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Published On: Wed, Nov 12th, 2014

Kwankwaso: The change Nigeria needs

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Kwankwaso-2Prince Idris Afegbua

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is a man bestowed with notch to create changes by nature. When he ventured into the murky waters of Kano politics in 1999, not many people gave him the chance that he will make any impact, but Kano electorate spoke with their votes, they prove book makers wrong as he was elected governor. When he left government house Kano, his performances in the ministry of defence was legendary.As it was in 1999 in Kano, so it was in 2011. When he made a detour in 2011in Kano many said he was wasting his time and again he proved book makers wrong, defeating the incumbent party that was holding sway in the state. Today if the constitution could allow it, Kano people would want third term for the amiable governor. A visit to the state will convince even Thomas that the governor has performed. The facelift of the commercial nerve city in the north has changed so tremendously that Kano the people are already nostalgic of the administration in its twilight.

As 2015 general election approaches and permutation and strategies rife in many quarters of who becomes what the Kano political oracle has declared his intention to contest for the office of president on the platform of the APC, many political analysts may have insinuated his slim chances, but good followers of the political stalwart agreed that power belongs to the Almighty and that he gives to who he wishes. When US President Barak Obama decided to run for the US presidency in 2009, many Americans said that he was for the office in the future but he wangled his way not just winning but created history being the first black man to occupy the oval office. While declaring to run for the presidency of the country on the 28 October, 2014, Kwankwaso declared, “the call for to save our country has never been louder, clearer and more unambiguous than now. Every facet of our national life is deteriorating: governance has been reduced to mediocrity; incompetence and impunity. I have no doubt in my mind that this journey is difficult and arduous. I have no illusion about the enormity of the challenges. But to save our country, we must walk the journey, however difficult. And we must confront and defeat all the challenges, however monstrous. Yes, we must.

Why pessimists should have a rethink over Kwankwaso’s ambition is because of his audaciousness of the slogan “Yes We Must”. While President Barak Obama of the US and BenizarBhuto of blessed memory of Pakistan used “Yes we Can” his “yes we must” looks too affirm to be ignored. More so reasons are abound in his governorship in Kano to attract federal manifestation for instance in education, while federal institutions are stagnated because of persistent strikes, the governor increased and developed education in the state. One of the perennial questions on girl-child education does not maintain the status-quo in the state as he encourages and increased enrolment of girl child.

Budget implementation, one area that Nigeria has consistently lagged behind is an area that Kwankwaso has excelled. Since independence, records are yet to capture any administration at the centre that has spent 70% of its appropriation on capital expenditure and 30% on recurrent but the governor achieved this Kano. And if he is voted into the office of president, the Nigerian masses will finally bid farewell to shabby budget implementation that has made Nigerians to lose faith in democracy.

Joblessness has given rise to many militancy and terrorism, armed robbery and kidnapping across the country by youths. The presidential hopeful has magic wand in Physical empowerment of the youths and women. Many programmes by successive administration at federal level aimed at addressing poverty by government have failed either due to poor or un-seriousness of implementation on part of government. The All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential aspirant has shown deftness at women and youths empowerment as governor. Skill acquisition programmes are scattered all over Kano State under Kwankwaso. If he is voted into in 2015, there are indication that youth restiveness may will be a thing of the past as engaged youth will have little or no time to think of going to the trench or take the risk of kidnapping for livelihood.

The ordinary Nigerian has no trust in the government in the promise of house for all because it has become a ritual of successive governments.

But Kano State government under Kwankwaso makes it a policy to provide house for the populace particularly women. Nigerians for the time will start to benefit from their God given natural resources in housing as he has shown in the state as governor.

The Nigerian masses will begin to feel that there are Nigerians as Kwankwaso’s unreserved and uncompromising stance against corruption will not allow the status-quo of few politicians lay siege on the nation’s resources against the majority. If evil of corruption is tamed, the country will witness improved social and physical infrastructural development.

Despite the sophistication in operation of insurgents, Governor Kwankwaso did marvelously in curtailing insurgency in Kano, if he is voted in; there are indications that he will address the security challenges in the country particularly with his experience of being a former minister of defence.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwso was born in Kwankwaso village of Kano State in 1956. He attended Kwankwaso Primary School, Gwarzo Boarding Senior Primary School and Wudil Craft School and Kano Technical College before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic for his tertiary education. He did his post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom. He was an active student leader during his school days and was an elected official of the Kano State Students Association. His working experience started in 1975 with WRECA. He joined partisan politics in the aborted Third Republic where he contested elections to the House of Representatives where he was elected deputy speaker. He was member of the Peoples Front, a faction of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Led by late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua.

During the 1995 Constitutional Conference he was elected member that represented Kano State, and was a member of the Peoples Democratic Movement led by Yar’adua. He joined the PDP in 1998 on the platform of Peoples Democratic Movement in Kano led by Mallam Musa Gwadabe, Senator Hamisu Musa and AlhajiAbdullahiAliyuSumaila. He therefore had a victory in the primary elections. The People’s Democratic Movement consisted of majority of the Tabo Faction of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and a few loyalists of the Santsi faction of the party. He was elected executive governor of Kano State between 1999 and 2003. His tenure as governor of Kano State was very eventful. He was again elected as governor on 27 April 2011 and sworn in on 29 May 2011 for a second term.

Prince Idris Afegbua writes from Abuja


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