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New Attah Igala: The Need For Deep Thinking

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“It will be unfair to the Igala people if a person who has exhausted his service years is brought to retire into this demanding office”

Once upon a time, the stool of Attah Igala was more of a “privilege to reign” than a “call the serve”. That was when all that was required to occupy the stool was to be entitled to it. It did not matter if the person seeking to occupy the stool had the requisite ability and desire to lead his people in the best of their interest.

That was the era an Attah was a law unto himself with unlimited powers and privileges; but with no obligation.

Gradually, things began to change, Atta was no longer just a lord over his people, but a lord in service of his people. This became ripe with the advent of the colonialists; wherein Atta had to represent, strive, negotiate, permute and even lobby on behalf of his people.

The social status and age of an Atta became important as his responsibilities began to expand. this era coincided with the emergence of Atta Ameh Oboni, the youngest Atta on record. It is safe to conclude that Ameh Oboni passes for the most famous Atta, with several developmental achievements to his credit, including; the Idah aerodrome, construction of long stairs down to Ocheche river, construction of the first mud fence round the palace, etc.

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While people agree that Ameh Oboni is the most famous Atta of all times, little is said about the fact that he is still the youngest person to ever occupy that stool; and this is the essence of this intervention.

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Ameh Oboni’s age at the time he became Attah has been estimated to be between 31 and 33; and I am convinced that this was exactly why he was able to achieve such feat.

For emphasis, In 1946, Atta Ameh Oboni ascended the throne at the young age of 33

In 1956, Attah Aliyu Otulukpe Obaje ascended the throne at the age of 36.

In 2016, At the young age of 15, Chukwuka Noah Akaeze I lost his father on the 5th of January, 2016, to replace King Obi Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, as king of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Delta State, following the vacancy of leadership in the Kingdom, the successor to the throne, the young Prince had to take up the position.

However, at the time of this arrangement, Chukwuka was still in a secondary school in the UK and wasn’t set to return to Nigeria till he was 20 or 21 years old. Therefore, his uncle Anthony Ofulue was chosen to act as his Regent until Obi Chukwuka’s return.

King Benjamin Ikenchukwu, KEAGBOREKUZI I, ascended the throne after the unfortunate death of his father in 1979. He was 2 years and four months when his father died. He grew up and studied in Buckingham Palace UK for 27 years before finally returning to his Kingdom in the year 2000.

The record of the AGBOR Monarch as the youngest Monarch was recorded in the Guinness Book of record in 1981.

Considering the jet-age which we are, an Atta should not just be smart, he should be a technocrat who is up and doing; and all these qualities are more likely to be found in a youth. Apart from these, a young Atta is likely to reign longer, what this means is that it will guarantee a focused and lasting administration.

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Now that Igala Kingdom is again confronted with the task of choosing another Attah, those saddled with this responsibility must think deep, they must ensure that the stool is not made a retiring ground for tired and retired people. The stool is not a place to rest, it is a place to sit and serve; and it will be unfair to the Igala people if a person who has exhausted his service years is brought to retire into this demanding office.

In accordance with Kogi State Government Gazette titled : ‘Igala Area Traditional Council (Modification of Native Law and Custom) Order, 2015 Procedure and Regulation for the Selection and Ascension to the Stool of Attah Igala’ signed by Kogi State Governor in 2015, Which places Aju Ameacho Royal clan as the next in line of ascension, the Igala Kingmakers are faced with an herculean task to think deep to select a young and vibrant Atta Igala designate from this clan based on the aforementioned points.

Prince Opaluwa Okoliko is a young crown Prince from Aju Ameacho clan. He is vibrant, an experienced and well gromed for the task.

Born and bread in Igala Land, the young prince grew within locals, culture and tradition of the Igala people. His late father HRH Adebo Opaluwa painstaking nutured him to the climax of Integrity, Charisma and good Character. He schooled in Ugwolawo Ofu Local Government then proceeded to Kogi State University where he obtained a Degree in English and Literary Studies.

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Prince Okoliko after s compulsory National Youth Service in Oyo State took up an Admin job at Kogi State Local Government Service Commission as a Personnel officer on grade level 8 and redeployed to Ibaji LGA. He then took up a Graduate Assistant job at Federal Polytechnic Idah as a Lecturer in General Studies GNS- English. Okoliko joined Afribank Nigeria Plc as an Executive Assistant Banking and Credits and was redeployed to Keffi, Nasarawa state. The young Prince then moved to Diamond Bank Plc as a Relationship Manager, an MSME Development.

Prince Opaluwa became the Managing Director of Olaypoon Nigeria Limited with a wide spectrum of Estate and Maintenance jobs in Abuja.

He holds a Master of Arts in English Language from Nasarawa State University.

Opaluwa was employed in Federal Airports Authority Abuja as Principal Customer Service Officer on grade level 12, a position he held till 2017 when he was appointed as A Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor, a position he used to create employment opportunities for some Igala youths. He has been an advocate of community development, peace and security in Kogi State.

In 2020 he was re appointed as a Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Federal Agencies a position he holds till now.

Opaluwa Okoliko has great love and passion for Igala Nation, he is a good listener, accessable and courageous.

The odds of this tussle favours him. He is a candidate to beat.

Long live Igala Kingdom.

-Okeme Okpanachi, Kogi State.

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Trouble Fighting Corruption In Nigeria

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The corrupt man is everywhere, the man on the street, the man next door, the man in the church or mosque, the man in the market or the departmental store, the policeman on beat patrol and the soldier at the check point (Okadigbo, 1987)

THE present administration came to power through the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari with his top three cardinal promises of “economic development, fighting insecurity and corruption”. But the country is still languishing in extreme poverty as result of corruption and the fight against corruption has become a mere political statement.

Nigerians are alienated, angry and fed up with the way the fighting corruption is being handled with the slow pace of the fight against corruption since the administration came to power,

Regrettably, it is under the watch of this present administration that Nigeria’s corruption perception index published by Transparency International has nosedived. With the current ranking, Nigeria is now the second most corrupt country in West Africa with Guinea-Bissau being the only country more corrupt than Nigeria in the sub-region. The country scored 26 out of 100 points, a drop from the 27 points that it has maintained since 2017. In the 2018 index, Nigeria rose by four places on the index from 148 to 144 and also dropped two places in 2019, ranking 146 out of the 180 countries.

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Since 2015, Transparency International reports indicated that the administration’s war against corruption could not be said to be effective in the light of the poor performance of the EFCC in several high-profile corruption cases like defencegate,PDP Campagn funds and the most publicised case of a former petroleum minister.

But the trouble with the anti-corruption agency in Nigeria is clearly lack of political will from leaders of the agencies assigned with the responsibility of fighting corruption in the country as corruption cases have been on the increase. The anti-corruption agencies have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that there are not able to translate their anti–corruption “crusade” into action.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act (2004) empowered the commission to prevent, investigate, prosecute and penalise economic and financial crimes and it is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of other laws and regulations relating to economic and financial crimes.

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But 17 years after the establishment of the agency, strangely, all former chairmen of the commission were allegedly removed for undisclosed abuse of office.

There is no doubt that the new chairman of the EFCC will be facing a herculean task and may not like to go the way of his predecessors. He has the urgent challenge of regaining the confidence of Nigerians by turning around the commission to achieve its objectives.

Many Nigerians are expecting much from the new chairman as he takes over the mantle of leadership because corruption cases have been on the increase despite the anti–corruption campaigns. The new chairman is expected to be an agent of change in fighting the common enemy that has frustrated the realization of country’s economic development despite the enormous natural and human resources of the Nigeria.

Perhaps, the new chairman should strengthen the collective effort in citizens’ participation in the fight against corruption as this will increase the chances of engaging non-state actors, especially the media and civil society organizations, in providing information to the public in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

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Some other expectations of Nigerians include reform of the commission and ensuring a fair and balanced fight against corruption in the country as an official who passed through the ranks of the commission. He should ensure that there is synergy between the EFCC and other sister anti-graft agencies like the ICPC and other law enforcement agencies in order to produce the needed results in the fight against corruption.

It will be recalled that the slow pace of court cases and financial settlements made by wealthy individuals and entities outside of the courtroom have impeded successful prosecution of cases. The convictions of two former governors, Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye, have failed to convince the public of the sincerity and effectiveness of the war against corruption.

Need for the establishment of a special anti-corruption tribunal by the National Assembly to facilitate speedy determination of hundreds of corruption cases before the nation’s courts will aid the war against corruption.

DUKAWA write in from Kano and can be reached at abbahydukawa@gmail.com

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Bauchi Governor Is A Servant Leader With Foresight Who Is Always Talking About Nigeria’s Progress, Unity – Amb. Tasiu Suleiman

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Distinguish Senator Dr Bala Muhammad (Kauran Bauchi) the indefatigable Executive Governor of Bauchi State.

I bring you fundamental greetings on behalf of the entire Fulani Pastoralists Nation.

My Name is Amb Comrade Suleiman Muhammed Tasiu CNY AKA NIGERIAN CONCERNED CITIZEN.

I read with dismay the Political miscalculations and wickedness orchestrated by the Governor of Benue State especially on pointing his dagger to the FULANI Pastoralists Brothers and Sisters in his domain.

Sometimes, I wonder why the Northern Governors are not doing the needful to challenge the Governor of Benue State over his negative actions against FULANI Pastoralists?, are his Northern counterparts afraid of him or what is happening and what is the reason for their silenced?.

I have been fervently praying and wish he meet someone who will use his God given power and positions to rights his wrong.

Alhamdulillah, The Governor of Benue State have met with a true leader who truly mean well for Nigerians, who strongly Advocates, stands and believes in ONE NIGERIA.

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“I know with the recent punches he received from his Bauchi State counterpart he will be cautious anytime he want to touch us, Your Excellency Sir,with this you have successfully call him to order and reply his ill hated words to not just the Fulanis but the entire Muslim World.”

with the reality on ground Almighty Allah have answered our long time prayers and the must high have send us a GODSEND Angel from above to wipe our tears,for that we collectively say Thank you,Thank you May Almighty Allah continue to bless you with abundance rewards now,always and forever.

The Accidental Governor of Benue State has met with his Waterloo.

With the recent happenings I was compel to cross check and made some research about your humble self KAURAN BAUCHI and in my research I have come to realize that you’re not just a Political Bulldozer but an IROKO whose capacity is incomparable to any Political leader in our dear Country Nigeria.

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I have reasons which are below.

KAURAN BAUCHI is a servant leader who Focus On Getting The Job Done.

He is that person with Anticipatory Thinking capacity who Consider All Consequences Of his Behaviors Before he Act.

He is a true leader who
inspired others to raise their own bar.

He is someone who Really Care About his People.

Historically he has never lost in any battle, be it Politically and otherwise.

Despite the fact that he contested from a opposition party and with an incumbent Governor then but with the help of Almighty God he defeated his opponent one hand.

He is positively empowering people to accomplish their goals, irrespective of where somebody comes from.

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Kauran Bauchi have in differents capacity translated his vision into reality.

“I was in Bauchi State recently I have seen different road projects, some where already commission while others are under construction, I have seen thousands of housing estates projects ongoing and many more.”

Others are busy strategizing how to scale through for their 2nd term but His Excellency Governor of Bauchi State is busy reshaping and modernizing his State.

 

He is that leader who makes his peoples problem his number one priority.

He have the believes that Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.

He is A SENATOR,A MINISTER , A GOVERNOR and an INCOMING insha Ar-Rahman.

Sincerely Yours.
Amb Comrade Suleiman Muhammed Tasiu CNY.

National Publicity Secretary.

Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Sociocultural Association of Nigeria.

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2023: Gov Bello, Master Key To A Padlocked Nation

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By A. M Danjumah, Kogi

Competence, they say, should be the criteria for choosing a leader. It is the very right thing to do if truly the human nations, especially the black race of Africa, particularly Nigeria, truly want to record its deserving progress in the area of growth and development that matches the age it has recorded since independence.

Nigeria, our country, needs to be delivered of the pregnancy of tribalism, religiosity, bitter politicking, corruption, nepotism and unemployment that the country was impregnated with by the unruly approach to leadership of some of our past heroes who are supposed to lead us aright but were so focused on pursing selfish interest and diverted meaningful attention to superiority contest.

The present government of Muhammadu Buhari resumed with the intention of being a crusader of positive change to make the country an attractive home for its citizens to stay and also attract foreign investors to come-in and invest, thereby boosting the economy of the country, but despite all the beautiful ideas, only few were worked on to reality. Many were dead on arrival.

If Buhari was to be of a younger age compared to his age of the present, he would have been the best leader that ever emerged in Nigeria but those who are “worm” in disguise parading themselves as saints in the country are unfortunately the cabals around the president and, are taking advantage of his old age to upturn all the good efforts and policies of the president which is the very reason the country is still in mess today.

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For the love of wealth and dirty political calculations, those who are suppose to be the management of our securities turns out to be the flame inducers of insecurity in the country hiding under cover and still join the public to condemn what they know conciously they are the sponsors.

It’s not a lie that rumor is defined as “half truth, half-lie told”. In most cases, some indictments if truly investigated have elements of truth. No insurgence or bandit can survive in any country without betrayal, support of some insiders in same government for what ever reason best known to them. If you ask me, I will say that information and finance are the strongest weapon of the bandits not the arms they are carrying in itself.

If no one is feeding them with secrete plans of the government, information about their target villages and same time supporting them with cash, they would not have been able to carry out any successful operation talk more of buying more and latest weapons.

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Sentiments put aside, what Nigeria as a country need now is aggressive approach to curb all existing social problems and boost the economy to attract speedy progress. And, who Nigeria need now to have the rights put in place is a young, agile, dogged, intelligent and a problem solver as Yahaya Bello of Kogi State who has been tested and trusted via his leadership antecedents as majorly practicalized in his State (Kogi), convincingly showcased in various national assignment he was privileged to be appointed to handle and the decision he has made and the proactive measures put in place during time of national and world wide crises that even the world powers could not intelligently contain as Yahaya Bello did proactively in his state to prevent recording any casualty.

Yes, various interest groups and international organization are calling on him to save the country out of the crises that all the institutions are faced with currently, be it educational institution, security institution, economic institution, political institution, health institution, even marriage institution is not an exception considering the high rate of divorce that has become the order of the day. According to the structural functionalists, which is very true, in as much as what affects one institution touches the other, all the institutions need to be adequately attended to by any government whose aim is to achieve for his country, an all-round success. The good people of Kogi state can boldly attest that in the time of this present government of Yahaya Bello, all the aforementioned institutions have gotten a commendable attention that has so far put the state at speedy pace of all-round development.

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I want to join the progressives to appeal to Yahaya Bello to please listen to the yearning of the masses. There are several others but the country in pain has a collective resolve to have the young, able and capable as the next president and you stand out twice as tall in the assessment scale which makes you the fittest to be objectively invited to take the bold decision of accepting to contest as the president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Just say yes and leave the rest for Almighty Allah and the Nigerians who have invited you into the contest.

Gov Yahaya Bello

Gov Yahaya Bello

In conclusion, In as much as votes count and you are well known to be an embracer of free and fair election, the voting strength of the progressives amongst the masses will surely see you to victory. In you, Yahaya Bello, is the master key to to unlock our country Nigeria that has been padlocked of its due progress.

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