THE TITAN IN TINUBU – BY REMI OYEDOLA
Good day to you. Please help to publish this write up of mine on Asiwaju Tinubu on the Osun Defender Newspaper. It is something deeply in my mind that I wish to get out to the people as a matter of truth. I am not in anyway related to Tinubu neither ave I ever met him personally. I am a lawyer, an Economist and an Author. I only want people to see the reality of his leadership qualities.
Many thanks for your help.
The article is attached herein and also pasted below:
Immediately after the declaration of Independence, the first republic was born. The scramble of the nationalist leaders then was to entrench a solid government and create a realistic followership. Great thinkers usually became great men. The thinking of the great men of Nigerian politics then was how to entrench a lasting legacy in the political field. There was the rush to amass followers and not wealth. This kind of mindset of the earliest political gladiators would later help shape the political landscape of our dear country Nigeria.
Just about the time the union jack was lowered in Lagos then, the personalities who would emerge as leaders came out with their pre-planned prototype programmes for the newly born country. They all had their already made lesson notes. They had vision and focus. They quickly emerged in the faces of the (Gamji) Sadauna of Sokoto, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe(the Owelle), Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo and Mallam Aminu Kano to mention a few. These people had visions, they had plans for the future and were fully prepared for the huge task ahead. Their approaches were different as well as their objectives. But they all had a common factor, which was to create a leadership with a sizeable followership that would gain political control and thereby hold the destiny of the new country, Nigeria. Another important factor was that they all knew that charity began at home. Hence they all began work earnestly to gain dominance of their regional place of birth. The internal imbroglio that erupted between them and their friends led to the demise of that republic.
The interregnum that followed in form of military intervention could not un-done that which was already laid by these visionary leaders. To their credit, they had been selfless while planning for the future of their respective regions within the entity called Nigeria. They knew the first was to work for the people and all other things would be added on to them.
The Gamji had large followership covering the entire Northern region, Mallam Amino Kano predominated Kano and the entire Zazzau emirate, Chief Obafemi Awolowo encaptured the Western region while the Eastern region largely remain with Chief Nnamdi Azikwe, the Zik of Africa. These fore fathers had ideals and these became their ideologies for their followers. No wonder some people started referring to themselves as Awoists, Zikists or the Talakawas etc. In all these the most beautiful thing was that these erstwhile leaders had ideologies and maintained followership. They coached their followers on the track to tread in order to achieve their ideological beliefs. An example was, to be a talakawa and a follower of Mallam Aminu Kano, you had to tend towards socialism while Awoist should embrace some sort of welfarism.
My purpose of the above legendary is to show that to be a leader there must be a follower. A leader does not emerge by luck or coincidence. A leader must know his onions and not just groping in the dark and being tossed about by different winds from his co strange bed fellow travellers who just seize the opportunity of joining a political party without purpose or objective. A leader must be purposeful and not directionless. A leader must first begin from his home and not just gathering some strange personalities without vision from outside. A leader must preach the gospel from Samaria before going to the uttermost part of the world.
I roamed the streets of Lagos recently, saw the improvements and talked with people. In all the responses were averagely the same. The governor of Lagos, learned silk Tunde Fashola was doing a great job. Awesome and kudos! Then I said praises should also go to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu too. My friends in unison chorused no and disagreed. Their main reason was the man did not give his associates free hand and that he acquires too much money from these governments.
My take is that many things are usually brandish about by tale bearers without proof. Also that outlandish utterances by politicians particularly opponents during political campaigns do not necessarily mean a statement of accuracy. At that point, truths are submerged or exaggerated. The truth is that without Tinubu, some of these governors might not be there today to serve the people meritoriously. This is due to Tinubu’s vision when he was the governor of Lagos to build a followership. He pre-planned and pursued it to a logical conclusion. He started from his home base, his region because of his wisdom that charity began from home. He has remained resolute in making his followers adhere to his ideologies of good performance. You will agree with me that, that is a hard thing to find in the present day Nigeria.
Out of all the political parties, no other one has the cohesion exhibited by the ACN today. Like or hate his kind of politics, that is a different thing when it comes to leadership. Leadership is summarily about having followership with common ideology and purpose. The acceptability of the purpose is a distinct matter. Asiwaju Tinubu has demonstrated a sense of good leadership with pre-planned sketch of what to do. He had set out his objectives ab-initio. This makes him different from people who find themselves at the helm of affairs by stroke of luck. He is not one of the clueless leaders to have emerged on the Nigerian political scene.
How many third republic governors of his era have achieved what this gentleman called Tinubu has done? This man not only formed a political party but a glaring opposition to the ruling party in Nigeria today. He has been able to maintain his grip on the party and it’s elected officers. He has established an hegemony in the western part of Nigeria. Truth be told, all the states run by the CAN, a party under the leadership of Asiwaju Tinubu are the best performing states in the country. He is even fearless in saying the truth and his mind regardless of whose ox is gored. He once declared that the Senate should be scrapped, not minding that his own wife was a Serving Senator while he himself was a former Senator.
The stern truth is that those parading themselves today as followers of our earlier leaders are a mockery of what the past leaders stood for. They are only using the names of those sages as they cannot foist any leadership qualities or command any followership. Tinubu has surpassed them, has done far better, has performed better and still going strong. I am looking forward to an opportunity of researching Asiwaju Tinubu’s kind of politics and recommending such for studies in colleges. Tinubu is a visionary leader. I salute him and his courage. God bless Nigeria.
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