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Following the example of Sule Lamido

02 September 2014, 12:41 Yusuf Suleiman

As the month of Ramadan ended which herald the commencement of Eldel fitir Celebrations, things that we must not forget is the bounties that the Holy month is always accompanied with, we should learn to practice them throughout the remaining eleven months of the year. Some of these aspects are gaining spiritual proximity to Allah through reflection, self-building, helping the needy, and numerous forms of supplications and devotional practices. All these aspects of Ramadan, combined, also leaves the door wide open to a path that can lead to a higher spiritual life.

Iftar which is literally means Breaking of Fasting. It is expected for any person observing fasting after abstaining from eating, drinking to break the fasting at sunset as enshrine in the Holy Qua'ran.  Therefore as 2015  general election draw nearer, we must not forget to include in our prayers for Allah SWA to give us leaders that have the compassion for humanity, those that fear Allah (SWA) and ready to sacrifice whatever luxuries they might have for the people. This is important considering the  quagmire  and lack of direction in Nigeria's leadership of today. Nigeria have been nearly brought its knees. Today all we here is bombing here killings there, there are Political, social and economic uncertainties in the country, confusion all over from North to South, the security challenges are all the place and from all indication have defy all measures taken by this clueless government, so the only solution is to go spiritual and pray for Allah (SWA) to forgive our shortcomings  and bless us with right leaders. May Allah give us the wisdom to shun tribal or Religious sentiments to do the right thing at right time.

This call is imperative considering critical role leaders play in the socio - Economic and political development of any nation. Jigawa state is an example to this assertion. in the last seven years, we have witness what a Good leader can do  and how he can influence changes in the lives of his people. Today, even the causal observer can attest to jigawa state has fully transformed. To the least jigawa state is surrounded  by states whom Boko Haram insurgents perpetrated their evil deed but found its boundaries secured.  Jigawa people cherished this man with uncommon managerial acumens, whose accountability, transparency and compassion for his people made him a messier of sort. The phenomenal development recorded in the last seven  years that even his adversaries attested to are facts which can never be overlooked.

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Despite these numerous achievements, building schools, Hospitals, roads etc, there are intangibles achievements which are more significant than those mentioned above.  Among them is the However, One Simple but significant- The Governor Sule Lamido's introduction of  Breaking Fasting or iftar during the month of Ramadan with people of different background from all over state. (Not the type President Goodluck Jonathan is hosted to score cheap political goal, remember, he is only breaking fasting with cronies in government and abandoning the masses to their fate).

Over the last seven years, Governor Sule Lamido has made it an annual ritual and consistently played host to different individuals and groups, sit, shared meals and talks with Governor, Sule Lamido. This is in the spirit of the season as such apart from fostering unity and togetherness, dining with less privilege including physically challenge people, members of opposition political parties, religious leaders, associates and members of the old Barewa College, Kaduna, Miyyeti Allah, Butchers Association,  Nigeria Bar Association, student and youth groups, political leaders, Elders, elected official,journalists, Civil servants, have all been part of this experience. It is also a forum to discusses state issues, review success and challenges of government policies with this critical stakeholders which in turn foster understand and sense of belonging.

But, this year's occasion was different, because  the Iftar was the last to be hosted by Lamido in his capacity as governor, thus used the occasion to review some of his actions and inaction in the last seven years as governor. It also a time for stock taking and admiration of some of the achievements of government, altogether. The 14 days breaking of Fasting, speakers from students, Youth extractions to Elders forum, politicians, technocrats, Physically Person, members of Judiciary, gave them opportunity to speak their mind on the government programmes and policies. Series of accolades commendation from different groups dominated most of discussions, Some says Lamido is a messier while other hold that his wisdom, leadership acumen is best gift from God to Jigawa people. other saw Governor Sule Lamido's   Compassion and relationship with masses is his best asset This is to them  what brought phenomenal  transformation the state witnessed, the feats that require genius to accomplish.

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It was another heartwarming day when Governor Lamido hosted Physically challenged person whom I saw are close to Sule Lamido heart. This is because, the first law Lamido sponsored and signed into law was the Social Security Law that gave legal backing for the payment of N7000 stipends to physically challenged persons throughout the state. Also the first state to do such gesture to people with such deformity.

The setting on that day was unique, the first time the arrangement was altered in the sense that there were no high or low tables. Of course there were just mats and everybody sat on them and broke the fast. While Lamido, alongside Deputy Governor Alhaji Ahmed Muhmud, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Lawal Abdul, Speaker JSHA, Alh Adamu Ahmed Sarawa Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hadiza Abdulwahab, and a number of personages in a typical traditional settings.

Amazingly, The menu of the disabled persons was the same as that of the governor. There were several dishes on offer. The dishes included bread, rice, fried yams, fish, vegetables, meat and many more. And at the end of the day, there were talks and talks, both religious and political.

But it was the touching commentaries of the challenged persons that carried the day. One of such remarks came from a member of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, Adamu Jigawa Tsada, who rode on a wheelchair to the stage. As he picked the microphone, his voice rang out with excitement. He was evidently grateful and his speech clearly portrayed the content of his heart and that of his fellow voyagers, whose disadvantageous condition had been dignified by the conscious efforts of the state governor.

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Speaking from his wheelchair, he showered praises on the governor for his uncommon kindness on the entire disabled persons. He also told the gathering of his experience. According to the lawmaker, the governor made his (Tsada's) electoral success a reality, noting that Lamido provided him with a political platform on which he rose to become a member of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, representing his constituency. He recalled that the governor gave him a free form, a campaign bus and paid all the bills for his campaign.

He also thank the governor for the N7000 social security stipends to the Physically challenged and other numerous privileges which include establishment of  schools for deaf and schools for blind, free education for children of the disables, free medical care which according to him are geared toward improving the leaving standard.

Though, the governor at almost all the time usually responded to various speakers, But it was the day his party leaders, the peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and journalist and media men who  turned en mass for Iftar with Sule Lamido, took the carry the day. it is was day Lamido beat his trumpet, challenge the challenger therefore as soon as he grabbed the microphone Lamido remarked that he done his beat and based on his campaign promises. He said that during his inaugural speech seven years ago, he presented a book which contained his vision, mission and hope for Jigawa State and its populace.

“Today, I am proud to say that I have accomplished, I have delivered all the promises I made during the campaign with extra in terms of developing Jigawa State and bringing the dividends of democracy to my people.

“We provide the best roads, best airport, best working environment for civil servants, best health care services, best education system, best judicial system, solid foundation for economic and infrastructural development, and, above all, we promote discipline, due process, rule of law patriotism and respect to human dignity among ourselves and our young generation,” he said.

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He declared that he had added value to every thing and every ones in Jigawa including his opponent. “I challenge everybody to judge my statement with the book I presented during my inaugural speech in 2007,” Lamido said

The Governor also used the occasion to commend the security agencies in the state for ensuring peace and stability in the state for the past seven years of his administration.  For Lamido,  the security agencies are patents that made his tenure a success and that is the main function for any decent government. His words “I am indebted to Nigerian Army, police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service, Prisons, Customs, NDLEA and FRSC for the maintenance of peace in the state. 

“They have been our partners, let me thank them for standing by me and by the state to provide security,” and urged them to lent same to his successor,

Speaking  about his successor,  Governor Sule Lamido also asserted that  next state’s governor would be chosen on merit. “In the next few months, all of us would be gathered to choose our next governor based on his political and leadership qualities to lead the state to the next four years journey. We hope he will continue from where we stop,”

"I have  no intention to impose my crony or somebody who would remain answerable to at the detriment of competence.

“I’m not any one crony, I will not put my boy, the governor’s position is challenging that needs all sense of commitment, hard working and endurance it has to be given to who deserved to hold it” Lamido emphasised.

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In all, the interesting features of the nights, was that the various speakers spoke out of their conviction while acknowledging their commendation of the disposition of the governor towards  all the affairs of jigawa state.  the occasion was a realisation of the pre-election wishes of the people in terms of a governor, who would promote a sense of religious bearing as well as offered unique opportunity to gauge the feelings of people to towards policies and programmes of the government as everybody partaking in a family dialogue about the state which is very good to our nasty democracy. While we, bid the Governor Sule a farewell as he prepares to leave office, come May 29th 2015,  we must look forward and pray for Allah SWA to substitution him with another committed leader, a leader with wisdom to continue  from where Dr Sule Lamido Stops.  A person who will not contemplate stoping this  policy of Breaking Ramadan with his people, irrespective of their socio-economic and Political status.  Barka da Sallah!

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