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Why I joined politics – Ex- Kwara Senatorial candidate, Manko reveals 

Manko, who is the son of a notable political figure in Patigi local government of Kwara state, Alhaji Attahiru Manko made this disclosure during interaction with members of the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP), at his Ilorin residence on Sunday.  

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The candidate for Kwara North Senatorial District under the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2023 general elections, Alhaji Adamu Attahiru Manko has disclosed that the reasons for his voyage into politics was help the people grow and add values to the society. 

Manko, who is the son of a notable political figure in Patigi local government of Kwara state, Alhaji Attahiru Manko made this disclosure during interaction with members of the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP), at his Ilorin residence on Sunday.  

“My coming into politics was accidental, it was as a result of pressure and calls deon people, especially from those I don’t know outside my senatorial district. It took a lot of effort to convince me, before I decided to venture into politics to help other people grow and add values to our society. 

“We complain about the bad state of affairs, but if we don’t join politics and continue to sit on the fence, there’s no way we can support in addressing societal problems. I believe it I can do a little outside government, I believe I would be able to do more if I stop sitting on the fence and join the system. Because since I started offering help to people in my own modest way, the pressure has been enormous”, he stressed. 

Manko who asserted that he has been helping people across Kwara states also noted that while some people may join politics with the aim of buying houses, build cars, travel abroad and enjoy luxurious life, God has blessed him with luxury of life, hence, his resolve to give back. 

When asked about his present political leaning and what to expect from him in 2027, Manko noted that he remains in SDP and yet to join any other political party. In his words, “I am still consulting.”  

“Everybody knows what happens in the last election, but whatever it was, Kwara first, because the State belongs to all of us. 

“As at today, I think I am the last man standing and the reason for that was because we promoted SDP everywhere, we had followers and we can’t just jump ship without carrying those people along. If I do that, it will validate the unfounded rumors that somebody from Kwara Central was sponsoring me. So, that’s why I didn’t go when the tsunami happened and people were going there to snap pictures”, he said. 

With respect to 2027 elections, Manko said “Anything can happen, 2027 is still far. There are so many positions in Kwara state, anything can happen.”  

When asked to assess the performance of Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Patigi born businessman said his prayer is for anyone in government to succeed and not castigate them. 

“As a Muslim, we are admonished to pray for our leaders. If I should start insulting Rahman (Kwara state Governor) today, what if I am in same party with him tomorrow? So, I can only pray for him. 

“Of course, we all know we are suffering in Kwara state, but we can only pray for him to be able to do more of whatever he has done. Because God put him there.  So, as followers, we have to pray for our leaders if we believe in Kwara. 

Manko equally emphasized the power of advancing mutual understanding between the people of Kwara North, South and Central senatorial districts and not fight, in the quest for political fairness, justice and equity.  

“Although Kwara belongs to all of us, other districts have some advantages over us, so we have to lobby them and make them have understanding and that is why I have friends across the three senatorial districts.”

Speaking about his political experience, although still learning the ropes, Manko said he has learnt a lot from his father as the first child of the family. 

“I thought my dad was a herbalist when I was young because people were always coming from different villages. We didn’t know it was actually politics then. We hardly had time to interact with our own dad because of politics. 

“Later, Ibrahim Attahiru decided to join him. However, whatever happens, we sit to discuss with our dad. I learn the ability to manage the good and terrible people and situations in politics. But I understand what is important is sincerity”, he added.

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Hajj 2024: 18,061 Pilgrims Airlifted to Saudi Arabia – NAHCON

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has announced that 18,061 Nigerian pilgrims have been transported to Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj.

NAHCON’s command and control center provided this update on Friday.

According to the center, the pilgrims were flown on 43 flights operated by Flynas, Air Peace, and Max Air.

The commission expects to airlift over 65,000 Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year.

The inaugural flight took off on May 15 from Ahmadu Bello International Airport in Kebbi, carrying pilgrims from Kebbi, Nasarawa, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Thousands of Nigerian pilgrims are anticipated to arrive at the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madina, where they will spend four days before heading to Makkah for their Hajj and Umrah rites. They will then depart from the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

In a press statement, NAHCON spokesperson Fatima Usara confirmed that no flights have been canceled to date.

“So far, no flight cancellations have been recorded, except for a delay that shifted the Kwara inaugural flight from May 20, 2024, to the early hours of Tuesday, May 21,” Usara stated.

She assured that all pilgrims would return to Nigeria following a first-in-first-out (FIFO) policy, ensuring equal duration of stay in Saudi Arabia for everyone.

“Pilgrims are advised to remain calm and understand that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) follows a First-in-First-Out (FIFO) policy for returning from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, meaning the return sequence mirrors the departure sequence,” Usara explained. “Thus, all pilgrims are expected to spend the same estimated number of days in the Kingdom based on their departure time.”

Speaking to journalists in Makkah, Aliyu Tanko, NAHCON’s deputy coordinator of Makkah operations, assured that all Nigerian pilgrims would be airlifted before the airports close. He added that flights are proceeding as scheduled, with Saudi authorities cooperating with their Nigerian counterparts.

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Ribadu denies facilitating dethroned Emir’s return to Kano

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Nuhu Ribadu, the national security adviser (NSA), has denied claims of aiding the return of Aminu Bayero, the deposed Emir of Kano, to the state.

Bayero returned to Kano on Saturday morning and took residence in a palace in Nassarawa LGA. Soldiers who previously guarded Bayero accompanied him from the airport to the palace.

Governor Abba Yusuf ordered Bayero’s arrest upon his return, attributing his comeback to the alleged assistance from the NSA.

However, the NSA’s spokesperson, Zakari Mijinyawa, dismissed these allegations as false, asserting that the NSA did not provide air transport for Bayero’s return.

Bayero was replaced by Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir on Friday, following a previous fallout with the then-governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, in 2020.

The Kano house of assembly repealed the law used to depose Sanusi on Thursday, reinstating the traditional emirate structure with one Emir overseeing all of Kano.

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Kano Emirship tussle : Ado Bayero breaks silence

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Aminu Ado Bayero, the 15th Emir of Kano, has urged the authorities to ensure justice prevails in the state’s emirship dispute.

Bayero was dethroned on Thursday after the Kano State Assembly repealed a 2019 emirate law, which had been used to remove Muhammadu Sanusi in 2020.

Subsequently, Governor Abba Yusuf reinstated Sanusi while Bayero was on an official visit to Ogun State.

Upon returning, Bayero relocated to the Kano emirate’s mini palace in Nassarawa LGA, where he was greeted by his supporters.

The governor also ordered Bayero’s arrest for “creating tension in the state.”

During a meeting with security agents, Bayero stated that he would respect the rule of law, emphasizing that no one is above it.

He called for peace and urged the people of Kano to remain law-abiding as the legal process unfolds.

“I urge everyone to stay calm and law-abiding while awaiting the outcome of the legal proceedings,” Bayero said in Hausa.

“We call on the authorities to ensure justice in this matter. Kano is a significant state in Nigeria; whatever impacts Kano impacts the entire country.

“May peace prevail in Kano. We pray for Allah to bless Kano with responsible and just leaders.

“Justice must be served in every matter. No one is above the law. We will accept the law’s verdict. I appreciate everyone who has expressed concern.

“As I said, justice will be done. We will continue to pray for peace in Kano State. May Allah the Almighty protect us.”

On May 23, a federal high court in Kano ordered the state government not to enforce the Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024.

On Saturday, the Kano State Police Command announced that law enforcement agencies would comply with the court order against Sanusi’s reinstatement.

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Bayern Munich Reaches Agreement with Vincent Kompany

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Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has reached an agreement in principle to become the new head coach of Bayern Munich.

The German club turned to Kompany after facing multiple rejections in their search for a successor to Thomas Tuchel.

Kompany is expected to sign a deal until 2027, with Bayern set to pay Burnley £10.2 million in compensation.

Craig Bellamy, Kompany’s assistant at Burnley, will not join him at the Allianz Arena, but Floribert Ngalula and Bram Geers will be part of his coaching staff.

Bayern had previously targeted Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso, former manager Julian Nagelsmann, now leading the German national team, and Austria coach Ralf Rangnick, but all three declined the offer.

Tuchel had discussions with Bayern earlier in May about staying on, but they did not reach an agreement.

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Manchester United beat Man City to Win FA Cup

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Erik ten Hag made a compelling argument to avoid being sacked as Manchester United surprised Manchester City with a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Despite reports that Ten Hag would be dismissed regardless of the outcome at Wembley following a difficult season, United’s leadership may reconsider after his tactical success disrupted City’s historic ambitions.

City were strong favorites to achieve a second consecutive Premier League and FA Cup double. However, Ten Hag effectively countered Pep Guardiola’s team with first-half goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, putting United on track to win the FA Cup for the first time in eight years.

Jeremy Doku scored in the 87th minute, slipping the ball past Andre Onana’s weak attempt at a save, but it was too late to save City.

Ten Hag’s successful end to a challenging season might prevent his dismissal, evoking memories of Louis van Gaal’s exit from Old Trafford just two days after United’s FA Cup victory in 2016. Ten Hag would prefer his situation to resemble Alex Ferguson’s 1990 FA Cup win, which began a remarkable era after calls for his firing earlier that season. Ferguson, present at the match, witnessed Ten Hag’s unexpected triumph.

United shareholder Jim Ratcliffe and co-owners Joel and Avie Glazer were also in attendance. Despite speculation linking United to Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, and Gareth Southgate, Ratcliffe has much to consider after United’s eighth-place finish in the Premier League — their lowest since 1990 — and their Champions League group stage exit.

Ten Hag attributes the season’s struggles to a lengthy injury list but can highlight his two trophy wins in three cup finals with United as evidence of his potential when the team is fully fit.

After ending United’s six-year trophy drought with the League Cup last year, Ten Hag has now avenged their previous FA Cup final loss to City, despite finishing 31 points behind them in the league.

United will also qualify for the Europa League, avoiding their first season without European competition since 2014-15. They capitalized on an uncharacteristically lackluster performance from City, marking their first domestic defeat since losing to Aston Villa 171 days ago.

City, the first team to win the Premier League four times in a row, appeared fatigued after their recent celebrations. They were frustrated when an early penalty appeal was denied following Lisandro Martinez’s challenge on Erling Haaland. United, defensively solid with all players behind the ball, took advantage of City’s mistakes, with Garnacho and Mainoo scoring in the first half.

City increased their efforts after the break, but Doku’s late goal was insufficient to overturn the result. As the final seconds passed, Ten Hag anxiously awaited the chance to celebrate a dramatic victory that could either secure his position or mark his last achievement with United.

– AFP

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Kano Gov Orders Arrest Of Deposed Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero

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Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, has ordered the immediate arrest of the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, accusing him of causing unrest in the state.

This order follows Bayero’s deposition by the Governor just two days prior.

A statement released early Saturday by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature, alleged that Bayero was secretly brought into Kano city last night in an attempt to forcibly reclaim the palace.

The statement, issued at 7:00 am on Saturday in Kano, confirmed that the new Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, arrived at the palace with the Governor, his Deputy, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, and other top officials around 1:00 am on Saturday.

The statement stressed the government’s commitment to maintaining peace and order, warning that any actions threatening the state’s stability would be met with strict measures.

Speaking to the media early this morning, Deputy Governor Aminu Gwarzo accused powerful forces from Abuja of instigating the situation and vowed to resist any attempt to impose the deposed Emir on the people.

Currently, the entire nation is watching Kano State closely to see how the situation will develop.

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