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Book on insurgency set for launch in Abuja

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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A novel rendering insights into the insurgency that raved the North-east, ‘Paths That Take Us’, is set to be unveiled to the public on Saturday at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

The 315-page novel is authored by Aliyu Baba-Ari, an Aerospace Engineer who was 2020’s Runner-up for Quramo Writers’ Prize.

Dignitaries expected at the event include the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum; his Yobe counterpart, Mai Mala Buni; Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagum; and the First Lady of Kaduna State, Hadiza Isma-El-Rufai.

Others are all the Senators and House of Representatives members from the North-east.

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Speaking on his motivation for the book, the author said: “Being someone from the North-east, I wanted someone from the North-east to tell the story of the insurgency.

“Even though it is fictional, events similar to the ones in the book have occurred in the past or are occurring in the present.

“More awareness needs to be created on the insurgency because the people experiencing it are more than just the number of victims you read about in the media.

“And I am not just talking about the civilians; the plights of the brave troops trying to put a stop to this insurgency need more appreciation from the public. The book sheds some lights on their situations.”

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