By Harrison Akamule
It is expectation of every parent seeing his child goes on in life to become successful.
One of those who benefited from parental commitment, dedication, good character, integrity, dignity and concern, and did not allow where he was born and the environment to deter him from fulfilling God’s purpose in his life is the Rt. Honorable Nicholas Ebomo Mutu, a five-time member of the House of Representatives, representing Bomadi/ Patani Federal Constituency.
If not for God, and the commitment of the parents, how could it have been possible for the lawmaker, raised in Girinya and Ebegya communities in Konto-Karfi Local Government Area of Kogi State but shot into limelight from the rural setting. Ebegya in Ebira Konto language literally means an inland of nets where fishermen and women congregate for work.
With this advantage of growing up in the North, Mutu speaks Hausa, Ebira and some other Kogi dialects. Put side by side with his ancestral home in Akugbene, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, another fishing community, the two backgrounds have never drawn him back in achieving his political dreams as a young man and fulfilling his destiny in life.
The young and versatile Mutu shot into political limelight when he contested election and became the Chairman of his Bomadi LGA in 1997 and, after a brief spell, he felt he could move into the national political waters by contesting election into the House of Representatives in 1999 on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) to represent Bomadi / Patani Federal Constituency. Since his debut in the Reps, he has never looked back. He has been returned to the parliament for five consecutive terms.
His winning streak has become a matter of public debate as some politicians feel he should give way to contenders from the Patani axis of the federal constituency. But to him, it is God that decides where one should be.
Mutu does not see himself as better than those who had vied for political office with him, rather it is the mercy of God that has given him the opportunity to assume public office.
The Chairman, Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC ) in the House disagrees with those who think the secret behind being in the House of Representatives for the fifth time is because he is highly connected, saying it is God that made it possible.
Many observers who do not understand the inner workings of effective representation believe that because he is rather taciturn and publicity shy, he is not representing his people well in Abuja. On the contrary, Mutu has been a silent operator working through committees and producing democratic dividends for his constituents.
His effectiveness lies in the ability God has given to him to negotiate and lobby to attract development to his constituency from Abuja. His massive influence within successive administrations have earned the constituency he represents employment for the teeming youths while empowering men and women. He also influenced infrastructural development to his constituency and gave scholarship to students.
One great attribute of Mutu is the passion with which he invested massively in the work of God.
And he never jokes with the traditional rulers in his constituency who he always accorded due respect. A man who believes politics should be devoid of violence and thuggery, he goes to his constituency ahead of elections to pay his dues to the old and young, and organise mosquito campaign from door to door and village to village.
Mutu believes that he is human; therefore, there was no way he would have not made mistakes along this journey to greatness. So, he strives to right the wrongs. He said his dream is to translate the experiences he has gained to render quality service to his people and the nation in general.
His five terms should not be seen as a waste, but judiciously used to bring development to the constituency.