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The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by esere826: 7:46pm On Jun 23, 2015
I read an article by Shaka Momodu in Thisday http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kwankwaso-the-master-beaten-at-his-game/212865/. Shaka was upset with Kwakwaso for being proud of mobilizing 2 million almajari's in kano to vote APC after his 8 year rule of the state
I saw this as the first comment in the article, and thought to place it here .

I try hard not to be anti-any tribe (although its difficult). All that I desire is that everyone be treated equally with the same bar set and the same 'inalienable' opportunity


Gonzaga


Well written piece Shaka. Kwankwaso knows the mentality of his people, hence his utterances, clannish posturing and irredentist vituperations.

To become a hero and have cult followership in the north, you have to be seen as a "defender" of northern interest. At any given opportunity, you must defend the north by attacking anyone or anything that appears not to be in sync with northern interest. The more you do this, the more your profile begins to rise.

The defending could be in politics, religion or whatever interest is popular with the people. That is why you see someone who is neither a philanthropist, or social crusader, having unbelievably level of followership. If you look deeper, that person has done or is doing what Kwankwaso is currently doing.

In a way, that has paid off for him. Recall he even defeated Atiku in the then APC primaries. Only GMB as he then was, scored more votes than him. What this simply means is that, Kwankwaso is the next big thing after PMB.

This is just to give a background of why Kwankwaso behaves the way he does. With that mysterious 1.9 million votes and such utterances, Kwankwaso has assumed a hero's stature among his own people. They will amplify his actions, and refer to him as the defender of the north. He is positioning himself to pick the mantle from Buhari.

This again explains why OBJ has a very good working relationship with the north. He understands this mentality very clearly! That was why he ensured Yar'dua became president even though Odili was the front runner and that was why again, he supported the APC and help clear the assertion that he deliberately foisted a sick president and all.

With his constant public attacks on Jonathan and his subsequent open support for APC and GMB, Obj washed away all the mud of criticism that was thrown at him by the north following the Yar'dua saga.

You need to have this background to understand where Kwankwaso is heading.
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by natas22: 7:49pm On Jun 23, 2015
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by Nobody: 7:51pm On Jun 23, 2015
NORTHERN NIGERIA!!! who would have thought you will remain in ignorance for this long??
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by gwales: 7:54pm On Jun 23, 2015
To some extend you may be right but the most important factor is the way he set a high level of governance in the north. Kwankwaso have done more than enough to kano and an average northerner is very close to all the happenings in the north

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Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by esere826: 7:59pm On Jun 23, 2015
gwales:
To some extend you may be right but the most important factor is the way he set a high level of governance in the north. Kwankwaso have done more than enough to kano and an average northerner is very close to all the happenings in the north

no doubt, i hear he did 'infrastructurally' well
but mehn him being proud of mobilizing 2 million almajiris. !!!

My village folks will stone me if i talk like that ooooo
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by excellentmomma(f): 8:29pm On Jun 23, 2015
@OP don't you know the northern elites perpetually keep them (almajiris) in the dark for political gains like this.

Or have you heard of any of their elites kids being recruited as a suicide bomber? The only one that tried it (Abdul mutallab) loved his life more than 72 virgins, so backed out @ d dying minute. cheesy

They give their families good life and brainwash those ones so they could give them the "sheep" numbers.

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Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by esere826: 8:41pm On Jun 23, 2015
excellentmomma:
@OP don't you know the northern elites perpetually keep them (almajiris) in the dark for political gains like this.

yeah they do, just as the SS governors buy arms for thugs for political gains just like this

But there needs to be a time when enlightened leaders across the divide sit down and and brainstorm on how to free the ignorant and thugs from such political bondage
It for our own collective good and self interest

otherwise, we'd always have a cycle were a major southern group (east or west) would quickly make a pact with a Northern messiah
to crown him king irrespective of the quality of the persons leadership.

I won't be surprised if Yerima soon becomes the next beautiful Northern bride with the East and west scheming to woe him
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by Tecnonews24: 8:44pm On Jun 23, 2015
That's why they have the highest illiteracy level in all the region of the country . they keep their people in perpetual mental slavery. emancipate yourself from mental slavery amajiris. this is 21first century for crying out loud.
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by Ikengawo: 8:47pm On Jun 23, 2015
the north is so pathetic. with 12% literacy they stay out of school and continue waiting for a messiah. Northern Nigeria is the poorest portion of Africa and arguably the world. If it were it's own country it would be poorer than neighboring Niger. Messiah, smh

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Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by Ikengawo: 8:49pm On Jun 23, 2015
gwales:
To some extend you may be right but the most important factor is the way he set a high level of governance in the north. Kwankwaso have done more than enough to kano and an average northerner is very close to all the happenings in the north

how close is the average northerner to achieving their life goals. Politics won't save you and you should be proud to announce what you're announcing. lazy
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by gwales: 9:19pm On Jun 23, 2015
Ikengawo:


how close is the average northerner to achieving their life goals. Politics won't save you and you should be proud to announce what you're announcing. lazy
Face front
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by esere826: 9:35pm On Jun 23, 2015
gwales:
Face front

grin
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by CSTR2: 9:59pm On Jun 23, 2015
I won't be surprised if that proud bigot is polished as a messiah and voted for as a president in this country.
Worse things have happened.
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by laudate: 10:30pm On Jun 23, 2015
esere826:
I read an article by Shaka Momodu in Thisday http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kwankwaso-the-master-beaten-at-his-game/212865/. Shaka was upset with Kwakwaso for being proud of mobilizing 2 million almajari's in kano to vote APC after his 8 year rule of the state
I saw this as the first comment in the article, and thought to place it here .

I try hard not to be anti-any tribe (although its difficult). All that I desire is that everyone be treated equally with the same bar set and the same 'inalienable' opportunity


You missed the point in Shaka Momodu's article on Kwakwanso. His point was that Kwakwanso is a man that cannot be trusted because he elevates treachery and betrayal, to a high art. Please read the article again.

Shaka Momodu: Kwankwaso: The Master Beaten at His Game

THIS REPUBLIC By Shaka Momodu, Email: shaka.momodu@thisdaylive.com.


I have watched the former governor of Kano State and newly minted Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso for sometime now. The signals coming from him are justifiably worrisome. I don’t know much about his stewardship during his reign as the governor of Kano State, but I heard he did some good for the people of the state, and that he is immensely popular. I cannot vouch for both.

But what I do know of him from his public presentations and utterances in the last two years have helped me to build a character portrait of him and come to an informed opinion of him: [b]Kwankwaso is a man who lures his friend or colleague to the guillotine with a false smile, viciously stabs him to death and then turns around to brag about it in public as if the evil of treachery and betrayal are virtues for celebration. I have come to see Kwankwaso as a man you turn your back on at your own peril. And as the saying goes in the land of my fathers: “Backstabbers are only powerful when you turn your back”. [/i]He is good at the “game” when your back is turned on him, otherwise, he is impotent. Clearly outsmarted by the new Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Kwankwaso has suddenly remembered that the party’s position should have been followed, describing the emergence of Saraki — his co-traveller in the New PDP charade — as “dangerous for Buhari’s administration”. He regretted that the Senate President had used his ambition to destroy party discipline and should be punished - expressing fears about betraying the confidence which Nigerians reposed in them by voting for change. It was honestly shocking reading these statements attributed to him, and whatever modicum of doubt I had about the dishonesty of our politicians instantly vapourised.[/b]

Kwankwaso is now talking about discipline? In case many Nigerians have forgotten, he was one of the people who alongside Saraki, used their ambitions to bring down their former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The betrayer, who gloats about his treacherous exploits, now wants Nigerians to take him serious. This must be “a joke taken too far” – as a man who rose to political relevance on the platform of his former party — the PDP — as Minister of Defence, and a two-term governor, but ended up robbing the PDP of the mandate and giving it to a party that was not even in existence when the mandate was given by the people, is the least qualified to moralise about discipline and betrayal.

Particularly striking now is that his position during the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) crisis is different from his new position on toeing the party line. His position then was that nobody must choose a Chairman of the NGF for them. His shots were directed at Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency which was not disposed to Rotimi Amaechi remaining as the NGF chair.

Recall that at the height of the NGF election debacle, which former governor of Rivers State, Amaechi, clearly won, it was Kwankwaso who came out to regale the public with tales of his exploits as a betrayer, declaring triumphantly that he set up the then Governor of Plateau State Jonah Jang to fail. He admitted that he personally nominated Jang to contest for the chairmanship of the NGF and urged the then Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam to support him only to satisfy the yearnings of some governors for a compromise candidate to run against Amaechi. “Let me say that we are northerners and I think we should be consulted on what we need for the North. Some people have decided that we should produce the chairman of the NGF - that is not our choice. We know what we want in the politics of this country, and even if that is what we want, we are not expecting anybody to choose for us - we should choose for ourselves. I think that point should be very clear. It was a game and we were trying to prove to them that nobody can shave our heads in our absence – we have proved to them that they are still at the elementary level of politics,” he said at that time. I don’t know why he felt the need to remind Nigerians about being a northerner. Whatever the reason, it wasn’t necessary.

Well, he was marooned at the International Conference Centre (ICC) waiting for the purported meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari when he heard that the election of the Senate President had commenced. According to him, he immediately jumped into his car and raced to the National Assembly only to find Saraki taking the oath of office as the Senate President. He could only look on with seething rage inside him. For once, the self-acclaimed master of the game of numbers was beaten flat at his own game. His head was not even shaved with a razor blade in his absence, but with broken bottle that left deep cuts and gashes on his head.

I was taken aback by his public boast of treachery and backstabbing – as backstabbers have never been known to come out and claim credit for their dishonourable conducts. They always hide behind the cloak of anonymity and when suspicion falls on them, they often deny any role because of the ignominy associated with it. But this was different – that Kwankwaso came out to gleefully claim credit and gloat about an act that is considered one of the greatest forms of vice in all of humanity’s history speaks to his character and moral standing. It really rankled me, and I took note of the man not necessarily because of who he supported, but the chest-thumping after the clear act of betrayal. I agonised for days that a public officer in the calibre of a sitting governor could publicly claim to have set up his fellow governor - who was not even interested in the race in the first place - but was lured into it by Kwankwaso himself only to turn round and betray him. I felt that day, that our country had reached a new low in moral decadence. The then Governor of Bauchi State Isa Yuguda was so shocked by Kwankwaso’s public boasting that he reportedly questioned the calibre of leadership being provided by his likes. He was quoted to having said: “Kwankwaso has spoken his mind, and has confirmed that his idea behind nominating Jang was to disgrace him. If I, as a leader, as a governor, will look at my colleague and take a decision ostensibly to disgrace him, then it is a tragedy. Where is our morality? Where are Islam and Christianity in this country for goodness’ sake?”

I didn’t miss the clear clannish arrogance explicitly exhibited and the implied superiority complex in Kwankwaso’s statement - what he said and the manner he delivered the message were quite instructive.

My fears were amplified further when I read an interview he granted some newspapers in April in Abuja. Asked if he thought the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, was a hero for conceding defeat, Kwankwaso responded: “I believe the president is naive because he had all the opportunities to change direction. I don’t blame him; he didn’t play this sort of game for sometime at the national level. So, he didn’t know who was who in this country. He was just looking at faces and those who were well-dressed, carrying many cell phones and they meet at the airport. They smile and he says well, these are good people. He sits down to listen to gossip and sometimes, he doesn’t even know their names. He made a big mistake by picking the wrong people.

[i]“Let me tell you, our leaders who have been in this game before us especially those who were in the First Republic told us so much about our friends in this country and he happens to come from the South-south, where they are very close to our leaders. We did everything possible to work with him but of course, he vandalised the opportunities. He didn’t handle it very well, up to the extent that most of us saw that we didn’t have any future as PDP members and as individuals, thereby galvanising us into action by coming together to defeat him.

“Look at what his wife was saying that northerners are this and that; how could you say that to northerners? You can’t insult us and think that you will get away with it. This is democracy - a game of numbers, and that is why we went back and put Almajiris together to get about two million votes.”


He was referring to the Kano State presidential election result which produced over two million total votes cast out of which 1.9 million votes went to Buhari. The boast of mobilising Almajiris to defeat the president is quite instructive, and should be seen for its underlying meaning.

This same Kwankwaso, it should be recalled, was the one who moved against the appointment of Chief Festus Odimegwu, an accomplished technocrat, as the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), because according to him, the former managing director of Nigerian Breweries is an “alcoholic”. He was quoted thus: “We (the North) are not happy about that appointment, and think (that) it was a mistake. Odimegwu shouldn’t be there in the first place. Why? It’s because, you see unfortunately we were together, somebody read his curriculum vitae.

“He had only worked in alcoholic industry - all his life. And my guess is that he’s taking a lot of his products and that is why we feel (that) his appointment is a mistake because he cannot be the Chairman of NPC and at the same time attacking what his predecessors had done.’’

But Odimegwu’s only sin was his brutal frankness - that he dared to criticise the credibility of all previous censuses carried out in the country, vowing to conduct the most accurate and credible census in 2016 “that will accept itself”. Of course everyone is conscious of the significance of population data as an indispensable tool for national planning and resource allocation. Politicians across-the-board, whether in the North or in the South, but more so in the North, have for ages been known to falsify and manipulate census data to gain resource advantage.

And of course, Kwankwaso saw the danger in Odimegwu’s position – a man with such determination to right all previous wrongs and such outspokenness of truth to power couldn’t be trusted. This is because he is able to claim the numbers’ game because of the “true lies” contained in our censuses which give the North numerical advantage. According to Odimegwu in an interview with THISDAY months after he resigned as the NPC chairman: “Governor Kwankwaso is the biggest beneficiary of the fraud that is the demographic data in Nigeria.” Kano State had the highest population figures in the 2006 census. So, his vehement opposition to Odimegwu was borne out of the fact that he, Kwankwaso feared that those census numbers would unravel for what they truly are – official “true lies.”

It is noteworthy that before Kwankwaso’s campaign to get Odimegwu fired, he had written a letter dated June 28, 2013, soliciting the technical assistance of the Odimegwu-led commission for the Kano State house-numbering, street-naming and provision of an identity card project. When he wrote that letter, he didn’t realise that Odimegwu had been “taking too much beer and was an alcoholic”, but suddenly, he realised this after Odimegwu’s statement about falsification of results of previous censuses.

Interestingly, Odimegwu and Kwankwaso have found a common purpose as members of the same All Progressives Congress ( APC). The former was even a member of Buhari’s Transition Committee. Talk of how politics brings strange bedfellows together in this clime. Kwankwaso, the senator representing Kano Central, is already advertising Buhari’s achievements barely three weeks after inauguration when no single decision has been taken by the president - no policy direction has been unveiled, no ministers have been nominated, no secretary to the government of the federation, no chief of staff, no special advisers save for the two media spokespersons which in itself is odd. The only thing we have seen so far is a ruling party headed for the rocks. According to him, “From the day President Buhari’s victory was announced, things have started changing in the country - the power situation is improving, shares in the capital market are going up, while the exchange rate is stabilising.” Are you kidding me? Are we seeing another campaign based on “true lies”? One is tempted to think that somebody somewhere and not Odimegwu is actually taking “too much alcohol” and has lost his sense of reality.

My final take on Kwankwaso is that he is one of those opportunistic politicians who thrive on our fault lines - ethnic and religious - to advance and sustain their political careers. He sadly sees himself more as a northerner out to defend the interests of the North, than a Nigerian out to advance the interests of Nigeria. His likes are masters of deceit and illusion who thrive on the ignorance of the poor whose name they severally use in vain in pursuit of their personal goals. He is certainly one of those who have held this country down through their politics of dirty intrigues, ethnicity, double-speak and betrayal. The nation needs a break from them. We need a leader who will inspire and unite all Nigerians in hope and faith. Not these ethnic irredentists and heretics of faith masquerading as patriots.


http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/kwankwaso-the-master-beaten-at-his-game/212865/
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by esere826: 10:44pm On Jun 23, 2015
laudate:


You missed the point in Shaka Momodu's article on Kwakwanso. His point was that Kwakwanso is a man that cannot be trusted because he elevates treachery and betrayal, to a high art. Please read the article again.


I read it.
My emphasis is not on the point of the article
but on some salient issues raised by Shaka while building his case, and the associated comments regarding the salient points I noticed.

Its something like this
A man takes his wife before the elders and wants permission to divorce her, his POINT is on the divorce and the return of his dowry
However in building his case, he mentions that his wife Clara uses padded buttocks

An elder who has been eyeing Clara's bum to take over in order to satisfy his ageing craving,
might be more interested in that nondescript information about her padded buttocks


You see my approach?
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by ItsMeAboki(m): 2:27am On Jun 24, 2015
esere826:


no doubt, i hear he did 'infrastructurally' well
but mehn him being proud of mobilizing 2 million almajiris. !!!

My village folks will stone me if i talk like that ooooo

The problem with these pained TANoids seems to be their lack of simple comprehension and selective memory; its also a pity that many of them though educated are in fact behaving like stark illiterates.

Its amazing that none of them seems to understand SARCASM but deliberately (out of mischief) or otherwise take Kwankwaso's words literally on his alleged mobilisation of 1.9 (2) million almajiri votes. It is also sad that these educated illiterates prefer to take only this short portion from his entire speech and interpret it out of context.

A sane objective and logical mind would otherwise have easily seen that Kwankwaso was reacting the PEJ's hateful electioneering speech when she insulted northerners as 'ppl wey dey born shildren troway for street'.
Yes, he was boastful about delivering Kano votes against Jonathan but only a damn fool would believe that all the votes, 1.9 million of them, were 100% almajiri (otherwise what happened to the rest of Kano electorates?) - he was being sarcastic to PEJ's comment and critical against GEJ for not calling her to order, amongst others.

Unfortunately, pained one dimensional TANoidal brains seem only capable of literal translation - poor guys, imagine the pain of another 4 yrs.
Re: The Next Northern Messiah -kwankwaso? by esere826: 6:54am On Jun 24, 2015
ItsMeAboki:


,,,,,,,,,Its amazing that none of them seems to understand SARCASM but deliberately (out of mischief) or otherwise take Kwankwaso's words literally on his alleged mobilisation of 1.9 (2) million almajiri votes. It is also sad that these educated illiterates prefer to take only this short portion from his entire speech and interpret it out of context.
......

Ahhh sarcasm at PEJ,.... now i get it. ,,,honestly
it s probably a cultural thing that I and many could not get this ... no vex

much like the "dog and baboon soaked in blood" statement that we couldn't get too

make i tease you small, for not being able to explain a point without resorting to insults
..you're one of the 2 million almajiris, right wink

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