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OPINION: Saraki: An uncommon reformer of the 8th Assembly by Samuel Adikwu

Written By Idoma Television on Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 10:48:00 AM

Effective leadership is the discovery of the belief, reason, idea, conviction of a cause not just to live for but also to die for which focuses on benefiting mankind. Is not manipulation or brainwashing, rather it is the ability to submit to constituted authority and be motivated by passion

 Our society needs leaders at the helm of the affairs and in position of resources to support and encourage others to fulfil their dreams and aspiration. A good leader should live his life as if his act could become a universal law for all people. He should practice leadership ethics of prudence, justice and benevolence.

John F. Kennedy as President of the United States of American demonstrated clear purpose of helping the poor, When he  initiated the Peace Corps programme a tool which American used to send volunteers to help other nationals in less developed nations. He also inspired American to invest billions of dollars in space exploration programmes.

Dr.  Bukola Saraki, a doyen medical doctor with brilliant minds turned astute politician, a reformer to deformed institutions and destinies especially those who have nothing to give in returns. As a patriotic flag-waver he believed that his candle cannot go dim or shorten by lighting other candles. He has an oil of kindness flowing through his veins and when he dropped on this planet earth he had a clear cut vision of what he would be and do for his generation.       
During his meritorious service as the governor of Kwara State, he left a positive footprint and an unprecedented legacy in agriculture, education, quality health care, youth empowerment and several infrastructural developments. His leadership phenomenal stands tall and unequal when he chaired Nigerian governors Forum.

 He stood firm and gallant to be counted when its matters to the nation as he resolved in- fighting and provides direction to his colleagues. He is the first Nigerian governor to be awarded the National honor of Commander of the order of Niger (CON).

He is a leader who has fortified his intellect and temperament with carapace of humility, uprightness, audacity, radiating charisma and resilient hope for change. A young vibrant leader full of energy,vision and aspiration. When he was elected as the president of Nigeria Senate, he advocates tenaciously to peaceful alluring dialogue and harmonious relationship as a hallmark for political stability and conflict resolution. As a political emperor, he has foreseen that an act of disunity and rancor is a luggage too expensive to carry.

 He has vowed that the 8th senate will be people’s centered senate where interest and welfare of Nigerians is paramount. The legislative activities under his meticulous watch will make new laws, update existing laws and repel laws that are no more fashionable.  

They will reinvigorate oversight functions, transform non oil sectors, explore several sources of revenue, suffocate corruption, block all revenue leakages, and provide healthy and conducive environment for local and international investment to thrive.  

Though, It’s a herculean task but it’s not going to be business as usual as the era of profligate tantrums exercise by any arms of government is over. He unequivocally commends the proactive steps of President Mohammed Buhari to end dastard activities of insurgence and terrorism.

He wants his administration to hit the ground running by fulfilling campaign promises and yearning of the people. For mega economic transformation, complex hydra-headed bills such as petroleum industry bill (PIB), electoral acts will be given prime and cohesive attention.

 As a social pragmatist, the physically challenged people in the society will be in the front burner of his administration.
 Comprehensive accountable system will be mapped out to reduce the running cost of governance for efficient service delivery. Effective communication system will be initiated, monitoring and evaluation committee will be on their feet to overhaul any moribund projects.

 As a consummate team player he has seen that Nigerian is blessed with abundant resources which are yet untapped and there is a need for all stakeholders to form a formidable team to address this colossal economic menace.

Nigerians have been clamoring for change and that was the beacon of hitch-free election. We have been waiting patiently to enjoy dividends of democracy. We want to see the government in a proactive State. Time is our scarce and lean resources which cannot be trampled upon but must be maximally utilized.

Our democracy is still tender and not yet matured or compatible with plethora bickering and confrontation as a scion, just like a sixteen years old child is not yet an adult.

On this conception we solicit for vehement collaboration of all stakeholders that are ready for task in building onerous nation, egalitarian and crime free society to lay down their arms and work with the leadership structure of Dr. Saraki as president of the senate bearing in mind that power and leadership comes from God internal rancor and high quest for supremacy should not be prioritized to the extent that the core obligation of the National Assembly will not be given an efficient approach.

 Let them embrace peace and dialogue as a tool for robust legislative activities. No need for vitiating, bellyaching and lampooning his administration but to give him our blessing and unflinching support for the sake of our delectable democracy.
Adikwu Samuel Ebo. Public Affairs Analyst, Abuja. 070644773479

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