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By Al-Amin Ciroma

“Don’t throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass.” -Benjamin Franklin

We are compelled to initiate this response as a rejoinder in the interest of truth and our obligation to enlighten the general public on the subject matter.

Recall that on the 23rd of May, 2022, an article was published in the Daily Trust, signed by one Abdulkarim Haruna Gwale, on behalf of a purported ‘Concerned Kano Citizens,’ titled “Kano Central Senatorial Contest In The Eyes Of The Storm.”

In the said article, the author struggled and attempted a blatant, shameless, and unabashed reinterpretation and revisionism of the truth with a clear and unhidden distortion of facts. A lot of disturbing issues stand out in the said article; thus, the deliberate vilification of the person of His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura (A.A. Zaura).

It is clear that the authors and sponsors of the article failed to hide their loathing and repugnance towards Alhaji Zaura. They described him as incompetent for the job of Kano Central Senatorial position, simply because they saw it clear that his bearings in the system were far better than what was expected.

They went further to roguishly and mischievously reawaken and resurrect the dead matter of the forgone investigation by the EFCC, in a case that was already laid to rest in favour of A. A. Zaura. Even when the case was brought against him in 2019 by the EFCC, in a petition said to be failed by one Qatar businessman against Mr. Zaura, it all ended in a hallucination because the prosecution failed to present the complainant to the court, and also failed to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Mr. Zaura committed such an offence. Consequently, he was discharged and acquitted for lack of proof.

It would have been better for both the authors and the sponsors of the ill-article to consider the fact that they are living in a glass house, so throwing stones at their opponent could be detrimental!

The same person they are trying very hard to launder his image and project him as a messier or “infallible” is facing a series of investigations by the authorities, which is a known fact! The writers failed to be reminded that Senator Lado has been under fire by the EFCC, and yet went ahead to presume they are holier than thou!

I am sure my readers can recall the dirty deals of the financial scandals of the Malabo contract scam, which involved the so-called ‘Ladon Alheri.’ Even the constituency project that gave birth to the ‘Gadar Lado’ in Kano, which is a federal government project, is full of financial misappropriation in its construction.

At this point, Lado is very much aware that he cannot face himself to proclaim that he is innocent of all the uncountable number of petitions labeled against him at the Small and Medium Enterprises Development of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

So, the article in its entirety lacks the merit for any person with a fair bit of intellectuality to comprehend its meaning. It only succeeded in exposing the authors’ ignorance of what has been happening in the politics of Kano Central Senatorial Zone. It may be better if they had written a plea on behalf of their principal to cajole His Excellency Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura to kindly consider their choice and not this style of robbing Peter to pay Paul!

Now, putting the records straight, A. A. Zaura is standing in as an established young man, with full capacity to lead his constituency and take it to the promised land. Even before venturing into the politics of the day, Zaura has been a household name not only in his dear state of Kano, but in the whole of the north!

His philanthropy is second to none. He touches the lives of the less privileged. Taking into consideration that his underpinning home of solace, the A. A. Zaura Foundation, has been on its feet for more than two decades, giving society more and more succor.

Countless times, even before he came into the ruling APC, Zaura proved himself to be a cheerful public servant. He wholeheartedly looked at his immediate society and started his projects vibrantly by giving the youths hope in life, lifting up the hands of women and the destitute. These are known facts across the board.

In his own way, Alhaji Zaura became one of the government’s most vocal supporters. He stood firm and was still standing by His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. At countless times, Governor Ganduje himself describes Abdulsalam Zaura as ‘Zauran Kanawa,’ ”Zauran Alheri,’ etc., not for anything, but for his magnanimity, nobility, big-heartedness, and generosity to the people of Kano State.

It is unnecessary to present a list of hundreds of endorsements and support that Alhaji Zaura gave to the people of Kano, to the state structure of the ruling party, and to all three senatorial zones in the state. But it is sufficient for anyone, especially the inexperienced writers of the unscrupulous article that have been nipped in the bud, to clearly see the handwriting on the wall!

The same Senator, Basheer Garba Mohammed Lado, is someone that people would like to dove their hats for, particularly before he was fired by President Muhammadu Buhari from the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Nigerians are still asking questions about his sudden dismissal by the president. But the facts are on the table and will be revealed!

Not only was Lado fired from NAPTIP, but he was also fired from the Humanitarian ministry following the discovery of his shady deals and financial scandals.There are many proofs of Lado’s secret ways of life, which point to the fact that he is not only an aberrant but not fit to run or spearhead any public, since it is proven that he cannot be trusted with public funds.

Therefore, the unwarranted attack on the person of Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura makes one very sad! It is sad because the article shows an ultimate lack of understanding of how politics itself works.

For the sake of clarity, Alhaji Zaura is law-abiding. He went through all the protocols of screening and is very loyal to all the structures of APC, both at the state and national levels. Above all, he supersedes people like Senator Lado in crowd pulling and exposure, not only in Kano Central, Kano State, but the entire northern Nigeria!

Therefore, the so-called ‘Concerned Kano Citizens’ need to appreciate the fact that the interest of the ostensible narrow-mindedness they seem to be championing is not necessarily the interest of the Kano Central Senatorial Zone.

And finally, if they think they can intimidate Alhaji Zaura by the so-called bunch of projects their principal, Lado, is said to have executed from 2011-2015 during his tenure, it is rather more treacherous to write such an imprudent and senseless article in order to mislead people. It is not going to help them because Kano people are wiser!

*Al-Amin Ciroma wrote this piece from Mundubawa quarters in Kano.

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Boss Mustapha: The APC Party Man,By Tom



My close watch of Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) over the years has been a man with a strong fraternity to party politics. He is one Nigerian who defined his brand of politics within the context of political party affinity. Once he discovers himself in one, he dies by its principles and its ideologies. This is where the All progressives Congress, APC, the party is lucky to have found him a good Man and part of the party’s camaraderie.

Boss Mustapha from SDP after the merger in 2015 remains committed to preaching and defending the party’s ideals. Is no doubt one of the stanchion Man in the country and his enduring loyalty to the party is a glaring fact he is a die-hard party stalwart.

Knowing this Man from the cradle of his political lifeline to date, I can comfortably say is the Last Man standing for APC come rain come sun shines. Boss has sold out his conscience to build an APC of goodness for the Nigerian people. I have seen his body language, his composure, and his political temperament can go to any length for the APC to remain a national party. Amidst whatever situation, Mustapha can be there for the party he is doing well in working for Nigerians to get out of the woods of stagnation.

The current position he occupies as the sitting SGF, Nigerians have discovered a leader, a Man with a passion to serve, deliver, and recreate a new haven that truly suggests the country as land with multiple mineral and human resources to build a nation of our fore father’s dream is possible.

His knowledge in government is measureless, his experience in leadership is far-flung and his far-reaching experience in business to woo investors of all races and countries has stretched out to many nations of the world.

Barrister Boss Mustapha is one Nigerian Man who is a colonnade of APC with his Mr ” strategist and synergy” titles that has become a slogan of political change mantra in Nigeria, most especially Adamawa State, his land of birth. The Man has no doubt a discovery of wisdom, one of the Adamawa’s Son that is immensely contributing to liberating, emancipating, and salvaging the entire country from the crutches of underdevelopment and putting life, meaning, and adding value into the political lifeline of Nigeria because of his firm belief in APC.

In him is the girdle of strength to lead well, he holds in his hand the rod of direction that will help in taking APC to a haven of rest for all of Nigerians. The party Man despite what people consider weakness in his silence and muteness in delving into national issues. I see it as a virtue of greatness he owned that is using to camp down and stabilize many uproars within and outside the party that will possibly consume the party whenever he talks unduly.

As they say “silence is golden”, to me it’s not only golden, there is power in silence. This is the power Boss got working effectively for all Nigerians. A brainy gift that is helping APC at the National level because of his staunch loyalty to the party.

It is beyond question that he is another beacon of hope, a glorious flying horse for APC. A trailblazer with all the threads of good leadership. Giving life to APC, the party he sojourned fighting tooth and nail to sustain its glorious future for Nigeria and to all Nigerians.

With his resilience and his good intentions for APC and Nigeria, I’m glad to say that Mustapha and many others abound in the country to give hope to Nigerians that the country can be better, ashes of ugliness can be replaced with beauty. I now see hope for Nigeria because there is a Man (Boss) dying to keep the flag of APC flying as a pillar that can bring or spark up the light of progress in all parts of Nigeria.

May I now shout it out and make it boldly in the tablet’s heart of all and sundry that Mr. Boss remains the best loyal Man of APC, the last Man that can ever stand for the party in the interest of all party men. This is where I cherish his brand of politics. A party Man at all times, his belief in serving any political party is what will birth out good leaders that will serve the nation.

I can see his vision and dream of a new APC have made him the number one party Man I cherish. May I, therefore, say that the greatest mistake that each voter can make is to vote against APC in 2023 because Boss Mustapha and many good Nigerians are there. A vote for APC is the best way to get the country out of the woods. I know he will ever give his support that Nigeria and Adamawa will yet be on the rail of development.

A vote for APC where Boss belongs is a value-added change, a wisdom that will set free everyone from retrogression to progression. I’m assured he will make sure that the government will certainly be of the people by the people and for the people.

APC will never be a backward government with Boss as a Man holding tight to its membership card. Nigeria will be secure, free, and well positioned to grow in all facets of life.

The moribund companies and industries owned by the Federal Government will be revived. Life and human sanctity will be meaningful and economy vibrancy will take the lead.

This APC Man has the wherewithal, Boss is more than able to help in turning around Nigeria of today facing all lots of challenges for the World development. He has what it takes to give out for the party to attract global attention, he is well equipped to make Nigeria earned the world news of positive stories of a country with Boko Haram bedeviled the country with many attacks, make it a country that will capture the attention of the global economy.

I see Boss as the best, the hope, and the life-changing supportive gear of the country’s development. His stay in APC is salvation has come to all Nigerians. My respect to this party Man. My call to Nigerians, most especially the people of Adamawa State is just simple, thump up for Boss, the valued APC Man, he is giving much to development of this country in a silence mode, and on the ballot, it should be a thumbs down for the Party he belongs to (APC) come 2023. It’s the only way out. A way into another realm of development.

Boss and APC are for the emancipation of Nigeria. The last and final option. This is my stand, my honest view in the interest of every one of us in the country.

I celebrate this Man for being loyal to APC from inception up to this time. He has no doubts tendencies of shifting loyalty to another party. There is no iota of doubt that he will ever leave, he is standing strong to defend the party at all costs.

Boss Mustapha, the party Man, is my number one role model in Nigerian politics.


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Task force busts criminals’ camp, arrests 480 suspects




The combined security Joint Task force of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has raided uncompleted buildings and undeveloped plots in Maitama and Wuse II areas of Abuja and arrested 480 suspected criminals.

The commander in charge of the team, Bennett Igweh after the arrest, said the suspects were apprehended following the tireless efforts of the Task force in combing black spots within the Federal Capital City.

He explained that the suspects mostly male had turned green areas, undeveloped plots, unoccupied houses into their haven for criminal activities.

Igweh said the team would stop at nothing in riding the city of criminal elements that threaten the peace of the Federal Capital Territory residents.

He disclosed that items recovered from them include police uniforms, mobile phones, loaded pistol, matchets and charms.

According to him, the 480 suspects would be profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for necessary actions.

Igweh said: “We have arrested about 480 suspected criminals, We are going to take many of them to court, they live in an unauthorised places in FCT which is an offence. They want to hide within the shanties and black spots in order to commit havoc in Abuja.

“We will do thorough profiling because we are suspecting that there could be escapees from Kuje Correctional Centre.

“We are starting from the City centre, and we will expand it to other areas, the exercise will reach 21 satellite villages and towns; from Kabusa, Gishiri, Waru, to Wasa and others. We have told them to find where they will go or find a lawful settlement that they can live. We have agreed that if you fight us, we will fight you.

“This operation is one that the security agencies have started since, we are about to start operation G-7 but we want to clear the city centre of of criminals.

“We have agreed to do it together. I’m the Commander of this joint taskforce that comprises of the Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) , Immigration Service, DSS and other sister agencies. And all of us combined, you can see the result. We started by 1:00 am today, and by about 3 am, this is what we were able to do.

“The suspects specialized in robbery; they have different security uniforms, we caught them with Police uniform. It’s just regrettable.

“In one of the camps, we recovered a fully loaded pistol because we took them by surprise, that was why we were able to recover what we had recovered. We will continue to take them by surprise, as this operation will not stop. We have started it this midnight, and we will continue. We have asked them to leave the town as they are not supposed to be here”


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ADAMAWA 2023: APC Supporters In 5M LGAs Call For Sen Abbo’s Suspension, Substitution With Medugu




The APC supporters in the five local government areas that constitute the northern senatorial district of Adamawa State, namely, Madagali, Maiha, Michika, Mubi North and Mubi South, referred to as 5Ms local governments, earnestly called on the party to suspend Senator Ishaku Elisha Abbo, representing the senatorial district and canvassing for continuity, over whipping faith based acrimony for mutual suspicion and mistrust and alleged antipathy to his political party.

The APC supporters urged the leadership of the party to bring Hamisu Idris Medugu, the Sardaunan Duhu, who came second during the party’s primary elections as his substitute should the party desires a top to bottom win that Hon Abdulrazak Saad Namdas, apparently the best House of Representatives member from Adamawa state and other APC stalwarts are advocating for.

The electorates in the northern zone that Abbo is representing at the Senate considered it a proselytised Muslim Hate, taken as Abbos’s new found newfangled theology, tagging those who support APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket as “potential Boko Haram recruits”, which the clerics sermonised as having meant either Tinubu and his choiced Muslim running mate and/or any minimum number of two Muslims and supporters are Boko-Haramic.

Abbo with others is also alleged to be working against his party’s presidential choiced candidate for the 2023 general elections.

“The down with Abbo damnation didn’t start with the electorates, the state chairman of the APC, Hon Ibrahim Bilal equally, by analogy, rather boldly, voiced out that for addressing him as potential Boko Haram recruit simply because he supports the choice of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu the APC presidential candidate to go Muslim-Muslim ticket, with the consideration that running a two-minority ticket will not win election; for going against Tinubu and for attacking President Muhammadu Buhari, defined as Anti-Party, he will not support, promote or give representational mandate to Abbo. Why should the electorates support APC’S senatorial bidding in the northern senatorial district with the Muslim-hate Abbo as the ticket bearer?” The electorates would argue.

It could be recalled that Abbo won the Senate seat under the PDP during the 2019 general elections. He however defected from the party that nurtured him to join the APC, the ruling party at the national level, having realised that he would be rendered insignificant and might not scale through the party primaries, for challenging the state governor who is also a PDP.

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