By Haruna G. Suleiman
That fake report on who becomes Editor-in-Chief of NAN
On Wednesday evening, a fake report was published by “Whirlwind News”, an online medium, with the title: “Rumble in NAN: Staff kick over move to replace Igbo with northerner as Editor-in-Chief”.
In the report, it was alleged that a move to “hoist” a northerner as Editor-in-Chief of NAN was threatening to disrupt operations of the organisation.
The report claimed that staff were resisting the move.
It said that petitions were already flying with some going to the information ministry and workers threatening a show down if a “Hausa man” was given the job.
It also alleged that “a Yoruba man, who is the MD” has reneged on his earlier position supporting the Igboman.
Ordinary, we should not worry about such a useless report because no one was quoted and no effort was even made to balance the fraudulent claims, but as a union, we believe it is necessary to react so that no one will be misled by the lies.
There are four unions in NAN – AUPTRE, NUJ, RATAWU and SASSCO -. So, the first thing we all did was to find out whether any of the unions gave the story. We found that no one did.
We also sought to find out whether anyone was approached for any interview on the story. There, too, we found that no one was approached. We concluded, thereafter, that the story is simply a figment of its writers` imagination with the sole goal of deceiving readers into thinking that there was a succession crisis in NAN.
What we know is that the current Editor-in-Chief will retire later this month. We also know that an examination was conducted for those qualified and the board has not announced anyone yet. But what is certain is that two deputy directors were promoted to directors. We are told that It is from these two that the EIC will emerge.
But we are surprised that more than two weeks before the retirement of the incumbent, reports are being circulated as to who is the favourite though we are aware that of the six that sat the exams, the first and second were promoted.
We are told that some people have written petitions to the board. Some have gone to the minister. We believe that people have the right to complain. As unions, we have no reason to interfere in this because that is not part of our mandate. We believe that such interference is not even in the best interest of our members because the issue affects the bosses who belong to the unions.
Interfering in the matter will be complicated because we are supposed to strive to protect the interest of everyone. So, who shall we support in this matter without hurting our mandate of protecting every member’s interest?
We have discussed this issue extensively at our meetings and even took the matter to the MD who told us that the matter was already before the ministry. We have also tried to shoot down efforts to introduce tribal, regional and tribal dimensions to the matter and have satisfactorily tried to educate each other on the dangers of allowing such sentiments to creep into the issue.
As workers in a federal government agency, we are supposed to be promoting unity and not the other way round.
Clearly, the fake story was planted by desperate people who, perhaps, found that they had no case when they took their complaints to the ministry or board.
They may have, thus, decided to bring sentiments into the matter, hence their resort to “Igbo” and “Hausa” to whip up dangerous sentiments and breed confusion.
We want to state categorically that no union in NAN is considering a strike over the issue of EIC or any other issue for that matter. The story is fake and should be ignored.
Management should investigate the source of this story and treat its authors and sponsors as saboteurs deserving sanctions that could include sack for trying to cause industrial disharmony and tribal war in a peaceful organisation like NAN.
Finally, we want the “story” to be seen and treated as what it is – a fake information planted by desperate individuals seeking to deploy dangerous statements to get what they do not deserve. To such people, our message is clear – the NAN unions are only committed to improved working conditions and are not available to be used for selfish interest.
Haruna G. Suleiman is a labour leader and Chairman of AUPCTRE Union in NAN
Facts & Figures: 21 Reasons Governor Yahaya Bello Stands Out.
The unusual emergence of a 40years old unusual Guy as the Chief Executive Officer superintending the unique State of Kogi from LUGARD HOUSE, Lokoja was a stunner. Yahaya Adoza Bello was in every mold different from the pack, having been in Politics for less than two years before he became the Governor of the Confluence State of Kogi, and that reality set the stage for an unusual protocol in governance.
Born on the 18th day of June, 1975 and sworn into office as the Executive Governor of Kogi State on the 27th day of January, 2016, the Youngman popularly referred to as GYB an acronym for Governor Yahaya Bello, is a true leader of men/women, a patriot and a credible manager of resources.
Vilified, lampooned, hated and castigated by the political establishment on account of his unusual emergence on our political kaleidoscope, GYB refused to join issues with his traducers but to silence his critics through unequaled service delivery. Harassed and harangued by Godfathers, he chose silence deciding to endear himself to all through responsible and responsive leadership. And troubled by career politicians at home and across the nation, he chose hard work over propaganda, and that is the enigma called GYB.
Understanding the enormous challenge on him being one of the foremost Youths in leadership, he refused to deploy propaganda in the discharge of his watch over Kogi State, but to speak through profound service delivery, and here we present the 21 things that qualify GYB for higher office, indeed the 21 REASONS GYB STANDS OUT.
- GYB inherited a State that was largely divided on ethnic, religious and cultural grounds, but undeterred he chose to unite his people indiscriminate of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural tendencies of the State. The Igalas, Igbiras, Okuns, Owore, Owe et al found in this enigma a worthy son. This he did by locating infrastructures across the State, appointing the best hands indiscriminate of ethnic or religious differences, and being a Muslim he is the first Governor to build a CHAPEL for Christian worship in the Government House. GYB believes that though tongues, faith and tribes may differ that Kogi State is ONE. And he will replicate same in higher office.
- GYB has made Kogi the safest State in the North Central and indeed the entire North through the proactive cooperation of his government with all the layers of National Security and indeed the setting up of a very effective Kogi State Vigilante Service. The records are visible, that being the Confluence State and the doorway to the South from the North and vice versa, Kogi State today has the least tale of violent crimes, kidnappings and banditry, thanks to the Astute watch of GYB Governor Yahaya Bello (GIVE YOUR BEST), the one who GIVES HIS BEST.
- GYB is a bridge builder, he has seamlessly integrated both the OLD and the YOUNG in the governance of the State, little wonder Kogi has become a spectacle in peaceful coexistence. Nigeria has got something coming from this Youngman.
- GYB is an unblemished Patriot, he has in an uncommon way shown how doggedly he loves his people, Kogi State and indeed Nigeria by insisting that we interrogate the COVID19 pandemic, and stop the now prevalent copy and post approach to the scourge. He has spoken boldly against another possible lockdown of the economy because ‘we must first live to fight a disease’. And Kogi State has apparently remained COVID19 free because of the unusual approach of the State to the pandemic. GYB is a leader that thinks outside the Box, and a patriot per excellence, he is indeed one largely deserving of higher office.
- GYB inherited months of backlog of unpaid salaries in his first term for which he was largely lampooned, vilified, hated and castigated, but rather than fight or disparage his critics, he went to work, today Kogi State does not owe a worker, and today KOGI STATE effectively pays her pensioners.
- GYB’s State of Kogi leads the chart of States that has serviced and reduced her Local debts; indeed the Debt Management Office has it on record that Kogi State has recently reduced its local debts by a whooping 51Billion, and the State next on the Chart by about 20billion. The silent Achiever Governor Yahaya Bello has GOT YOUR BACK and he wants to do the same for Nigeria.
- GYB’s Kogi State led the pack in the total resources that accrued to the Nation during the last COVID19 lockdown because Kogi State maintained very minimal lockdown, and remains the State with the least COVID19 mention. GYB is a study in leadership, and a course in proactive and progressive service delivery. THINK GYB FOR NIGERIA.
This expose’ on the Youngman whose acronym GYB stands for GOT YOUR BACK, GIVE YOUR BEST and GROW YOUR BASE is the story of a leader with passion, competency and capacity, and one deserving of the trust of higher office.
TO BE CONTINUED.
Chabor Musa Nyamgul Jnr.
Convener GOT YOUR BACK NIGERIA (GYB NIGERIA).
THE MESSAGE OF THE HON. SPEAKER OF NDIGBO YOUTH PARLIAMENT (NYP), RT. HON. RIKKI CHINEDU NWAJIOFOR, ON ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY.
Armed Forces Remembrance Day; The Heroes of Our Land!
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”, opines Albert Einstein. Suffice it to say that the spirit cum the zeal to serve selflessly and pour out oneself profusely in service, for the good of “a neighbor” and betterment of the nation at large, is a worthwhile life. Such a life depicts a Patriot and a Nationalist.
Today, the 15th day of January has been dedicated as a day we remember and pay homage to the selfless and unquantifiable sacrifices our armed forces made and still make for us as individuals and for the nation at large. Today is a day to honour all those brave Men and Women who have served or are still serving their country with bravery, dedication and self-sacrifice.
Yes, they put up selfless sacrifices for us; keeping awake that we might sleep and giving their lives that we might not lose all the things we love. As we sleep peacefully on our beds, our “Gallant Men and Valiant Women” stand on guard, ready to give their lives for our freedom. They keep awake in the bush, in cold weather, on high sea, to make sure we sleep and snore peacefully. They are separated from their families and loved ones so we can be united with ours. They lay down their lives that we might live.
As a country, they give up themselves that we can be united and have our sovereignty upheld. According to Barrack Obama, “the soldier’s courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause, to comrades in arms.” In all these their invaluable sacrifices, we need to appreciate them. We need to let them know that we are grateful. Buttressing this further, Harry S. Truman asserts; “our debt to the Heroic men and Valliant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. We will never forget their sacrifices.”
Yes, we should never forget their unflinching and unwavering loyalty and love for our beloved nation; we should never forget their unquantifiable sacrifices.
An epitaph on a soldier’s grave reads:
I did my duty,
I paid the supreme price,
I pray you’ll remember,
My life was short,
I did my best.
God grant me peace,
In my eternal rest.
What a heart-rending epitaph! Yes, they wish that we forget not their sacrifices. “The labours and sacrifices of our Heroes past shall never be in vain”! Let us remember to extend helping hands to their widows, widowers, bereaved siblings and orphaned children. They are in that condition today because their loved ones laid down their lives that we might enjoy the company of our own loved ones.
May God strengthen and bless all our military men, comfort the families of those who lost their lives for our sake and grant blissful rest to our departed Heroes. We are proud of you!!!
“A true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him”.
By: Rt. Hon. Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor.
Speaker, Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP).
Nigeria will be safe when politicians stop using thugs — Governor Yahaya Bello
Nigeria will be safe when politicians stop using thugs — Governor Yahaya Bello
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has stated that Nigeria will become safe only when politicians stop using thugs for elections.
Appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday December 23, Bello alleged that political thuggery was the norm in Kogi before he came into power but he has continously refused to play that kind of dangerous or unnecessary politics.
The North-Central state Governor also averred that he has dealt with criminals irrespective of political affiliations by using the laws passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly and the existing security architecture.
“When I came on board, I inherited a state that was largely divided along several lines. For you to aspire to be anything politically in Kogi State then, you must have what we call ‘boys’ or thugs or touts and then use it to intimidate people during political dispensations.
“Once the political exercise is over, the so-called boys or thugs or foot soldiers would be abandoned and then left to themselves and by that, they breed into something else or a hydra-headed monster that you will not be able to curb at the end of the day. There are several history and intelligence to that across the country.
“But I refused to play that kind of dangerous or unnecessary politics when I came on board. My ascension to office is known to everybody in the world. I chose my path immediately and decided to deal with criminals irrespective of political affiliations by using the laws passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly and the existing security architecture.”