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Rarara: A Political Singer Goes Beyond Poetic Licence

  • Rarara: A Political Singer Goes Beyond Poetic Licence


By Adamu Aminu.



In the realm of political satire and music, one name stands out: Dauda Adamu Kahutu Rarara. Known for his ability to entertain and provoke thought simultaneously, Rarara’s lyrics have often transcended the boundaries of poetic licence, entering the controversial territory of direct criticism, especially aimed at his ex-political masters.


This raises the question mark: can Rarara’s biting commentary be considered the mouth that bites the hands that fed it?


His journey in the world of political entertainment has been a rollercoaster ride, gaining both adoration and condemnation.


Rarara’s talent for composing catchy tunes, often laced with sharp and stinging words, has made him a household name. Yet, it is his willingness to criticise those who were once his patrons that sets him apart—the likes of some ex-Kano governors and the immediate former president.


In the world of politics, allegiances can be as fluid as the tides, and Rarara’s career mirrors this fluidity.


He has been closely associated with prominent political figures in the past, creating songs that praised and celebrated their leadership. However, with the same fervour he once praised them, he now critiques them.


The question of whether Rarara’s approach constitutes a “mouth that bites the hands that fed it” depends on one’s perspective.


Some argue that his willingness to criticise former political allies is an essential aspect of freedom of expression and a check on power.


Others view it as disloyalty and ingratitude.


Regardless of one’s stance on Rarara’s music, it is undeniable that he has become a significant player in the political landscape, using his lyrics to bring attention to issues that matter to the public.


In the realm of political satire, he walks a fine line, pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom while raising important questions about accountability in politics.


As Rarara continues to produce his politically charged music, he remains a polarising figure, with his songs igniting debates, discussions, and, undoubtedly, a good dose of toe-tapping and head-nodding among his listeners.


Whether he is a biting critic or a conscientious observer is a matter of perspective, but his impact on political discourse is undeniable.

Supreme Court Dismisses Atiku, Obi’s Appeals, Affirms Tinubu As President


The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25 presidential election.

The apex court in its ruling dismissed the appeals by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart Peter Obi.

A seven-judge panel ruled as without merit the opposition appeals over claims of fraud, electoral law violations, and Tinubu’s ineligibility to run for president.

The apex court thrashed all the grounds of appeal of Atiku and PDP on qualification, non-compliance with the Electoral Act, the 25% votes in FCT, and electoral malpractices.

“On the whole, having resolved all the issues against the appellant, it is my view that there is no merit in the appeal and it is hereby dismissed,” Justice Inyang Okoro said in dismissing Atiku’s appeal.

“The judgment of the court below delivered on September 6th, 2023 affirming the election of the second respondent as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is hereby affirmed.”

It listened to Obi’s appeal for about five minutes. In dealing with the LP’s presidential candidate on the issue of double nomination of Vice-President Kashim Shettima, the court held that the issue had been dealt with in its ruling on May 26.

“As for issue Number 4 which has to do with double nomination which was not in Atiku’s appeal, it is the view of this court that this issue having been dealt with by this court, this court cannot allow the matter to be re-litigated in this very court. There must be an end to litigation,” Justice Okoro held.

“For us to sit down now and talk about when this man resigned or did not resign when they did fresh primaries to replace him which we have done before, we are not going to do this again.

“This matter ought not to have come in. When this matter was pending at the trial court, this court delivered that judgment. If you read the judgment of the lower court, they mentioned that the Supreme Court has settled this matter and that should have been the end.

“You now bring this issue of double nomination for us to sit on it and write another judgment, this is not how it should be. This appeal lacks merit and is hereby dismissed.”

An election appeals court last month already rejected the two main opposition party petitions, including allegations of fraud, violations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and claims Tinubu did not meet the constitutional requirements.

Along with its original claims, Atiku’s legal team had also sought to introduce new evidence, it claims shows Tinubu submitted a forged certificate from the Chicago State University as a qualification to the election commission when he applied to run for president.

Vowing an agenda of “Renewed Hope”, Tinubu took office in May and has quickly introduced reforms his government says will help grow Africa’s largest economy and attract more foreign investment.



Supreme Court To Deliver Judgement In Atiku, Obi’s Appeal Against Tinubu On Thursday


The Supreme Court is scheduled to deliver judgement on Thursday, October 26, 2023, in the cases of the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Bola Tinubu.

The PDP presidential candidate and his LP counterpart have lodged appeals challenging the September 6 ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) that upheld Tinubu’s electoral victory.

The judgement date was confirmed by all parties involved on Wednesday.

At its last sitting on Monday, the apex court reserved judgement filed by Atiku and the PDP against the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Court which affirmed Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 presidential poll.

A seven-member panel of the court, led by Justice Inyang Okoro announced this on Monday after counsels to parties adopted their briefs of argument and made final submissions.

The apex court also took arguments from lawyers to parties on the motion filed by Atiku to supply fresh evidence on forged documents.

Counsel to Atiku Abubakar, Mister Chris Uche, urged the court to grant the motion and allow their appeal, grant the prayers sought, and disqualify Tinubu.

Counsel to the Respondents, Abubakar Mahmoud for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  Wole Olanipekun for President Tinubu, and Akin Olujinmi for the All Progressives Congress (APC) urged the court to dismiss both the motion and appeal for lacking in merit.




FG Flags Off HPV Vaccine


The wife of the president, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has flagged off the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for public use at a ceremony held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.

The Papillomavirus is said to be the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract and causes more than 95 per cent of cases of cervical cancer.

The vaccine is designed for use by girls from ages 9-14 years, and it works by stimulating the body’s immune system to produce antibodies against the human Papillomavirus.

When a person receives the vaccine, their immune system recognizes the viral proteins in the vaccine and produces a response that provides protection against HPV infections.

At the opening, Senator Oluremi who said the vaccine would be administered to citizens free beginning from today in all medical facilities across the country, urged parents to avail their daughters of the vaccination.

Stressing that the initiative would not end with the introduction of the vaccine into the routine immunization schedule, she said there must be a focus on education and awareness about the virus.

She said regular screenings must be encouraged and there must be improved access to healthcare with behavioral interventions as well.

“For me, I will recommend that girls who are under 18 years of age and sexually active, avail themselves of the opportunity of this vaccine, to avoid a future of ill health and possibly, death.



“In conclusion, I want to emphasize that the introduction of the HPV vaccine into our routine immunization schedule is a significant step forward in our mission to protect the health and future of our nation’s womenfolk and it will lead to a structured and systematic way of achieving a cervical cancer free generation.”

Noting that the vaccine will also prevent the incidents of cancer and deaths in women, officials explained that the Ministry of Health in partnership with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency are collaborating to ensure its availability for Nigerian girls.



In his remarks, Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof Mohammed Ali-Pate, said the Nigerian government was serious about the wellbeing of its citizens, just as he tasked parents to ensure that their daughters get vaccinated against cervical cancer.

He assured that the vaccine is safe as it has been tested in other parts of the world with tremendous results.



Senate To Probe Money Spent On Refineries’ Maintenance Since 2010


The Senate on Tuesday resolved to mandate its Committee on Downstream Petroleum to investigate all contracts awarded for the rehabilitation of all the state-owned refineries between 2010 and 2023.

The lawmakers also plan to ascertain progress on the ongoing works in all refineries in order to forestall waste and corruption and interrogate the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) on the best approach to commercializing and/or ensuring profitability of the state-owned Refineries; and Invite the NNPCL, NUPRC and LNG to explain the nation’s preparation for Green Energy Sources in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.


Channels Television reports that the Senate frowned at what they perceive to be sabotage of the Federal Government’s effort to resuscitate the nation’s refineries, in spite of N11.35 trillion spent on maintenance of the moribund refineries.

The Senate has also raised the urgent need for security agencies to probe the circumstances leading to the Otukpo bank robbery attack on Friday, October 20 which claimed the lives of nearly of 8 persons including 4 police personnel. It also called for an unravelling of reasons behind the lack of intelligence and alertness on the part of the police on the day of the attack.

For the motion moved by Senator Abba Moro (PDP, Benue South) the Senate also observed a minute silence in honour of the dead victims of the Otukpo bank robbery.



Use Kogi, Imo, Bayelsa Polls To Rebuild Voters’ Confidence, IPAC Tells INEC



The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take advantage of the forthcoming off-circle governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo State to restore the voters’ confidence in the electoral process.

Chairman of IPAC, Yabagi Sani, made the call on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ meeting with INEC in Abuja, ahead of the November 11 governorship elections in the three states.


Meanwhile, the INEC chairman also expressed concern about some recent court orders and judgments regarding the nomination, and substitution of party candidates, and their effects on the management of sensitive materials for the elections.


“On the issue of candidature, the Commission is concerned about the spate of recent judgments and orders of the court in respect of the nomination, substitution, or disqualification of candidates after all the sensitive materials have been printed. The reprinting of the materials in compliance with court orders within a short period of time is not only expensive but the management of the process very challenging,” he said.


“Although the Commission has already published the final list of candidates for the three States, four recent court orders have compelled us to review the list. These changes have been reflected in the updated list of parties and candidates on our website. However, this decision is without prejudice to any pending appeal by the affected candidates or their political parties.”


Monday’s meeting was to brief the political parties about preparations for the exercise and their roles in the polls.


It was also a platform for the political parties to tell the INEC chief about their concerns in regard to the off-cycle polls.


FG unveils 3 policy documents to reduce cancer prevalence


The Federal Government on Monday unveiled three policy documents that would stimulate efforts to reduce the prevalence of cancer in Nigeria.

The documents were inaugurated by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Tunji Alausa, in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 2023 International Cancer Week (ICW).

The theme of the ICW is “Addressing Cancer Care Disparities through Improved Access to Research and Treatment”.

The documents are the National Strategic Cancer Control Plan 2023-2027, National cancer Research Agenda 2024-2027 and the National Strategic Plan for Prevention of Cancer of Uterine Cervix 2023-2027.

Alausa said that the three documents have priority areas of action that address governance, prevention, supply chain management, data and research as well as surveillance.

He said it was no longer news that cancer had become a leading cause of death worldwide including Nigeria, saying global distribution of predominant cancers has continued to change especially in developing countries.

According to him, the low and middle-income countries accounted for 51 per cent of all cancers worldwide in 1975 and the proportion increased to 55 per cent in 2007 and to 70 per cent in 2018.

“The rise in incidence of cancers is even worse with breast cancer which is the main focus of the October Cancer Awareness activities.

“Breast Cancer has remained the commonest cancer in Nigeria for a long time now and the incidence is still on the increase.

“This is followed by cervical and prostate cancers. Childhood cancers especially haematological cancers and retinoblastoma are also increasing daily”, he added.

Alausa said that the gory statistics has shown that cancer has become an emerging disease in Nigeria and of serious public health concern.

This, he said, informed the resolve of the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to take the leadership role and harness all available material and human resources within its domain to disrupt the pattern from gaining grounds or becoming established.

“I want to assure you that under this administration, we are deliberate in our commitment to vigorously address the health needs of Nigerians with particular interest in cancer care.

“This underscores my delight in the unveiling of Abuja and by extension Nigeria, as a member of City Cancer Challenge network today as a welcome development.

“We are ready to partner with City Cancer Challenge Foundation and its partners and indeed all stakeholders to advance cancer care in our country.”

Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, said that the National Assembly was committed to ensuring that the Cancer Health Fund (CHF), was beefed up to meet the care needs of indigent cancer patients.

According to him, N750 million was budgeted for the fund in the 2020 Appropriation Act, to take care of the breast, cervical and prostate cancers which based on statistics are prevalent in Nigeria.
Oloriegbe who was the Senate Committee Chairman on Health of the ninth National Assembly, said that the fund as labelled in the appropriation was supposed to be a counterpart of government with a Public-Private Partnership arrangement.

“The appropriation reduced to N250 million the following year and in 2023 it came down to N150 million.

“Recently we had a meeting to talk about the implementation of that fund for more effectiveness and efficiency and we the parliamentarians are committed to increase it to one billion naira in the 2024 budget.

“We will also establish a childhood cancer care fund of N500 million”, he added.

The Director-General, National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (NICRAT), Dr Usman Aliyu, spoke about the National Cancer Research Agenda.
He said that it serves as a roadmap for collective efforts, bringing together the best minds in the field and harnessing the power of research to make a meaningful difference in the lives of cancer patients.

He added that the agenda was centred on prevention and early detection, diagnosis and treatment, support and care as well as research and innovation.

“Through research in these areas, we aim to develop effective preventive strategies, improve early detection methods, enhance treatment options, and provide better support and care for cancer patients and survivors.

“Additionally, we emphasise the need for a strong focus on research and innovation in the areas of cancer cell biology and genomics, implementation, and behavioural science, which will be the driving force behind the development of new and more effective policies on cancer prevention and therapies.”

To achieve the goals, Aliyu said that collaboration and partnership were crucial.
He said that the National Strategic Cancer Control Plan and the National Strategic Plan for prevention of cancer of uterine cervix were products of the previous plans from the Federal Ministry of Health.

“It is our intention to ensure that we align with National Health Development Plan as well as the global strategy for elimination of cancer of the uterine cervix by the year 2030.

Also speaking at the event, the Regional Director for Africa and Europe, City Cancer Challenge (C/Can), Sophie Bussman-Kemdjo, said that the theme of the week was a powerful call to action on the disparity care for cancer.

Speaking about the C/Can initiative, she said it was aimed at supporting cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care.

“The reality is that many people living with cancer, particularly those living in countries limited by a lack of resources, don’t have a fair shot at receiving quality cancer care.

“A recent study revealed that nearly 60 per cent of the 27,000 Nigerians surveyed confront enormous barriers in accessing healthcare.

“It’s a challenge, but it is one that the C/Can initiative in Abuja is rising to meet.

“In Abuja, we have mobilised the commitment and brought together the expertise of leading organisations to work with city stakeholders to design, plan and implement data-driven, locally-driven cancer care solutions.”

According to her, C/Can which is present in 14 cities across the world will be supporting Abuja to better understand its cancer care landscape through a comprehensive analysis of the needs, gaps and opportunities, targeting critical areas for strengthening and informing a city-wide strategy.


Humanitarian Minister Parleys Countries To Tackle Illegal Migration


The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, has said the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu was giving young Nigerians productive opportunities with pioneering innovative ideas through different startup initiatives.

Edu, who was joined by the European Union and representatives of 48 other countries in Hague, the Netherlands capital, made this known during her opening remarks in an event to discuss disturbing migration issues involving young people in Africa and the world.

This was contained in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Rasheed Olanrewaju.

Dr Edu noted that exploring the connection between migration, youth, and development was important as the youths between aged 15 and 25 years, who make up 16 per cent of the world’s population, are a growing mobile demographic that could play a significant role in fostering positive development.

She further disclosed that “In Nigeria, like in other parts of Africa, the youth have developed a robust startup ecosystem, attracting over 2 billion USD in investment between 2015 and 2022.

“In 2022 alone, 107 startups in Nigeria, founded by persons between the ages of 25 and 35, attracted over 800 million USD in investment.”

Aside from Nigeria, Dr Edu stated, “In Egypt, startups raised 791 million USD and South African startups raised 993 million between 2015 and 2022 according to Disrupt Africa’s 2022 startups report”

The minister expressed delight that the youth are not only pioneering innovation through tech startups but are also making significant strides in the creative industry, education, medicine, science, leadership, and sports.

On the Japa (migration of skilled persons) syndrome in Nigeria, Dr. Edu explained that a good number of the migrants faced myriads of challenges in the countries of their migration.


New NAHCON Chairman, Jalal Arabi Visits Governor Inuwa Yahaya


Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, CON, earlier today, received the newly appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Jalal Ahmad Arabi, at the Governor’s lodge in Abuja.

This is contained in a statement by Ismail Uba Misilli DG ( Press Affairs)
Government House Gombe.

Alhaji Jalal Arabi was accompanied by distinguished personalities, including Presidential Adviser and former FCT Minister, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar, and former NAHCON Chairman, Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar.

Expressing his gratitude for the warm reception, the new NAHCON Chairman, also appreciated the support and encouragement of His Excellency as regards his new appointment.

Recall that Governor Inuwa Yahaya had earlier, through a press statement, expressed delight at the appointment of Alhaji Jalal Arabi by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as NAHCON Chairman, applauding the Nigerian leadet for selecting a highly experienced technocrat and a seasoned administrator of impeccable repute.

In that statement, the Governor noted Arabi’s distinguished career as a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, emphasizing the new Chairman’s ability to excel in this new role.

He encouraged Alhaji Jalal Arabi to leverage his wealth of experience and knowledge to revitalize the National Hajj Commission and elevate it to new heights of excellence and effective service delivery.

Zulum gives 4 months for construction of 1,000 houses


Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the construction of first phase of 1,000 resettlement houses at Darajamal and Mayanti communities in Bama Local Government Area. 

The houses and social infrastructures are to be completed within 4 months, the governor directed. 

Zulum gave the approval on Wednesday during an assessment visit.

Both communities are to benefit from 500 houses each. 

Darajamal and Mayanti, mostly agrarian communities were displaced by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014 and most of the residents are currently taking refuge in Bama and Banki towns. 

“We are here to implement a policy statement I made about one year ago to resettle some of our IDPs, particularly in Bama and Banki. These are two locations in Borno that have a large number of IDPs. For this, we want to construct 500 houses each here in Darajamal and Mayanti, this should be the first phase of the construction exercise”, Zulum said. 

The governor explained that in addition to the construction of the houses, Borno State government will provide social infrastructures including, primary school, health centre and water facilities among other basic needs of the community. 

Zulum also announced that resettlement packages, including food and non-food items and cash will be distributed to the returnees to support them in having a means of livelihood. 

… To resettle Banki Junction community 

Governor Zulum was also at the Banki junction where he gave assurance that the government will
work towards resettling displaced persons currently taking refuge in Bama. 

Zulum stated that with the return of people at Banki junction, Borno State government intends to revive commercial activities which hitherto provided job opportunities to thousands of residents. 

The governor also noted that the state government will work with the Nigerian military to secure communities and allow people to pick up pieces of their lives. 

Zulum was accompanied by the House of Assembly members representing Bama Central and Gulumba Woloji, Baba Mala Sunoma and Baba Shehu Gulumba. 

Others were the commissioners of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Engr. Ibrahim Idriss, that of Education, Engr Lawan Abba Wakilbe and few senior government officials.