President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu @ 71
Sir: Visioning is a major factor in governance. Purposeful leadership comes with well articulated vision and mission. To bring about and effect positive change, especially that which is sustainable, leadership must set up goals that are smart, measurable, achievable, reliable and tangible with effective timeline.
And it is a timid and impotent builder, originator, reformer and strategist, welfarist that will shy away from executing its policies due to their possible unintended consequences on some of its people. For any action oriented reformer, performer and originator, it rings true that eggs have to be broken to serve omelet now and in the future.
The above perfectly explains the philosophy behind the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the generalissimo, reformer, performer and political strategist, which of his brilliance and strategy were benefits of all and sundry, especially the poor masses and hopeless Samaritan of this country.
Indeed, he won the election to be the sixteenth (16) President of the country on merits and his performances as a former senator-elect in 1993 and former Lagos State governor between 1999 to 2007, and also to promote peace, unity and progress of the country irrespective of tribe and race, as the first executive governor of the state to appoint an Igbo man as commissioner for Budget and Planning in person of Ben Akabueze, a Chartered Accountant, now at the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning.
The brain behind this powerful and sensitive promotion and elevation of an Igbo man, Akabueze likewise too, Joe Igbokwe is no other person than Tinubu – the new Obafemi Awolowo of our time. “It is time we save the land of Awo from men and women without vision, mission and focus. The present anomie, so palpable in the political south-west- and indeed, in the rest of the country- is what you get when you steal the people’s votes.”
As a stalwart and defacto leader of the Alliance for Democracy, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and later become All Progressives Congress (APC) after merger with other political parties, likes of All Nigerians Peoples Party (ANPP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in February 2013, which he also co-founded, Tinubu’s politics is often informed by profound analysis, a clear vision and well structured objectives.
As strategist who possesses the combination of intellectualism and politicking, it was he who embarked on a new moral re-engineering which put every APC members on their toes, now APC as a political party has won up to 23 states out of 36 states of the federation. It is now his birthday time, all Nigerians need to celebrate the strategist, reformer and performer, Happy birthday our next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Jagaban Borgu and the Asiwaju of Nigeria.
Adémólá Òrúnbon, a public affairs analyst and commentator, wrote from Epe, Lagos.