This morning, Wednesday, 29th July 2020, I listened to the various comments by the electronic media, particularly the interesting discussion on Arise Morning Show anchored by Dr. Reuben Abati and his colleagues.
I have known Mamman Daura for very many years; when he was Deputy Editor of the New Nigeria Newspaper, when his friend, the late Mallam Adamu Ciroma was Editor. Mamman Daura later became the Editor when Adamu Ciroma was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The newspaper became very famous during the trial of Andrew Obeya, a prominent public servant. Mamman Daura was not a politician or activist.
I saw Mamman Daura for the first time in Kaduna in 1975 when as Federal Commissioner (Minister) of Information, I accompanied Gen. Yakubu Gowon, the then Head of State, to Kaduna to commission a Low Cost Housing scheme popularly called Masa-Masa Project. Mamman Daura accompanied Mallam Adamu Ciroma and Col. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, as he then was, to the Guest House, at the Government House in Kaduna.
Mamman Daura has never held any notable political appointment to qualify him to be a political adviser to Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari on the affairs of Nigeria, which entitles him (Mamman Daura) to have permanent accommodation/residency at the Aso Villa, with his family, where politicians go to him, to lobby for political appointments.