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PMB: The Progress In The Paradigm Of a Paragon

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By Bala Ibrahim.

Whenever the history of President Muhammadu Buhari is going to be written, a portion must be devoted to two things, the ambiance of his paradigm shift in accomodating others, and the paradox of the trajectory of his momentous movement to a paragon. Put together, the public would understand the progress he has made to polish his image from an incorruptible disciplinarian and military dictator, to a dour and giver of democratic dividends.

When PMB ventured into partisan politics, the argument of his critics was that his attributes would make it difficult for the public to buy him. His strictness and inflexibility they said, would combine to turn him into a big liability in office. Buhari was accused of autocratic leanings as well as a terrible tendency towards inaction. But to the contrary, those qualities were bought by the electorate, who trooped in multitudes and made him won the election with an unprecedented margin in 2015. He made history by becoming the first Nigerian opposition candidate to defeat an incumbent president.

From the very beginning, he campaigned with the promise of a paradigm shift to a born-again democrat, giving the assurance to root out corruption, revive the economy and defeat the Boko Haram insurgency. Being the biggest bane of the system, the electorate took him at his words and gave him a chance. Through a paradigm shift, he transformed the chance to a CHANGE.

Convince by the change, which added to the success of his transformation from a dictator to a democrat, and despite the fact that it took him six months to appoint members of his first cabinet, a step that earned him the nickname, Baba Go slow, his term was further renewed, because he was seen to have fulfilled previous campaign pledges, particularly in tackling corruption and cracking down on Boko Haram. The North East was liberated.

Critics and cynics were shamed, when more than 15 million Nigerians chose to re-elect him as their president in 2019, close to the number that elected him in 2015, indicating that four years in office have not diminished the charisma and appeal of the President, who has transformed to a paragon.

Those familiar with President Muhammadu Buhari attested to the fact that indeed the man has changed, by being more pro people and extremely supportive of the rule of law. Yes, he has shifted from a dictator to a diehard democrat, that frowns at Human rights and judicial violations.

Unlike the Buhari of yesteryears, who would have ordered an immediate crackdown on suspects of treasonable felony, PMB now allows the law to work at it’s pace, even where abundant evidence is pointing at the accused.

In his independence broadcast yesterday, PMB disclosed that certain high profile Nigerians have been identified as sponsors of pro-secession agitators, Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, and that investigations into the activities of both men has yielded a lot of information. “We are vigorously pursuing these financiers, including one identified as a serving member of the national assembly”, he said.

In the past, with the yield of such information, undoubtedly by now, regardless of the status of the suspects, these individuals would have long been in the gulag. But because of the progress made in his paradigm shift from a dictator to a democrat, Buhari is now a patient paragon.

Perhaps the biggest and most important change that happens to President Muhammadu Buhari is his ability to move away from shyness to the show of self-satisfaction in his achievements. For the first time, PMB found it convenient to be boastful of his achievements, where, in the independence broadcast, he told Nigerians that no government since 1999, has done what his government has done in six years of ruling in order to put Nigeria back on track.

“No Government since 1999 has done what we’ve done to put Nigeria back on track.”- Pres Muhammadu Buhari.

It would be recalled that the current democratic dispensation began in 1999 and since then, Nigeria has had chief Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Dr.Ebele Goodluck Jonathan as presidents before him. Now, courtesy of the paradigm shift in politics and personality, the President has embraced the attribute of boastfully blowing his trumpet.

Truly, we may recall that no government in the past had done anything like the survival fund program, or the National Youth Investment Fund program, where over 774,000 beneficiaries across 774 LGAs nationwide were touched.

According to reports, more than N150 billion has been disbursed so far to support small businesses, households and young Nigerians with federal grants, loans and stipends. Certainly, every Nigerian can attest that no previous government has done such a thing for its citizens. And this is in spite of the calamity of covid.

In politics, like the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello said, you have to blow your trumpet, because if you don’t, no one is going to blow it for you, as everyone is busy blowing his own.

Take it or leave it, indeed PMB has made beautiful progress, in the paradigm shift or transformation, from a dictator to a paragon.

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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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