As the race for the leadership position of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF) enters top gear, numerous aspirants and contenders have indicated their interest in occupying the seats that are in contention, none of which is more strategic and pivotal than the office of the chairman of the august body that is charged with piloting the affairs of the legislative aides of the apex legislative institution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Indeed the contest for the leadership of NASSLAF should not be an all comers affair as only the serious minded, the dedicated, the studiously committed, the uncompromising and the principled minded may aspire to occupy the exalted office as the destinies and fortunes of almost 5,000 aides of Senators and House of Reps members can be irreparably advanced or marred by the actions, omissions or mistakes of those entrusted to manage the affairs of the forum if past events or occurrences are anything to go by.
Without much ado, this ominous epoch beckons on a firm, principled, strong willed and uncompromising leader like Comrade Salisu Zuru, a seasoned and long standing Senior legislative Aide who served in both chambers for over a decade. Indeed Comrade Salisu Zuru has been tested, trusted and garlanded as a seasoned technocrat, consummate administrator, foremost constitutional paragon and a legislative avatar of no mean pedigree having served, worked and credibly preformed in the National Assembly for a record shattering 13 years starting with his legislative stewardship under Distinguished Senator Tanko Ayuba of blessed memory from 2007 – 2011.
In the intervening years, a highly motivated Comrade Salisu Zuru has studiously held forth as principal and Senior Legislative Aide to several NASS alumni of both the Senate and House of Reps and presently with a Senior Principal Officer of the Senate.
Throughout his auspicious years of tremendous hard work and relentless brainstorming in the nation’s apex legislature, Comrade Salisu Zuru has cultivated a deserved reputation for competence, resilience, reliability, firmness of conviction and purposefulness of direction , a leader who stands steadily by his words and is not given to idle gossip or aimless chatter as some in the political class are wont to do.
Comrade Salisu Zuru rarely speaks but when he does, his words resonate with clear, authority, clarity, brevity and matchless lucidity. His words as the proverbial saying goes can be taken to the bank.
Undoubtedly Comrade Salisu Zuru is possessed of a razor sharp intellect and a fortnight and straight talking disposition that has no truck for undue grandstanding and semantic distinctions or double talk.
This commendable character trait can be gleaned from the principled and rock solid position he took during the tumultuous days of the Sani Omolori when Hon. Salisu Usman led other colleagues to resolutely demand the payment of their severance benefits and other statutory allowances even after dire warning from the then ‘powers that be’ that they desist from their lawful agitation or face the full wrath of the NASS management.
While other legislative aides including some that are now angling for the NASS leadership beat a hasty .retreat or even went underground for fear of the big hammer, Comrade Salisu Zuru stood firm and unbending in his noble quest for a fair deal for the beleaguered legislative aides. Facing undue intimidation, harassment and even physical threats from assorted security formations, an unbowed Comrade Salisu Zuru remained the last man standing until the decisive intervention of His Excellency, the Senate President and the Rt. Hon. Speaker saved the day for the legislative aides deserved emoluments and severance benefits.
The Churchillian resolve, determination and uncompromising stance of the Zuru born legislative guru is what is needed at this crucial phase of the NASSLAF epoch as Comrade Salisu Zuru is poised to take the welfare and wellbeing of his beloved colleagues to the to topmost level in the crucial scheme of things.
He can be eminently counted upon to positively engage the NASS management, the NASS Commission and above all, the NASS Leadership to ensure that all deserved benefit allowances, training programs and working tools of NASSLAF members are duly made available to them without procrastination or postponement. In fact top on his scheduled list is the restoration of the unfairly terminated DTA, training of aides and the provision of conducive working environment and other office accessories aimed at boosting the morale and productivity of his compatriots that had decisively plummeted under the sustained assault of the past NASS management.
His reach, decorum and long standing experience of the workings of the National Assembly, respect, steadfastness are parts of his attributes that are standing for him in dialoging and pursuing the good agenda of NASSLAF welfare, respect and inclusiveness of its members. While some of his opponents pursue a campaign of calumny and personal attacks on his candidature, he remains focused on Aides issues based reach-out.
Comrade Salisu Zuru earns enormous respect from most stakeholders in the NASSLAF project and with these and other connecting links makes him the right candidate for the job. Indeed the sterling qualities, robust achievements and enviable track record of the amiable but resolute Comrade Salisu Zuru cannot be adequately captured in this short piece: it only behoves on the vast majority of the legislative aides of this great institution to toe the path of honour, reason, wisdom and foresight by casting their lot behind the principled, dynamic, resolute and purposeful candidacy of Comrade Salisu Zuru for Chairmanship of the peerless National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum. (NASLAF). To God Be the Glory.
ASADU, NASS PRESS