Former Commissioner Decries Poor Reportage On Kaduna Killings

Isuwa DogoA former commissioner in Kaduna State, Isuwa Dogo, on Wednesday decried the poor reportage of ethno-religious killings in the State, stating that there had been more of such killings in Kaduna than in any other state of the federation since Nigeria’s amalgamation in 1914.

“The kind of publicity we get with respect to what happens in Plateau or Benue or even in the Boko Haram area (north eastern states) is not given to what happens in Southern Kaduna”, he said, insisting that those who should be concerned about the situation had assumed that “it is a normal thing for killings to continue to happen in Southern Kaduna so the media houses give very little prominence to what is happening.”

Appearing on Sunrise Daily, the political analyst, who disclosed that there were about 200 ethnic groups in Kaduna, saidKaduna is a very peculiar state. Many people do not know or have very little understanding of what has been going on in Kaduna.”

According to him about 200 ethno-religious crisis had taken place in Kaduna between 1972 and 2014, leading to a death toll that beats any other State’s record.

He further disclosed that the figures of casualties seen in the media after such attacks were not accurate, disclosing that during the last attack, two weeks ago, “four villages were razed to the ground completely. Not a single hut was left standing”. “Women and children were massacred in cold blood. People were roasted in their houses”, he said.

Although Mr Dogo did not rule out the State government’s efforts in containing the situation, he stressed that “if something was being done, maybe we would not have this monumental and a continuous systematic annihilation of our people.”

Extoling the virtues of the people of Southern Kaduna, Dogo said the reason for the attacks was unknown as they were peace-loving religious people who “live in harmony with every single tribe in Nigeria,” adding that there were no killings in Southern Kaduna during the civil war.

He noted that the Fulani herdsmen, who had been accused of the acts, were being used to cover up by unknown people in southern Kaduna, Plateau and Benue States. He also stressed that those behind the attacks were trained terrorists who were brought in and armed to kill.

Mr Dogo appealed to media organisations to visit the affected villages in southern Kaduna “and see the monumental destruction. What we describe as ethnic cleansing and complete annihilation of the ethnic nationalities in southern Kaduna.”

He praised the Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, who agreed to visit the community following a text message he (Dogo), sent requesting that the Army Chief should come and inspect the situation.

He further requested that an army Brigade be stationed in the area as well as an Air Force base.

There Is No Party, Registered Or Not That Is A Threat to PDP– Isuwa

A political scientist, Isuwa Dogo has assured that the PDP is not threatened at all by any party either registered or yet to be registered by the INEC as ‘the PDP is a well-organised, focused, balanced, articulate and conscientious party in every aspect and every department of it’ hence, the non-response to some issues raised by oppositions.

A member of the ruling party PDP who was a guest on Sunrise Daily while discussing political issues surrounding the 2015 elections,Mr Isuwa boastfully refuted claims, that the ruling party is worried about being castigated for not being responsive to issues around the country, saying that the Peoples’ Democratic Party has always been very focused on developments, as it is part of the party’s major concerns and it is also reflecting on every sector of the economy except in non-PDP states.

“The PDP has never lost focus on in its concerns for developments; the newspapers are filled with decisions taken on daily on several aspects of the economy, power sector, roads, education sector

“For the fact that people have already given in to the aspect, that every single thing that has been done by a ruling party has to be criticised justly or unjustly, is not something the PDP is worried about”

The politician took a swipe at the APC-led states in terms of actualising the agendas stated in their manifestos before mounting seats of power in the states, in a case of the ‘kettle calling pot black’, where he analysed that the PDP states do better than the APC –led states, but the opposition still get to condemn the ruling party for non-development and developmental strategies in their respective states and the central government.

“The Nigerian people know that a lot of the things they are saying (APC), they don’t even believe in them, they can’t even do them, they don’t even know them, they don’t even have the slightest idea on how  to get along to do them

“And we can see that in the states that control (APC), there is nothing to demonstrate what they accused the PDP of doing or not doing, that they have perfected it”.

He further compared PDP and APC states in terms of infrastructure development, where in his argument the PDP toppled the APC, while backing less-performing PDP states when taken up on the PDP states not performing.

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NGF Has Not Brought Anything Positive To Nigeria – Isuwa Dogo

The Nigerian Governors Forum has been described as “an inconsequential” organisation that has not “brought anything positive to the people of Nigeria”.

These were the words of Dr. Isuwa Dogo, a political scientist, who was speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

Dr. Dogo, who said the forum is “retrogressive” maintained that it is a self-seeking communion that must not be given so much importance.

He lambasted governors for holding meetings, since the military era, that have not produced any “positive impact” on Nigeria.

He likened the recall of the suspended Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko, to a father and son situation, saying: “If you scold your child and the child is repentant about the scolding, you simply embrace the child and pat the child at the back.

“But if you scold a child and advise the child and say this is what you will do and the child refuses to listen and becomes so recalcitrant, the child is on the path of self-destruction.”

He commended the PDP for taking the bold step in recalling governor Wamakko.

PDP Displays The Highest Level Of Democratic Practice – Political Scientist

A Political scientist, Dr. Isuwa Dogo, has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as observing “the highest level of democratic practice”.

Dr. Dogo who spoke as guest on Channels Television’s morning show, Sunrise Daily, added that “the PDP is the only democratically set up party in Nigeria”.

Dr. Dogo, who was reacting to the rumoured resignation of the chairman of the ruling PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, noted that the party is being witch-hunted by the opposition that sells different false stories to destabilise the PDP.

In his words “In the first place, those ideas are not from PDP; those ideas are planted by the opposition with the hope and belief it could be used to disorganise the party”.

He said “it only makes the party stronger”, maintaining that it is a display of “the beauty of PDP”.

He also debunked the rumoured defection of PDP governors to the newly formed All Progressive Congress (APC) as a “figment of the imagination of people that make such stories”.

The political scientist further argued that the alleged rift between the governors of the PDP and the chairman of the party is “what you are expecting” he continued saying “in a democratic setting you are expected to have differences of opinion, views and ideas.

If every idea is exactly the same as every other persons, then we cease to be human beings, will we say we are angels”.

Speaking further, Dogo accused the opposition parties of strangulating divergent views from members other than executives of the parties.

According to him “That is why in other political parties, nobody voice out anything because they know the supreme leader is going to cut the person to size”.

Single Term Agreement Not Binding On Jonathan – Isuwa Dogo

A political scientist, Isuwa Dogo on Monday said President Goodluck Jonathan is not bound by any single term agreement he purportedly signed with a group of people.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Dogo said as a politician, President Jonathan can sign any agreement in order to wrest political power and once that is achieved, he can decide not to honour the deal.

“In the first place for anybody to come out and say there was such agreement, it means the person is a political illiterate,” he said.

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Analyst Faults Proposed Merger Of Political Parties

Political scientist, Isuwa Dogo, a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, has described the move by three major opposition political parties to merge into one as “absolutely wrong.”

A 19 member merger committee has been set to work out the details of a proposed merger between Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Peoples Political Party (ANPP) and Congress For Progressive Change (CPC).

While speaking on thesubject, Mr Dogo said that PDP and ANPP are the only parties practicing a semblance of Democracy and for any party to capture power, it should have an ideology which must be the driving force of such a party.

He said, “If different people have different ideological tendencies… if they have different views and aspirations as to what they want to do… how do we marry all of them together?

“The reason for doing this is certainly not because there is something wrong with their respective parties but is simply because they do not have a mission… no vision and that is why they do not have a destination,” he said.

Mr Dogo stated the importance of a budding political party to articulate what is to be achieved.

He suggested that each party should go back to its drawing board and get the populace to believe in them as individual entities.

Mr. Dogo who vehemently opposed the merger questioned the need to form one and stated the proposed merger is for selfish reasons.

“The purpose is not to give Nigerians good leadership. It cannot work.”

Swiping Voters’ Card not the same as Electronic Voting – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said the use of chipped voters’ card in the next general election will not violate the section of the electoral law that prohibits the commission from conducting electronic voting.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman said the first batch of the permanent voters’ card is already being processed.

“INEC expects that by 2015, every voter will have that card,” he said.

Political Scientist Says Chipped Voters’ Card Can’t Prevent Multiple Voting

Contrary to the proposition by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that using chipped voters’ card will stop multiple voting, a political scientist, Isuwa Dogo said single authentication of voters will not stop people from casting several votes in the same polling unit.

Mr Dogo, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said what INEC should concentrate on doing is to make it position for Nigerians to vote from anywhere within the country other than where they registered.

Infrastructure Is INEC Biggest Challenge – Analyst

A public affairs analyst, Achike Chude on Monday identified infrastructure as the major challenge confronting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Chude, who was speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said INEC cannot be taking about electronic voting in an environment where there is no steady power supply.

“INEC really cannot operate beyond the infrastructure that is available to it,” he said.

Almajiri Education long overdue- Isuwa Dogo

Recently, the Federal Government commissioned the first Model school for Alma Jiri education in Sokoto.

The Federal Government will be doing more of opening the model schools in the Northern region plus Edo state due to a special request.

Going by statistics released by the Ministerial committee on Alma Jiri education study, there are about 9.5 million Alma Jiris in the country.

We had Isuwa Dogo a former commissioner for Kaduna state to speak on the Almajiri education and its consequences.