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Pam’s transformational leadership at NCPC and matters arising

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Purposeful leadership can do wonders. It can turn things around in a twinkle of an eye. And it can make tedious tasks seem simple. The aforementioned aptly describes the Yakubu Pam adventure in the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission since he assumed leadership some months ago.

I have been a fan of Rev Yakubu Pam for his numerous contributions to the entrenchment of peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians. This much he has diligently pursued in the past 30 years of his life, where he has been advocating for religious and ethnic harmony, especially in Northern Nigeria. Rev Yakubu Pam is not a stranger to leadership. Hence, he hit the ground running since his well-deserved appointment as Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission. It is sufficient to add that before his appointment; he was the Chairman of the Plateau State Christian Pilgrims Board, a position where he distinguished himself by introducing institutional reforms that placed the Board in good stead towards achieving its strategic mandate.

This much Rev Yakubu Pam has brought about in the NCPC. It is therefore not surprising that in less than one year at the helm of affairs, his impact has been felt, and the fortunes of the Commission have taken a turn for the best.

This is what I call the Yakubu Pam magic, which was not surprising to some of us that have followed his success story for several years. He is a man with many parts, and he is also a man filled with passion for service to humanity.
I recall that it was stated in some quarters that Yakubu Pam would reinvigorate the operations of the NCPC within a record time. Even though some quarters expressed reservations, he has proven all those that expressed reservations wrong with his sterling performance at the NCPC.
If not for anything, Rev Yakubu Pam has entrenched the regime of transparency and accountability at the Commission, which has been a challenge in the Commission’s operations for several years. That it has become possible within a short period indeed explains the leadership acumen of Rev Yakubu Pam and what it entails to be a leader with eyes on the ball.
Today, the NCPC is a success story. It results from the provision of sound leadership and a commitment to render service when it matters most, with the example of Rev Yakubu Pam, I dare say that Nigeria can overcome its challenges if those in leadership positions tend to lead with sincerity of heart and purpose.

The Yakubu Pam revolution at the NCPC was naturally expected because of his track record that speaks volume of integrity, accountability and transparency. His vast knowledge of diplomacy saw him excel in the position of Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of Northern Nigeria (which includes the 19 Northern States and Abuja) from 2016 to date, Vice President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, 2013 to date and District Superintendent, Jos mainland Assemblies of Nigeria, 2010 to date, including as Chairman, Plateau State Inter-Religious Council; and Chairman, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Committee, Plateau State, were contributory of how he has been able to turn the fortunes of the NCPC around and in record time.
I cannot but commend President Muhammadu Buhari for identifying such a man as Rev. Yakubu Pam for a leadership position in the country. I do not doubt that he has not only reposed the confidence of Mr President, he has also set a standard for leadership in the country. This much has been stated in numerous forums by relevant stakeholders, whom have never been short of words for the transformation at the NCPC under Rev. Yakubu Pam.

Rev Yakubu Pam falls under the category of silent achievers whose impact doesn’t dot pages of newspapers. However, silently, they are making exploits and making life more meaningful through the provision of purposeful leadership, as with the case of the NCPC, whose fortunes has taken a turn for the better.
And the commendations have continued to pour in from home and abroad for the man nicknamed the Apostle of Transformation by stakeholders for obvious reasons associated with his stewardship at the NCPC. And one whose coming has redeemed the image of the Commission.
I can’t but charge Rev Yakubu Pam to continue to render selfless service to humanity in the light of the above. He should not rest on his oars and refuse every temptation to deviate from the lofty standards he has set in the areas of transparency and accountability.
I also want the relevant stakeholders to realize that the task at hand is a collective one. As such, it is worth extending their support to the reforms introduced by the Yakubu Pam led administration at the NCPC.
I can go on non-stop on Yakubu Pam’s transformational leadership at the NCPC. However, the lessons that should resonate are that in all that we do as a people and as a country, sound and purposeful leadership remain that magic wand needed to translate our hopes and aspirations into tangible realities. At this point, I would say well-done to Rev Yakubu Pam.

Onwu is a civil rights activist and wrote from Badagry.





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Pastor RUGA Osinbajo: Where’s Your Conscience? Where’s Your God? By Bayo Oluwasanmi – The Maravi Post

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In a scathing indictment of Pastor RUGA Osinbajo, activist Omoyele Sowore described Osinbajo “as dangerous as his principal, Buhari.”

On Monday, Sowore reacted to what Pastor RUGA told top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission in Britain during an interactive session. “I have said it several times that @ProfOsinbajo is as dangerous as his principal, @MBuhari!” “They plot all the evils afflicting this country together.” “He’s in on every action of the regime. Because Muhammadu Buhari’s deceiving the Bozo that he plans to hand over power to him, he’s blabbing up and down. Buhari remains one of Nigeria’s most unpopular rulers ever! Buhari has no iota of credibility both as a human being or a ‘leader.’ Shame on miniman OSINBAJO. #RevolutionNow #BuhariMustGo



Pastor RUGA: “The President is possibly the most popular Nigerian politician we ever had in generations. He is possibly the only person who can go into a place or somewhere without bossing people to gather and they will come and listen to him speak. We need that level of credibility to be able to solve problems in our country. And I think because of his level of credibility, despite everything, he is still the only one that can call everyone, and even people who do not necessarily agree with him know that he is a man of his words.”

We all know Buhari, The Butcher of Aso Rock, has no ounce of credibility. We all know he’s not a man of his words. We all know he is too dumb, too deaf, too unintelligent to converse, interact, relate, and communicate with people. We all know he is the worst and the most unpopular Nigerian politician we ever had. We all know he’s not out to solve Nigerians problems but rather set the country on collision course via his policies of nepotism, ethnic cleansing, and his open sponsorship of Boko Haram and Fulani terrorists. We all know his agenda is to Islamize Nigeria, make Nigeria a Fulani country strictly governed by Sharia and draconian Islamic culture. 

It was Thomas Aquinas who said “The conscience is the God-given voice that either accuses or excuses us in terms of what we do.” Here is the supreme irony and tragedy of Pastor RUGA as a lawyer and a pastor. The more he lies, the greater the guilt he incurs. But the less sensitive he becomes to the pangs of guilt in his conscience. Pastor RUGA lies so much that he has destroyed his conscience and to the extent that it doesn’t matter when and how he lies as long as he makes him look good for the moment and for his dictator boss. His sense of guilt that accompanies wrongdoing diminishes every time he oozes out a bagful of lies. Because Pastor RUGA embedded himself in lies, it is no surprise that he joins Buhari to unleash evils on Nigerians. 

Proverbs 12:22 reminds us that “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Because Pastor RUGA has destroyed his conscience, he’s doing everything in his power to destroy the conscience of others. As a pastor without conscience, sing praises of Buhari by making proclamations like “Buhari is the most popular politician of our generation.” Pastor RUGA adjusts his conscience to fit the political culture. He tries everything in his power to excuse and defends Buhari: “… he’s a man of his words.” Pastor RUGA is a disgrace to the law profession and to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

As a pastor, we expect his conscience to have been captured by the word of God. Instead his conscience has been held captive by lies, greed, corruption, dishonesty, and other predatory instincts. Pastor RUGA Osinbajo, where’s your conscience? Where’s your God?

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#EndSARS: Why The Barbarians Want War, By Kunle Wizeman Ajayi – The Maravi Post

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By October 20th, the #LekkiMassacre and such other bloodlettings to halt the greatest Youth movement ever in the history of Nigeria, will be a year old. The same vampires who committed such murderous atrocities never learnt from the Post-#EndSARS violent reactions from the mass of people which torpido the state Armed Forces and their barracks while sending grand shitting assaults into the spines of our thieving crude rulers who have hitterto acted like monsters forcing their crude and destructive anti-people ideas on the people from North to South. 



SARS has been ordered back just last month, while non of the governors nor federal government is ready to implement the drastic reports from the panels of enquiries. This is so that the panels were only meant to douse the tensions in the first place. But the #EndSARS youths never falter as to the 5for5 demands and took the state unawares by storming the different panels all over the states to tell it to the barbarians what it’s brutality has actually caused in terms of blood and mud.  

Already, the shocker produced by the so-called “Lazy Youths” by uniting and fighting in millions with strategic and feasible organizing that broke the camels’ backs and shook the world to its brims, is yet an awesome momentum which our wicked rulers never imagined in their dreams. President Buhari raised this as much when he opened on June 11, 2021 that the “#EndSARS youths wanted to remove me!” Buhari and his likes of war mongers saw the people’s war and were shittingin their horrible pants. In Lagos, the famous fascist Ahmed Bola Tinubu ran off his Bordillon fortress and had to assert even while obviously shaking ghastly that- “I still remain the Asiwaju!” 

Who would wait when the youths and people are united?! 

No one! This is why we are calling on all the youths and working people especially those being daily ravaged by mass violence by Buhari’s terrorist allies in Boko Haram and ISWAP in the whole of the North. It is time for all the oppressed to drop whatever is dividing us and unite to finish off our detractors everywhere. It is very clear that neither the Northern oligarchy nor the Southern misrulers stand for the people. It is clear that the Norther rogues are only interested in stealing the North and it’s resources dry instead of defeating the quantum of insecurities. For in the insecurities, they find primitive accumulation. This is why Buhari is never interested in prosecuting nor probing the sponsors of Boko Haram and ISWAP even if a quarter of his home state Katsina has been overridden by the terrorists. Same is why Governors Tambuwal and the rest never mind even if Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano and the rest are ceded to bandits. For Ganduje and others, the dollars in millions stuffing their wallets and danshiki is what matters. 

Towards October 20th, youths and working people need to rise to demand Food, Security, and Justice. Nothing is working. But the rulers keep formenting killer policies that would deepen the rots. They keep stealing, destroying and prefer the country to perish. In short, with their experiences of the Boko Haram/ISWAP/Bandits war; our ruining class actually want war. They now understand how to manage a war economy. In the North today, the war affects the people only. Most governors rule from Abuja or diaspora and cash out in billions. This is why they would never do all the things necessary to stop the war. 

In all, the lesson is that there are only two choices before us. From Biafra to the North East, the rulers wants the yam-pepper-scatter-scatter! But we all have to stop this. We have to advance what we did during October last year. This time, youths and workers in the North must join so the war in the North can stop. This is why the protests in Sokoto should move simultaneously around the whole of the North. 

One also have to urge youths and workers in the South to drop all egos and anger and squarely understand the need for the solidarity with the North and vice versa. The time has come for us all to choose between #RevolutionNow and war!

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Local emergency declared as California battles devastating wildfires – The Maravi Post

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A major Southern California highway remained closed Wednesday and evacuation orders were in place from a growing blaze driven by intense winds that raised the risk of wildfires in much of the state. More than 200 firefighters battled the Alisal Fire, which covered 21 square miles (54 square kilometers) along coastal Santa Barbara County and was only 5% contained, county fire officials said. The fire erupted Monday on a ridge and swept toward the ocean, forcing the closure of U.S. 101, the only major highway on that section of the coast. Evacuation orders and warnings were in place for ranches and several rural communities of the lightly populated region. While the area was lightly populated, the blaze threatened more than 100 homes, ranches and other buildings, fire officials said. Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain Daniel Bertucelli said the land conditions and the weather are combining to make things very difficult for firefighters. The fire was burning a few miles from near Rancho del Cielo, which was once owned by Ronald and Nancy Reagan and was known as the Western White House during his presidency. Fire crews were protecting the ranch where Reagan hosted world leaders. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declared a local emergency and asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency that would free up state resources for firefighters and evacuees. In Northern California, fire crews increased containment of a blaze that destroyed 25 mobile homes, 16 RVs and a park building at the Rancho Marina RV Park in Sacramento County. No injuries were reported, and the cause remained under investigation. Aerial video of the scene, recorded from a drone, shows numerous foundations where mobile homes stood just a few days ago. The fierce windy weather that powered the Brannan Fire on Monday was expected to subside in northern and central California. But red flag warnings for extreme fire danger will return Thursday.

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