Domnic Uzu: Hon Magayaki, Condoles Kaduna NUJ, Commends Gov. el-Rufai for Giving Attention to Roads

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

A front line Politician and Philanthropist in Kaduna State, Hon Emmanuel Christopher Magayaki, has commended the Kaduna State Governor Malam Nadir el-Rufai for give attention to roads construction and rehabilitation in the state.

The Philanthropist, gave the commendation on Wednesday in Kaduna, when he paid a condolence visit to the state Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), over the demise of the former secretary of the council, Chief Dominic Uzu, who died in a fatal motor accident along Kaduna-Zaria road recently.

According to him, roads in Nigeria has become death traps and governments in the past never really cared about the people, the reason for the age long decay of roads.

The politician who hailed from Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state, therefore applauded the state Governor for his efforts at ensuring roads across the state are put in good state.

“We thank God for people like Governor Nasir El-Rufai who is making efforts to begin to change the face of this road, and indeed the Federal Government because works are ongoing between Abuja and Kano. These roads have been there for over 30years; governments come and nobody paid attention to the road.

“In fact, we have gotten to a point in this country that politicians can buy private and fly. Of course most of them fly private jets now, so the roads are not really their concern. But thank God for administration of today that is making this road a priority.

“It is said that these are happening but I am believing in God and trusting that with the new crop of politicians we have today we may have a new Nigeria and indeed a new Kaduna State in no distant time.

He said he was at the Council on a sad note to condole the journalism family over the death of Dominic, NUJ and Arewa Online Publisher Association (AOPA).

According to him, late Uzu was not the kind of person one has to meet twice before you remember him. He said at the first instance he still had Dominic’s face and all he did that day etched in his mind,

“So, I was actually out of the country when Josiah called to inform me of what happened. I felt really bad.” he said.

However, he said death is inevitable and as mortal beings and if there is anything that qualifies one to die is that you are alive. The simple fact that we are alive means we will die one day.

“Today, we remember late Uzu for who he was, for his activism, for what he stood for. He stood for truth and for what is right and his memory would in our minds for a long time to come. The question for us alive today is; what are we going to be remembered for?”

“The issue that one has to live 80 or 90 years before one dies is an illusion. Late Uzu went to Zaria that day full of plans and hopes that he was going to come back. I am sure he had things line up to do but there were never meant to be.

“And I think the lesson for us is to plan like we will live forever and lived like we will die today; basically that’s how we ought to live. I really sympathize with the family and pray that God will grant his family, the AOPA, NUJ and the entire nation the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.” Hon Magayaki added.

On the recent Imo State judgment by the Apex Court, Hon. Magayaki, said there were two cases that really put the judiciary to test this year and that is the Bayelsa and Imo States.

He noted that the case of Bayelsa was almost impossible no matter how one looked at it that one person has this number of names and would want to play a role and if that had happened without the Apex Court saying anything about it would have set a terrible precedent for Nigeria.

“And I guess that was why the Judges were hard on the lawyers that even attempted to view the matter because the Apex Court is not a joke because the time it delivered judgment it is projecting Nigeria to limelight.

“Now in the case of Imo state if you look at it even though the review was declined for obvious reasons, but the Judges were not as hard on lawyers as the case of Bayelsa, why, because the lawyers had a valid case. He explained.

He however said there were genuine mistakes the Apex Court might have not admitted it made a mistake., saying “from the judgment you can clearly see that, that judgment of Imo State yesterday cannot be sighted in any court in the near future.

“Yes the judgment was upheld, yes the review was declined it was, not because there was no case but was declined because we do not want to give the impression that our Apex Court judgment could be question or be reversed. In fact the Judges cited that there is no provision for it in the Constitution to reverse itself.”

In his response, Mr. Joseph Edegbo, the Ag General Coordinator of AOPA, who represented the NUJ Chairman, Yusuf Adamu, thanked Hon. Magayaki for coming to identify with the NUJ family and sharing grieves over the dead of their colleague.

Edegbo, described Christopher Magayaki as a promising youth leader, and politician of no equal whom he said always identifies with the NUJ Kaduna State Council and AOPA.

He said the death of late Uzu is still a shock to everyone, adding that since the ugly incident in February, 2020, condolences and tributes has been pouring in from different quarters which had never happened in the history of the Council.

“You have been with the Council during the time of our joy and today as we grieve you are here to condole with us. Since you are now part of the NUJ, we promised not to let you down in whatever aspiration you may have in future, the Council will not let you down,” he said.


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