By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
Sons and daughters of Adamawa State that have contributed immensely to the development of the society were on Sunday honoured by Blackcap Movement, a pressure group that seeks to enshrine good governance and human rights.
Speaking on the rationale for the award, leader of the movement, Mustapha Atiku Ribadu, explained that the honour was done to recognise men and women whose contributions led to seismic growth of democracy, human rights and the society.
He noted that contrary to the widely held belief that the movement is only pursuing political goals, Ribadu said the movement is actually a good governance group with interests in human rights, education and philanthropy.
He added, “Although on the surface, the movement appears to be politically skewed, in truth, it is a movement that has been making robust contributions to the development of humanity and society in the areas of education, human rights and philanthropy and has achieved very sterling and momentous records.
“Ladies and gentlemen, at this juncture, I will say without hedging or the fear of being disputed that the Blackcap has fought many battles devoid of politics and has championed the rights of many individuals in the society.
“The movement in its few years of existence has stoutly fought societal ills, injustice and all manner of vices such as human rights abuse, child abuse and police brutality.
“It has also rendered a number of community services, and became popular for bringing succour to the less privileged members of the society.
“It has also attended to those with complicated and serious medical challenges while also fighting to ensure good governance.”
He promised to sustain the tempo of the movement’s strides toward good governance and fair play in the society, adding that the group would institutionalize the award and will in due course organize a peace and security summit aimed at bringing back sanity and calm to the society as the nation marched towards another election cycle.
“In our move to further enthrone the spirit of politics without bitterness, we will in due course hold a summit where we will preach the spirit of tolerance and politics without bitterness as we believe that enhancing such areas of mutual cooperation will go a long way in bridging the gap between various stakeholders and political parties. It will also go a long way in addressing thuggery and other related blights especially as we march towards another electioneering period,” he reiterated.
In his welcome address, the chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTech), Professor Bashir Aliyu lauded the Blackcap for such awards adding that it would energize others to work for the good of the society.
He noted that the fact that the event recognized people from various constituencies shows that it is completely apolitical noting that such altruistic and patriotic purpose made him to agree to chair the event.
In his remarks, the guest of honour and former vice chancellor of Adamawa State University, Professor Alkasum Abba, who spoke on corruption and governance noted that for the society to regain its lost glory, concerted efforts must be made to fight corruption head on.
Alkasum who was represented by Professor Buba Aliyu, a university don with MAUTech noted that the fortunes of Nigeria kept nosediving as a result of massive corruption and deceit noting that unless we address those issues, Nigeria’s woes will only multiply.
He noted that what makes corruption to thrive in Nigeria has to do with our collective failure to ensure that those who still public assets are punished unlike what obtains in other climes.
Alkasum noted that the massive injustice, corruption and lack of opportunities facing the country portends more harbingers of woes for Nigeria, noting that unless Nigerians key into the calls of the Blackappers total annihilation of corruption, Nigeria will only witness more doom.
In its maiden awards and honours, the Blackcap revolution movement pencilled down 18 men and women for the awards.
They include the immediate past governor of Adamawa State, Senator Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, Alh. Abdullahi Ahmed (Dollar), Alh. Musa Adamu (Jarman Jimeta), Mal. Ahmed Lawan, Mr. Lazarus Daniel (Founder Adamawa Hikers Group) and Hon. Abdullahi Prambe among others.