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PRP: The Voyage of Victory

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The People’s Redemption Party (PRP) is the Second Republic reincarnation of the Northern Elements Progressive Union and the Fourth Republican reincarnation of a similar namesake, the party was created by the supporters of Mallam Aminu Kano after his withdrawal from the National Party of Nigeria. The PRP was highly regarded as a progressive left of center political party. Some well known members of the party included Governors Abubakar Rimi, Balarabe Musa, Sabo Bakin Zuwo, Michael Imoudu, Dr. Edward Ikem Okeke, Bala Usman, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Sule Lamido, .S.G. Ikoku, Uche Chukwumerije, Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, Ghali Umar Na’Abba and Chinua Achebe — who served briefly as Deputy National President in the early 1980s.

Upon formation of the PRP, an invitation was extended to Aminu Kano and other prominent leftists, and he was soon elected as the party’s national president. In 1979, the party was able to capture Kaduna and Kano out of 19 states and came fourth in the national elections. Aminu Kano died in April 1983, just before that year’s presidential election. Khalifa Hassan Yusuf succeeded him as party leader and presidential candidate.

The party is currently headed by Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR. On the 2nd September, 2018, he took over as the National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), from Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, a former governor of Kaduna State. The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) is today Nigeria’s oldest surviving political party.

The below poem tries to synopsize the vision and mission of the party in a poetic parlance.

PRP At A Glance

The PRP’s provenance is that of sacrifice without dissonance.

It has a leader whose brilliance is of eminence.

He’s known for patience, tolerance, and endurance.

All his titles have resemblance with benevolence and intelligence.

His charisma attracts obedience and reverence.

The party regards arrogance and injustice with abhorrence.

PRP doesn’t give room for insolence and irreverence.

It comes with prudence to replace impudence with magnificence.

It comes with a fence against political pests and pestilence.

The party is endowed with resilience required to retire the exponents of exorbitance.

PRP will give preference to competence in governance rather than somnolence.

It will create convenience for the populace to have sustenance.

PRP comes with neither violence nor belligerence.

But it will crush all resistance by the proponents of malfeasance.

Our prominence is indeed the onset of their entrance into discordance.

The custodians of recklessness and indolence will lack predominance and relevance.

Our ascendance will force the disappearance of their dominance.

Our luminance will eliminate their extravagance and flamboyance.

Our emergence will quench militance, indigence and decadence.

Our fragrance will cure ignorance and resurgence of turbulence.

Our performance will be characterized by excellence that has no equivalence.

Our re​nais​sance will jam-pack the PDP with ambivalence and fill the APC with repugnance.

Our presence will bring an abundance of opulence among the populace.

Citizens will surely lend credence to our diligence without diffidence.

May God of omnipotence provide us with providence without encumbrance.

This is my correspondence in poetic parlance as evidence of my confidence.

The poem was composed by Comrade Muhammed Ishaq.

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PRP Board of Trustees Expresses Confidence In Falalu Bello-Led Exco

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The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has passed a vote of confidence on the party’s National Executives led by Alhaji Falalu Bello, OFR.

The members of the board made this known in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

The communiqué, which had the signatures of former Minister of Commerce, Engr. Mustapha Bello, Dr. Segun Falope, Engr. Chris Onyeodizuchu, Alhaji Aji Mala, among others, revealed that the meeting was specifically summoned to consider urgent current developments within the party.

Part of the communiqué further reads: “After exhaustive, frank and fruitful deliberations on all the issues tabled before the meeting, the members of the BOT have resolved as follows:

“To express and convey the PRP BOT’s absolute confidence in, and satisfaction with, the leadership of the Party’s National Executive Committee [NEC] under the Chairmanship of Alh. Falalu Bello and with its strenuous and focused efforts at repositioning the PRP for greater relevance and impact in the Nigerian political space.

“To unreservedly endorse the Programmes of Action approved and rolled out by both the National Executive Committee [NEC] and National Working Committee [NWC] of the PRP covering the period August 2020 August 2021 which will culminate with the holding of the Party’s National Convention.

“To condemn in clear and unmistaken terms attempts by a few misguided and errant elements within the Party to create dissent, misunderstandings and factions within the PRP, noting in particular that this is contrary to the letter and spirit of the Party’s extant constitutional provisions and Code of Conduct for members which explicitly frown at all anti-Party activities and conduct likely to embarrass the Party or bring the Party into hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute.”

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FGN vs Children of the common man, not ASUU By Usman Suleiman Sarki

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It has been almost 8 months that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike due to the failure of the Federal Government to fulfil the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreements which are necessary for the sustenance of university system and its affordability to children of the common man and up till this time, government have not shown any commitment to end the ongoing strike by university lecturers.

The question is what is the position of government on the future of Nigerian university students? What kind of future is the government planning for the upcoming generation? A lot of people including the students are bitterly criticizing ASUU for the unending strike without making an objective investigation of the reasons behind the strike so as to balance their thoughts and make appropriate judgement over the issue. It is well known that strike is the only language that Nigerian Government understand but many people will not understand either because of the little knowledge on why university lecturers are on strike or because of their personal or political reasons. It is good to remember that no reasonable government want its workers to go on strike because it weakens the legitimacy of the government and tarnish its image in the eyes of responsible people in and outside the country. However, the side of the ineffectiveness of the strike as lamented by some people lies in the students and the general public because they do not support ASUU like the way they support the compromised NLC. Many people are thinking that ASUU always go on strike for the selfish interest of its members forgetting the fact that ASUU is not demanding for anything outside its legitimate rights and that of the students because one of the cardinal issue surrounding ASUU’s problem with the FGN is Revitalization of the universities without which the universities can no longer be sustained but unfortunately both the students and the general public blindly ignore that.

I am afraid of what will happen when ASUU change its current stand and decide to fight for its own entitlement and do away with Revitalization and university autonomy. It will get to a stage where students will be made to pay tuition fee and that will stop the children of the common man from studying in the university and this is the wish of many among those in power because they want their children who study abroad to succeed them and continue to exploit the masses.

On this note, I urge the Nigerian University students and the general public to recast their thoughts and take appropriate stand on the issue. I pray that the stakeholders involved in handling this issue will take the necessary measures in resolving this lingering issue in the best interest of the Staff and Students of Nigerian Universities in particular and the educational system in general.

Usman Suleiman Sarki,
Department of Sociology, Federal University Dutse.

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Independence: After the celebration, some sober reflections by Aliyu Nuhu

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Independence is good when the people are not emasculated by poverty, inequality, insecurity, broken infrastructures and despair.

I know this post will not go down well with some people, but the truth is the British left too early for us to learn anything that would prepare us for the life ahead.

I look at countries that stayed long under colonial rules like India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Macau, Namibia, etc and wonder how they are doing so well.

I thought that we would probably be doing better if the British had remained as our leaders to this day.

I know for a fact that colonialism does not operate under insecurity. The British ran their colonies with law and order par excellence. Today, Nigeria is anything but secured. It is suicidal to travel in the day along Kaduna-Abuja or Birnin Gwari road. Most people in Zamfara and Katsina have become refugees due to activities of bandits. People pass through Jos at personal risk. In Kaduna, kidnappers pick their victims on the streets.

I know colonialism did not allow corruption to fester. For every project budgeted, there must be something to show for the money. In our today Nigeria, most projects that started in 1983 are still going on with money stolen year in and year out. Over 2 trillion dollars had been stolen by our leaders. No colonial master was ever accused of stealing billions of pounds.

Colonialism did not operate with poor infrastructure. It is the pillar that was used by colonial masters to move cash crops from cities to coast for export to the home country. We had few roads that time, but reasonably good. Look at the infrastructures colonialism left behind in Hong Kong and South Africa and you will understand what I mean.

Colonialism might not have favoured education but l look at our leaders of the past that were products of colonial education and wonder what system of education we are operating today with our leaders struggling to read prepared speeches. No Nigerian leader today has the diction of Tafawa Balewa or Nnamdi Azikiwe.

I also know colonialism does not encourage waste, vanity and profligacy. The colonial masters moved in convoy of three vehicles and dressed mostly in simple suits and military fatigue. They did not buy planes and helicopters to intimidate us. Today our leaders dress like emperors. A governor’s convoy will shame that of the Queen. The tragedy is we don’t even build (manufacture) cars, not even tire!

I can go on and mention more examples.

The bitter truth is if the British had remained with us we would have been better than our present economic and social situation.They would have trained our leaders to become better managers of resources.

Nigeria had no oil when the colonial masters built all our seaports and vast network of rail lines and roads that we find impossible to maintain not to talk of building new ones.

By Aliyu Nuhu

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