Is’haq Modibbo Kawu
The past 48 hours, have seen an explosion of stories, pictures, videos and memes, about Kashim Shettima, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the APC.
These have been directly sourced, from his dressing, at the conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, in Lagos, on Monday.
For the social media denizens, it was an opportunity to humour a leading Nigerian politician, as is the habit, with the younger population.
They live in a unique bubble, a world that allows them to indulge their fancies. We can all laugh heartily about the object of their indulgence, before they move on to another target. And they invariably move on!
There’s a second group, that was out to profit from a negative casting of Kashim Shettima; and that’s the opposition.
The central idea for them, was to draw attention away, from the cerebral contributions that he made, at the event.
Who was out there that wasn’t impressed at the manner Kashim Shettima spoke to the problems that bedevil our country; his marshaling of the relevant statistics to emphasise his point; and the various examples of achievements clocked in Lagos and Borno States, during the administration of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima himself, respectively?
When he said they would hit the ground running, after winning the elections in 2023, the surety of his assertion hit the right notes, with the learned audience of Nigerian lawyers.
But it struck the panic button with the opposition! Even the most committed supporter of the opposition, must have been taken aback, by the pedantic contributions of Peter Obi, for example.
It was clear, that you cannot give what you don’t have. And in this case, the opposition doesn’t have the requisite know how, the breadth of vision and the can-do surety, which Nigeria desires, as we transition to a new administration, in 2023.
It was that surety, which marked Kashim Shettima’s speech at the Bar Conference; and consequently, it was the reason that a game of diversion was concocted. But Nigerians are not as gullible as these politicians often think!
By taking attention away from Kashim Shettima’s remarkably intelligent disection of the current realities of the Nigerian polity, they actually shot themselves in the foot.
They have, to their chagrin, helped Nigerians to go beyond the surface, to see through their subterfuge, to a greater appreciation of the man, Kashim Shettima, and his competent understanding of the complex realities that we face; the challenges of surmounting them, and the required political acumen; experience and knowledge, to begin to offer solutions.
It was only a man that’s filled with the optimism that comes from knowledge; from an understanding of the issues to deal with; and filled with the requisite capacity, that would tell the Nigerian people,that they would hit the ground running.
When people look at the antecedents, from Lagos and Borno, they feel comfortable, that they have the right people seeking to lead our country, in Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.
By the surety of his presentation, Kashim Shettima fatally let lose a cat amongst the pigeons of the opposition, and their response is to attempt to turn the issue from the substance that was befitting, for the distinguished gathering of Nigeria’s lawyers.
What was at stake on Monday in Lagos, wasn’t a platform to joke, it was to offer a peek into the know-how that the political elite was bringing to the table. And from that standpoint, Kashim Shettima was an excellent representative of the most patriotic commitment, to the service of the Nigerian people.
That’s the main feeling that several lawyers had, after they heard Kashim Shettima’s very learned speech, and no pun is intended!
With Kashim Shettima, what has always been central is service to the Nigerian people. He devotedly served, in some of the most critical years of the Boko Haram insurgency.
He was always on ground in Borno, to provide leadership from the front; to offer succour and the assistance to rebuild shattered livelihoods; he gave the Nigerian security forces remarkable levels of assistance, to aid the fight against the insurgency; and he recorded incredible levels of development, that surprised people in Borno, and those who took time to visit.
And above all, he displayed a remarkable judgment of character, which helped in the unique leadership recruitment, that gave Borno, the highly celebrated successor to Kashim, in Professor Babagana Umara Zulum.
A lawyer friend of mine, called from Lagos on Mobday evening, to express pleasant surprise at the depth of erudition, which Kashim Shettima displayed, at their Conference. I told him, that Kashim reads! He has an impressive library; and whenever he travels around the world, the first places he tries to locate are the bookshops!
He would call me from various locations, to send addresses of bookshops; and he would return with juicy titles, that he won’t just read, but would willingly debate! My lawyer friend concluded, after listening to my assessment, that in Kashim Shettima, the Jagaban Borgu, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has made a very informed choice of running mate! Very few people would dispute that conclusion.
So by all means, let those who want to, enjoy the jokes about Kashim Shettima’s dress. For the opposition, that’s all they can offer.
Even before the elections are held, the optics are very negative for them. It’s clear that they cannot get their acts together; that’s why they run around aimlessly, like headless chickens. As for Kashim Shettima, those who think deeply, know, from the evidence of his erudite statement at the Nigerian Bar Association’s Conference, that dress didn’t diminish the man whatsoever.
His intellect; the breadth of his vision; his record of achievements; the maturity of his views, and the surety of his perspective, all underline his credentials, as the in-coming Vice President of Nigeria, in 2023. By that time, the issue would not be about the dress he wears, but the competence with which the Tinubu-Shettima team, would begin to solve problems of national development in our country.
Dr. Is’haq Modibbo Kawu is Deputy Director, Media and Publicity of the Tinubu Presidential Campaign.
August 24th, 2022.
Gov Adeleke’s First Day In Office Off To A Violent Start
On Monday morning, hoodlums unleashed indiscriminate attacks on various auto parks throughout the metropolis, terrifying residents of Osogbo, the capital of Osun state.
Fidel Info reports that Members of the transport unions were attacked at the parks in a coordinated attack that began at 8 a.m. at Oke-Baale, Old-Garage, Ilesa Garage, and Aregbe Garage.
Leaders who supported the state government, which was governed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and just finished its term, dominated the parks.
Gunshots could be heard throughout the area as union members at Old-Garage were pursued from the park toward Ayetoro.
One of the union members managed to flee from Ayetoro with matchstick cuts, but his car caught fire.
In an effort to stop the attacks from spreading, business owners quickly closed their doors.
At Oke-Baale, Aregbe Garage, and Ilesa Garage, union members were also the targets of attacks.
In the meantime, Governor Ademola Adeleke issued a directive to union leaders to uphold peace in all parks and issued a warning against violence in a statement through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed.
“The Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has warned against violence among transport workers’ unions in the State, directing security agencies to maintain status quo across the motor parks.
“All union leaders and their supporters are, hereby, directed to remain calm and bring any grievances to the dtate government for resolution.”
“Security agencies are consequently directly to maintain law and order,” it reads.”
Meanwhile policemen have been stationed at strategic areas in the state, including the motor parks.
NIS Instructs Passport Offices To Work On Saturdays
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has ordered passport offices all across the nation to open on Saturdays in order to process the backlog of passport applications.
Fidel Info reports that This information may be found in a statement that the Service’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tony Akuneme, made accessible in Abuja on Saturday.
According to Akuneme, the Comptroller-General, Mr. Isa Jere, who issued the direction, also gave his approval for the transfer of the Ondo Passport Controller to the NIS Zonal Office in Ibadan and the deployment of the Ekiti Passport Controller to Jigawa.
According to the NIS spokeswoman, for forward, the CG will hold passport officers responsible for any acts of indiscretion committed by officers working under their supervision.
The directive, he said, was intended to help the Service lessen the backlog brought on by the lengthy lockdown that would occur in 2020 and 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The C-G has directed that Passport offices across the country with high volume of pending applications to work on Saturdays.
“The period for this exercise is expected to be every Saturday commrencing from Dec. 3, 2022 to Jan. 28, 2023 between the period of 10 am to 2 pm.”
“This is to enhance our service delivery to out esteemed clients.”
“The Saturday proceding the Christmas and New Year holidays are exempted, ” he said.
The spokesman said passport offices that fall within this category should contact him by Monday for further details.
Akuneme reiterated the resolve of the C-G to make passport services available and stress free to the traveling public, especially during the festive season.
Biden’s Granddaughter Weds At White House
Trailed by a lengthy, flowing veil, President Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi Biden walked across the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday toward an altar of shrubs and flowers to marry her longtime boyfriend Peter Neal in a rare wedding on the grounds.
Fidel Info reports that Theirs was just the 19th wedding in 200-plus years of White House history.
Under a sunny, blue sky paired with unseasonably crisp 40-degree temperatures, the bride and groom, both dressed by American fashion designer Ralph Lauren, exchanged “I do’s” as 250 family members and friends watched as they were united in a nearly hourlong ceremony.
Naomi Biden, 28, wore a long-sleeved, high-neck gown and veil covering hair that had been styled behind her head. Neal, 25, chose a navy blue, three-piece suit with a double-breasted vest.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden hosted the wedding of their eldest grandchild.
“It has been a joy to watch Naomi grow, discover who she is, and carve out such an incredible life for herself,” they said in a statement announcing the marriage of Naomi King Biden and Peter George Heermann Neal.
“Now, we are filled with pride to see her choose Peter as her husband and we are honored to welcome him to our family,” they said. “We wish them days full of laughter and a love that grows deeper with every passing year.”
The south side of the White House, facing the lawn and Washington Monument, was decorated with wreaths and garland bearing white flowers. The bride walked down an aisle that led from the Diplomatic Reception Room to the altar of shrubs and white flowers.
Guests began arriving at the security checkpoint hours before the ceremony, including women in open-toed shoes despite the chill. Some guests were given hand warmers. Most wore coats, and some topped off with hats and scarves.
It is the first White House wedding with a president’s granddaughter as the bride, and the first one ever on the South Lawn.
Pennsylvania Avenue was closed to ordinary pedestrians before and during the ceremony, as was a sidewalk bordering the Ellipse, the park just south of the White House.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds, their families and the wedding party had lunch in the White House. A reception with dessert and dancing was planned for later Saturday. President Biden went to church in Washington in between events.
Unlike some past White House weddings, Naomi Biden and Neal barred journalists, although the ceremony was outdoors on the grounds of what the president and first lady call the “people’s house.” The White House released a photo, and others were posted on the wedding planner’s social media account.
Naomi Biden is a lawyer in Washington. She is the daughter of Hunter Biden and his first wife, Kathleen Buhle.
Neal, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania law school. He works at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. His parents are Drs. Mary C. and William “Bill” C. Neal of Jackson Hole.
The couple, who have been living at the White House, was set up by a mutual friend about four years ago in New York City and have been together ever since, the White House said. Neal proposed in September 2021 near his childhood home in Jackson Hole with a ring that repurposed the band of his grandmother’s engagement ring, according to the White House.
The White House has released few other details about the wedding, citing the couple’s desire for privacy. The Biden family will pay for all wedding activities, officials have said.
“Naomi and Peter have asked that their wedding be closed to the media and we are respecting their wishes,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Friday.
White House weddings are rare. There have been 18 documented weddings in the 200-plus-year history of the White House. Nine involved a president’s daughter, most recently Richard Nixon’s daughter Tricia in 1971 and Lyndon Johnson’s daughter Lynda in 1967.
But nieces, a grandniece, a son and first ladies’ siblings have also gotten married there. One president, Grover Cleveland, tied the knot at the White House, too, while in office.
Some of the weddings were open to coverage by the news media, while others weren’t at all.
Journalists were allowed into Tricia Nixon’s wedding to Ed Cox, the first wedding held in the Rose Garden. Her wedding planner — a three-ring black binder in the offices of the White House Historical Association — includes extensive notes on the media plan.
But the May 1994 wedding of a brother of then-first lady Hillary Clinton and the daughter of then-U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer — the first since Tricia Nixon’s marriage — was closed to the press. Clinton’s spokesperson commented afterward and the White House released a photo.
It was the same for the October 2013 wedding of Pete Souza, President Barack Obama’s official photographer, and his longtime partner, Patti Lease. The White House announced the wedding in a statement following the small, private wedding in the Rose Garden.
The White House Correspondents Association, which advocates for press access to the White House and the president, said it was “deeply disappointed” that the White House declined its request for press coverage of Naomi Biden’s wedding.
“White House weddings have been covered by the press throughout history and the first family’s wish for privacy must be balanced against the public’s interest in an event occurring at the People’s House with the president as a participant,” the WHCA board said in a statement.
Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, said it’s important to remember that first families are families first.
“Their privacy should be respected, their wishes should be respected,” he said.
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