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THERE IS ONLY ONE A. A. ZAURA

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Al-Amin Ciroma
At the very minute, his name was mentioned, and called upon to the podium at Bichi town a few weeks ago, at an event that hosted Crème de la crème of APC chieftains. As he walked through to the stage, and grab the microphone, his majestic footsteps and charismatic approach with a smile send thousands of enthusiasts aback reflecting that the simply but elegantly dressed and handsomely kept young man was the messier they were waiting for.
The entire arena went wild with roars and chants of his name as the best they are needed. 
One of the thousands of the ruling party’s lovers looked at Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura tears rolled down his cheeks, and quietly said (in the Hausa language): “By God, there is only one Zaura today, and there will never be another one like him.”
All other politicians gathered at the event had their distinctive way of packaging themselves, but A. A. Zaura is unique, of course, but there was just something special about the young man. Yet even people who knew him well often had difficulty describing him. Optimistic but not naïve. Articulate but not glib. Intelligent yet guided by common sense. Well mannered but never pretentious. Friendly but not a pushover. Charismatic but real. Principled but not intransigent.
He was all of that and so much more. Perhaps the key to understanding Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura is to realize his two defining characteristics – he genuinely liked people, and he was comfortable with who he was. That may not sound like much, but when you’re such a young internally connected businessman cum politician, it makes all the difference. 
The cute and handsome Zaura never tired of meeting people. He genuinely enjoyed listening to people’s problems, not just because he could advocate and help them for his political positions on key issues, but mostly because he enjoyed being with people.
You could see it in his eyes. There was a certain sparkle when he shook hands and exchanged a few words. He was not just ‘going through the motions and emotions of his immediate society.’
The event that was held in the heart of Bichi located in the northern part of the Kano – the central hemisphere of business activities in the north – a state with over five million inhabitants, was an event like no other!
The aspirants, the actors in the polity, people who dance to be noticed, and all those seeking Governor Abdullahi Umar Gabduje’s waver to jump into the race to 2023 in Kano State were all present.
They made their speeches and many more, but when the quintessential Zaura mounted the podium, he gulped all other speakers who preceded him! 
The chewed his words, edited all the phrases, and made a wonderful speech full of wisdom, knowledge, and most importantly, the best in everything!
He was such a unique contributor who gave out succor to the APC family in Kano State. At the prestigious APC gathering, Mr. Zaura, as he did in Rano, the heart of Kano State South political nucleus, in which he gave over 17 vehicles as a donation to his party, Alhaji Zaura doubled that contribution on Tuesday in Bichi, where he again gave the leadership of the ruling APC more than 50 other cars for smooth operations within the state.
Just that Zaura’s singular and rare gesture exhibited by the 2023 gubernatorial aspirant in Kano State, proves that he is a Kano living legend, and that is beyond debate.
Legends are not necessarily saints. They are people who leave footmarks that are the stuff of legends.
For certain generations, the mere mention of the name Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura is enough to bring happy memories flooding back. 
These are not entirely surprising because Zaura is one of the Kano-born politicians the state loves to love every time he is mentioned.
His case is a metaphor for destiny, as all he aspired in life as a youngster was to become a practicing economist, but gradually became an active politician and humanitarian.
To talk about Zaura requires a thesis. He is a gentle-mannered, cosmopolitan, charming, elegant, consensus-builder, eloquent, modest, proud northerner, peacemaker, and one of the truth-hidden iconic figures of modern times yet to be discovered.
No doubt, Zaura is not a run-of-the-mill persona, but an extraordinary youngster whose footprints are literally everywhere, not only in his state – Kano, but the north and the entire country – with a happy and optimistic temperament that enabled him to stand for his constituency and state, earning sight of the larger interests.
It is on record, and going by his practice that there is only ONE A. A. Zaura in the land!

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

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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.

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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

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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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