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Oil Producing Status: Hon. ASU Commends Gov. Bello, Appreciates President Buhari.

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Hon. Asubiojo Success Fela (ASU) the Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture and Natural Resources to the Ijumu Local Government Chairman who doubles as the Kogi State ALGON Chairman, has given commendation to the executive Governor of Kogi His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the success recorded in the inclusion of Kogi State as one of the Oil Producing States in Nigeria; a feat he has described as excellent achievements for the present and future generations of Kogites.

Hon. Asubiojo said governor Yahaya Bello has evidently justified the father-son relationship that exist between him and President Mohammedu Buhari, stating that what previous governors of the state could not achieve, it gladdens the heart of every Kogites particularly the Youths to know that Governor Yahaya Bello has recorded another giant strides that will outlive his tenure

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Abdulkareem Moh’d Jamiu Asuku: Early Life, Career, and Politics

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A good name resonates with candour and, an association with it comes with discipline, and the good friendship accompanied with good conscience, tolerance, trust, understanding, and satisfactory conduct. You will also agree with the words of Elmer G. Letterman which perfectly describes the attributes of Asuku to a large extent free of exaggerations.

“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep the doors open” – Elmer G. Letterman.

We hear of born leaders, and indeed some of the qualities do seems to appear at the earliest age and remains so into adulthood, with earmarks and characteristics. Not as a thing that appears suddenly, and certainly not as a thing that can be taught entirely as a course in institutions of learning.

Still marveled at the energy continually radiates by Pharmacist Jamiu Asuku, I and my team decided to dig into his past to unravel what most people do not know about the youngest Chief of Staff to a seating Governor in Nigeria. To satisfy our curiosity and in justification of the saying: “there is no man without a past, or perhaps a starting point”

Born to the family of Mallam Abdulkareem Salawu Otaru on January 2, 1984 at Uruvicheba, Okene, Kwara State (present Kogi State). Young Asuku started his education career at LGEA Primary School, Ogogoro in Okehi Local Government of present Kogi State, from 1989 to 1994. After which he proceeded to Abdul Aziz Attah Memorial College (AMCO), Okene, from 1994 to 2000.

During his days at AMCO, young Asuku exhibited a high level of brilliancy uncontestable by his colleagues and students from neighboring LGAs. He was popularly called Halogen ( name given to highly reactive group seven elements) by his colleagues then His name then gradually became a melody on the lips of many; as tales of his intellectual prowess spread like wildfire raging through a thick forest.

As the tradition of AMCO was, internal examination was conducted by the school administration to select the best three students in the science class. And as expected, young Halogen emerged the overall best student in the school. He then was amongst the three to always represent the school at all physical competitions across the state and the country at large. Because of his exceptional performance in class, the post of special duty prefect was created and he was the first student to hold that position in AMCO.

In 1999, Asuku proceeded to become the best student in Okene Local Government Area (LGA) following a Quiz Competition organized within the LGA. After which his school was selected among the three schools to represent Kogi central senatorial district in Lokoja, the State capital for the famous STAN Quiz, and was selected among the five (5) overall best students to represent Kogi in Abuja but would require the sponsorship of the state government. Sadly, the Quiz Competition did not get an affirmative nod from Audu’s government in time, and this affected the logistics surrounding mobilizing participants to Abuja for the competition.

However, the delegation led by Asuku managed to come 5th at National Stan Quiz Competition held at the International Conference Center, Abuja in 1999 even though they missed the first face of the competition which was a written examination to select the best students across the country For scholarship.
His success stories would continue throughout his staying at AMCO before rounding up his secondary school education in year 2000.

In 2002, Asuku gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Pharmaceutical Science. His early days on campus was what most people would consider a boring life; as Asuku was irrevocably immersed in deep studies round the clock. During his first three years in school, Asuku could do nothing on campus asides studying and studying again. Amongst his few friends, he was referred to as a bookworm.

Despite the fact that the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences does not make use of the well known grading system; the first class, second, and third. Asuku maintained straight A’s in all his courses; as anything lesser than ‘A’ represented failure to him.

In no time, a dramatic event happened during his third year when he began to observe some health deteriorations and had to visit the school teaching hospital on referral from the sick bay to run some tests. The Doctor in charge of his case then asked:

“how many hours do you sleep in a day?”

Asuku wondering what the question had to do with whatever that could be going on in his body struggled to respond

“I always had two hours of sleep in a day”

The doctor frowned and lectured him on the importance of quality sleep. Then asked him to go back to his room, lock himself up and do nothing but sleep. It turned out that nothing was wrong with his health, but has only been depriving himself of good sleep over the years.

Asuku then began looking for necessary distractions to occupy his time while away from studies. He ventured fully into student activisms and even ran for the position of the president of his faculty before the association was disbanded by the school authority. He also became very active in the Student Union Government (SUG) of the institution before graduating in 2009, with distinction and among the top of the 25 students that made the first batch of graduates in the class of over 60 students.

Upon his graduation from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Asuku proceeded to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada (UATH) for his mandatory internship haven passed the entrance examination. Upon completion of his internship program, he proceeded to serve his father land in the federal capital, Abuja where he was posted to Garki hospital for his primary assignment in year 2010 to 2011. He secured an employment with a just opened H-Medix pharmacy and super store branch at 48 Ademola Adetokumbo crescent as the first Superintendent Pharmacist to register the establishment in year 2011. Because of his professional prowess while working in H-Medix, he happened to establish personal relationship with some prominent Nigerians among who was Alh. Yahaya Bello, the popular Fair plus from his home town. Another prominent personality he met then was late Amb. Joshua E. Okpo the then Rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria that was instrumental in securing a job for him at Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, as the Head of Pharmacy Department in April 2012 till 2015.

Little does he knows that the relationship built with Alhaji Yahaya Bello during his short stay at H-MEDIX Abuja would launch him fully into the country’s political scene and to manifest his political acumen gathered over the years at ABU Zaria.

Following the declaration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello to contest for the position of the governor of Kogi State, Asuku keyed into the project and built a structure around it. He sets up his own campaign organization and financed it from his own pocket without getting a dime from the aspirant. He would constantly flew in from his station, Awka Ibom, to attend political meetings in support of Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Not knowing that Bello was noticing his commitment to serve and monetary contribution to his campaign, Asuku was dumbfounded when he was invited by Bello to inform him of his intentions to have him serve in his cabinet. And after Governor Yahaya Bello was inaugurated in 2016, Asuku was appointed the DG Protocol to the Governor.

“I want you to occupy a position where you will have an unrestricted access to me, always” these were the exact words of Governor Bello to Asuku.

Progressing, Asuku was later appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Governor following the resignation of Edward Onoja in 2019. This made him the youngest Chief of Staff to a seating Governor in Nigeria. A position previously occupied by the elites and elderly in time pass.

As the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Asuku has demonstrated lots of tremendous and jaw dropping high quality attributes of a good leader. He has been able to inject a long list of changes in the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, making his government the best so far in the history of Kogi State.
In 2020, precisely February 17th, four orthopedic and one spine surgeries were paid for in Kogi State by the Asuku Free Medical Outreach. The surgeries were carried out and all beneficiaries currently enjoying normal lifestyles. Also with his foundation, Pharm. Abdulkareem Asuku Youth Empowerment Foundation (PAAYEF) has over the years took responsibility for hundreds of students across the state with payment of WAEC, NECO, and JAMB fees. Many students in Kogi State are currently in school today, all thanks to PAAYEF, and hundreds are enjoying a healthy life still accolades to the foundation.

In different political camps in Kogi State, there has been whispers and murmurings about what is next for Asuku as regards to politics. Some said he could cling the party’s ticket for Senate, others already believed him to be the best option to succeed Yahaya Bello in 2024. While the young Pharmacist cum Politician is yet to make his intentions known, all fingers are crossed.

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GYB2PYB: SA Grassroots Sensitization Inaugurates Movement In Yagba-West

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Hon. Ola Adekunle Emmanuel, the Special Assistant on Grassroot Sensitization to Governor Yahaya Bello inaugurates GYB2PYB Grassroots Movement in Yagba West Local Government. The inauguration held in a crucial meeting with leaders of youth groups and some party executives across his Ere/Akata and Odo Eri wards for the way forward on how Governor Yahaya Bello will become Nigeria President come 2023z

During the inauguration meeting, Mr. Fatola Opeyemi appreciates Governor Yahaya Bello for appointing one of their own, also extended gratitude to Pharm. Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku, the Chief of Staff to the Governor for the kind gesture.

He further describe the appointment of Hon. Kunle as a sign that Gov. Bello is youth friendly, this is first of it’s kind in Ere ward that Ere man will be appointed at the state level since the creation of Kogi State, said Mr Opeyemi.

Hon. Ola Adekunle appreciates the youth leaders for their unalloyed support for Governor Bello since 2016 till date while inaugurating the group; “GYB2PYB GRASSROOT MOVEMENT”.

Hon. Ola assure the movement that all necessary resources will be given to them for the group to be able to do their obligation accordingly.

Mr. Ogundare Abolaji from Eri ward on behalf of the group charge Governor Bello to continue reaching out to the Grassroot, on behalf of our group we are assuring His Excellency our total commitment, loyalty and support.

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The Intimidating and Unquenchable Rising Political Profile of Rt. Hon. (Prince) Matthew Kolawole

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It was Socrates who said that ‘fame is the perfume of heroic deeds’

For Shirley, ‘only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust’

For Johnson, ‘to get a name can hap­pen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be bought’

It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed.

Yet, for Shakespeare, ‘men’s evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water’

Despite the propaganda, lies, black­mail and conspiracy against him in this illiberal build up to a contest; despite all of the hits by his political supposed allies, he (Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole) remains the toast of the free world. 

Despite all their propagandas and social media wash at the face of their fear for his political fame, his fame continued to rise like a wildfire in the harmattan period.

Rt. Hon. Kolawole against their political wish has joined a number of who matter in Kogi political avatars in the pantheon of the gods. 

If Emerson’s assertion that ‘self-trust is the essence of heroism’ is anything to go by, then is Yomikola far from being a political hero?

Chai, we in all our sincerity know the fact and the answers.

All over the world, people choose their heroes for different reasons. Some designate legendary creatures from every historical epoch and every field, such as Christopher Colum­bus, Florence Nightingale etc, for me, I chose Yomikola over and over again for his unmatchable indelible footprints across Kabba /Bunu State Constituency

Yet, there are also those who believe that some heroes are unknown to the general public, their heroic deeds unrecog­nized but far from insignificant, as even if taken to London, they will still glitz. 

 I will choose Rt. Hon Speaker as the reign­ing King of political players that’s soaring higher than expected though this annoyed his jesters. 

I believe that, like every other hero, he is a hu­man being, with everything that it im­plies. 
I also believe that recognizing a hero-warts and all makes it possible to become a hero and to encourage oth­ers to do the same.

Yomikola became the First Asembly member from Kabba/Bunu Constituency that was returned back to back, this can best come from a performer and achiever who against all odds, insisted to follow the footsteps of his political father, boss and benefactor, his Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello,the Governor of Kogi State.

He thus became the first Kabba/Bunu Honourable member of Kogi State House of Assembly to rise from  the position of Majority Leader to the prestigious level of Speaker as a first termer. 

Yomikola had a cult-like following of members across his constituency and beyond, this is possible because of his ground-breaking achievements over his predecessors and of course his servant leader system. 

Despite the verbal and press thuggery directed at his person, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole’s name still jiggled all over the place. 

His rising popularity is evident in the size of his followers even in the district of his detractors.

If the above semiotic  of Yomikola’s rising popularity is not giving some section a rest, then they should sit and redress their own personal activities and political path their actions and utterances suggest fear in them.
Worse still, it is either they have no intelligence reports about the rising political profile of Yomikola before the people or they are blindfolded that he is loved. 

However, if they have been reading these semiotic signs well, they should understand his rising profile is a deserved one and change their attack tactics by focusing on substantive issues.

Indeed, when the time comes for historians to offer a kind of formal re­view of Yomikola, the task is likely to be morally compli­cated. 

I made bold to say that no Kabba /Bunu political player, including his daylight scared opponents who suddenly sees him as a threat has his kind of magnanimity, achievement and zeal to push the party (APC) forward, this man will stop at nothing to see that APC activities are well smoothed and dressed to get the desired results for Yahaya Bello and APC interest come 2023. 

Yomikola is not mediocre. Rather, he learned fast on the job of politics, I insist to say that his place is firmly secured in the pantheon of history. Such is the stuff heroism is made of.

Kolawole is not in any way struggling to be in the heart of his people, his people are well cut out about him. 

Go, go, go, Yomikola! We are with you… That is the soundtrack of his constituents to him.

Barinkin Christopher (Bkings),
Ayetoro – Kiri

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