1960s, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) alone provided not less than 42% of the Federal Government Budget, up to the end of the First Republic. Impliedly, the Marine and Blue Economy under Gboyega Oyetola should be prepared to give about 18% of Nigeria’s Budget with ease. Whether we like it or not, Nigeria has to export her way up out of the wahala in which she’s currently immersed. To respond to the Balance of Trade and currency crises, the economic strategy is to export in order to import with a view to balancing its payments.


One of the reasons the world continues to remember former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton is that, immediately after they assumed office, they set up what could be referred to as public sector targets with fixed timelines for every minister. Because they did that, the ministers were very effective, not just because they were brilliant. It’s because they had targets that were eventually met; and that’s why the two leaders ended well. In Nigeria, how do we appraise performance without targets and timelines? Therefore, Tinubu should give every minister public-sector targets with fixed timelines as it’s done in sane climes. This is very important because every hour counts! The performance evaluation team put in place by the president also has to give a dispassionate report on the ministers because Nigerians expect more from them.


If truth be told, those who have been assuring Nigerians that all would be well are not telling us something new. As we speak, the hypocrisy of the dollar remains unsurpassed even as the inflation rate is 29.9%. Yes, that terrible record is the highest in 28 years. The more reason Tinubu needs our prayers! Here’s a man who said that nobody should pity him because he asked for the job, that the current pains were products of his tough policies geared towards revamping the economy and that the situation would soon begin to smile. However, laudable as these promises may be, it is perhaps because most Nigerians see the president as being above their level that his messages seem not to be resonating with them. They don’t see him as speaking the same language with them, coming down to dance their dance or taking their brand of tea. Should the president continue this way, his reforms may become wounded and, his legacy, troubled.


As a Yoruba leader of the _Afenifere_ bent, Tinubu’s cardinal focus should be the creation of state police, restructuring and better life for all. God forbid, should he miss this rare opportunity, then there may be no hope again for the progressives and Yoruba race will be worse for it. Yes, he might have come at the wrong time but the satisfying truth is that he remains the right man for the job. He is a pro-democracy fighter and an advocate for human dignity. He has promoted self-rule with all his might and fought oligarchy and shallowness of thought in governance. He has led many situations perceived to be for the good of all and spearheaded measures aimed at restoring values and a new beginning.


So, what practical things does Tinubu want to do in practical ways that will bring practical succor to the people? If it is a four-lane road that he’s going to construct from Ijebu-Jesa, my Native Nazareth in Osun State, through Fenwa Community in Oyo State, to Daura in Katsina State, the president should let us know! If it is power, he should give instructions to Adebayo _‘Penkelemesi’_ Adelabu on how to move beyond cruising in the unmatched comfort of wattages of darkness to truly deliver on his mandate. Nigerians are no longer interested in excuses that do not edify prosperity. What Nigerians want going forward is result.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _●[email protected];_ 

 _●08098614418 - SMS only._

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



Nigeria is at a critical juncture; and in such a context, it is _“cometh the moment, cometh the man”._ For President Bola Tinubu, this adversity should be turned into a historic advantage which should propel him to be the creator of a new society and his place in history will be assured, not for all time but forever. Men who took advantage of their opportunity include Park Chung Hee of South Korea, Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil. Take it or leave it, Nigeria is in it already but this is a historic task for Tinubu to right the wrongs; and it must not be long.


In life, every day counts! Tinubu has already spent more than 20% of his four-year tenure. By May 28, 2024, he will have used 25% of his tenure as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. So, the clock is ticking and time waits for no one! Reinventing the wheel shouldn’t be an option!


It is a historic turning point for Nigeria and Tinubu has a historic opportunity to position himself as the creator of a new political economy and the builder of a new Nigeria. If he gets it right, especially by reconstructing an economy that was hitherto based on parasitic activities, the country will never look back. If he is able to midwife a production, export-led economy, the changes brought will be irreversible and Tinubu will become the equivalent of Hee, Yew, and da Silva. Then he should forget about the next election as his place in history as the creator of a new Nigeria will have been assured and cemented. It will have been signed, sealed and delivered!


According to Karl Marx, _“men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past …”_ In a word, Tinubu is asked to make history but not in ways that he would have chosen or wanted but he still has to make that history in a positive manner. In order to attract more support from the masses therefore, what is expected from our president is to understand that sermons will not quench thirst and hunger even as change is not expected to be in a day but a daily process. He must understand that dispensational factors are expected to play notable roles in the fulfillment of his agenda for the Nigeria of his vision and that the opposition and those benefiting from the afflictions confronting Nigerians are not relenting. Since they are condemned to the monstrous conventions of politics, they aren’t going to sleep either. But if the president asked not to be pitied, Nigerians are seriously asking for his pity.


Tinubu is expected to represent the progressive currents that have passed through the Nigerian space, going back to the foundation of _‘Egbe Omo Oduduwa’, Northern Elements Progressive Union_ (NEPU) and others. So, the president must return to the basic tenets of social democracy – the German-type social market and shared prosperity.


But why are his ministers not functioning and why are they not talking to Nigerians about what their respective ministries are bringing to the table to help Nigeria out of this socioeconomic morass? For reasons best known to most of them, there’s no functional, mobile and serious in-house media to help coordinate their media outlets other than the usual _‘kick-and-start’_ creation of bureaucracy. There is no meeting of minds and it’s as if our ministers are scared of taking bullets for the president, which, of course, is one of their central functions as presidential aides.


The two performing ministries in times of Balance of Payment crises ought to be Solid Minerals and Blue Economy. In the 1960s, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) alone provided not less than 42% of the Federal Government Budget, up to the end of the First Republic. Impliedly, the Marine and Blue Economy under Gboyega Oyetola should be prepared to give about 18% of Nigeria’s Budget with ease. Whether we like it or not, Nigeria has to export her way up out of the wahala in which she’s currently immersed. To respond to the Balance of Trade and currency crises, the economic strategy is to export in order to import with a view to balancing its payments.


One of the reasons the world continues to remember former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton is that, immediately after they assumed office, they set up what could be referred to as public sector targets with fixed timelines for every minister. Because they did that, the ministers were very effective, not just because they were brilliant. It’s because they had targets that were eventually met; and that’s why the two leaders ended well. In Nigeria, how do we appraise performance without targets and timelines? Therefore, Tinubu should give every minister public-sector targets with fixed timelines as it’s done in sane climes. This is very important because every hour counts! The performance evaluation team put in place by the president also has to give a dispassionate report on the ministers because Nigerians expect more from them.


If truth be told, those who have been assuring Nigerians that all would be well are not telling us something new. As we speak, the hypocrisy of the dollar remains unsurpassed even as the inflation rate is 29.9%. Yes, that terrible record is the highest in 28 years. The more reason Tinubu needs our prayers! Here’s a man who said that nobody should pity him because he asked for the job, that the current pains were products of his tough policies geared towards revamping the economy and that the situation would soon begin to smile. However, laudable as these promises may be, it is perhaps because most Nigerians see the president as being above their level that his messages seem not to be resonating with them. They don’t see him as speaking the same language with them, coming down to dance their dance or taking their brand of tea. Should the president continue this way, his reforms may become wounded and, his legacy, troubled.


As a Yoruba leader of the _Afenifere_ bent, Tinubu’s cardinal focus should be the creation of state police, restructuring and better life for all. God forbid, should he miss this rare opportunity, then there may be no hope again for the progressives and Yoruba race will be worse for it. Yes, he might have come at the wrong time but the satisfying truth is that he remains the right man for the job. He is a pro-democracy fighter and an advocate for human dignity. He has promoted self-rule with all his might and fought oligarchy and shallowness of thought in governance. He has led many situations perceived to be for the good of all and spearheaded measures aimed at restoring values and a new beginning.


So, what practical things does Tinubu want to do in practical ways that will bring practical succor to the people? If it is a four-lane road that he’s going to construct from Ijebu-Jesa, my Native Nazareth in Osun State, through Fenwa Community in Oyo State, to Daura in Katsina State, the president should let us know! If it is power, he should give instructions to Adebayo _‘Penkelemesi’_ Adelabu on how to move beyond cruising in the unmatched comfort of wattages of darkness to truly deliver on his mandate. Nigerians are no longer interested in excuses that do not edify prosperity. What Nigerians want going forward is result.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _●[email protected];_ 

 _●08098614418 - SMS only._

Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke mourns passage of nollywood actor, Sisi Quadri

Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke mourns passage of nollywood actor, Sisi Quadri


The Governor of Osun State Ademola Adeleke has described the death of a popular nollywood actor, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, popularly known as Sisi Quadri, as shocking and devastating.


The Iwo born Nollywood actor died at the age of 44 years, leaving his aged parents behind.


Gov. Adeleke made this known through a statement signed by the spokesperson to the Governor Mallam Olawale Rasheed. The Governor noted that Sisi Quadri was a delight to watch on the screen, radiating homes with laughter through his style of acting.


According to the statement, the governor commiserated with his immediate family, especially his aged father, Alhaji Oyebamiji, the people of Iwoland and the movie industry as a whole, urging them to take consolation in a life of impacts, particularly in the acting profession.


The statement reads in part;


"Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji (aka Sisi Quadri) was a delight to watch in movies. He was a great talent that illuminate homes and impart valuable messages. With his demise, the memory of the wonderful moments he created on the scenes, and more, the comical relief he inspires through his works will reverberate for years," the condolence message reads in parts.


"I mourn his loss knowing well the great talent that is gone. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, the people of Iwoland, the movie industry, and everyone touched by this devastating experience. 


"It is my sincere prayer that they get the strength to bear the hard moment his passage represents. May Almighty Allah grant him aljanah fridaos soul."


The Governor of Osun State Ademola Adeleke has described the death of a popular nollywood actor, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, popularly known as Sisi Quadri, as shocking and devastating.


The Iwo born Nollywood actor died at the age of 44 years, leaving his aged parents behind.


Gov. Adeleke made this known through a statement signed by the spokesperson to the Governor Mallam Olawale Rasheed. The Governor noted that Sisi Quadri was a delight to watch on the screen, radiating homes with laughter through his style of acting.


According to the statement, the governor commiserated with his immediate family, especially his aged father, Alhaji Oyebamiji, the people of Iwoland and the movie industry as a whole, urging them to take consolation in a life of impacts, particularly in the acting profession.


The statement reads in part;


"Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji (aka Sisi Quadri) was a delight to watch in movies. He was a great talent that illuminate homes and impart valuable messages. With his demise, the memory of the wonderful moments he created on the scenes, and more, the comical relief he inspires through his works will reverberate for years," the condolence message reads in parts.


"I mourn his loss knowing well the great talent that is gone. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, the people of Iwoland, the movie industry, and everyone touched by this devastating experience. 


"It is my sincere prayer that they get the strength to bear the hard moment his passage represents. May Almighty Allah grant him aljanah fridaos soul."

COMMAND YOUR DAY PRAYER POINT FOR TODAY SATURDAY 2ND MARCH, 2024 (+ YORUBA EDITION)

COMMAND YOUR DAY PRAYER POINT FOR TODAY SATURDAY 2ND MARCH, 2024 (+ YORUBA EDITION)

BY OLUSEGUN TIMOTHY O.


READ: ISA 68



1. Daddy I thank you for the opportunity to see another month month of March 2024.


2. I command glory of my life manifest this month in Jesus name.


3. I command this month you Invisible arrow of the

 enemies in my life, working affliction come out by fire in Jesus name

 

4. My emptiness turn to fullness from this month in Jesus name.


               YORUBA EDITION 


1 Baba Mo dupe fun anifani unla lati ri osu titun, osu keta odun 2024.


2. Mopase ogo mi farahan ni osu yi ni oruko Jesu.


3. Mo palse ni osu yi iwo ofa ari ninu aye mi ti sise inra jade pelu ina in oruko Jesu.


4. Ofifo mi yipada di kikun lati osu yi lo in  oruko Jesu. Amin.


     Jesus is Lord no controversy.

              HAPPY NEW MONTH.

BY OLUSEGUN TIMOTHY O.


READ: ISA 68



1. Daddy I thank you for the opportunity to see another month month of March 2024.


2. I command glory of my life manifest this month in Jesus name.


3. I command this month you Invisible arrow of the

 enemies in my life, working affliction come out by fire in Jesus name

 

4. My emptiness turn to fullness from this month in Jesus name.


               YORUBA EDITION 


1 Baba Mo dupe fun anifani unla lati ri osu titun, osu keta odun 2024.


2. Mopase ogo mi farahan ni osu yi ni oruko Jesu.


3. Mo palse ni osu yi iwo ofa ari ninu aye mi ti sise inra jade pelu ina in oruko Jesu.


4. Ofifo mi yipada di kikun lati osu yi lo in  oruko Jesu. Amin.


     Jesus is Lord no controversy.

              HAPPY NEW MONTH.

Court Jails Three BDC Operators Three Years in Kano

Court Jails Three BDC Operators Three Years in Kano

Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Kano on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, convicted and sentenced three illegal bureau de change operators to three years imprisonment for operating without a requisite licence.  



The convicts: Umar Ibrahim Muhammad, Abubakar Yakubu Garba and Muhammad Tijjani were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count   separate charges of illegal dealing in foreign currency without an appropriate licence.



The lone-count charge reads: “That you Ibrahim Muhammad, sometime in February 2024 in Kano within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did engage in a financial operation of bureau de change without a valid licence and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 (5) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020 and punishable under Section 57 (5) (B) of the same Act.”


They all pleaded “guilty” to the charge read to them in English and interpreted in Hausa, upon which prosecution counsel, Aisha Tahar Habib prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly, while the defence counsel pleaded for mercy and leniency.


 Justice Yunusa thereafter convicted and sentenced Muhammad, Garba and Tijani to one year imprisonment each with an option of fine of N100,000(One Hundred Thousand Naira) each.


Their road to jail began when they were arrested by operatives of the Kano Command of the EFCC for operating a BDC without an appropriate licence.


Source: 

Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Kano on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, convicted and sentenced three illegal bureau de change operators to three years imprisonment for operating without a requisite licence.  



The convicts: Umar Ibrahim Muhammad, Abubakar Yakubu Garba and Muhammad Tijjani were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count   separate charges of illegal dealing in foreign currency without an appropriate licence.



The lone-count charge reads: “That you Ibrahim Muhammad, sometime in February 2024 in Kano within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did engage in a financial operation of bureau de change without a valid licence and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 (5) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020 and punishable under Section 57 (5) (B) of the same Act.”


They all pleaded “guilty” to the charge read to them in English and interpreted in Hausa, upon which prosecution counsel, Aisha Tahar Habib prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly, while the defence counsel pleaded for mercy and leniency.


 Justice Yunusa thereafter convicted and sentenced Muhammad, Garba and Tijani to one year imprisonment each with an option of fine of N100,000(One Hundred Thousand Naira) each.


Their road to jail began when they were arrested by operatives of the Kano Command of the EFCC for operating a BDC without an appropriate licence.


Source: 

Northern Nigerian Group Withdraws Support For Rotational Presidency, Accuses President Tinubu Of Short-Changing Region

Northern Nigerian Group Withdraws Support For Rotational Presidency, Accuses President Tinubu Of Short-Changing Region

 

Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.



A socio-political group, Arewa New Agenda (ANA), has emerged with a focus on repositioning the northern region as a dominant force in Nigeria.


ANA, on Thursday in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, declared its opposing stance on the rotational presidency, alluding to President Bola Tinubu's "it is my turn" comment before the 2023 election.


Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.


According to him, President Tinubu had abandoned the North, which gave him the bulk of the ballots that brought him to power.


He also lamented that despite its rich endowment with both human and natural resources, the region has been plagued with the multiple challenges of poverty, illiteracy and insecurity.


Moallayidi boasted that ANA's goal is to right the wrongs of the past by mobilising the younger generation of northerners, in particular, to confront the region's myriad of challenges.


He said, "Everybody knows that here in northern Nigeria we have a lot of problems. So our focus, even before the election was that what is in it for northern Nigeria?


"Of course, when the APC was formed everybody endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari from the North. The other part of the country, especially the southwest, which came to form the alliance, asked for a lot of things which were granted; one of which was power shift to the south.


"Now that the power is there, what is in it for the North? This is what I and my colleagues have been asking but we could not get an answer. So we decided we shouldn't just sit back to continue in a turn-by-turn presidential system. 


"Turn-by-turn doesn't make sense! Turn-by-turn is not democracy, you know that; you're just shifting the mantle of leadership, not that you're doing democracy. And you also know that whatever form of government you have, you know that people must have dividends of that form of government.


"This is what Arewa New Agenda is trying to project; that in this government now what is in it for us in the North? But we were not given an answer! Of course, you know that the bulk of what forms any government in Nigeria, not just the APC, 70 per cent of it is from the North."


Moallayidi further averred that the ANA was poised to reposition the North to redefine its status as a dominant player in the country.


“We have to take our own destiny in our own hands; we'll not go begging. We'll harness agricultural potentials, livestock and other natural resources found deposited in all the states of the North," he added.


ANA was formed by notable northerners, consisting of the political elite and technocrats in the ranks of the former Head of Service of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina, among others.

 

Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.



A socio-political group, Arewa New Agenda (ANA), has emerged with a focus on repositioning the northern region as a dominant force in Nigeria.


ANA, on Thursday in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, declared its opposing stance on the rotational presidency, alluding to President Bola Tinubu's "it is my turn" comment before the 2023 election.


Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.


According to him, President Tinubu had abandoned the North, which gave him the bulk of the ballots that brought him to power.


He also lamented that despite its rich endowment with both human and natural resources, the region has been plagued with the multiple challenges of poverty, illiteracy and insecurity.


Moallayidi boasted that ANA's goal is to right the wrongs of the past by mobilising the younger generation of northerners, in particular, to confront the region's myriad of challenges.


He said, "Everybody knows that here in northern Nigeria we have a lot of problems. So our focus, even before the election was that what is in it for northern Nigeria?


"Of course, when the APC was formed everybody endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari from the North. The other part of the country, especially the southwest, which came to form the alliance, asked for a lot of things which were granted; one of which was power shift to the south.


"Now that the power is there, what is in it for the North? This is what I and my colleagues have been asking but we could not get an answer. So we decided we shouldn't just sit back to continue in a turn-by-turn presidential system. 


"Turn-by-turn doesn't make sense! Turn-by-turn is not democracy, you know that; you're just shifting the mantle of leadership, not that you're doing democracy. And you also know that whatever form of government you have, you know that people must have dividends of that form of government.


"This is what Arewa New Agenda is trying to project; that in this government now what is in it for us in the North? But we were not given an answer! Of course, you know that the bulk of what forms any government in Nigeria, not just the APC, 70 per cent of it is from the North."


Moallayidi further averred that the ANA was poised to reposition the North to redefine its status as a dominant player in the country.


“We have to take our own destiny in our own hands; we'll not go begging. We'll harness agricultural potentials, livestock and other natural resources found deposited in all the states of the North," he added.


ANA was formed by notable northerners, consisting of the political elite and technocrats in the ranks of the former Head of Service of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina, among others.

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