This is the concluding part of this discourse. The first part was published on Wednesday
By ALFRED OMOLEWA
IN fact, Lagos began the journey to its former glory and started to act as the true centre of commerce it was designed to be. Things were more organized and efficiency returned. Many of the steps the Tinubu administration took are now being copied by the Federal Government and the other state governments. Any leader whose impact extends beyond his immediate surroundings is a success. Tinubu triumphed.
However, Tinubu’s greatest achievement would be finding the best man to succeed him and carry on his blueprint. The ‘usual’ thing would have been for him to find a man of low esteem and competence who would be fed instructions from the Tinubu camp. This is what President Olusegun Obasanjo attempted with late President Yar’Adua, which turned out to be a disaster from which Nigeria is yet to recover.
Tinubu resisted the attempt to pick a ‘yes-man’ and went for competence and ability again. He found his man in Babatunde Fashola and staked his political future on him. That bet paid off. Fashola is currently one of the finest administrators this nation has ever seen and a pride to the Yoruba race and Black people the world over.
His exploits have been praised from across the Atlantic and he is seen as the major reason investors are coming in droves to invest in Lagos. They know it is a sure bet, just as Tinubu knew Fashola was a sure thing. Tinubu must have the gift of Nostradamus.
So, what is next for this visionary called Bola Tinubu? Recently, he completed the master coup in getting the biggest opposition forces to merge and adopt a singular platform. He put his body on the line, traversing the land and pitching his dream to his would-be conspirators. It came at a cost; he lost sleep and much body weight, but the deal was sealed.
The news of the registration of the new party came to him while he was recuperating from a long over-due knee surgery. He must have smiled to himself. Not a smile of victory but a knowing smile, content that his vicarious appetite for work would get some satisfaction in the task ahead to save Nigeria from sure doom.
This man’s passion calls for a pause, though. Any man who gives his all for a good cause when he could be enjoying his retirement deserves some attention. Tinubu’s vision has been his guide. His determination for Nigeria to achieve true federalism is not in doubt.
His belief that only Nigerians can save Nigeria is steady and sure. Question is: Did any past Nigerian president have this fire in his belly? Which Nigerian leader carries the credentials, passion and support that Asiwaju does? Shouldn’t Tinubu be given the room to transmit the vision and plans that worked for Lagos to Nigeria?
All the requisite ingredients that make a great leader in Tinubu. He has the charm, brilliance, competence, compassion, loyalty and patriotism every president must have to succeed. He is accepted as a friend home and abroad. His network of accomplices cut across the strata of society and regions. He is a chief in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba lands. He has been awarded titles in Europe and America. Chicago State University, his Alma Mata, consider him a great ambassador and once held a dinner in his honour.
Only recently, President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone said this of him: “Governor Tinubu, we should honour people like you; you have what it takes for such leadership. Some of us are fortunate to be associated with you. We will deepen our relationship with Nigeria. For somebody like you, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has demonstrated great leadership quality we are happy to be associated with you. If we are making any progress here, it is because of the efforts and contributions people like you have made.”
What an endorsement of quality leadership! If a progressive African leader like Koroma attests to the excellence of Asiwaju Tinubu’s leadership, may be Nigerians have found the president they truly can trust. It is time to ask men of true competence to take the plunge. The best of us should lead the rest of us.
Run, Asiwaju, run!