Kano Will Forever Miss You Baba Kwankwaso, By Muhammad Sulaiman Abdullahi
“May your good work and pure intention follow you to wherever you will be. May your foresight, commitment, dedication and hard work never depart you. Whatever you do for the good people of Kano, may the almighty Allah reward you abundantly. May all your wishes be granted. Wherever you erred, may the almighty Allah give you the chance to notice and correct it. May your enemies come to terms to reality. Kano misses its humble, hardworking and extraordinary governor. Governor Kwankwaso II is the best thing that happened to Kano in its recent history.”
This is part of the things I hate in democracy. No matter how good you find someone to be, there must be a time for that person to vacate office. Such a person must leave his supporters stranded, thinking whether he would be the last beautiful thing to have ever happened in their life under democracy. If democracy allows people like Kwankwaso to leave an office he tremendously and enormously served, then democracy is not near to perfection. Democracy is not in any way a best way of governance. I would prefer monarchy in this regard. How I wish Kwankwaso is a monarch, someone who only death would do him apart from the Kano state government seat. I sincerely and truly pray for this guy. Wallahi he has really tried. Political myopic thought and little headedness aside, Kwankwaso is great. According to Bob Marley “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” He positively affects the lives of all Kano people. He performs almost better than all the Nigerian governors.
Despite my strong conviction that Ganduje is also equal to the task, something deep down inside me keeps on going round my mind, telling me Ganduje is not Kwankwaso. I call on the new governor to please, prove that thing going in me wrong. I want Ganduje to outsmart, surpass and outdo Kwankwaso in terms of performance. But there is something in Kwankwaso which I dearly like and appreciate. Courage, hard work, commitment, honesty, sincerity of purpose and above all, foresight. I implore you, Ganduje, please imitate all the good works of Kwankwaso and do more. Some people are of the opinion that, you will do more than Kwankwaso. Please do it. Yes, we believe, you can! There are so many other suggestions to be given to you on this regards. You can make it.
After the inauguration, all I need Ganduje to do is for him to start building a strong political empire in Kano, which will hence forth continue all the good works, which the people of Kano need. Whatever is needed in Kano, Ganduje should immediately continue doing it without any hesitation. Kano is not like any ordinary state in Nigeria. People of Kano are now advanced. Kano of 2015, is no longer the same Kano of 2011. With over 2600 foreign trained Kano youths in different fields of academic excellence, the story must have changed internationally. We now know our rights from our lefts. We will not in any way tolerate any negligence of duty. We will not even tolerate non-performance in the camouflage of anything, whatever that thing may be. What I see in Ganduje’s government is a government which will face the most serious challenge in the early 21st century history of Kano. It will be a government which will be run by a PhD holder and a Professor as governor and his deputy; a government which will be assessed by numerous seasoned potential academicians, while the overzealous politicians will never relent in their effort and quest of mediocre governance. Therefore, Ganduje has to act like a governor. He has to face all these challenges and work vigorously in order to engrave his name, his predecessor’s way.
Now in Kano, we need discipline, we need more commercial activities, we need sanity in religion and education; we need every professional and professorial sophistication which will make Kano to be the greatest nationally. On the other hands, there is infrastructural development; we need more flyovers, more light and more street lights (which consume less); more equipped hospitals and more designed and qualitative roads. Whatever is an art of development, whoever initiated it, take it and continue from there. Try and complete what Kwankwaso hasn’t finished, then start new gigantic projects in order to better the lives of the citizenry.
Mr Kwankwaso you are now an elected senator. A distinguished senator, with highest votes throughout the whole Nigeria. Your votes coincide with your capability. It is not by mere coincidence that you got it. People expect you to be better than all the senators. Continue the good work you are known, with in the Upper Chamber. We are solidly behind you wherever you go. Don’t compromise your powerful passion for justice. You are not corrupt; you hate corruption and corrupt people. Clear away all and sundry who happen to pose threat to the unity and development of this nation. We will forever miss and remember you as the most unassuming and hardworking governor of Kano state. See and hear you in the senate, Sir!.
Muhammad Sulaiman Abdullahi (Abu Hanan)