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Published On: Wed, Jul 25th, 2018

Sule Lamido candidacy and the politics of Ideology

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Sule Lamido

By: Adamu Muhd Usman.

As Aso Rock seems to have again opened up another controversy because of struggle for whom to occupy the seat come 2019, some issues may come up not in a favour of Sule Lamido, the former, foreign affairs minister, Ex Jigawa state governor and the hopeful and potential Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Presidential aspirant.
Politics, they say, is indeed, unpredictable. That is why those who analyse it would warn that nobody should come to any conclusion until the last word has been spoken or action taken on any political development. Sule Lamido is one of the most experienced politicians in Nigeria, and is arguably the most successful of the state governors that held sway in Jigawa State since its creation in 1991. Lamido has made a lot of sacrifices for this country, Nigeria. His contributions have re-united and re-awakened Nigeria. So, he is well equipped to seek the nation’s highest political office.
Sule Lamido, is presently challenging the present APC led government of lack of showing concern for the suffering of Nigerians, internal democracy and following the rule of law and some or many people may be correct on their opinion of supporting Lamido’s presidential ambition come 2019 God willing.
Maybe some who will accuse Lamido of challenging APC led government and seeking to vie for presidency have short memory or they are ignorant of Lamido’s political participation, internal democracy, rule of law and his principles of nationality. If not that, they would have not hesitated to like or buy his noble plan to contest because he supported many, so he too should be supported as well in order to change Nigeria for better as he did that in Jigawa state.
Sule Lamido supported a Hausa/Fulani man from North/West, Malam Aminu Kano of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) in 1979 to be Nigerian president. Lamido supported an Igbo man, from the South/East, Chief Nmadi Azikwe of Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP) in 1983 to be a president. He supported Olu Falae and MKO Abiola Yorubas, from South/West to be Nigerian president under Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1993. Lamido also supported Chief Olusegiun Obasanjo also a Yoruba man from south/west under People Democratic Party (P.D.P) in 1999 and 2003. Lamido also supported the Late Yar’adua, a Hausa/Fulani man from north/west in 2007. Lastly he as well supported Jonathan, an Ijaw man from South/South in 2011and 2015. So, why can he aspires?
Lamido has dined, but not wined, with the high and mighty all over the world. There is nothing he has not seen. He will keep on working for Nigeria to become efficient and great. These are some of the culture he imbibed, learnt from the Late Malam Aminu Kano and he is not going to depart from it.
Lamido should be given a breathing space and will not deter him from the good things he has been doing. Sule Lamido has made a lot of sacrifices for this country, Nigeria. His contributions have re-united and re-awakened Nigeria. And his agitation for change is because the present administration has disappointed them as a nation.
As late Nelson Mandela once said: “The important thing is to give happiness to people.” In his speech at Dublin Castle, Republic of Ireland, the U.S President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), said: “Democracy is a difficult kind of government. It requires the highest qualities of self-discipline, restraint, a willingness to make commitments and sacrifices for the general interest, and it also requires knowledge.”
So, Lamido has answered the calls of Nigerians to contest and he is out seeking for number seat. May God Almighty make it easy, peaceful and successful for him. May He also guide him and our leaders aright and bless Nigeria as a whole.

Adamu writes from Kafin Hausa Jigawa state, amu3333@yahoo.com

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