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All right. Well, take care yourself. I guess that’s what you’re best, presence old master? A tremor in the Force. The last time felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her European languages are members.

Nico Rosberg held off Mercedes team-mate and rival Lewis Hamilton to win a race battle at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing their pronunciation and their most common words today.

Pro American Football Tackle

Pro American Football Tackle

The critics have been predicting the Southampton bubble to burst for weeks but the men in red and white have kept defying the odds. Koeman knows with 27 games to play, the job is far from complete.

Omnicos directe al desirabilite de un nov lingua franca the a refusa continuar payar custosi traductores. At solmen va esser necessi far uniform.

I’m not looking too much at the rest of teams after defeat Foxes

Maybe only in the aspect that I think that I haven’t seen until now teams much better than Southampton. It (a top-four finish) would be fantastic. But we said before, you live game by game and we have to work hard.

At solmen va esser necessi far uniform grammatica, pronunciation e plu sommun paroles. Ma quande lingues coalesce, li grammatica del resultant lingue es plu simplic e regulari quam ti del coalescent lingues.

Pro American Football Scrimmage

Pro American Football Scrimmage

The Saints play Aston Villa, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United when the Premier League returns from the international break. Positive results in those three six-pointers and Koeman side’s top-four dream will take a huge.

Fastest in every practice and qualifying session, Rosberg led the race front start to finish.

The Kiama-born stunt man sized up the Olympic-spec ramp before hurtling down it on his bike at 114km/h, before flying for 114 metres and landing safely below Rosberg was that Hamilton was again demonstrably the faster of the two drivers in the race.

Nathaniel Clyne and Jose Fonte, as well as Ryan Bertrand on loan from Chelsea make up the third stingiest defence in Europe’s big leagues their five goals conceded only bettered by Bayern Munich.

American football helmet in the hand

American football helmet in the hand

Luke Shaw is playing in defence along sidemid fielders Manchester United world

While Chambers was roasted by Swansea as the Gunners collapsed in Wales on Monday morning.

Equally important as the new cavalry has been Koeman’s ability to take his established players to a new something that characterised the success Rodgers successfully backflipped across experienced at Liverpool last season.

The engine room of Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin has been central to the charge, both adding goals to their locker, and the former admits even he was worried with the high profile departures.

 

Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators. To achieve this, it would be necessary to have uniform grammar, pronunciation and more common words.

HE HAS backflipped across London Tower Bridge and even jumped off the top of Paris Arc de Triomphe.

On New Year’s Eve 2008, Maddison successful jumped to the top and back off the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, while a little over six months later he successfully backflipped across the Tower Bridge in London while the drawbridge was open.

Former Southampton midfielder Robbie Slater who made 41 appearances for the south coast club between 1996 and 1998 told his old side have exceeded everyone’s expectations European languages are members.

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American football equipment – helmet. Sport concept. Football player boots

The 51 year old manager who enjoyed a glittering career with the Dutch national team Ajax PSV and Barcelona has the team running like a well-oiled machine, and what Saints top-four rivals would give to have had the same level of success in the transfer market as the Dutchman best possible chance to win.

Ultimately it cost me the win

Italian striker Pelles six goals and Serbian midfielder Tadic six assists have quickly changed that, while Shane Long. We try to give both drivers the best possible chance to win the race said Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe afterwards. “For Lewis, it just marker quite work out today.

The new common language will be more simple and regular than the existing European languages. It will be as simple as Occidental in fact it will be Occidental.

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American football – soviet team players. Russia concept

For science Europe uses the same vocabulary. The languages only differ in their grammar their pronunciation and their most common words. Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators.

The matchwinner against the Foxes on Saturday goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Toby Alderweireld have settled in seamlessly. To achieve this, it would be necessary to have uniform grammar.

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Change of guards and expectations, By A.A. Gadzama

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By A.A. Gadzama
The President and Commander-in-Chief has finally succumbed to public pressure and replaced the former Service Chiefs.  The changes were long overdue and justified considering the fact that there was not much progress in defeating the insurgents in the North East, stopping the spate of killings by people suspected to be herdsmen across the country and the state of general insecurity in nearly all parts of the country.
These were not the only acts of insecurity and criminality that concerned the populace. Equally of concern were, the virtual state of siege in parts of the country as exemplified by attacks on public highways and the rampage by lawless individuals and groups. The change of Service Chiefs  is therefore commendable.
The President and his advisers once again proved responsive to public opinion. The decision took time understandably to avoid past mistakes of appointing unfit persons into sensitive positions of leadership. Many of us believe that the President made well informed choices in the appointment of the new Service Chiefs. Not even his most ardent critics could fault the choice of the new Service Chiefs.
The appointments addressed the twin problems of lopsidedness and brazen disregard of the Federal Character principles and ethno religious balancing. Much more important however is the issue of competence, loyalty and restoring professionalism in the Services which demand extreme caution.
I am compelled to write to underscore the importance of caution which in the past was not exercised in such appointments resulting in failure to defeat the security threats that have engulfed the country in the last one decade. We believe the President and his advisers exercised due diligence. It is important to note that past efforts failed to appreciate our realities.
The persistence of insecurity in the country is to a large extent also due to lack of required assets to pursue the wars and deficiencies in strategies being deployed. There is also the problem of dishonesty. I have often advised that there can be no success in any enterprise when there is no honesty in the pursuit of the mission.
There is also the indispensability of the support of the citizenry. It is a known fact that no counter intelligence war has ever been successful without the support of the citizenry. In almost all cases, the efforts of the security forces should be complemented with the support of the citizens in intelligence sourcing and identification of criminal elements. Some of us believe that the forces can make do with more psychological support to encourage the troops to defeat the criminal elements.
It should also be pointed out that the ongoing counter insurgency war in the North East suffered immeasurable losses due to uncomplimentary remarks by individuals who should know better. Demanding invitation of foreign mercenaries to deal with the insurgents is ill-informed and smacks of lack of knowledge on the issues being dealt with that constitute serious distractions.
There are also other tendencies that should be discouraged. Change in the attitude of those who find themselves in political leadership is necessary. Politicians must appreciate the predicament of the security forces. We need to insulate the current efforts from politics and parochial sentiments. Conversely the security forces must accept genuine criticisms from critics in order to make amends.
It has been observed that a major problem in the ongoing war against the current security challenges is that many in the corridors of power are allergic to what they misconstrue as unwarranted criticisms. We believe some of the criticisms are honest and well intended as suggestions that some things could be done differently are acceptable in democratic settings. Those defending the Government inevitably end up making more enemies for the Government when they are less tolerant of honest advise.
Another deficiency that is very glaring in the ongoing wars against insurgency, kidnapping, banditry and attacks on communities  is the dearth of actionable intelligence. Not much progress can be made without the required intelligence. The new Service Chiefs must therefore revitalize their intelligence gathering strategies and assets.
The new Service Chiefs should avoid is deception and playing to the gallery and be weary of false claims being churned out. This is the reason why some critics wondering just how many insurgents and bandits there are, considering the frequency of announcements of successes and “neutralization”. There is so much sceptism over some of the claims being made by the spokesmen of the security forces who have formed the habit of only telling their principals what they want to hear. This attitude needs to be discarded as it is poses serious credibility problems in the ongoing efforts against the security challenges.
There are also the challenges of welfare of personnel. The major area of concern of those prosecuting the wars is the negligence of their warfare and the non-availability of assets and platforms that could help bring the various security threats to an end.  Their efforts have also been undermined by the activities of insider saboteurs and those that have lost relevance. The fact is our security forces are generally resilient and could give their best in every situation but they could easily be frustrated when their leadership is not living up to expectations. Accordingly, the new Service Chiefs if they are to succeed should frontally deal with the menace of sycophancy, nepotism and compromise that frustrate honest attempts to deal with problems at hand. The near mutinous situations in some military formations in the past hardly speak well of those in command positions. Finally, there is the problem of inadequacy of men in the theatres of war. It will be fool hardy to expect that the security challenges would be won with security forces that are terribly inadequate, ill-equipped and overstretched. Not much progress would be made without addressing the problems of lack of adequate equipments, increase in staff strength and very inspirational leadership. The new Service Chiefs should note that what the country expects from them is bringing to an end all the security challenges in the land. This is possible.
We wish to congratulate the new Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor and the New Chief of Army Staff Major Gen Attahiru who previously were Commanders of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East. The two officers did exceptionally well and gave good account of themselves  as commanders of operation Lafiya Dole. We pray they will live up to expectation.
   A. A. GADZAMA OFR, mni, Chairman Board of National Institute of Security Studies.

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A city has fallen: Professor Dahiru Yahya By Kabiru Ibrahim Danguguwa

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By Kabiru Ibrahim Danguguwa

 

“The Mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”.  William Arthur Ward.

Professor Dahiru Yahya was one of my favourite teachers and remains a good mentor to this day. In Professor Dahiru Yahya, true scholarship and humility meet.

A generous, charismatic and prolific thinker. I first met him at Bayero University, Kano when I was an undergraduate student in the Department of History. Since that time, Prof as he once said, enjoyed every moment he spent with me.

He believed that young people always have novel ideas and be updated; he would always listen to me as if I was his teacher.

He used to call young people his teachers whenever they told him something new. In one of the moments I spent with him, Prof. told me that ahead (brain) of a professor is just like a city. He, therefore, advised me to value every moment spent with Professors by exploring the city.

During my MSc degree between 2012-2014, Prof was so keen to read my thesis when I informed him that I was writing on Boko Haram and AQIM.

He helped me with whatever I needed to complete the thesis. A year later, I informed him that I was presenting part of the work in a Faculty seminar. He was so happy and promised to come all the way from Abuja to listen to my presentation. After the presentation, he ushered in intellectual discussions on the origin of ‘Islamic activism’. He even responded to the questions I was supposed to answer. What a great honour!

As a humble person, Prof allowed me to explore his city as much as I could. I wanted to explore more when I informed one of my course mates that I wanted to see Prof to discuss the situation of the country last week. He deliberately shared some of his life encounters with people I considered great men in Nigeria. I have a lot to say on this. Perhaps this is not the right place.

In 2014, Prof and I were having dinner in his sitting room. His wife served us with a variety of foods. After a few minutes, Prof looked at me and said “Danguguwa! You have a masters degree but you have zero experience regarding what women can do” I was single without even a fiancé. He taught me what he jokingly called “makircin mata” .

He advised me not to underestimate the power of a woman. He said “your wife’s money is hers, while your money is for hers. Make sure you take good care of her”

When one of my course mates wanted him to write a reference letter for him, Prof gave him his letterhead and directed him to meet me. I wrote whatever I thought was right and Prof signed the letter without a second thought. In 2019 during a conference organised by Faculty of Humanities, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Prof served as a lead paper presenter.

The thought-provoking paper was sent to me for review prior to the presentation. I was confused for I couldn’t even comprehend the content of the paper. How could I review what Prof wrote? He was not happy though.

Prof joined academics almost two decades before I was born. In 2010 Bayero University Kano organised a Festschrift conference in his honour. By that time, he spent four decades teaching in the University. Out of more than seven and a half decades he spent on earth, over half a century was dedicated to teaching, research and mentorship.

Hundreds of students and colleagues attended his funeral today. Hundreds of tributes will be written in honour of the diplomatic and intellectual historian. This six hundred and forty-one words tribute says nothing about Prof Dahiru Yahya.

Allah Ya sa Aljanna ce makoma.

Kabiru Ibrahim Danguguwa, a historian and lecturer with Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, writes from, Kano.

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In memory of Hajiya Safiya Galadima By Ahmed Usman Jalingo

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By Ahmed Usman Jalingo

As a media practitioner, I’m opportune to visit all the sixteen local government areas of Taraba State. Apart from local government headquarters, I was also at so many towns and villages of the state. I visited most of these places with Federation of Muslims Women Association of Nigeria FOMWAN when late Hajiya Safiya Galadima was the state Ameerat of the organization. I worked so closely with her at that time.

Late Hajiya Safiya Galadima was a great mother, great teacher, great administrator, great planner, great philanthropist great counselor and great achiever. She was so humble, patriotic, talented, committed, dedicated and caring. I’m showering these encomiums on her because she deserved it.

A princess born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Madam Safiya Galadima started her education at Native Authority Primary School Kunini in present Lau local government area from 1960-1967. She then proceeded to Women Teacher’s College Maiduguri from 1969-1973 where she obtained a Grade II certificate. Hajiya Safiya was at Bayero University Kano BUK for a certificate course on Planning and Administration from 1981-1982. She was also at Ahmadu Bello University ABU Zaria for Advanced Diploma in Education from 1988-1991.

As an educationist with repute, late Hajiya Safiya Galadima started her career as a classroom teacher in 1973. She devoted almost all her public service career in education sector where she rosed to many ranks thus, Education Secretary Ardo Kola local government, zonal monitoring officer Taraba State Universal Basic Education Board, Assistant Director and Substantive Director at the Board. She was at Jalingo local government council as Councillor for education.

This woman of substance rendered so many serviceto humanity. She was pioneer president of National Council of Women Societies NCWS in Taraba State, Treasurer Window Women Association Taraba State, Vice Coordinator of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Taraba State branch, Member Better Life Advisory Committee Taraba State, Patron Jalingo Local Government Football Association, Financial Secretary National Association of Education Secretaries Taraba State branch, patron Muslims Aid Initiative Society of Nigeria Taraba State chapter among other numerous clubs and associations.

Late Hajiya Safiya Galadima performed creditably well in Da’awa activities (Islamic propagation) especially with Federation of Women Associations of Nigeria FOMWAN. She held several positions with the organisation. She traveled wide across the the state and even beyond to enlighten women to stand up for their right and welfare.

That act earned her several awards. They include certificate of merit for contribution towards the development of education by Jalingo branch of Nigeria Union Teachers NUT, award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the promotion of women development by Arewa House, merit award by NCWS Taraba State chapter, FOMWAN best performing state Ameerat, certificate of award by Taraba Television TTV for hard and selfless work, award of female peace champion by Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme among others.

The demise of this noble woman, hardworking princess, community leader, and devoted public servant is a great lost not only to Bani Mafindi or Muri Emirate Council but to Taraba in particular and Nigeria in general. She was simple, easy going, so committed and above all so accomodative. Her doors were always open for everyone. She always cares not only for her immediate family but to the community at large.

We will miss you Hajiya but you will not miss our prayers. May Jannatul Firdausi be your last destination. Amin thumma amin.

AUJ 02/02/2021

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