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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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APC Chairmanship: Time To Reward Al-makura On Consistent Party Loyalty

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Former Governor of Nasarawa State and current Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

Former Governor of Nasarawa State and current Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

By Ahmad Muhammad Danyaro, Abuja.

It has been consistently political unequivocally and universally that the essence of a democratic government or any form of government is good leadership. This intangible and immaterial element is a veritable remedy and antidote to resolving crisis in any society. Great countries apply the remedy for sustenance, as they are the divert products of statesmen who apply to solve crisis situation.

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Great societies are thus, product of good governance affected by good leadership and strong political leaders who are never in short supply. In the case of Nigeria, good governance and leadership have always been lacking.

Though this is not without exception, as few Nigerians have distinguished themselves through leadership traits. One of such people is the former governor of Nasarawa State and current Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, whose has answered the calls from APC leaders and stakeholders to vie for the position of the National Chairman of the party in the party’s convention slated for July 2021.

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A very principled and highly respected parliamentarian and party chieftain of the governing APC. A giant among peers not only in terms of intellect, vision and prestige but also in terms of sterling qualities of leadership. A man endowed with pragmatism high sense of service, dynamism and unalloyed love for the party affairs.

Senator Al-Mukura is man that is naturally loved and admired by the people; a democrat and pivot of mass mobilisation; a man who achieves greatness through assiduousness, self -will and sheer determination; a good listener; a man that remains unruffled even at the height of unwarranted intimidation and provocation; a man with critical thinking-skills.

He is a strong advocate of unity, peace and progress of our great country, Nigeria.

He believes in mega- changes in the social, economic and political sectors and theses must be driven by the current generation of Nigerians.

It is with this spirit that he has shown extra-ordinary commitment to education, electoral reforms, good governance, financial accountability and prudence, party cohesion, socio-economic development, peaceful inter-religious coexistence ,security of lives and properties, freedom of citizens and rule of law, youth and women inclusion and social justice.

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Ta’al quick start in office as both governor in 2011 and Senator in 2019 clearly shows great sense responsibility, exceptional courage, sincerity of purpose and diligent service to Nasarawa and Nigeria which distinguished him as a worthy icon of rare breed whose been etched permanently in the annals of creative and legendary leaderships. There is no doubt that his legacies shall remain eternal source of inspiration for many generations to come.

Former Governor of Nasarawa State and current Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

Former Governor of Nasarawa State and current Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

In his success story, few people erroneously tend to view it as if he employed underhand tactics to achieve them and, in the process, underestimate his midas touch. The fact remains that he attained his present height through dint of hard work and unparalleled exhibition of moral discipline.

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Always among many there would be one who standout. Even some stars are brighter than others. There is always a man among men.

There is always a man among men. Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura that man like the rainbow on the sky he is on evidence to the eyes that sees, for its value and beauty. One cannot but wonder from which source he drives his rare aggressive energetic zeal and tenacity, in solving party matters within a snap of a finger.

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To borrow the words of the classical Greek writer Homer, he is both a speaker of words and doer of deeds. Benevolent and highly spirited party loyalist who is a believer in the delegation of responsibilities to his subordinates for the creation of an incorruptible, efficient, resilient and responsive party system.

It is no longer news that Al-Makura has offered to serve his party in the highest position of National Chairman if the position is zone to his North Central Zone, his experience, antecedent, credibility and charisma are credentials that stand him out.

What is also amusing to some is that the charismatic leader recognized that good governance cannot only come about through visionary and dedicated leaders alone, but also a political platform that must encapsulate the set visions and ideologies of the actions of the individuals concerned.

Former Governor of Nasarawa State and current Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

Former Governor of Nasarawa State and current Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

It is in this wise that Al-Makura blueprint for APC has set a new tone for the actualisation of the objectives should the party trust it future with the former Nasarawa governor.

Danyaro wrote in from Abuja.

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2023: Why Toto people will massively vote for their own sons in all the political positions to aid massive developmental milestones 

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From Abdulgafar Idris PRP Jnr, Toto

We cannot afford to sink along those who have already missed the route to 2023.

Ahead of 2023 elections, Let me begin by thanking some stakeholders, leaders and good people of Toto local government area for picking one of our own to represent Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency for national assignment specifically in the house of representative.

“I have read series of opinions, contributors, commentators and opposition views from the two sisters LG but non could tell us what the incumbent national assembly memeber have done or doing to motivate us to do their bidding and only slogan at their disposal is, please vote him because of our brother Infact, I am embarrassed with such word coming from those are suffering and smiling!.

In politics, it is what you have to give or offers that will qualified you to seek for People mandate.

Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

Just like Speaker Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe whose Leadership prowess has touch every nook and crannies of his constituency. We saw how he empowered his people, his recent intervention to electrify Toto, over 16 million naira spent on his constituency, another 8 million naira spent on Solar streets light in the Umaisha development area, state government intervention in Agriculture revolution and other lives touching programs ongoing in the areas all came because Balarabe’s purposeful leadership style.

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His brother representing Toto/Gadabuke has equally paid his due and we cannot allow some few who has nothing to offer corrupt our positive thinking because their only slogan and achievement is support our brother even when things were not working at all.

On Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya’s aspiration, I decided to joined his camp in order to get some compounded problems in Toto like gully erosion, insecurity challenge, education and general well-being of our people attended to when he get into office and all these aforementioned will be a thing of the past.

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“I heard some Mango tree gossipers lamenting over the massive support Speaker Balarabe and his camp was getting in Toto, is that not a sign that Pharmacist entrance into the race was acceptable by all.”

“I want to also clear this here, someone I wouldn’t want to mentioned here had approached me and told me to backup, saying that the state commissioner for health is in the race to stop his elder’s brother political journey in the State. To my greatest surprised, on the day of naming ceremony i saw his elder brother with friends from within and outside the State where he was seen openly welcoming everybody including receiving party stakeholders and executives.”

Shortly after the event I had wanted to released a live video over the magnitude of success recorded during the event at Maikaya Toto residence but however decided to hold it back and wait for those who thoughts are clouded with lies, hatred and enemies of progress to it as prove with sole aims of cleaning their dirtiness.

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“I am of the view that we all rally round the leading Leaders, stakeholders to get more dividends of democracy for our people.”

“I have never met Mr. Speaker on one on one but only heard via phone called that he wish to see me soon. And, As for those saying we are doing this for money should be bold enough to tell their failed paymasters to pay us off for our many years of services without rewards and recognition despite all they have had acquired through our efforts and sweat.

Thank you all, my people.

Abdulgafar Idris PRP Jnr, writes in from Adagu community Toto LGA of the State.

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Buhari: Fear Echoing From The 80s And Beyond.

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By Elempe Dele, Benin.

No one has ever been able to cure history. We must therefore take our minds back to the early 80s, precisely between ’83 and ’85. The common coin on each citizen’s pocket was fear. I was then young but the recall of this history is deliberately meant to trigger our collective recollection and to understand the reason for this our recent era of fear we are all faced with today.

This recall will also make those who were old enough remember the fear they experienced under that dictatorial order of General Buhari after ceasing power illegally from a democratically elected government.

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It was the era of the midnight knock by jackboots where politicians and dissidents were being arrested, arbitrary detention without trial of citizens, brutalization of the innocent and guilty alike, disappearances, murder, and even suspicious manipulation of the judiciary system.

It was during this era of the draconian dictatorial orders of the autocratic government of General Buhari Nigerians swallowed the bitter bill of the murder of three kids; Batholomew, Lawal and Ogedengbe, for drug trafficking. The capital forfeiture of life, that repulsive act of murder, that brandishing of the most elementary principal of justice, which ate deep into the marrow of the citizens, had a purpose; to implant fear into the citizens.

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The entire nation was deeply offended by the unconscionable act which took place outside the Kirikiri Maximum Prison with thousands of onlookers. People cried openly, some reeling on the floor carrying dust and ashes on their heads.

The General Buhari’s regime lasted for about three years with it’s inhumane acts. The nation was all through initiated into a noticeable intimacy with fear as we also see today. This was the type of fear Nigerians had never seen since independent, not even during the brutal era of our colonial masters.

The question on most Nigerian’s minds even when they were asked in furtive whispers in the recesses of private rooms was simply this; those who were capable of deeds that even the devil would revolt against, what next are they capable of?

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This is a question to bear in mind in tending to understand what differentiate the regime of General Buhari in the 80s and his new regime today where we also wear that same fabric of fear of the 80s. Then the residual question is, has anything changed from that draconian dictatorial order? What forms our fear today? What’s next, where and how?

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