Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah in his usual ferocious speech, a tradition of his, blasted President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over killings of Nigerians.
In his Easter speech on Sunday 4th April, 2021, the Clergy retold the lamentable situation Nigeria found itself under President Muhammadu Buhari.
A similar Christmas message that earned him heavy criticisms by the beneficiaries of Buhari’s administration.
Day by day, Nigeria drifts irreversibly into a dark tunnel. Things are falling apart with unnerving rapidity because those who govern have only a pact to protect their interests. Politics is merely its conveyor belt of ambition. Nigeria has a date with destiny.
If we do not turn around, The axe is already laid to the roots of the tree (Matthew 3:10).
If a religious leader is afraid to say what is right, what else can his silence mean but that he has taken flight? Hiding behind a wall of silence is like taking flight at the approach of the wolf.
– Pope St. Gregory the Great (540–604 AD)
Easter Sunday is here again. But first, let us step back to Friday. Good Friday was a Kairos moment for the beleaguered followers of Jesus, a defining moment that separated truth from falsehood and light from darkness. At Golgotha, Jesus remained silent when the first thief taunted Him, and when bystanders scornfully asked Him to demonstrate His divine powers by coming down from the cross. Everything about Christ – the prophecies of His birth, His life on earth, the miracles He performed, the sermons He preached, His torture and subsequent death – now hung languidly on a wooden cross on the hill of Golgotha. There were two types of persons at Golgotha: observers and waiters. The observers had two characteristics, derision and curiosity. The waiters were characterised by hope, fear, and anxiety. Both sides watched and waited with bated breath. After His ignominious death, everything now depended on the third day. After all, He had said He would rise after three days (Mark 9:31).
Let us pause and look back at the earlier events in the life of Jesus. Let us look briefly at the drama of the three temptations of Jesus by the devil as recorded by St. Matthew. First, the devil has a sense of perfect timing when he approached Jesus. He knows that Jesus has fasted for forty days and nights without food and was hungry (Matthew 4:2). Prove that you are the Son of God: turn these stones into bread, he says (Matthew 4:3). In response, Jesus says: Man will not live on bread alone (Matthew 4:4). Here, Jesus insists that there are higher goals for us to live or die for. The devil had hoped that like the dictators of today, Jesus could seduce the people with the bread of temporal power to gain cheap followership. No, Jesus says, you must set a higher moral goal.
Second, the devil asks Jesus to throw himself down the cliff. After all, he tells Jesus, the Angels of God will hold you (Matthew 4:6). Here, Jesus is called to take a shortcut to fame. Why travel the hard road of suffering, sacrifice, exclusion, and powerlessness? Succumb to the seduction of the dreamer, the charmer, climb the actor’s shoulder. And then what next? Jesus rejects this temptation. Why? Because God demands more than theatrical performances from us.
Third, the devil says he will give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world (money, power, territory) only if He bows and acknowledges him (Matthew 4:8). Wow! No better evidence that the devil is a liar. He knows he has no kingdom and what he has is his kingdom of darkness and lies. It was in this same manner that the devil deceived Eve at the Garden of Eden by mixing a concoction of lies. At the base of this temptation is the seduction of pride and power. God knows that the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God (Genesis 3:5). Think of the many who have sold their souls for ephemeral power, those who have denied Jesus by action so as to ascend the throne of power. By His resistance to the devil, Jesus shows that following His path will require tremendous sacrifice.
It’s now Saturday night. The clock is ticking. Will He or will He not rise as He said? No one knows what to expect. Will Jesus be exposed as a fraud? The Apostles are retired, desolate, forlorn, woebegone, and despondent. Has it all come to nothing? Have they lost everything? Has it all just been an illusion? Was Peter right when he asked what their reward would be, having forgone everything to follow Him? ((Matthew 19:27). Has this been one wild goose chase? Where would they turn to now? The sun gradually sets on Saturday. The night has in its womb, a combination of the derision and curiosity binding the observers and waiters. A cloud of trepidation envelopes everywhere. The Roman authorities have built a concrete wall of military security around the grave. They sealed the stone and placed heavy military guards just in case, as they feared, His followers come and steal the body and pretend that He had risen (Matthew 27: 64).
Sunday morning would seal the fate of everyone on both sides. As it turns out, the world forgot that: He who guards Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4). Before daybreak, a woman, Mary Magdalene, visits the grave to perform a simple ritual. To her shock, she finds an empty tomb! (John 20:1). Slowly, painfully, unbelievably, the words go out: They have taken the body of the Lord away and we do not know where they have put Him (John 20:2). They will soon realise that, indeed, His resurrection is only a fulfilment of what He had promised during His lifetime. The devil has been defeated, and the Lord has the final word. Truth has drowned falsehood. Light has overcome darkness. Good has triumphed over evil. Life has defeated death.
It may sound strange, but for us Christians, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ is the greatest assurance that all these will pass away. This is not a call for us to simply sit on our hands or believe we can pray our crises away. As pointed out above, the sufferings of Jesus and His Cross provide us with the perfect mirror of our hope.
The Roman soldiers who stood guard over the grave were like dead men (Matthew 28:3). However, rather than face punishment, the Roman authorities offered to bribe them and asked them to lie that the Lord’s body had been stolen while they were sleeping! (Matthew 28:13). It is too late: The Lord is risen indeed! World history succumbs to the power of the Creator of heaven and earth. Time and space have merged. History’s calendar is split into two. Henceforth, everything will be marked by whether it happened before or after the resurrection of Jesus Christ! This is what Christians celebrate today. But what is the implication of all this for us in Nigeria today?
Nigeria’s current predicament reminds me of Israel’s situation that led to the death of Eli, the great High Priest of Israel. Israel’s defeat in the hands of the Philistines led to the death of 30,000 soldiers. The two sons of the 98-year-old priest – Hophni and Phinehas – died in the battle. Eli’s two sons had foolishly carried the Ark of the Lord into the battlefield for protection, only for it to become a trophy for the victorious Philistines. The high priest, Eli, collapsed and died after hearing this horrible news. Elsewhere, on hearing about the death of her husband, her father- in-law, and the loss of the Ark, Eli’s daughter-in-law went into premature labour. She was delivered of a baby boy – a call for great celebration in Israel! Strangely, she responded by naming her newborn son “Ichabod,” meaning, The glory has departed!
Taunted by Boko Haram, ravaged by bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and other merchants of death across the nation, there is collective fear as to whether Nigeria’s glory is about to depart! Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession, as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits. The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed look on helplessly. A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last. Our people seek solace and protection, but frustration and darkness threaten to drown them. Has their government gone AWOL?
Two weeks ago, I came across a video in which a very frustrated Muslim cleric, addressing a Muslim audience, lamented: “If you killed 200 chickens in the farm of any of the big farmers, you will be dealt with. But today, we are being killed. It is your fault. On the day of elections, you say, it is Jihad! Christians will take over Nigeria! Ok, the Christians did not take Nigeria. It has been left in the hands of those who sit and see us being killed. If we are killed, the head says, God forbid! He was not elected to say God forbid.” This imaginary jihad won the elections, now where are the jihadists? The lesson here is that politicians will use religion to mobilise for elections, but they cannot use it to govern.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria weighed in with a strong statement on February 23, titled, “We Must Pull Back from the Brink of Collapse.” Part of the statement read: The very survival of the nation is at stake. The nation is pulling apart. Widespread serious insecurity for long unaddressed has left the sad and dangerous impressions that those who have assumed the duty and authority to secure the nation are either unable, or worse, unwilling, to take up the responsibilities to their office. Patience is running out. Sadly, all of these warnings are still falling on deaf ears.
It may sound strange, but for us Christians, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ is the greatest assurance that all these will pass away. This is not a call for us to simply sit on our hands or believe we can pray our crises away. As pointed out above, the sufferings of Jesus and His Cross provide us with the perfect mirror of our hope. St. Paul reminds us: We are hard pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body (2 Corinthians 4:9). These are the hallmarks of our faith. We must remain steadfast.
I appeal to Christians to continue in the spirit of the Gospel, the teachings of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. St. Paul says: Though He was God, he humbled himself, became man and remained obedient up till death (Philippians. 2:6ff). Following in His steps, we Christians have lived through the life of martyrdom. Jesus taught us how to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Although His teachings are hard (John 6:60), it was not the guns of a powerful army that brought down the walls of Jericho. The prayers of the priests did (Joshua 6:20). Jesus defied the temptations of coming down from the Cross. He knew there was a higher truth deferred. It was fulfilled on Easter day. No matter the provocation, we must arm ourselves with the weapons of truth, the Word, the Spirit, and love. At the heart of Christianity is the Truth and Love.
Today, many of us erroneously speak about the trial of Jesus by Pilate on Good Friday. In reality, it was Pilate who stood trial, not Jesus. Pilate sat on a throne to judge what he himself was ignorant of – the truth. Chained by ignorance, the powerful often grope around a twilight zone between truth and lies. At the mention of the word “Truth” by Jesus, Pilate was jolted from his chair. In trepidation and apprehension, the mighty man says, Truth, what is that? (John 18:38). Pilate was looking for the Truth but did not recognise it when it stood right before him. In every age, the seduction of raw power tends to blind the Pilates of this world to the truth.
On our national Coat of Arms, we profess our motto to be: Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress. But let us ask ourselves: Is Nigeria united today? Do citizens still have faith in the country? Where are the signs of peace or progress? Today, before our very eyes, these words have been emptied of their flavour and have lost their resonance…
When governments face legitimacy crises, they fall back on serving the sour broth of propaganda, half-truths, and outright lies. They manufacture consent by creating imaginary enemies, setting citizens against one another by deploying religion, ethnicity, region, and other platforms, while appealing to the base emotions of patriotism. We forget the reality that without truth, the throne of power often turns into a cage, and the occupant is turned into a prisoner. In reality, the truth needs neither a judge nor a witness. The truth is its own judge and witness. Without the truth, as the old song says, all else is sinking sand!
Recently, according to the World Happiness Report, we are one of the unhappiest nations in the world. This is unacceptable but understandable. Our clay-footed fight against corruption has not moved the needle of transparency forward. Of course, being the poverty capital of the world comes with its rewards such as banditry, violence, death, sorrow, blood, poverty, misery, and tears. Our cup of sorrow is permanently full; hence the exponential rise in the frustration curve across the country.
Sadly, human life is hemorrhaging so badly in Nigeria, but the greatest tragedy is the death of empathy from those in power. Mysteriously, the government is investing billions of naira in rehabilitating so-called Boko Haram repentant members and their other partners in crime in the belief that they want to turn a new leaf. These criminals have waged war against their country, murdered thousands of citizens, destroyed infrastructure and rendered entire families permanently displaced and dislocated. Why should rehabilitating the perpetrator be more important than bringing succour to the victims?
When kidnapped or killed, victims and their families are left to their wits. They cry alone, bury their loved ones alone. And our government expects us to be patriotic? The victims of violence need empathy, which the dictionary defines as the ability to understand and share the feelings of the other. A critical deficit of empathy on the side of the government makes healing almost impossible for the victims. We have not heard anything about a rehabilitation programme for the thousands of schoolchildren who have been victims of abduction. We seem to assume that their return to their schools is sufficient. Left unaddressed, the traumatic effect of their horrors will haunt them for a long time. Tomorrow’s parents, military generals, top security men and women, governors, senators, and ministers will come from today’s pool of traumatised children. The security quandary is the greatest indictment of this government.
There is a time for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Perhaps, we can paraphrase this by saying there is a time for war and a time for peace. There is a time for poverty and a time for wealth. There is a time for stealing and a time for returning what has been stolen. There is a time for politics and a time for governance. There is a time for tethering to the brink of chaos and a time for recovering the soul of a nation. There is a time for the collapse of morality and a time for moral recovery. There is a time for leadership and a time for statesmanship. There is a time for losing greatness and a time for achieving greatness. Nigeria must now ask itself: What is left of our glory? Where are the values that held us together?
On our national Coat of Arms, we profess our motto to be: Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress. But let us ask ourselves: Is Nigeria united today? Do citizens still have faith in the country? Where are the signs of peace or progress? Today, before our very eyes, these words have been emptied of their flavour and have lost their resonance and capacity to summon our citizens to patriotism. St. Augustine once said: Remove justice, and what are kingdoms but gangs of criminals on a large scale? He further said that: A gang is a group of men (and women) under the command of a leader, bound by a compact of association, in which the plunder is divided according to an agreed convention. This is the fate of our nation today. Day by day, Nigeria drifts irreversibly into a dark tunnel. Things are falling apart with unnerving rapidity because those who govern have only a pact to protect their interests. Politics is merely its conveyor belt of ambition. Nigeria has a date with destiny. If we do not turn around, The axe is already laid to the roots of the tree (Matthew 3:10).
With some chance, we might pull through this, but it is getting tougher each passing day. Does anyone remember where we started and how we got here? On May 29, 2015, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), at his swearing-in as President of Nigeria, said: Boko Haram is a typical case of small fires causing large fires. Now, before his watch, the fires are consuming the nation, and in many instances, they indeed start small. The rumblings over the wearing of a hijab in Kwara State suggest that we have not seen the end of individuals sacrificing national cohesion to feed their personal ambitions by starting small fires. Most politicians hardly think through the long-term effects of these pyrrhic victories of using religion. What started as a small fire with the adoption of Sharia in Zamfara in 1999, spread across the northern states. Ordinary people broke into ecstatic joy. Today, what has become of the North? What are the lessons?
In all, Nigeria’s troubles are growing by the day, but our hands must remain stretched out in supplication. Prophet Isaiah’s words should give us hope and consolation. He said: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (Isaiah 43:2). We shall lift our eyes to the mountain because we know that our help shall come from the Lord (Psalm 121:1). As Christians, we do not trust in God because we cannot revenge. We do not revenge because we trust in God. The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still (Exodus 14:14). Just as the chains of death could not hold Jesus in the grave, so shall we triumph. Break into shouts of joy together, O ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has consoled his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem (Isaiah 52:9). Have hope and be cheerful (Romans 12:12). A very happy and peaceful Easter to everyone.
Kogi Commissioner, Prof. Aaron Baba is Dead.
A one time Commissioner and Special Adviser, Prof. Aaron Baba is dead.
The former Commissioner died after a brief illness in Lokoja, was an ICT expert and a US Citizen.
A former Special Adviser on Technological Development but was later appointed a Commissioner and Member of the State Executive Council one year after, he brought to bear experience on his job. His rich knowledge in many fields and impressive managerial and interpersonal skills was Unprecedented. He served as Commissioner for Special Duties, Science and Technology, and Information.
Below is Prof. Aaron Baba’s Profile.
AARON BABA: From Lecturing To Making Beverages
Prof. Aaron Baba was a man of many parts; an academician, administrator, entrepreneur, innovator and investor.
Prof. Aaron’s achievements is in all of his fields of endeavors would create a picture of a man with elements of pride and pomposity taken into consideration his achievements in multidisciplinary fields of endeavor.
But on the contrary, he was a humble, gentle and pleasant man to meet and talk with, this soft-spoken gentleman relates well with all classes of people and is a good motivator to his peers and subordinates.
He was an extraordinary business man, an entrepreneur with interest in bringing good products that makes a difference to the market place.
Born in Iyale in Dekina Local Government Area, east of kogi state, Nigeria.
He is the first born of the family of Seven, four females and three males. Aaron went to the famous Government Secondary School, Dekina; from there he proceeded to University of Calabar and then to Bayero University, Kano and from there He left for the US in 1989. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He graduated in Chemistry in 1994, taught in the US from 1994 up to 2008 before coming to Nigeria on the invitation of the then Governor of kogi state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris to join his government.
In Kogi State, Prof Baba started off as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Technological Development but was appointed a Commissioner and Member of the State Executive Council one year after, as he brought to bear on his job, his rich knowledge in many fields and impressive managerial and interpersonal skills. He served as Commissioner for Special Duties, Science and Technology, and Information. As a Commissioner, the widely travelled and experienced scientist had to do a yeoman’s job and take in his strides, multi-disciplinary duties and assignments that require in-depth attention.
As an ICT expert, with extensive experience in several computer packages, he developed blueprints on how to put Kogi State on e-government platform. Special assignments and projects implemented in Kogi State under his supervision include coordinating the repositioning of State-owned Confluence Beach Hotel, Lokoja, revamping the Ministry of Special Duties and Information, reclaiming of mining sites and establishment of smalls scale industries. With his expert knowledge of mineral deposits and their investment potentials, he coordinated several investors to Kogi State in minerals, agriculture, and tourism sectors. On ICT, he advised Kogi State Government and facilitated the installation of WIFI (Internet signal) in government offices. He equally guided government on effective strategies for reducing expenses via staff audit and implementation of e-payment. He managed the Kogi State Salary Database from January 2010 to March 2012 with commendable oversight and transparency. More importantly, he produced and implemented an economic roadmap that has led to substantial increase in the State’s Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
“We must produce drinks that are safe and meet the highest standards”
Prof Baba has apart from all of these, a plethora of academic accomplishments, a catalogue of publications and an equally long list of Chemistry and Science Majors to his credit, over 24 major Research Publications and 27 students to whom he has served as Advisor. He has also held posts as Committee Member, Acting Unit Head and Departmental Representative various Universities. Over the years, he has taught Introductory and General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Structure and Coordination Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Corrosion Chemistry, Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy, Cement and Fertilizer Industry and Special Topics in Physical Chemistry, among other courses.
Aaron was married and blessed with four lovely children.
Aaron’s father is still alive and looks very young even at old age. People who know him jokingly mock Aaron of being older than his father. He is still very strong and agile at his age. “He is my number one fan, number one mentor; he beliefs in me so much. I thank God for keeping him up till today. Every day I see him, I am so glad that he is alive. He has done so much and have accomplished so much. He is so proud of what I am doing”. Ironically, his greatest pain till date is the tragic loss of his loving mother who passed on about ten years ago.
Aaron’s philosophy was to keep pushing, keep hoping for the best, and trusting that God would never forsake the righteous.
Professionally, Prof Baba has given major presentations in the areas of his research interests, spanning Photochemistry, Corrosion, modelling, Chemical sensors and Agrochemicals. This proficient chemist had in-depth knowledge of many modern chemical analytical techniques, such as UV-VIS, FT-IR, FT-NMR, GC/MS, HPLC, electroanalysis and laser spectroscopy.
Aaron’s inspiration to go into the beverage industry began from when he was living in the US. “I was in the US for almost 20 years. we (my family) use to come home almost on a yearly basis, and whenever we come to Nigeria we found out that the most common drinks that you would find are the drinks that are highly carbonated. And for me, for some reasons I am allergic to carbonated drinks. So, I kept looking for a drink I can consume and also make available to the general public. So, we started exploring the possibility of setting up a beverage drink that is based on green tea. So, it was our desire to produce a healthy alternative to the carbonated drinks that we started the Multilife Green Tea Company which is green tea based”.
Aaron’s product; Multilife Green Tea came into the market in 2012 and quite coincidentally, got NAFDAC approval the same week the Kogi State Executive Council was dissolved which became a green light for him, “that God is telling us something as one phase of our life was ending, the beverage business was starting off, so, we started in 2012”.
Aaron had a guiding principle for his business and especially in the production of beverages which is “we must produce high quality products”. “We must produce drinks that are safe and meet the highest standards”. There are guidelines of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and NAFDAC that regulate what the drinks should be and what contents should be included in the drinks. But beyond the NAFDAC and the SON requirements, Aaron’s Multilife company’s requirement is that these drinks that his family, friends and people that know him would drink must meet their safety standards, according to him, “if it does not meet their safety standards, it doesn’t matter what SON or NAFDAC says, it is not good for the general public”. This guiding principle in the production of Multilife Drinks has over time become the driving force for a non-compromising quality standard, control and assurance; that “it must be safe for the general public, and it must be safe for my family and friends”.
Of course, growing the company and the brands was not without many challenges, “if you are an investor, entrepreneur in Nigeria, there are issues you must contend with. Because these are very, very sophisticated drinks, they are chemistry based, and one of the basic challenges we faced was when our products were going bad. We needed to increase the stability and the shelf-life. There are few persons around that I could ask. So, many times, to tackle the issue of product safety, quality control and so on, I had to go into my background in chemistry as a scientist and look for the solution that we can derive based on world-wide research results that had been published. So, in terms of challenges of maintaining quality, I had to rely on my chemistry background”.
“with the increasing population, I see the continual growth of the beverage industry in Nigeria. And, also people are becoming more health conscious, and as they become more heath conscious, they will try to gravitate towards drinks that are really of high quality that would address their health needs”
And then with the issue of funding; “funding has always been an issue. We have been producing since 2012, and we have not had any conventional funding from any bank or financial institution. So, the challenges are still there to weather it; the fact that we remain in the market up to this point, is something that we need to be grateful to God for”.
Naturally, the Multilife Brand was not without its lows, “when we started production, I expected that the product would have gone very, very far. And because it could not go very far because of limited capital to put into the operation I had lost focus on trying to push it further. And so, within the past few years our presence, the market had gone down” This was primarily because the product was not pushed into the Market as hard as the company did initially, at a point we were discouraged and felt that the market was not really interested in the product. So, for about 2-3 years we didn’t give it the same attention that we did when we started, because one, I put in a lot of effort, a lot of resources in the beginning and the results then were very, very discouraging. But within the past 2-3 months I have come across people who told me that they miss the fact that they cannot see Multilife Drink in the market place because our drinks, the Multilife Drinks are all sugar free. And this, I think Multilife is the only sugar free beverage drinks that are produced in Nigeria. Having realized that the market place is missing the sugar free drink from Multilife, he is currently injecting more resources, time and money to restore the brand to the market place.
“Unfortunately, when I look around because I often go to some of these stores; I was in Shoprite and Next Cash n Carry and I did not see any drinks that are sugar free and produced in Nigeria that are in our category. So, Multilife drinks are the only sugar free out there in the Nigeria market place. But I know that we need to do more to promote the product, because Nigerians are becoming more health conscious, and as they are becoming more health conscious, they are running away from the sugar drinks. Ours are all sugar free. We have the regular; we have the big bottle in the category of coke sugar free. And then, we have the energy boost which is also sugar free and the alcoholic drink which is 18% alcohol and yet sugar free. So, these are unique different products that are in the market place and are sugar free. So, I have not seen any sugar free drinks that are in that category in the market place.” Aaron is full of hope for the Beverage industry in Nigeria, he says “with the increase in population of Nigeria, I see the continual growth of the beverage industry in Nigeria. And, also people are becoming more health conscious, and as they become more heath conscious, they will try to gravitate towards drinks that are really of high quality that would address their health needs. I think, the growth path is very strong”.
Aaron believes that the problem of the Nigeria beverage industry is very similar to that of most investments in Nigeria. “There is issue of financing, and then the issue of infrastructural deficits. Where we are right now most of the time we run on generator, we run on our own bore-hole, no access roads; we have to provide ourselves every infrastructure including security. So, infrastructural deficit is the main challenge that the beverage industry and others are facing in Nigeria”.
On the growth of the beverage industry in Nigeria and the role of investors, Aaron is of the opinion that it takes guts to be an investor in Nigeria. But because of the increase in the population of Nigeria, if you can stick your neck out, it is worth it. In all he encourages people not just in the beverage industry but everywhere because the more investors that come into Nigeria, the more jobs that will be created, the less crime that will be committed in the society and there will be general increase in the quality of life for the citizenry regardless of the challenges. We have low funding, infrastructural deficit, and sometime access to quality human capital is low and far between but it still worth to invest in the beverage industry, and also other industries in Nigeria. Because, “with the increase in the population of Nigerians there is increase in demand for quality goods and services. And if you are willing to endure the initial challenges i think it is going to be worth it”.
Aaron was a man of Faith and testifies that he has seen God’s strong hands in everything about his life, family and endeavors. “I have seen life ups and downs. I have gone very far and come very, very low. I have had many, many challenges health wise and even family wise but through it all, the fact that I am alive today, and the things we are doing, is a testament of God’s faithfulness. And because He (God) had given me many chances, He has elevated me beyond my wildest expectation”. He prayed and hope that everything that he does in life and business would give Him the greatest glory because, He had backed him always. He was a man who believed that, the future of the business was in His hands as humans, he will put in his ideas, plans and work towards them with prayers because he has the vision towards expanding the business.
Aaron is a US citizen and travels regularly to visit his children, for medical check-up, and to exploit business opportunities in the US.
I Can’t Work With You, PDP Chieftain Rejects Buhari’s Appointment, Pledges Loyalty To His Party
•Dayyabu Ciroma Rejects Adamu Adamu’s Appointment, Expresses Loyalty To Bala Mohammed.
Hon. Dayyabu Ciroma, Chairman Bauchi State Drugs and Medical Consumables Agency, has declined Adamu Adamu’s Federal Government’s offer as member of the Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic Shendam in Plateau State.
Ciroma, in a letter addressed to Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, dated 12th April, 2021,said his dogged allegiance to Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State informed his decision to turn down the offer.
He said that he reserved his undiluted commitment to serve his immediate constituents in Bauchi State and to payback the trust and confidence Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed reposed in him at the moment.
“Be that as it may, while I was indeed appointed to give my best to the development of my dear country Nigeria, I must not hesitate to categorically informed you of my decision to decline the said appointment,” part of the letter read.
Hon Ciroma further cited his ‘loyalty and dedication’ to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as another layer of reasons on which he opted to stay put of his appointment as council member of the Governing Board of the polytechnic.
“My loyalty and dedication to my dear political party, the People’s Democratic party, PDP, and indeed my personal support and unwavering loyalty to the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Abdulkadir who have since found me capable and worthy of serving as Chairman of Bauchi State’s Drugs and Medical Consumable Management Agency,” he said.
Hon Dayyabu Ciroma noted with appreciation the kind gesture of President Muhammadu Buhari for considering him worthy of the appointment out of the many capable hands from Bauchi State.
You Are A Liar And A Disgrace to Kogi State, Usman Okai Austin Blasts Kogi State Auditor General.
The Auditor General of Kogi state, Alhaji Okala Yusuf gas comes under serious media attack for saying Kogi state is the most accountable state in the federation, The Auditor – General stated this while declaring open, A One Day Capacity Building Training for the staff of the office in preparation to the commencement of audit for the year 2020 fiscal year accross all the Public Offices of the State.
Part of Mr Usman Okai Austin statement read:
My attention has been drawn to the statement credited to the Auditor-General of Kpgi State, Mr Yakubu Okala in which he pronounced the state as the most accountable in Nigeria. It is as shocking as it is in a very bad faith.
I know accountability as a term used for openness, probity and uprightness. If that’s what the honorable auditor general means, then he is a liar.
Let me take you on a journey of the events of the Kogi State government generated poverty and the weaponization of poverty by the Bello regime. I deliberately used the word regime to drive home the point that the government of Bello is not democratic but a regimented and systematic kleptocratic and mobocratic set up that dishes out what to who at what time.
The Bello administration receives over N3 billion monthly allocation from the Federal Government every other month plus internally generated revenue, Yet there is nothing to show for such humongous earnings. State workers from grade level 12 are still being paid percentage salaries. What’s the justification?
After the paparazzi of commissioning the Ganaja bridge, and all the attendant fanfare, there is no worker on that site. Nothing is happening there anymore. It seems the administration is pulling wool over everyone’s eyes.
Instead of working, they have commissioned a gang of halleluya boys, a.k.a. data boys to go to social media , crop pictures from places where government is a serious business and post to deceive people.
In Lokoja, as we speak, citizens are crying for potable water. For months, people have resorted to finding water by all means..
Why has the Lokoja- Kabba drainage and erosion control scheme stopped at the army barracks just kn the outskirts of Lokoja town?
I just told you the story of Lokoja town. This used to be a boisterous town has become cold. How can there be a lively town when the whole light is off and thugs are marauding the entire place? Streetlights are permanently switched off.
On the Niger bridge, there used to be solar powered lights. Now all have been reduced to mere decorations. You cannot imagine a road being plagued by armed robbers, bandits and other miscreants being lightless. You are at the mercy of the criminals. By the way, as we speak, no road is passable in Kogi state. The government is neither doing any new project or upgrading a collapsing one.
So, it baffles me why the Kogi state government and accountability would be mentioned in the same sentence. I want to urge the government of Yahaya Bello, of whom the Auditor-General spoke to use the two years left to it, to redeem its image by doing what is right.
The people of Kogi state deserve better, if not the best. They have suffered in the past six years. Teachers have had to return to the farms. Government workers have been scammed with fake alerts and so on but the resilience of our people have kept them on, hoping for a better Kogi but the current administration has been sadistic and sociopathic in its disposition to the people.
We are being mocked by people from other states as the poorest state in the federation. Even people from states which ought not to measure up to us are mocking g us because we have not got governance right.
My advice is for the Auditor-General to go back and advise his paymasters on how not to tell a white lie.
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