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LA And Emerging Political Culture In Kaduna

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Politics can be a challenging as well as a rewarding profession in
which one potentially gets the power as an elected official to make a
difference in his community.

Winston Churchill, a foremost British politician described selfless
service as “the first of all human qualities, because it is the
quality which guarantees all others”.

And according to a late President of the United States, Theodore
Roosevelt, “the most successful politician is he who says what the
people are thinking most often in the loudest voice”.

In Kaduna State, one politician happens to be an accurate
personification of all these virtues, having been gifted with the
ability to represent the hopes, aspirations and the interests of both
his admirers and opponents alike.

Alhaji Lawal Adamu aka Mr LA, is one political actor with a rare blend
of the wisdom of the old and the dynamism of the younger generation.
His chief qualities are his  characters that are natural, often backed
by skills, experiences, intelligence, integrity, with instincts – all
combined together to achieve his goals, and the overall happiness of
the people he aspires to represent in politics.

First and foremost, his best selling point as a politician is honesty,
which makes him trustworthy and reliable; he captures the essence of
truth, displays sincerity and practices what he preaches. He makes
decisions  and accepts responsibility for his actions and his words.
The same  is true in the young Mr LA’s dealing with his people; he
makes promises and keeps those promises, loves people with all his
heart, might, mind, soul and strives to help them as a true mark of
responsible politician.

Quite apart from the stock of fake politicians who see the struggle
for personal political ascendancy as an end in itself, rather than for
public good, Mr LA’s greatest strength is deriving joy in expending
energy and personal resources on serving people, firmly believing
that a fulfilling and meaningful life is created through service to
others.

A rare example of an effective politician, his followers have trust in
him as he has long ago built trust by displaying good sense of
character and qualities  composed of values, beliefs, traits and
skills.

Another important trait that stands Mr LA out is integrity and
inherent technical skills to handle challenging moments, issues,
plans, projects, ideas and to initiate solutions to problems.

Integrity, to him, is simply a matter of consistency of actions,
methods, measures, values, principles, expectations and outcomes.
He cherishes doing what is right, both legally and morally at all time
even when no one is looking, a quality that endears him to people.

Mr LA, the current thrill of Kaduna politics, believes that since
politicians are expected to play very significant roles in the
administrative processes, especially having hands in policies in their
communities, state and country, they should be modest, with experience
in social welfare, volunteering or should have done some good work for
the society.

Thus, having a thorough knowledge and up-to-date information about his
political constituency, Mr LA promptly provides most of its immediate
needs from his own purse.

His disciplined personality with selfless service to make life better
for his people is therefore reflected in his empowerment effort for
the community where he lives in all ramifications.
He has taken it upon himself to construct hundreds of community
institutions of learning, sponsored the education of hundreds more and
put smiles on the faces of many more hundreds within communities that
make up his constituency, which earned him the acronym, “Dan Baiwa.”
He does all these out of sheer conviction that a good aspiring
politician enriches lives, and that selfless service is “putting the
welfare of the people you’re representing before your own”.

Mr LA also firmly believes in taking care and maintaining the
community of his people, insisting that community service is about
giving back.

This of course, is not the case with most other self-seeking
politicians in the state and their agents who capitalise on the
exploitation of cleavages of religious and ethnic nature to cause
artificial divisions among the people.

This class of politicians not only scandalised the state’s
institutions, ridiculed its traditions and customs, but also derives
pleasure in expelling people from jobs and undermining the state’s
economic and social fabrics by encouraging rampant poverty, corruption
and social problems like armed thuggery, kidnapping, prostitution,
drug and substance abuse.

While this destruction goes on, Mr LA has remained the bulwark of
respect, integrity, dignity, decorum, decency, morality, civilization,
etiquette, good behaviour, politeness, accommodation, and all other
positive traits that have rightly earned him the esteem and praise of
the people who aptly refer to him as the “man of the moment”.

He has consequently been called upon by the people to run for an
office in the coming round of general elections in the state.
Initially he was tipped for the chairmanship of Kaduna North local
council.

Then ,the stakes were raised by his growing crowd of supporters who are
now digging for him to go for the senatorial seat of zone two
comprising Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Birnin Gwari, Igabi and Giwa
local government areas.

Though the political office Mr LA would eventually opt to seek remains
unclear for the moment, what is clear however is that voters all over
the state are rooting for him to vie for election in 2019 with a
sealed guarantee of mass support.


Suleiman writes from Kaduna



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