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Kashim Shettima; My Boss/Friend @ 54

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Kashim Shettima: My Boss/Friend @54


By: Inuwa Bwala


The story of Kashim Shettima, former Governor of Borno State, now’ Distinguished Senator representing Borno Central Senatorial district in the National Assembly, could be likened to that of the hunter, who picked what he thought was a puppy during a hunting expedition, only to realise that it was actually a baby lion on returning home.
From the background of a university lecturer, Shettima became one of the Most successful but quiet bankers north of the Niger. His records in Zenith bank where he was discovered and picked for political office speak volumes about Kashim Shettima’s rise to Stardom.
As a commissioner in the cabinet of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the then Governor of Borno State, Shettima distinguished himself so we, and was on the move very frequently from one ministry to another, where he set standards in job delivery and resources management.
Many of his colleagues thought he was over pampered, but most of us also could not deny the fact that he was ahead in meeting the expectations of our boss.
Regarded as a greenhorn in politics at that time, nobody gave him the chance of being picked as Sheriffs successor. Even when he eventually emerged, so many people, including the then Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, thought the furthest he could go is a one tenure Governor. What was not known to all of us, was that, Kashim Shettima deliberately concealed his potentials like the lion cub, and when they began to manifest as he took full control, there seemed no stopping him, not even by the forces we thought were indispensable.
He conquered the political space and rendered those who wrote him off voiceless. Even his ardent critics hailed him as the emergent political force from the Sahara. He went on to become the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum at a very challenging time. He made the greatest impact of that office, leaving behind an oversized shoe.
I often tell people, that, Kashim Shettima is the type, that. the more one tries to know him, the further one tends to get away from his concealed personality.Even those who loath him, do secretly admire his intellectual candour, his mastery of English and his delivery if speech
Kashim Shettima can mesmerize even the best of orators whenever given the opportunity to make public speeches.
Very often, when he rises to speak in the Senate, Shettima holds his colleagues spell bound and delivers his message with the mastery of a born orator.
I cannot help agreeing with one of my friends who observed that Kashim Shettima reads so many books, especially philosophical books, and that explains why he could quote so many philosophical texts in a row with such precision that one may think he is the original author.
He is what journalists describe as a reporters delight, when he begins to philosophise on contemporary events marrying same with past philosophical forecasts.
His sheer intellectual bravado has endeared him to so many people, including his older colleagues in the red chambers, and political pundits rate him amongst Nigeria’s upcoming politicians to watch in the nearest future.
I have had my very bitter quarrels with him and could claim to know him very well. One aspect of him I am yet to comprehend is Kashim Shettimas ability to win the confidence of people, including his arch enemies. Such men are rare nowadays.
He often reminds me that we are contemporaries and compatriots, but he is far ahead in so many things. And it is because I do not hope to ever catch up with him in those areas he has comoarative lead, that I regard him more as my boss, much mire than my friend, even though he prefers we relate as friends. Happy 54th birthday my boss friend Distinguished Senator Kashim Shettima.

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Gov. Buni; The Man, The Moment, The Ultimate Political Guru Of Nigeria Politics

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Gov. Buni; The Man, The Moment, The ultimate political Guru of Nigeria politics

By Haruna Yusuf

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, is a grassroot and dogged politician who fought and won some battles politically, including the epic battle for the soul of All progressive Congress (Apc) and Nigeria as a whole, especially in the 2015 general elections to dethrone the ruling party and enthrone Apc and also remained a thorn in the flesh of the opposition till date.

For a political smart leader with sky rocking profile and wide political network cut across the country, his political dynasty is one of a kind and a blessing to Apc, Yobeans and Nigeria atlarge.

He may have rised rapidly through the political maze to become who he is today and known as Mr fixer and political mathematician of who knows the people yarning, plight  and aspiration at all times.

Buni is indeed a rare vitue of a comtemporary leader with the people interest at heart, he has in recent and time memorial proven himself to be a leader of high ethics and morality, because he has exhibited uncommon wisdom and also have a remarkable and transformable vision to turn Yobe around to the world it is destined to be.
Before Buni’s emerging as the democratically elected Governor of Yobe state, he has being a role model and an example of selfless giving to this generation of Nigeria and indeed the generation to come, Buni is the best leader anyone could ask for, we are prove to have him as our amiable Governor.
Yobeans are proud to hold him as a leader worthy of emulation.
As far as i understand politics and it’s antics, no better politician than Buni, analysing his political track records and achievements, it is highly worthy of commendation. I am not talking about his decisions or diplomatic relations, but his connections with the people at the grassroot level. Buni is an astute manager of people and all inclusive leader. The reason i mentioned him, is that, he is a leader worth following and with whom a common man can relate easily without hitch.

Buni has remained a formidable factor in the political equation of Yobe state. Thus, his towering and unparralled status has elevated him over and help him grow through the political maze of Yobe to become the democratically elected Governor. Buni is a grassroot and dogged politician with a quality pedigree to lead Yobe to the greater height of the progressive.
The essence of being a grassroot politician is to be close to the people to know their yarning and aspirations at all times and to promote leadership and dividends of democracy for the electorates. This is basically so, because in democracy, power eminates from the people at the grassroot level and that power is a trust which the leaders hold on behalf of the electorates and should be held accountable if abused.
Today’s grassroot politics is the surest way of making the elected leaders listen to the needs, yarning and aspirations and problems of their people and take practical step to meeting this needs effectively. Today grassroot politics has become a major and popular yardstick for measuring the success or otherwise of elected political leaders.
Charity, the wise say, begins at home.

 

 

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