As an American Magazine Editor, Wilson Tozer, puts it “of all forms of deception, self-deception is the deadliest and of all deceived persons, the self-deceived are the least likely to discover the fraud’’ or perhaps pretend not to have discovered the truth so as to drag other people into their deception. The use of public office to tell lies or deny the hard obvious truth is nothing but a representation of the era of poor leadership or better yet an error of public service as demonstrated by the naivety of those whose zeal to defend the undemocratic acts of Gov Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and his partner in political unjustness put paid to the saying that ‘‘it is he who pays the piper that dictates the tune.’’ In view of the publication by supposed press man of Gov Dankwambo or should I say ‘please’ man; or better say self-deception acclaimed spokesman, because I cannot remember when Dankwambo appointed Junaidu, who cannot write a news story worthy of publication even by local or community newspaper to be his spokesperson. I like to challenge Mr Junaidu’s sheer ignorance of the personality of Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna (JIG).
For Mr Junaidu, who has gone to the media to celebrate his ignorance online by giving an erroneous account of JIG’s personality with the piece: ‘Misconceiving Dankwambo, Nafada’s importance in Gombe’, let me start by saying that it is easier for a sincere man to change his feelings than to align himself with a congregation of idea-blind, politically corrupt, justice and truth bankrupt beings that pride themselves on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State. According to him, JIG is a man whose feelings change with time for just no cause. Let me quickly ask, can a man’s feeling change without a cause? Why didn’t the same feelings change before the PDP hoax they called election?
If Gov Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, whose feelings you have rightly said, had remained the same with time, justifies good governance, I vehemently disagree. Well, that probably gives a clue as to why Gombe State has remained the same within the last seven years without any revolution in infrastructure, a revamp of the agricultural sector and total collapse of the state structures that were bequeathed to him by our symbol of good governance, Senator Danjuma Goje. The structures that made Gombe State a true jewel in the savannah have been in comatose for years since the governor’s ill-feelings of good governance and issues that concern his people had remained unchanged with time while meaningful developments had eluded our state.
This government has proven to be more efficient in wasting the resources of the good people of the state than providing purposeful, vision as well as the need-of-the-people oriented projects; the Big question is why? In attempt to defend his boss, the aggrieved writer alludes that the governor has done well by paying salaries and I ask, when has salary payment become a manifesto or should the workers not get what they deserve having worked to earn their pay or is the money not the resource of the state? Why then has the governor refused to pay the pensioners for years or is that not worth mentioning too?
Let me take some time to respond to the questions the writer of ‘‘Misconceiving Dankwambo, Nafada’s importance in Gombe’’ asked as I hope he would in good faith, answer mine in his subsequent publications. Asking of the prominent politicians that decamped with JIG, I will say that, that’s what makes JIG a unique personality. He stands for the truth and follows it even when it seems he would end up being the lone voice of the voiceless PDP members. Do you know the number of top PDP chieftains who called JIG to commend his courage to challenge the injustice done to some members of the party? If you do your findings right, you will shockingly discover that most of the PDP members are nothing but APC hearts and voters.
Democracy or more specifically politics in the contemporary times is not a function of ranks but a function of what the people can benefit as a mark of the dividends of voting their leaders. JIG is one man that many have seen as a beacon of hope and a rare-breed politician who would have bettered the abysmally poor performance of the current administration.
Senator Nafada is the best shirking senator as he is well known to evade his responsibilities in the hallow chamber perhaps for health purpose; yet Mr Junaidu has defied all truth by saying that Senator Nafada was super-healthy. This is a good sign of the impending cloud of bad leadership that Gov Dankwambo wants for his people with regard to the facts that Nafada is one of the senators shirking their responsibilities in the hallow chamber. It is said that the personal profile and experience of dealing with people will determine to a great extent the level of people’s trust for anyone who seeks the responsibilities of leading the society. To this end I ask, what are the contributions of Senator Nafada in the hallow chamber? There is no single bill or motion he has put forward that scaled through ascent. How can a man who is heavily indebted and seek financial redemption be trusted with the resources of Gombe State? For the doubting Thomas, kindly refer to the AMCON List of Delinquent Debtors, which was published by The Nation on Oct, 22 2018, and see who occupies the 105 position. As an advice to the good people of Gombe State, kindly look before you leap in 2019.
Ibrahim Sani is a public analyst and can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org
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