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How I Was Expelled From NEPU For Visiting Russia, China – Yakasai

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Alhaji Tanko Yakasai

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Most of us do not have the experience of being 95. How does it feel at 95?

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In my case, I feel normal except that I have seen many things that have happened that others didn’t see. Other than that as far as my state of health and my ability to talk and so on are concerned, I am alright.

Many people say old age is a burden; do you really feel burdened?

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Yes; I have my constraints. I forget things easily. But one thing I’m happy about is that I will eventually remember whatever I forgot in 24 hours, a week, a month, or even a year.

What are the joys of old age; what is it about old age that you think younger ones do not know that probably they are missing?

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When we were young there was no radio, no television, but we enjoyed our lives through activities like playing, attending school, exchanging ideas, listening to stories from elders and so on. We didn’t think what is happening today will happen. So many people of my age are surprised at the things happening now.

Like what; what is it that surprises you?

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For instance, something will happen in America, in Russia, in different parts of the world and within a moment you hear it, watch it and even experience it, and it adds to your experience and knowledge. We had all the time but not this luxury of getting to know a lot of things within the shortest possible time. It is a special gift from God for which we should be very grateful.

One other remarkable thing about you is that with very little formal education as we know it now, you became party leader of a national party, you became a commissioner and a presidential adviser, how did you achieve that?

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There is no difference between learning in the university and learning at home. We started by learning at home. Of course we were attending Quranic school, but most of the education in terms of Western education, I personally learnt it at home; on the streets.

So those who learnt from the Western schools had the luxury of knowing the easiest way of learning better than ourselves. But I think those of us who learnt the hard way, we also have what we have permanently imprinted in our psyche that we easily remember.

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But how were you able to develop a good grasp of the English language and world affairs?

You read them. I started by accident as a journalist in 1953 with The Comet as a reporter and later Hausa Editor. I was the national publicity secretary of my party, NEPU, and I competed with better educated people who helped me to propel myself in order to interact with them effectively. It was a challenge but certainly I am happy that I was able to cope; it wasn’t easy.

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But before that you were a tailor, so how was the transition?

Tailoring is the best profession; not because I was a tailor, but because there is nobody who doesn’t benefit from that experience: traditional rulers, generals, professors, everybody. You will not go to class as a professor until you are well dressed; it is the tailor that makes you to look good.

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When you are getting married you will like to look more presentable, and when you are appearing in a television like this, you will like to be presentable, all these are the work of a tailor.

Unfortunately, few people understand how important, how critical tailors are to humanity, because nobody is immune from their expertise.

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I was engaged in tailoring right from 1941 when I came back from the pursuit of Quranic education in Bauchi. I started learning tailoring in Hardawa, Misau, Bauchi State, and became a professional when I came back.

What we used to do is no longer fashionable; like wundiya. Wundiya was a type of big dress that not every tailor was able to do and if you were unable to sew it you would not get patronage.

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But now, nobody is thinking of them, it is not a fashion to you, but even to me because I don’t have a wundiya anymore.

Let’s look at your involvement with NEPU; it seems you had a very difficult relationship with the NEPU leader, Mallam Aminu Kano, even though everybody in the party looked up to him as a mentor. At one time you were expelled from the party and later on brought back. What happened?

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One interesting thing is that from my experience throughout the history of political parties in Nigeria, I think I was the only party member who was expelled by the party and eventually brought back.

Tanko Yakasai

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What did you do to be expelled?

I was invited by a friend to the Soviet Union and China in 1960. I approached Mallam Aminu Kano; that I would like some NEPU leaders to go with me because I was asked to come along with some party leaders. He was not interested, but I was committed already.

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So I looked for some NEPU leaders on my own who accepted to go along with me. We went to Lagos a day before the date of independence. We celebrated the independence anniversary. I stayed with Mallam Aminu Kano and the following morning we hired a bus to Accra and from there we flew to Mali and from there to Moscow and from there to Beijing.

We spent about three months going round places in China and later the Soviet Union and from the Soviet Union to East Germany.

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2023: ‘Goodluck Johnathan Endorses Anyim Pius Anyim For President’

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According to report, former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has endorsed Anyim Pius Anyim, as his candidate for the 2023 presidential elections. Besides having a personal relationship with Anyim Pius Anyim, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s government benefitted immensely from his active contribution while he served as SGF.

Anyim Pius Anyim, one of the strongest contenders for the presidency in the forthcoming elections got this noble endorsement during an audience with the ex-president, shortly after the PDP South-East briefing which happened a few days back. Anyim Pius, who is widely dubbed as the “concensus builder”, is believed to have proven his mettle, thereby garnering the respect and admiration of the grand patriot.

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On his rumoured ambition for the presidency, Goodluck Jonathan cleared the air saying he had no intentions to contest in the 2023 presidential elections and that if he did, Anyim Pius Anyim would be the one of the first to know. Also, he implored his followers, loyalists, stakeholders and Nigerians in general to throw their weight behind Anyim Pius Anyim.

“If Nigerians want a transparent government that would be open, effective and accountable, Anyim is one man I can recommend. We’ve worked closely, and I know what he brings to the table” Goodluck said. According to him, Anyim Pius is one of the few people he could trust to administer governance in a way that would not only stir the country right but also unite the Nigerian people.

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In a recent interview, Anyim Pius Anyim went ahead to pledge his loyalty to the former president, referring to Goodluck Jonathan as his boss, and also to promise Nigerians that a government, ten times better than that of the former president awaits Nigerian when he gets into power. Many believe that this relationship could imply that if Anyim Pius Anyim is elected president in 2023, Nigeria will witness a development similar to what was experienced during Jonathan’s regime.

Source:- Whistleblowersngr

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Huge Explosion Hits Bogoso, Ghana. Scores Feared Dead

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Public Emergency Alert Update!

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Reference to our earlier emergency public notice, the Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.

The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.

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An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims.

Meanwhile, preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.

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Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.

Reinforcement of resources and personnel have been dispatched to the area to assist in the handling of the incident.

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We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation.

Further updates regarding the emergency evacuation of the injured will be communicated in due course.

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Ghana Police Service

I have just received a briefing on the circumstances that led to an explosion in Apiate near Bogoso, in the Western Region, resulting in the loss of lives and the destruction of properties belonging to residents. It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident, and I extend, on behalf of Government, deep condolences to the families of the deceased, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.

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The Police, Armed Forces and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are co-ordinating efforts to contain the situation, and I have also instructed NADMO to see to it that rapid relief is brought to residents of the town.

Government will spare no effort to ensure a rapid return to a situation of normalcy for residents of Apiate.

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Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Ghana’s President)

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