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APC Begins Registration Of Students, Youths In Nigeria

 

The All Progressives Congress will set up a task force to commence immediate registration of students and youths, and revalidation of its members.

The APC on Wednesday inaugurated a task force at its headquarters in Abuja, where the party will register youths and students as well revalidate their membership.

The National Youth Leader of the party, Dayo Israel, said the registration and revalidation commences immediately.

Former Kwara State Commissioner for information, Ben Duntoye; APC Deputy National Youth Leader, Jamaldeen Kabir, and Director of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim were chosen as co-chairmen.

Members who will join the trio include former mermber of the APC Board of Trustees, Rinsola Abiola; Commissioner of Federal Character Commission, Ginika Tor; Chief of Staff to the Minister of State, Mines and Steel, Kelechi Ekugo; Ogban Ogban, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade, and Aminu Uba, Special Assistant to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.

Others are Irinoye Omolayo, Senior Legislative Aide to Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; North Central Zonal Youth Leader, Zubair Aliyu; North East Zonal Youth Leader, Jason Baba Kwaghe; North West Zonal Youth Leader, Abdulhamid Umar Mohd; South South Zonal Youth Leader, Ebimobowei Oyas; South East Zonal Youth Leader, Ikenna Anyalewechi and South West Zonal Youth Leader, Lawal Kolade Paff among others.

Israel said, “The structure will be strongly aligned with the objectives and strategic imperatives of the National Working Committee under the distinguished leadership of Senator Adamu Abdullahi.

“I have assembled these respected voices and party loyalists as members of APC Youth Wing National Special Task Force on Revalidation and Registration of APC youths and focused support groups.
“The revalidation of the affiliated youths and student support groups will be opened for a period of one month starting from Friday 1 to July 31. This move would also enable effective coordination, disciplined harmonization of activities in alignment with the party’s goals, aid provision and accountability, as well as efficient management and enhanced operations,” he said.

Asked if the move was to neutralise the ‘Obidient’ movement (Peter Obi supporters) on social media, he said, “A lion is not threatened by the noise of the rat in his backyard. You must understand that as a party, we have continued to play our part as youths. The APC youth wing will always rise when the occasion demands because we are passionate about change.

“While we are not threatened, we are not sitting on our oars. We are taking responsibility because we have the structure. The future of this party belongs to us. Our own response as APC generals is to wake up all our battalions and garrison commanders in our party support groups across the nation and bring them together.

“We want to document all our support groups and create programmes, activities and empower them with skills acquisition. The ultimate aim is to mobilize Nigerian youths in states and zones for the victory of APC,” he said.

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Privileges of former emir of kano example!

 

Research on palace cultural heritage by Nasir Wada Khalil.

I was motivated to write this piece in order to correct some notions and set the record straight regarding how a former emir should appear, as well as narrated how the two previously exiled emirs related with people.

It was on sallah day that a group of people, were in one of the social media platforms, came across emir sunusi II holding a gaisuwa session in his residence in lagos while in royal regalia and a dogari (Turakin sallama) was by the side anchoring the gaisuwa for him.

They all commented thinking that such a session should not ideally be held.

Hence, I decided that there is the need to recollect previous practices of exiled emirs with similar fate as sanusi II in order to correct the perception of people outside the domain of royalty on the pre-existing cultural practices by the dynasts of kano.

Therefore, anything outside cultural privilege is not within the purview of this mini article. In this regard, two examples will be cited to justify the conduct of emir sanusi II.

The first example was the first deposition or dethronement of an emir after the Danfodio jihad and establishment of Ibrahim Dabo dynasty in kano. This was the case of the British colonialist deposition of emir of kano Alu (1897-1903) immediately after their conquest of the emirate, which brought an end to his reign.

Emir Alu was first exiled to yola in present adamawa state and later to in lokoja of the present day kogi state along with other emirs who suffered similar fate. He resided there until his death in 1926 during the reign of emir of kano Abdullahi Bayero.

The emirs that were exiled alongside emir of Kano Alu were: Malam Aliyu Dan sidi (Emir of Zazzau ); Malam Abubakar (Emir of bida); Muhammadu Aliyu (Emir of Gwandu), and Abubakar Abubakar (Emir of Gumel). These emirs died while in exile in lokoja and were all buried there.

The second case was that of the abdication of Emir of kano Sir Sanusi KBE (1953-1963). Sanusi was instrumental to the success of the ruling party, Northern People’s Congress (NPC). Later his relationship with the NPC Northern Regional Government became strained particularly with the premier Sir Ahmadu Bello (Sardauna of Sokoto), who was his distant cousin.

The Government instituted a commission of inquiry, which indicted him and was forced to abdicate in April 1963 and immediately exiled to Azare in present Bauchi State. These two examples in the history of Ibrahim Dabo Dnasty in kano influenced the conduct of the recently former and exiled emir Sanusi II.

It is however important to recall the exclusive privileges of serving emir that he does not share with anyone and which the exiled emirs never exhibited. When emir’s position is vacant, the shamaki who is the chief slave officials will take the custody of the takalmin gashin jimina (ostrich feather shoe), twagayen masu (the twin spears), ostrich feather fan (fagini) and Dabo’s knife, bow and arrow (wukar yanka da kwari da bakan Dabo) and hand it over to the head of the king makers , madaki, for the adornment and usage of the new emir.

This also clearly shows that, these items are the exclusive regalia of a serving emir that he does not share with any dynast. The exiled two emirs kano grand-daughter and biographer in her book titled Sir Muhammadu Sanusi Sarki na goma sha daya a daular Fulani provided his pictures in this regards.

First of all, the pictures on page 175 shows the emir Sir sanusi kbe seated not on a normal chair but on karaga (royal bed) dressed in full regalia. Karaga is also part of apparatus that a former emir can enjoy for the rest of his life. Similarly, on page 192 he was seated reading the holy Qur’an in his full royal dress .

People should now know that wearing turban with the two rabbit like ears and babbar riga (a flying gown) and Alkyabba (gown) is never categorized by anyone as exclusive preserve for the serving emir. Maghili explained the wisdom behind the appearance of the emir in the second chapter of the crown of religion concerning the obligations of princes, it is all about dignity and dignity should or must be maintained even after losing throne.

 

 

We have seen the documentary film on emir Sanusi’s relocation to wudil from azare where he led jumu’at prayer in azare with his white Alkyabba covering his head (Rufe kai da kokuwar alkyabba) just like every serving emir going for a congregational prayer in kano.

 

 

 

The appearance is an exclusive privilege of a former emir, no royal family members either with titled or without can dress in such form, but dressing in full royal regalia with kunne biyu and hanging sword (rataya takobi) is applied even to former or retired district heads, talkless of former emir. Dan iya ado sanusi and Danburam Abubakar Bayero are good examples of appearance in full regalia by dynasts after deposition. In 1926, Emir of kano Abdullahi Bayero went to lokoja and paid a visit to his uncle and father-in-law, the deposed emir of kano Alu.

 

 

 

On Alu’s outing to receive his guest –Abdullahi Bayero- he came out not only in full royal regalia (Without the exclusive items) but also with courtiers chanting takawa sannu a normal practice of coded communication guiding the dynast and royal family. This incidence justified the mini royal court session held in lagos on the sallah day for sallah greeting.

 

 

Another example just like Emir Alu, Emir Sanusi KBE also both in Azare and wudil orften came out under the guidance of kiran lafiya (coded communication by the royal slaves), Isa kwatagwam (a eunuch who died in Azare) and female jakadu (singular: jakadiya) such as jakadiya dala, jakadiya yarinya, jakadiya biya-biya and later jakadiya Ai. All of them escorted him right from his house, chanting kiran lafiya just like the practice for the servimg emir in gidan rumfa.

 

 

On a similar note, a former emir entitled to be serenaded with palace musical instrument except kakaki (long trumpet) and tambari (A royal hemispherical drum).

 

The case of kakaki as exclusive preserve for an emir only applies in kano, but in other emirates kakaki is not for an emir. In the end, it is natural that when an emir is deposed or retired, it is not expected of him to become a gyartai (cobbler) in his day to day conduct.

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