By Josef Omorotionmwan
IT is rather disturbing to note that as Nigeria grows in size, it also grows in confusion. This has been largely due to the fact that the process of electing our leaders has been in the science of dabbling through.
As we approach the Election Year, the field of contest becomes increasingly crowded by the day, with virtually everyone wanting to be President. Nigeria deserves the best. A way out of the ensuing confusion is to start in time, the process of x-raying some of the viable aspirants for the Number One Office in the land.
We consider this a social responsibility. In just the same way that we cannot expect to have good teeth while avoiding the dentist, we cannot keep expecting good leadership when we do not participate in the selection process.
Today, we bring to you, The Right Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, AWT, CFR, Mutawallen Sokoto. This is one man who in all respects and by all known standards has distinguished himself in several ways and is destined to make history.
AWT has been preparing himself for a respectable leadership role in the affairs of his community and the larger society. This is one way of appreciating the fact that he has spent a good part of his life for self-development through education and management training. He is indeed a man of vision and great determination.
AWT was born on January 10, 1966 in Tambuwal Village, Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State. He had his early education in Tambywal Primary School where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1979. He then proceeded to Government Teachers’ College, Dogon-Daji where he obtained the Teachers’ Grade II Certificate in 1984.
After that, AWT proceeded to Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, where he studied Law, graduating with an LLB (Hons) Degree in 1991. He then proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he obtained the BL and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992.
In his determination to build up the necessary robustness relevant to the machinery and process of service to humanity, AWT soon transcended the narrow confines of legal education hence he undertook extensive and intensive management training courses abroad, including the following: Telecom Regulatory Master Class, Bath, UK, 2004; Lawmaking for the Communication Sector, BMIT, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004; Regulatory Competitive Industry, UK/Brussels, 2005; Tulane – International Legislative Drafting, 2005; Stanford Graduate School of Business, Influence and Negotiation, 2008; and KSG Harvard Infrastructure in Market Economy, 2009.
Before going into mainstream politics, AWT was in private law practice. In no distant time, his colleagues found him worthy in character and learning, hence he occupied various positions of trust in the Nigerian Bar Association NBA.
These were all foreshadowing for AWT’s entry into politics. He started learning the ropes from 1999 to 2000 when he was a Personal Assistant on Legislative Affairs to Senator Abdulatu Wali who was then the Senate Leader.
In 2003, he ran for and won election into the House of Representatives, representing Tanbuwal/Kebbe Federal Constituency of Sokoto State.
From 2005 to 2015, he settled in the House of Representatives during which period, he occupied various leadership and principal officers positions. At first, he was the Minority Leader. Between June 2007 and June 2011, he was the Deputy Chief Whip; in June 2011, he rose to the Number One position as the Speaker – a position he occupied until 2015 when he won election as the Governor of Sokoto State – a position he occupies till date.
Clearly, AWT is not an establishment man. Rather, he is a tactician and an adept in bridge-building where his ideological suasion has always brought him on a collision course with the powers-that-be.
For example, when in 2011, the PDP godfathers were bent on enthroning a pre-determined candidate as Speaker of the House of Representatives, AWT quickly joined forces with other progressive elements in the House to thwart their plan. That was how he emerged as Speaker in a cut-throat and tension-soaked competition. That was the beginning of the independence of the Legislature.
AWT’s stands on issues are driven by patriotism and social justice – what is good for the people is good for AWT.
Tambuwal is a detribalised Nigerian. He is a solid bridge- builder in every respect. He is cool, calculated, matured and public-spirited. He is exposed and experienced; and above all, he is independent-minded. He cannot be cocooned by a cabal that must think for him.
Age is on his side and that’s the way the world is going. Most importantly, his candidature does not have a baggage of scandal. This distinguishes him from others. He cuts across political, religious and ethnic divides. He is a citizen of the world!
We search but in vain for any other embodiment of all-round-excellence rolled into one: as a lawyer, the judiciary is his habitat; haven risen to the apex of the National Assembly, the legislature is his home; and at the Executive Branch, he is on a solid foundation, bringing with him, the background of one of the most successful Governors that this country has ever had. There is no better candidate than this. This is one man that is thoroughly grounded in the world of Business and Communications!
In native parlance, if kola-nut falls where you intended to plant it, just put sand on it and move on. Geography even favours and beckons at AWT. His party leaders know too well that if they must win this election, they must feature a good candidate from the North-West Sub-Region – the zone of our amiable incumbent!
Today, we present to you, the Right Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, Mutawallen Sokoto, a teacher; legal luminary; legislator extraordinaire; Administrator per excellence; a humane human; a detribalised Nigeria; a tactician; an adept in political engineering; and one man with a vision and a mission to work with other patriotic Nigerians for the attainment of the Nigerian Dream.
If this be one man, a rare -breed Nigerian, let him be my President!