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30—Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Police vs. Dino Melaye: Case transferred to Abuja, as Dino alleges threats to life in Lokoja By Boluwaji Obahopo LOKOJA—THE case instituted by Nigeria Police against Senator Dino Melaye, Muhammed Audu and two others has been transfered out of the Lokoja Federal High Court Division to Abuja Division, following a petition by Melaye alleging threat to his life if the case is attended to in Lokoja. When the case came up for mention, prosecution counsel, G. O. Ojo, said he was ready to move the exparte motion requesting that the case be brought forward from the initial May 10 it was slated for. Ojo argued that since the two suspects that indicted Melaye in the gunrunning— Kabiru Seidu, a.k.a. Osama and Nuhu Salisu a.k.a. Small — who had earlier escaped from Police custody had been rearrested, the case should commence earnest. However, the judge, Justice Phoebe Ayua, cut him short, telling him he ought to have been notified of the new development in the case. The prosecutor, who agreed he had not been notified, proceeded to argue on the motion exparte dated April 6, requesting for an early date to commence trial for the case. Drama as prosecution insist on Lokoja In a short ruling on the prosecution counsel’s demands, Justice Ayua said: “Hearing of this case has been overtaken by event. “The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, had re-assigned this case to Abuja to be heard under Justice Gregor, following complaints by one of the defendants in the case.” There was a mild drama in the court as the prosecutor tried frantically to convince the court on why the case should continue in Lokoja, saying only one person should not be allowed to change the discretion of the court. But it was rebuffed by Justice Ayua, who maintained that the case must follow administrative protocol as prescribed by the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. OANDO SHAREHOLDERS: From left— Chairman, Sage Shareholders Association, Inc., Engr. Olowolafe Kehinde; member, New Dimension Shareholders Association, Mr. Patrick Ajudua; Chairman, Pacesetters Shareholders Association Inc., Mr. Badmus Tunde, and member, District Shareholders Association, Mr. Oguntoye Lawrence, at a briefing by shareholders of Oando Plc calling for the lifting of the suspension of Oando stocks by the Nigeria Stock Exchange, NSE, in Ikeja, Lagos. Plateau internally-displaced women protest By Marie-Therese Nanlong J OS—WOMEN displaced by recent attacks in Daffo District, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, yesterday, held a peaceful rally in Jos, the state capital to draw government and the public’s attention to their plight. We employ 100,000; pay N40bn annually—HuCaPan By Precious Nickolas HUMAN Capital P r o v i d e r s Association of Nigeria, HuCaPAN, yesterday, said members provide about 100,000 jobs and spend over N40 billion in entitlements annually. Speaking at its seventh Annual General Meeting in Lagos, President of the association, Mr. Aderemi Adegboyega, noted that the importance of the The internally-displaced women, who came out in their numbers dressed in black, carried placards with different inscriptions and marched from the Plateau State House of Assembly to the Government House, among other parts of the city. The protesters, in a petition to the state government, President Muhammadu Buhari and association to the economy, cannot be overemphasised. He faulted opposition to outsourcing by organised labour, contending that it was “because of the erroneous perception that the model is a threat to job security and decent work. “However, the reality is that HuCaPan members do not want to operate illegally by continuously obviating the push to allow their staff to be unionised. the state Assembly, said the plights of over 7,000 internally displaced persons, IDPs, in Daffo calls for urgent action. Their spokesman, Mrs. Comfort Malan, who signed the letter, said the poor health condition, hunger and depression at the IDP camps were already breeding suicidal tendencies among the adolescents. “When the staff of these members companies are unionised, the only platform through which HuCaPAN members can collectively bargain with a group of employees is the employers’ association. “This is why we applied to the Registrar of Trade Unions to be registered as a trade union of employers to be known as National Association of Private Employment agencies of Nigeria, NASPEAN.” Statistics According to Mrs Malan, “Daffo District attacks by herdsmen have led to 32 deaths, 10 severe injuries, 10 missing persons and displacement of over 7,000 from nine villages. It is imperative to call the attention of governments at all levels, security agencies, civil societies, the media, religious bodies and other kind-spirited individuals to the prevailing humanitarian situation facing us the victims of these attacks.” Speaker responds Responding, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Peter Azi, who received the women, said the state government is trying to ensure that the security issue is resolved. Azi commended the women for maintaining peace, assurring them that the legislature is behind them and that their letter will get to the governor and President Buhari. Glo-sponsored African Voices hosts Big Brother Africa star, others BIG Brother Africa celebrity housemate, Mampi Mirriam Mukape, who featured in Season 7 of the TV reality show, will be one of the guests on this week’s CNN AfricanVoices. Mukape is a Zambian artiste, one of three African entertainers to feature in the show, is a pop and R’nB singer, who performs with the stage name Mampi. According to Globacom, she will talk about her music, kwaito, and how it is inspired by reggae. Other guests Mampi joins two other artistes as they tell their inspiring stories as African entertainers who perform for global audiences. One of them is Nigeria’s multitalented singer, song writer, model and actor, Nonso Bassey. Bassey is currently making waves with his debut single, 411, which he released in February and with his role in the popular TV soap, By Demola Akinyemi I L O R I N — GOVERNOR Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has vowed to procure additional Armoured Personnel Carriers, APC, to beef up security in Offa and other strategic locations across the state, urging citizens of the state to resist any attempt by anyone to use the incident for political purposes. Governor Ahmed, who commended the Federal Government for restoring normalcy to Offa, spoke Battleground, sponsored by Globacom. He will reveal what motivated him to go into music, how he combines acting with singing and modelling and how his participation in the reality TV show in 2016 prepared him for stardom. The third guest is Loyiso Madinga, a stand-up comedian from Johannesburg, South Africa. Madinga is The Daily Show’s new African correspondent. He was selected to join The Daily Show for his award-winning comedy and conversational skills. He is a winner of the Graca Comedy Show and the Savanna Newcomer Award. Airings African Voices comes up on CNN at 11.30a.m. today. Repeat editions run at 7a.m. and 4.30 p.m. Tomorrow and at 12.30a.m., 4.30a.m. and 8p.m., on Sunday. Further repeats will also run at 5a.m. on Monday and at 10.30a.m. on Tuesday. Ahmed warns against politicising Offa robbery at the swearing in of a new Khadi of the state Shariah Court of Appeal, Mas’ud Oniye. His words: “Let me reassure Kwarans and, indeed, all Nigerians that the culprits will be apprehended and brought to justice swiftly. “Police and other security agencies have begun a manhunt for the perpetrators of the horrid attack on the peaceful and industrious people of Offa. “Our people must be vigilant and security conscious as part of community involvement in effective policing.” Akpoyibo blasts Senate over Omo-Agege's suspension COORDINATOR of Nigeria Female President Initiative, Mr. Felix Akpoyibo, has described Senate’s suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as illegal, selective and vindictive, as the Urhobo Senator had earlier served the Senate Committee on Ethics a court order restraining it from such action. Akpoyibo contended that the senators should not be seen as lawbreakers and urged the Senate to, as a matter of urgency, withdraw the suspension on Omo- Agege as the Urhobo lawmaker has a right to voice his opinion. Wondering “why other senators with all their vociferous vituperations at the floor of the Senate has escaped Senate hammer,” Akpoyibo reasoned that the “Senate action was selective and vindictive, which confirms the allegation by Omo-Agege in respect of the sequence of 2019 elections.”
VANGUARD, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 — 31 Syria: Highway to universal conflagration UNIVERSAL powers converged this Tuesday under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council to deliberate on the alleged use of chemical bombs in the Douma District of Syria. The gory images of alleged victims of the attack had gone viral. On the eve of the meeting which was ostensibly to discuss the alleged attack and identify its perpetrators, President Donald Trump found the Syrian Government guilty and threatened retaliatory actions. At the Council, as usual, debates gave way to acrimony and threats of retaliatory measures even before any investigation. The United States, US, presented its resolution to the meeting pronouncing Syria guilty and seeking the establishment of an independent agency to investigate the attack. It was vetoed by Russia. Then the verbal cannons were let loose. The U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said: “History will record that, on this day, Russia chose protecting a monster (Syrian President Bashar Assad)over the lives of the Syrian people.” To this, the Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, retorted: “You do not want to hear the fact that no traces of a chemical attack were found in Douma. You simply have been looking for a pretext to justify the use of force against Syria.” He also said: "We are using the veto in order to protect international rule of law, peace and security, to make sure that you do not drag the Security Council into your adventures." To which Haley shot back: “Russia has trashed the credibility of the Council. Whenever we propose anything meaningful on Syria, Russia vetoes it. It is a travesty." After shooting down the American resolution, the Russians presented their two resolutions which as expected, were defeated. So nothing concrete came out of the Security Council meeting. The basic questions; whether indeed there was such an attack or if the images are part of ‘fake news,’ could not be answered. Also, no effective mechanism was put in place to determine this or who carried out the attack and for what purpose. Such tragic matters with potentially serious consequences, have been reduced to the drama of the absurd since 2014 when then President Barack Obama drew the invisible red line and threatened to bomb the Assad government out of existence as it did the Libyan government headed by Muammar Ghadaffi in 2011. Such a blind attack might have handed the terrorist organisations - ISIS and the al-Nusra Front, their first ‘Caliphate’ courtesy of the Americans and their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, allies. If indeed there was an attack, is there the remote possibility that it was carried out by a third force; possibly the terrorists or the Israelis who stand to benefit from a Western attack on Syria? There is the issue of motive; what would be the motive of the Assad government when the war is going so well for it and it is uprooting the last strongholds of the rebels and terrorists especially around Damascus? My argument is not that the Syrian government is incapable of using such deadly chemicals, but there should be a chance of investigating such claims before conclusions are reached. With the Security Council muddling up the waters, it would be difficult for a neutral body to make a conclusive investigation. Rolling from the drama of massive retaliatory expulsion of diplomats by Russia and the West over the use of nerve gas against Russian double spy, Sergei Skripal and his Rimi's giant footprints: Tribute to the last great leader LAST Friday, RIPPLES on these pages was on the 8th Anniversary of the death of Late Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi, the first civilian Governor of Kano. A Governor like no other. There were many events to mark that great loss to Kano and Nigerian Democracy. There were many stories of the glorious days of Rimi and the Rimi Generation, we were regaled with on the Rimi anniversary a week last Wednesday (April 4th). The Giant Footprints Rimi left on Kano and indeed the national political landscape have so far been left untended. He is no doubt, the Last Great Leader in these parts. Rimi acolytes, held a sober prayer session at Umar bn Khattab Jumaa mosque on the morning of April, the 4th. They followed it up with a visit to pray for him yet again at his humble grave at Farm Center. The state government, not to be left out, organised a lecture at Coronation Hall. The SSG then led another prayer visit to the Rimi Grave. Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV) has since that day been running special programmes marking the Rimi Anniversary and the 35th year of his setup of the State TV, that used to be known as City Television, (CTV67). Many of the basic infrastructure we now enjoy in Kano were planted either by First Military Governor, CP Abdu Bako or First Cvilian Governor M.A. Rimi. The City Center, despite the bastardisation of its original plan established by Rimi, the designer and architect of modern Kano is still the heart of the business district of Kano Metropolis as he envisaged. The Ado Bayero House at Kofar Nassarawa, which now houses Maitama Sule (NorthWest) University set up by Kwankwaso in his second term was built from the ground, up to the very last floor, by the Rimi Government. What baffles one, is with a Rimi as part of our collective heritage, how on earth did we end up with the kind of political contraptions we suffer today? And Rimi has been away for only eight years. So sad what politics has degenerated to. It is now the exact opposite of what we were bred on by Late Rimi and the PRP. The hero of Nigerian Democracy from Kano, that Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi is, he was both a nationalist and a true Kano person. He was conscious of what Kano had to do to grow and as conscious of the religious preference of Kanawa. He was one of the top vanguards of the battle to ensure Shariah was enthroned in the 1979 constitution when he participated in the 1977 Constituent Assembly. Rimi inspired a generation of young men, most of whom are now in their late fifties with the consciouness of the radical propensity for service as the reason for politics and governance There are no concerted efforts to end the bloody Syrian Civil War because the West knows that it will be a victory for the Syrian government; so, international power brokers concentrate on negotiating territories, ‘humanitarian corridor’ ‘safe passage’ for rebels and their families and ceasefire to allow evacuation of besieged cities Top Northern politicians, Malam Aminu Kano and his colleague, “Mr. Shariah” Late Senator AD Rufa’i Misau led Northern delegates at the Constituent Asembly to insist on Shariah for Muslims and Muslims alone. This was long before Ahmad Sani Yarima of Zamfara and his enthroning of the Shariah for Muslims. Late Rimi alongside his friend, Late Shehu Umar Abdullahi were the foot soldiers of that Shariah debate. May Allah in His mercy continue to shower Rimi with all His mercies and blessings. A host of foreign trained doctors and engineers including ex- Governor (now Senator) Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Kano’s current Head of Service, Auwalu Na’iya, former Chief of Staff to Rimi, Dr. Yunusa Adamu Dangwani, all trained abroad, under a Rimi programme. Rimi inspired a generation of youngmen, most of whom are now in their late fifties with the consciouness of the radical propensity for service as the reason for politics and governance. He was so successful that it was from these set that we participated in the mobilisation for one million Free Rimi signatures campaign in 1986. The campaign was so succesful that the military government of IBB detained most of the core organisers led by Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim for daring to question the politically jaundiced excuses for jailing Rimi after the coup of December 1983. Bashir, a prominent political activist was at the heart of the formation of the Obasanjo PDP Government of 1999. He is now chairman of PDM, a political party that was first set up by Atiku Abubakar. People from all parts of Nigeria were in the Rimi government. Dr. Asikpo Essien Ibok, was Director of daughter, Yulia in Britain, international diplomacy is being turned into a dangerous circus where one side may make a false move and the other retaliates. Allegations on the use of deadly bombs have been largely discredited since the 2003 invasion of Iraq under the false pretense that the Saddam Hussein government not only had weapons of mass destruction, but was about using them. The Syrian Civil War is supposed to have been a civil protest against the Assad government; overnight, it became a war in which sophisticated arms are used, giving the impression that it was not spontaneous after all. It was in that war that we saw the Westerncreated, Jordanian-trained and Saudi-funded ISIS in action before it took over vast territories especially in Iraq over which it declared a Caliphate. That was when the founders of the Frankenstein ISIS properly re-designated their monster ‘freedom fighters’ as terrorists. The Syrian conflict has become a mini World War with the most powerful armies; the Russian and American forces involved as well as the Israeli and Turkish armies and countless militia including the Lebanese Hezbollah. In the war, Christian minorities have been massacred and enslaved by the terrorists while at least 465,000 of Syrians have been killed, 6.1 million displaced and 5.5 million turned to refugees. The country itself, is one heap of ruins. Perhaps, the group that has proportionally made the most losses, are the Kurds. They are a homogeneous people sliced into Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria as minorities. When the Iraqi forces which had been decimated by ISIS, was too paralysed, and perhaps, Research. He was editor of “Three Faces of Silent Revolution in Kano State”, published in 1983 for the Research Department of the Government, by Gaskiya Corporation, Zaria. The publication distributed by Triumph Publishing Company details the “public accountability of the progressive (Rimi) government of Kano State during the past 42 months in office”. In those 42 months Rimi did the unexpected. With Rimi and PRP, the masses expected a miracle, and he delivered. Probably a lot more than we all bargained for. He met only three towns connected to the national electricity grid of old Kano. By the time he left, six months short of his four year term, he had connected 13 more to the grid. He was into every sector of life of Kanawa. He did the unexpected miracle of mass education, giving all staff who hadn’t been to formal classes, a chance for adult literacy training in work hours. Thus more than 500,000 acquired literacy. In water supply, Rimi surpassed the projected 100 boreholes for 1981 in the five year development plan he inherited. He drilled 126 boreholes by end of the year. Under the sector, the RWS unit was geared to supply water for populations of 5,000. It was for 1,450 major villages and over 9,000 hamlets. With 67 per cent progress achieved by 1982, nearly 500 open wells were rehabilitated and 54 completed in the 29 Local Governments of old Kano. Many top frightened to fight, and Turkey tucked itself into its own side of the borders supporting pockets of Syrian rebels, it was the small but courageous Kurdish fighters, especially the Peshmerga (those who face death) that filed out to take on the far superior ISIS forces. With American air support and military supplies, they halted the ISIS and began to push them back in Iraq, while the Syrian military relentlessly pounded them in Syria, forcing them to concede territories. With the near defeat of ISIS, the warweary Kurds were abandoned by the Americans, leaving them open to be pounded by Turkey. America and the West do not want to annoy the Turks who they are paying to keep illegal immigrants from European shores. They are also aware that the Turks are being wooed by the Russians even after downing a Russian fighter jet. The Kurdish Question does not fit into the Western agenda; the Kurds were simply a sacrificial lamb. There are no concerted efforts to end the bloody Syrian Civil War because the West knows that it will be a victory for the Syrian government; so, international power brokers concentrate on negotiating territories, ‘humanitarian corridor’ ‘safe passage’ for rebels and their families and ceasefire to allow evacuation of besieged cities. On March 29, Trump announced he would be withdrawing American troops from Syria: “We'll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now." This has been replaced this week with the heightened rhetoric of further American military intervention in that country. If the Americans strike, and the Russians refuse to be bystanders, Syria may provide the world with a highway to universal conflagration. flight doctors and academics of Kano and Jigawa were beneficiaries of his special push to train qualified Kano youth. So sad we have lost Rimi and have no match yet. No one close enough. Not even Sule Lamido or Kwankwaso both of whom have done the best they can as Govenors of Jigawa and Kano. Not that there aren’t flashes of the PRP Rimi in them. But a distinguishing feature with us today is the failure to match theory with practise. We are left to caricature the Rimis, and other Great men of ideas and principle of yesteryears. We are left with hollow association with men who have excelled. As believers and followers we are left with a faint recast of the past. We do nothing to truly key into what the past was about save for hero worship and sentimental attachment to the Great Names, whose hard work, commitment and focus were legendary. To make any headway, to the Change we expect we must look to what made the Rimis of the world, our world, tick. The hangover of hero worship with no substance, fraudulent hero worship for electoral victory must be jettisoned. Like Obama alerted us all, it is indeed time for Great Institutions rather than Great Men. As the Great Men have come and gone. It is time we took our destiny in our hands, with a prayer to God as insurance. Once again, May Allah grant Rimi, the Great repose and peace.