Idris Mubarak Maibasira is the incubent President of Usmanu
Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and currently a 300 level first
class student of Economics. He became the Union president
at the tender age of 19, making him to be the youngest
Students’ Union President in the history. In this interview
with Hassan Temitope, he spoke lengthly on how he became
the union president at that age, amongst several issues
including how NANS has become an a body for political
TI: NANS issued a publication of recent that urged ASUU to
be consulting the students before embarking on strike, how
do you see that?
Maibasira: What matters most is that when one makes
himself relevant enough, his consent must definitely be
ascertained in any major issue, be it strike or not as for
NANS. If we should showcase an outright NANS such that
we make it highly respected and reputable, nobody will dump
us in the dustbin as elements of trash, especially people that
we nurse the most, which is ASUU.
TI: At 19, you became the youngest SU president in the
country. How do you achieve this?
Maibasira: The age doesn’t matter in whatsoever. I find it
difficult to openly say my age but it’s the world we found
ourselves and I believe anyone that has prepared enough and
is competent enough can be a Students’ Union President or
take mantle of leadership. If you make yourself outstanding,
nobody will even think of some frivolous things to degrade
you. Although people always try to use that as a weapon
against me to termed me childish, buts when you make the
bold move your enemies never expect, no matter how mighty
they are, they will bow.
TI: Do you ever think that at your age, you will be leading
mass of students?
Maibasira: The truth is that I have always been ready, when I
see the need and I will take the lead. I can have another
rather negative thought that since I’m not up to a certain
age, I shouldn’t do this and that. And the effect is, the
achievements and changes I’ve brought will have never been
there which I believe my silence would have rather been an
unforgivable sin, because I knew how to do but wouldn’t do
TI: Do you think that governance of students unionism in
Nigeria is a good sign for future leadership of Nigeria?
Maibasira: When the university or any other tertiary
institution tells you that you are on a learning process for
preparing you to be tomorrow’s politicians, they are only
weakening the activist in you. It’s a Students Union and not
a political party that trains politicians, whoever wants to be
in politics should pick a party ticket and join there
mentorship classes in the mainstream politics. I am a
Comrade and I will remain one..
TI: You have said little about NANS earlier, can you tell me
your view about the present NANS?
Maibasira: They have made themselves agents of political
thuggery instead of been bunches of intellectuals they are
suppose to be, and this is just because the intelligent ones
(students) among us refuses to take part in the activities of
NANS and we therefore must suffer from the hardships of
ignorance of those vagabonds leading the Union.
TI: What do you think is not making the Nigeria legislative
arm to sign the not too young to rule bill and what effect
does this have to the youth concern?
Maibasira: I’m always an advocate of removal of restrictive
administrative bottlenecks. It’s going to enhance
participatory democracy and who knows in years to come,
the leaders that will save Nigeria may emerge from those
reduced age brackets. By not signing the bill anytime from
now, it would be a great unfortunate curse to the progress
and development of this country.
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
The NANS JCC Chairman Comrade. Ekanem Utibe seeks for partnership with wema bank
By Our Source