Abdullahi A. Sule at 62: “Of life and of birth”

On July 30, 2019, during the Tony Elumelu Forum, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo remarked that: It doesn’t matter whether we are young or old, our lives are essentially stories that are written and revised every day and on the occasion of 63rd Congress of Vice-Presidents. birthday, Engr Sule described Osinbajo as a devoted man who is bound by honor and for whom piety is a way of life.

Indeed, life stories range from what we are born into, what our reality is and what our life can become, and to Engr Abdullahi A. Sule he understands that for a political leader be considered conscientious, he has to accomplish the tasks expected or demanded of him by his people with a sense of total loyalty and implicit dedication in order to secure a permanent place on the sands of time!

Today, as Engr Abdullahi Sule turns 62, there are many essential lessons to be learned about his life. According to JACK WELCH: Before being a leader, success is about developing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about making others grow! This attribute of GROWTH OF OTHER PEOPLE is what defines the policy and leadership style of Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule in Nasarawa.

For him, being a governor is not a question of himself or of his relatives and political friends; Abdullahi Sule’s leadership is about the people he serves and the others he meets and builds during this brief life journey. This is why Engr AA Sule is making governance in Nasarawa State more responsive, more people-centered, more human-capital-focused, more compassionate and more inclusive.

Saturday, JULY 15, 2019, approximately six weeks after he became governor; Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule was invited to discuss the ALMAJIRI PHENOMENON on the NTA (Nigeria Television Authority) during the 9pm WEEKEND FILE.

Engineer Sule has been shockingly outspoken and condemned the situation where parents, mostly from northern Nigeria, will give birth to many children and send them away from home to live in the care of Islamic teachers. He was not evasive, diplomatic, or politically correct. Engineer Sule simply spoke from his heart and said with dazzling clarity that Almajiri concept is a noble idea where young boys are sent as scholars to seek Islamic knowledge in distant lands and experiment. the vagaries of life along the way, thus being tempered by the vicissitudes of life and learning challenges as they become compassionate, broad-minded and embrace all of humanity.

However, after hundreds of years Almajiri’s noble university system has been bastardized to the point that the current form has condemned millions of children to a life of misery, if not worse, of crime, especially with groups. religious extremists who wait to enlist them when they are left miserable, vulnerable and prone to disease as they beg on the streets.

Engr Abdullahi A. Sule then signed the Nasarawa State Child Protection Law of 2019 which provides for the safety, security, welfare, care, good health and education of a child ”, after 14 years since the promulgation of the executive decree for the protection of children. in 2005.

History has it that private sector practitioners like engineer Abdullahi A. Sule, who was the former CEO of the Dangote Sugar Group, often enter the public service with corporate governance experience and a culture of leadership. the discipline. What generally remains to be seen is whether they can successfully transmit and infuse corporate culture into political governance.

Taking his place as the 4th democratically elected governor of Nasarawa State, Engr AA Sule forged his administration’s mantra: EXCEEDING ALL EXPECTATIONS which he said was not just a slogan, but a prayer. !

In his words; I entered politics to serve and make an impact on the lives of the people of Nasarawa State! For, indeed, if politics were a religion and Abdullahi Sule was its prophet, he would stand out as the apostle of open government and one who believes that citizens have the right to access documents, processes and government procedures, to allow greater transparency, accountability and effective public oversight.

For most political leaders, the terms accountability and transparency are just political slogans or empty slogans used in campaigns to attract the electorate. Engr AA Sule, on the other hand, is a straight arrow that is straight, resolute and a worthy example of probity and fiscal discipline, and that easily rises beyond the banality and inconstant materiality of “chop I cut the policy!

Sule has shown strong political will and sincere purpose in approving the Nasarawa State Procurement Law of 2020 as a direct by-product of good governance, and establishing the Office of Nasarawa State Public Procurement to serve as an integrity-focused mechanism that will manage public supplies and institute a responsible public procurement process, to ensure value for money

It has now been over two years and thanks to his human, humble and God-fearing values, engineer Abdullahi A. Sule is qualified enough to be called a SERVANT LEADER, that is, one who leads by serving others. .

Many years ago the great American icon and working class hero Walter Reuther, who as president of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) grew the union to over 1.5 million members, reportedly said: There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men and there is no greater contribution than to help the weak!

Nobel Laureate for Literature George Bernard Shaw, who lived to be 94, also reiterated that one person can make a difference in the life of a community and advance an entire people, when the primary goal of the leader is to serve. That’s what George Bernard Shaw meant when he said: a man who has a mind and knows he can always beat ten men who don’t and who don’t!

Sule took office as Governor of Nasarawa State holding in his left hand a document titled NEDS: Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy which summarized his vision and economic plan and in his right hand he held firmly to a sincere awe of God and a deep and lasting love. for the state of Nasarawa.

In just a few months of stewardship, the people of Nasarawa State began to see and hear how Governor Sule will quote Bible verses and recite the glorious Quran at public functions, where he reminded citizens that ‘He is well aware that one day he will stand before Allah Almighty and be accountable for his guidance. Sule was so cheeky during the 2019 national Quranic recitation held in Lafia to declare that no governor has a reason to steal given the legitimate surplus benefits that come with being a governor!

The fact remains that no other political leader in Nigeria in recent memory has repeatedly said how keenly aware and aware he is that God will be the ultimate judge of his actions as governor.

In May 2019, when he became governor, Abdullahi Sule took office with a fervent desire to foster the competitiveness of businesses in Nasarawa state. He wanted to unblock the constraints that had hitherto prevented investors from finding Nasarawa state attractive for business. It has started to establish new regulatory and institutional frameworks that will allow productive local and foreign companies to invest and develop, both nationally and internationally. Today, Nasarawa State is not only the most investor efficient state, but also the most investor friendly state in Nigeria.

For years, people saw Nasarawa as a poor semi-rural state of peasants. Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule has worked tirelessly over the past 30 months to move Nasarawa from the pools of poverty to the forefront of economic prosperity that is rapidly manifesting in the Karu Mega Bus Terminal Sule is in the process of build, the waterfalls of Farin Ruwa that it develops to stimulate tourism, the cinema and the production of electricity; the 13,000 hectares of mega industrial city located on the edge of the FCT around Karu-Gurku-Kabusu, as well as the imposing presence of agro-allied giants in the state of Nasarawa such as Dangote Sugar, Azman Rice, Flour Mills and the mega farms from Olams. like a bunch of tech hubs and world-class universities worthy of a great, friendly, affordable and inclusive place.

Indeed and without a doubt His Excellency Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule instilled pride and worth in his people, as the state of Nasarawa is increasingly recognized not only as open for business, but also as a secure center for peacebuilding and diplomacy, as well as as the national capital of culture, arts and entertainment.

It is said that it is when a leader responds to the needs of his followers like Engr Abdullahi A. Sule does that he becomes BIG in their eyes. Because, as Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Man becomes great exactly to the extent that he works for the well-being of his fellows!”

Engr Abdullahi A. Sule is a recipient of the Zik Award for Leadership and just like the revered Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Engr Sule also embodies political will! The Great Zik of Africa had the intellectual resonance of being futuristic and it stood for equity and social justice. Engineer AA Sule rules with the fear of God in his heart, which is why Arewa House, the historical research and documentation center, affiliated with Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, also recognized Engr Abdullahi Sule as the face integrity.

The head of the delegation, Dr Samuel Salami, said that Arewa House chose Engineer Sule as the face of integrity “because of his striking resemblance to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is generally seen as a man of integrity. .

In the words of Dr Salami, the scarcity of gold makes it precious and Arewa House has found you worthy of being called the Face of Integrity because you are not only rare but also precious to Nigeria! In his response, Engineer Sule promised to continue living with the fear of God because in his own words: Once you have the fear of God, you will be like President Muhammadu Buhari!

In life, we all know that no human being has a crystal ball in which to look and know the exact time or place he or she will be born; or if he or she will live to become governor and no one knows when the curtains will fall on our lives, but even as we celebrate birthdays we must remember the famous prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi titled; The Song of the Sun, where he says: Everyone whom death finds doing the will of God is blessed!

The name ABDULLAHI in Islam means Servant of ALLAH and it is clear to friends and enemies that Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule is sincere in his work of God as Governor of Nasarawa State. This is what gives men of goodwill inside and outside the State the reason and the deep joy to say Happy 62nd Birthday Your Excellency!

Yakubu Lamai is the Director General of Strategic Communications and Events Management with HE Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State.

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