The Gombe state Governor Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya on Monday announced a measure of ease over restrictions placed on movement of the people in a part of the state, following the violence that erupted over the hitherto vacant stool of Tangale.
Recall that violent protest erupted in Billiri LGA of the state where properties,including mosques were destroyed over kingship issues recently.
A resident of Kaltungo, which is about 20 Kilometers to Billiri LGA, had told ThePageNews when the protest first erupted,leading to destruction of properties, that the troubled Tangale tribe is neither Hausa or Fulani,but were protesting suspected imposition of a Muslim king over the majority Christians.
According to the resident, information leaked to the people, that the governor wanted to impose on the people as king, a Muslim, not the Christian who got the highest vote from the king makers.
” I come from a Christian dominated tribe of Tangale, spread in 3 LGAs, Billiri, Kaltungo and Shongom, our traditional leaders are called ‘Mai’. When “Mai Tangle”, that of Billiri, died in January, naturally there’s need for a new one.
” 19 Blue bloods applied, 3 were selected, one of whom is a Christian (we are mixed, Christians, Muslims and traditionalists). The Christian scored 5 votes and the 2 Muslims shared 2 votes each. The law says governor appoints from the 3, notwithstanding the votes.
”There was a week or so delay in pronouncement of the appointment, and the people started agitation for government to give them their choice, they assumed governor wants to impose one Muslim on them, rumors or Intel, I don’t know, but what started as peaceful protest turned an attack on the minority Muslim community in the town, both indigenous Muslims and settlers, their worship and business places were razed, 4 dead and millions lost” the resident narrated to ThePageNews.
Following the unrest however, the Governor suspended the process of appointing a new king until normalcy returned.
Meanwhile, the Governor eventually appointed Malam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba as the new Mai Tangale.
Though a source mentioned one Dr Musa Idris Maiyamba.as the preferred candidate of some residents, but it could not be ascertained as at the time of filling this report, if he is also the Christian aspirant who was said to have gotten the highest vote of the kingmakers.
Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director General (Press Affairs), Government House, Gombe announced the appointment of a new king for Tangale in a statement last Wednesday.
“In Exercise of the powers vested in him under the Gombe state Chieftaincy Law, 2020 and based on the recommendation of the Kingmakers of the Tangale Chiefdom, the Billiri Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the appointment of Malam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba as the Mai Tangale.
”The Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo who conveyed the Governor’s approval and presented the appointment later to the new Mai Tangle in Poshiya, Billiri, said the the appointment of Malam Danladi Maiyamba was informed by his personal qualities and suitability.
“The presentation ceremony was witnessed by the Chairperson of Billiri Local Government Council, 9 Kingmakers of the Billiri Chiefdom, members of the traditional council and other functionaries.
“Presentation of Staff of Office will be done in due course,” the statement read.
The Governor had mentioned in a state broadcast earlier that he would not succumb to any intimidation in appointing a new King.
”Let me make it clear that our administration will never cow into any blackmail, threat, intimidation or witch-hunt from any individual or group no matter how highly placed,” the governor had said
However, reacting to the new appointment, a leader within the community said the governor did not do the wish of the people.
” He gave them his choice not theirs. They are not happy and some people are heading to court to challenge that”
Speaking with ThePage News under the condition of anonymity, the community leader said ” the matter is just beginning
”Already, plans have begun to challenge the governor’s decision in court ”.
According to him, ”the governor will only succeed in setting the state on fire because this appointment won’t stay, but we are sure the court will do the needful”.the leader opined.
BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA
Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.
Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.
Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.
Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.
The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.
As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.
Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.
By Hamid Shinkafi
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.
Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.
As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.
In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.
In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.
With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.
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