As the popular saying goes; “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some love greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them”, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu seems to belong to both categories of the idiomatic expression culled from the book “Longs Fellow”.
In the history of contemporary politics of Nigeria today, one name which easily has made itself well pronounced is Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu, a political strategist, reformer of political structures, generalissimo, Awolowo of our time, a man of calibre, which no other people can contend with; a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a firm nationalist of undisputable patriotic enthusiasm, a diplomat of no mean feat and a former Executive Governor of Lagos state.
An inspiring leader and handler of men, a loving husband and father, a charming and tactful friend, if his contribution for the welfare of his own followers brought him the reward of victories, his mercy and courtesy towards his oppositions are the gratuitous expressions of the men’s own character. A man who grew up in Lagos but rose through the ranks, focused and disciplined. The Jagaban of Borgu never left anyone in doubt that he is created to positively influence the lives of many people in virtually all areas of human experience; politics, careers, professions, leadership and self-development. A political stalwart, Tinubu insisted from youth that he is that light which must shine bright in the lives of men and charge their fortunes for good.
During the period of Nigeria’s history when Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was the strongest and biggest party in Africa, Action Congress grew from a tiny settlement to form a mighty party, All Progressives Congress (APC), only once was the mighty and destiny of the most powerful party in Africa PDP seriously threatened, and that threat was conveyed by the patriotism, courage and genius of the former Lagos State Governor. As one who schemed in Canada and emerged with distinction, he has sincere turned to his fatherland to build a natural of social, political disciplineship which today had much influence on the socio-political development of Nigeria. Leader, and even when some people do not think along with him in his brave efforts, they have since understood that this is one African who cannot be shoved aside.
He alone braved the strongest party and outwitted them by his ingenuity, he put down, stamped out all who opposed him and APC snatched the mantle of leadership from the PDP government with the watchword, “Change”. A democratic engineer, he included a lot of young, energetic fellows in governances when he was a governor of Lagos state, among whom have today emerged as formidable governors, lawmakers, party leaders and International diplomats. Greatness has often been claimed for victorious leader, disputed by some political leader to be considered the greatest progressive leader the nation has seen. In the truest sense he is the “Lion king of the Country”.
Happy birthday Asiwaju, the Generalissimo and Awolowo of our time!
Epe, Lagos State