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Stop The Abuse of the Holy Qur’an in Zamfara



BELLO Galadi, 
At an official function earlier this year, His Excellency Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State sworn by the Holy Quran that he was not aiding banditry and challenged everyone to do the same.

At the height of misunderstanding between the Zamfara State House of Assembly and two (2) of its members who were later suspended, the members sworn by the Quran that they were not aiding banditry, the video clips went viral on social media.

At the inauguration of his cabinet members few days ago, the governor subjected his Commissions to swear by the Holy Quran that they were not aiding banditry.

I am personally in support of the government in taking any measure within the spirit of the law to stop the bloodshed in Zamfara State. My concern is the incessant swearing by the Holy Quran by politicians in Zamfara  State at the slightest provocation. The practice is getting out of hand. It is a show of disrespect to Allah SWT and abuse of the oath. Holy Quran is too sacred to be toyed with.

People of Zamfara State are more interested in peace than the oath. A serious government, rather than the indiscriminate application of the oath, will deploy the necessary investigative mechanisms to fish out the bandits and their sponsors. Zamfara is a sharia state. Under sharia legal system, there are principles guiding oath. 

The most dangerous aspect is that they made almost general denial in the oath, giving the impression that they do not have any business with the bandits. This is too suicidal. For any top- ranked person, within the government and security circle, to claim that he has no relationship  with the bandits, is to say the least, playing with our sensibilities.

How did the government dialogued with the bandits? Who were the intermediaries between the government and the bandits at the dialogue? How did  the government secured the release of the captives from the bandits? There are more questions than answers on this.I am not suspecting anybody. I am simply giving a word of caution, more particularly to our leaders and to remind them that Holy Quran is too sacred to be politicized. 

If this ugly practice is not addressed, a lot of people will be forced to take the oath to save their appointments and names. In doing so, they are subjected to unnecessary danger.
On the two suspended members of the House, having taken the oath, there is no point to subject them to any investigation. That will amount to double jeopardy. 

If the government truly believes in the oath, the members should be absolved of any criminal liability and allow them to resume their duties without any hindrence. 

I am appealing to our Ulamas, elders and concerned citizens of Zamfara State, to call our leaders to order, to stop the abuse of the Holy Quran, before we find ourselves in a more serious disaster than we are experiencing today.Wa’iyazu Bil Lah.

Galadi is a former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Gusau Branch (covering Zamfara State) and President of Bello Galadi Foundation. 

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ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary



The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.



President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

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Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara



Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

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