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My Takeaways From The 76th 2021 UN General Assembly Session

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By Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity)
 
Throughout last week in New York, the United Nations General Assembly – the congress for the world – gathered for its annual re-affirmation of the principles upon which the organisation was founded.
 
These are the principles of territorial integrity of nations, of sovereignty, and the rights of all peoples to be treated equally; and of the unacceptability of tribalism, ethnic bias, racism, and fascism – the poison which twice caused World War to be fought, and saw the United Nations founded to uphold the principles which would ensure one would never be fought again.
 
They are also the principles upon which Nigeria was founded – and which make us one people.
 
The certainty that we are united as a country of over 500 languages, nearly 400 communities, 36 states – and one nation.
 
What unites us are our differences. What divides us are those who, for their own nefarious ends, seek to use them to prise us apart.
 
While President Buhari was focusing on the problems plaguing the nation and in some instances asking for international support to deal with such, a coalition of groups protested outside the UN building.
 
This happens with all countries- the United States, UK, India, Iran, China, Egypt- about everyone and about every conceivable issue but most especially climate change, gender and animal rights among others.
 
There are some from the so-called “Yoruba nation” group and the so-called “Indigenous People of Biafra” (IPOB) terrorist group who worked together to protest outside the United Nations building in New York.
 
They sought to claim astonishingly that, somehow, they have earned rights through violence, murder of law enforcement agents and the innocent, and extortion to run their own affairs.
 
Many Nigerians at home were disconcerted by the tribal bullying of government officials as they moved to carry out their diligent work between the Nigerian Mission in New York and the UN building, a walkable distance of less than 400 meters. 
 
Protests are allowed by all who had anything to say. Tribal bullying is uncivilised. So is any effort to strengthen insurgency in the country.
 
This is an extraordinary misinterpretation of the principles of the United Nations. There is no place in or before this organisation for racists, ethnic cleansers, and those who associate with them.
 
On the other hand,  those pro-Buhari/pro-Nigeria demonstrators in immaculate green-white-green deserve to be praised for the maturity and decorum with which they carried on, ignoring crude insults and abuse from an opposition campaign inspired and conducted in accordance with rule book of the Nazi against Jews, Hutu extremists against the Rwandan Tutsi.
 
In Nigeria today, IPOB has created an armed terror wing, the Eastern Security Network – complete with a fascistic logo – to coerce through violence innocent Nigerians, forcing them to protest against those of other ethnicities and religious beliefs and to lockdown states and stop  people from the pursuit of their legitimate aspirations.
 
They seek power by demonising other communities and targeting those Nigerians who speak other dialects. Any group associating with this recognised terrorist group is demonstrating there is little difference in their beliefs, or their intent.
 
President Buhari came to the UN to tell the world that his government is rebuilding sustainably from the COVID-19 pandemic, responding to the needs of the planet, respecting the rights of the people and supporting the UN; that Nigeria is guaranteeing fundamental human rights and tackling climate change to achieve environmental sustainability.
 
The President also expressed commitment to UN programmes, in particular the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development; that the Federal Government under him has instituted a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related policies and programmes.
 
The Nigerian leader also gave firm assurances that Government is taking measures to organize transparent elections at all levels, fighting to provide security for all and sustainable socio-economic development.
 
In this context, his government is focusing on economic diversification, infrastructure development, job creation and human capital development as drivers of economic growth and stability.
 
There are indeed also major initiatives to promote foreign direct investment and export.
 
Government, he similarly assured, is investing huge resources to facilitate the emergence of a secure, stable, viable, resilient and prosperous nation.
 
At the sub-regional level, President Buhari was acclaimed for leading in the fight against terrorism and the enthronement of democratic culture and practice.
 
At the International level, the support in the fight against global terrorism, leading the campaign against corruption, illicit financial flows and supporting assets recovery also endeared the President to his audiences.
 
As a good global citizen and player,  President Buhari gave clear indication of the willingness on the part of Nigeria to continue championing a just world order with free trade and free movement of goods and persons, and greater regional integration based on respect, justice and fairness.
 
Success in getting Nigerians into key positions in international organizations is a result of Government’s vision of global peace and concord.
 
This is also reflected in peacekeeping roles around the world. The Nigerian Technical Aid Corps programme continues to provide technical support outreach to countries of the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific.
 
As the biggest country in Africa, the Government takes seriously its leadership role on the continent and strives to promote African prosperity.
 
In addition to all these, President Buhari promised to take steps towards providing concrete frameworks for institutionalized diaspora engagement in Nigeria.
 
Hopefully we will soon have Diaspora voting in elections in Nigeria.
 
On a parting note, Nigeria, the President emphasized, will always remain true to the values and principles of the United Nations. And we will always stand in defence of those principles against those who do not.
 
In all, about 109 heads of state and government addressed the Assembly during the General Debate in person and nearly 60 delivered speeches through pre-recorded video statements.
 
President Buhari last addressed the UN General Assembly session in 2019. In 2020, he and other world leaders submitted recorded video statements as heads of state and government could not physically attend due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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The heat is on, the daggers are drawn

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By Adamu Aminu.

Sequel to the petition lodged in by the seven Kano, APC stakeholders led by Senator Malam Ibrahim Shekarau [Kano North] to the national headquarters to investigates the state party on what they termed as leadership failure to carry all the divergent interests along.

As contained in the 7-man undersigned petition letter sent to the national headquarter, the embattled stakeholders cried out in a foul manner of what they called empirical, underhanded, ingenuity of marginalization from all party affairs.

The stance taken by the stakeholders [breakaway members] has brewed resentments and nailed them to the cross of party outrage, to the extent of branding them with a new sobriquet as “Banza literally Bakwai” literally means as “7 inglorious bastards”

Well, this kind of political tug-of-war isn’t peculiar to the Nigerian model of politics.

A politics in Nigerian usage is publicly known not only as a game of numbers where those the majority emerges victorious, but also a game of survival, rivalry, mistrust, backstabbing, seeking for supremacy and craving for power at any cost.

This at a swords points rivalry within or among the opposition parties usually emanates as the clock commences ticking fast to the days of general elections.

The time when the incumbent power holders blindly scrambles for seamless relevance to keep one’s afloat within the fortress of power, in fear of being dumped, mired deeply under the dustbin of political irrelevancy.

While the aspiring ones will be striving to grasp the mandate at any cost – for a reason – to get a sense of bonafide citizenship within the ranks of frontline beneficiaries.

Therefore, since the party Congress is closely around the corner, the daggers are brought out of their sheath, the demarcated line is drawn.

Some questions need to be asked as follows;

a. What is the status of the embattled members who lodged in pa petition to the APC national headquarter?

b. What’s their political future if they didn’t or not allow to partake in the state party Congress?

c. What are the measures taken by the party national headquarters towards reconciliation of the breakaway members and the Kano state APC?

d. If none of the above questions was affirmative, what would be the future of APC in Kano in the forthcoming general elections?

Does it mean the two Senators and couples of the house of representatives members haves or haven’t a role to play in the bid for APC in Kano emerge successfully in the 2023 elections?

Whatever the case may be, time always came along with fair judgement.

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Muhammad Usman: The Change Maker

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My name is Muhammad Usman, I am 17 years old and lives in Kano State. I am a Child Right Advocate, Poet, Youngest Humanitarian, Researcher,Sidra Bangladesh Ambassador in Nigeria.
My passion to humanity is driven by the menaces that Almajiri children/ Orphans encounter in life such as lack of access to education, health amenities and social welfare.

I remember when I was 12years old I always used to ask my parents about almajiri children and street children who live in my community. Some of them were my age mates while some are below my age. I always think of there future and the hardship they may encounter in their life.

I have started thinking of the ways through which I will contribute to the betterment of Almajiri children/street orphans.

In 2019 I have organized an enlightenment program with the title “Almajiri Is Also A Child” the program is aim at sensitizing people about the important of helping almajiri child and ways through which we can aid in reforming the system.

In my effort to contribute and motivate young people like me I also introduce an initiative in my school which actualized through working of enlightening and inspiring students.

Moreover, i was able to impact lives especially Almajiri children through feeding projects and education programmes. My program title “Almajiri Iftar Food”
was among the huge program that impacts 500+ almajiri’s here in Kano state.

In 28/3/2020 I realized that I can’t make change along or impact the lives of less fortunate I have to partner with some young people that have the zeal to contribute to this goal. So, I form a charity organization
called “Young Developers Foundation” this is a charity foundation that aid in helping and reviving the lives of Almajiris and Street Orphans.we are eligible to lunch a lot of projects which include: Orphans Skill Acquisition Program, Recap On Your Future Skills and many more projects.

Challenges
Lack of support from some of some of my family relatives.
Misunderstanding From Close Friends: some of my classmates and close friends are misunderstanding my aim in serving humanity. most of them believe that I just want to get fame on media and be proud of.
These and many more are some challenges that I faced in humanitarian work but one thing that always inspired me is my parents support me 100%.

Achievement
Social Media Manager @ World Voice International.
Campus Ambassador @ IMUN (4weeks internship).
Certificate Of Completion On Employee Stress And Wellbeing online course by UK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT.
Certificate On Media Journalism By Reuters.
Certificate Of Appreciation By Sidra Bangladesh.
Ambassadorship From Sidra Bangladesh.
Certicate On Critical Thinking By Educlick.
Certificate Of Completion On Business Innovation From Jobber man.
Skills
Critical Thinking Skills
Leadership Skill
Presentation Skill
Being in activism field has made me sharpen and broading my knowledge in different field.
When I feel like giving up I used to tell my mind this quote ” I can do spirit” it always ginger my mind.

I praise on my efforts, i believe that what I am doing people who are 20 years older than me can’t push themselves to do. i inconvenience myself and the several “enjoyments” youths of my age should validly be embracing.
I have amazing plan’s that I think when used will accelerate a progress to the development of my nation but sometimes when I came up of those ideas I get discouraged because the authorities that are capable of implementing such stuffs did not respond to me. just recently I have this idea of creating a software which will enhance the smooth running of many business ventures in Kano state but I wasn’t giving the right opportunity to build up the idea.

In a nutshell, this how I run my life and this is level of success that I have gotten.

Protecting the right of children and humanitarian work is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

©Muhammad Usman
11/10/2021

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Roses tinted promises, hard-hitting realities

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By Adamu Aminu.

The time crept so past. What’s is done, has been done. Six years out of eight is enough for the discerning to make a fair judgement.

Those who have confidence in the leadership capabilities of the present crop of leaders have many reasons to rejoiced.

While those who felt disappointed by how the polity is moulded and shapes to the likes of a few have many justifications to cry and writhing.

To the few, running an affluent living on the power corridor have every reason to think, perhaps in a self-deceptive mode, they are the luckiest and the national resources is their patrimony.

In the polity where national resources are scoops deeply by few with Caterpillar shovel and give superficially to the malnourished populace with a teaspoon.

While the majority, the sidelined, the downtrodden and the masses wallowing in penury and tribulations, which attested that commoners were not less than subservient to the dominance of the few.

Some of the key promises made by the gap-toothed leader during the last campaign to the victory include insecurity, unemployment, economic recovery, inflation and fighting corruption from stem to stern, among others.

The question is which one among the aforementioned challenges brought down to its knees within these years?

Down to the state level, most of the pledges and promises made during electioneering campaigns, are seemingly sugar-coated and merely lips-serviced.

Despite all the proclamation of resuscitation of education and health care system, none of them patronizing public schools or hospitals within their states.

Wards enrollment in foreign universities and also going for health tourism to cure even for a mild infection is what’s all about.

Where are the promises being made to improve education and healthcare that will cater for all and sundry?

Of course, the return of President Buhari in 2015 sends jittery down the spine of political pirates, which is reminiscent of his hardline brand of governance in a short-lived 20-month of his military administration.

Which indicated the Messiah has returned to salvage the nation – as he was previously seen and thought like a Tiger, feared for his nigritude in past.

But now seen as a scarecrow – frightening from afar, but harmless at the close range, just for his timidity and indolence when it comes to stamped his hammer at the appropriate time for the misdeeds.

Despite the foregoing, President Buhari still holds the trophy for being a man with integrity and transparency, who is universally known for not upholding the tenets of thievery from the public coffers.

With all the pledges he made to fight corruption in all its ramifications, but his party has glaringly become a haven for those who are overtly ambitious to elevate their self-worth.

This happens at a time, the common man is grappling to survive in a nation sandwiched between economic depressions fuelled by a deluge of debts, currency devaluation, unemployment, hyperinflation and insecurities.

Inarguably, the pledges made to deal with the scorching waves of terrorism and other forms of insecurity were at the top of the scale of preference during the electioneering campaign.

Even though the attacks were relatively subdued, but later catapulted to armed banditry in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna states respectively.

This has turned out to be carnage In the affected states in which dozens of people are massacre, hundreds fleeing their homestead almost daily.

While in the Southeast heightening fears resulted from security breaches from militias in were treated with a pinch of laxity.

What would be the hopes of the people from the arm-bandits riddle states, with regards to the promises to safeguards their lives and properties?

At the time, when a high-profile, glitz and glamour wedding of first Son and Bichi Princess took place in Kano, without considering to make the event low-key to mourned the innocent souls massacre by bandits.

What does that portray in the minds of the surviving victims who will think that this happened under the government of their dreamt Messiah? promises to protect their lives and properties?

And apart from that, even to revamp the economy as vigorously pledged with punching-fisted in the air during the campaign is now appears to be a mirage.

People should forget and look ahead. What wasn’t achievable in six years, can’t be achieved in less than a couple of years to come.

To be truthful, the hard-hitting reality is the majority of Nigerians are in severe poverty due to a malnourished, ailing economy.

Anyway, all that’s done has been done. Thanking God for what one’s have is the viable option, and is much better than groaning for what one’s longing for.

But, People are fed up with the brim of penury.

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