Marwa Calls For Concerted Efforts In Combating Drug Abuse

 

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse in Nigeria, (PACEDA), General Buba Marwa Rtd. has called for concerted effort and swift action in combating drug abuse in Nigeria.

Gen Marwa made the call during a courtesy visit to the Acting Governor of Adamawa state, Martins Babale in Yola the Adamawa state capital as part of a nationwide advocacy against drug abuse.

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He stated that statistics has shown the prevalence of drug abuse in the country and President Muhammadu Buhari has asked that necessary recommendations should be made to tackle the scourge.

“It was discovered that in Nigeria between the ages of 15-64, about 15 million use drugs.

“In terms of prevalence according to Geo-political zones; it turns out that the Southwest is about 22% as far as drugs use is concerned, followed by the South south which is about 17 percent.

“President Muhammadu Buhari said that we should tackle the issue of drug abuse directly, by setting up this committee to bring recommendations on the best and urgent steps that should be taken.”

The chairman also highlighted the fact that the prevalence in the North is linked to the increased number of out of school children.

He laments the appalling situation of out of school children in the country and that the case of out of school children must also be addressed to stem the tide of drug usage in the country.

“The Almajiri syndrome must be improved upon and unless it is tackled and get them to combine both the religious and Western education, the north will continue to be backwards.

“There are about 13 million out of school children in Nigeria and 10 million of them are Almajiris.”

Buhari Is Incorruptible And Upright, No Whiff Of Scandal Around His Name — Buba Marwa

 

Former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Retired Brigadier-General Buba Marwa has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is a man of integrity, hence the reason has been endorsed by so many groups and parties across the country. 

Brig Gen Marwa who was a guest on Sunday Politics, said the reason a group of retired Army Generals, Admirals, Marshals and former Military Governors/Administrators endorsed President Buhari for a second term in office is because they believe in his leadership.

“The endorsements on President Buhari by all and sundry, including military officers (rtd), most of who are not politicians is based on the fact that we all want good governance”.

“He (President Buhari) is incorruptible, upright, he has integrity, he’s honest, there isn’t even a whiff of scandal around his name,” Marwa said.

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 He noted that the best kind of leader is “the leader who leads by example. A leader who says do as I do and not do as I say”.

According to the former military administrator, the business of governance and leadership depends on who you trust.

“You tend to trust a person who has been in office, who has performed before,” Marwa said.

Fintiri Emerges PDP Candidate For October 11 Adamawa Election

adamawa acting governorThe Acting Governor of Adamawa state,  Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the election slated to hold on October 11.

In the primary election held in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, the acting governor scored more votes than five other contestants in a contest which saw the withdrawal of eight other aspirants.

Announcing the result on Sunday morning, the leader of the PDP delegation for the election Hon. Dimeji Bankonli said the acting governor drew a total of 624 out of the 912 votes cast to defeat other contestants on Saturday.

The current Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Ahmed Modibbo,  scored a total of 197 votes to emerge second.

A former Lagos and Borno military administrator, Buba Marwa, got 54 votes, while Umar Ardo, and a member of the State Assembly, Jerry Kumdisi, scored 9 and 4 votes respectively.

There were also 23 invalid votes.

He called on the defeated aspirants to support the acting governor for the overall success of the party in the October election.

Adamawa Governorship: Ribadu, Seven Others Step Down To Contest In 2015

RibaduEight of the fourteen aspirants jostling for the Adamawa State Governorship election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have stepped down from the race in the early hours of Friday.

Following the impeachment of the former Governor, Murtala Nyako, October 11, 2014 has been fixed for election to get a substantive governor for the state.

The PDP primary election billed for Saturday in the state was heading for crisis until the intervention of the Senate President, Senator David Mark, and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in Abuja.

After about four hours meeting with the aspirants, starting by 9.06P.M on Thursday and ending around 1.00A.M on Friday at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Mark along with other officials of the party were able to reach a compromise with the aspirants and pruned down the number of those contesting to six.

The six aspirants still in the race for the party’s ticket on Saturday are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi.

Those who have withdrawn from Saturday’s primary election include Nuhu Ribadu, Auwal Tukur, Aliyu Idi Hong, Andrawus Sawa, James Barka, Gen. Aliyu Kama, Markus Gundiri and Abubakar Girei.

It was agreed at the closed-door meeting that the six aspirants contesting for the party’s ticket on Saturday would not contest for the position in 2015.

The meeting also agreed that only those stepping down now can contest for the party’s governorship election ticket in 2015, with more consideration in 2015 for Adamawa Central that has never produced a governor.

Any aspirant who fails to win the party’s ticket in Saturday’s primary election, the meeting also agreed, must support the party’s flag bearer towards the October 11 election.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the party, Joel Madaki, said: “Fourteen aspirants contesting for the position earlier has now reduced to six aspirants due to this meeting. It is a very welcome idea. Nobody was forced to step them. Those who stepped down did so voluntarily in order to wait to contest for the position in 2015.

“The six aspirants contesting this election are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi,” he added.

Also, the former Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Ahmed Gulak, who is contesting for the ticket on Saturday, said: “The outcome of the meeting was fantastic. We met as family members of PDP, even before coming here all the aspirants in Adamawa have unanimously resolved that after the primaries, in a free, fair primaries, anybody that emerges will get our support.

“Today, in this meeting, the number of the aspirants have been drastically reduced to six, which is manageable. I am contesting, Gen. Marwa is contesting, Ahmed Modibbo is contesting, Dr. Umar Ardo is contesting, Hon. Jerry Kumdisi is contesting, and Acting Governor Fintiri is contesting.

“And we have resolved to go into the primaries without rancour, without acrimony and to come out of it as peaceful co-existing members.

“And at the end of it all, anybody that emerges, we will all queue behind him. And if I emerge as the candidate, they will all queue behind me. It is going to be a family affair and there will be no losers.”

On his chances of getting the ticket as Ribadu and others are now out of the race, he said, “Nuhu Ribadu or not, you know I prepared for this election. Even, if 14 of us are going into this election, I am confident of my ability, of my capability, of my mobilization, of my sensitization that the delegates will select me.”

Aliyu Idi Hong, who is among those who withdrew from the race, said, “Peace-building, negotiation, give-and-take, everything went well. We have been given a caveat and one thing we have succeeded in extracting from this meeting is that the meeting started with a preamble that whoever is going to contest and if he happens to win as a governor, he will not have the right to contest the 2015 election.”

“Some of us think that our aspirations, our ambition, our vision for Adamawa is a long term and more articulate vision.”

PDP Grants Ribadu, Others Waiver

nuhu-ribadu1The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted waiver to a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu and two others to run as aspirants under the platform of the party in the October 11 governorship bye-election in Adamawa State.

Other persons granted waiver were a former military administrator of Lagos and Borno States, Buba Marwa and Markus Gundiri, the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 election.

PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, made the disclosure to journalists on Friday at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.

The three aspirants had earlier submitted their application for waiver to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

The NWC had also forwarded the requests to a sub committee under the leadership of the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha.

The committee submitted its report to the NWC on Friday, recommending that the waiver should be granted.

With the development, the three aspirants will alongside eight others face a screening panel on Saturday.

The PDP is expected to name the panel members later on Friday.