By AUWAL AHMED IBRAHIM
Good deeds are like smoke from fire that can never be hidden from people while they illuminate like fire that shows people the right path to follow.
Meanwhile, talking about good people sets people on the right path to emulate them and make them feel the fragrances of their good efforts and taste their struggles.
Exposing one to the successes of others is intended to impose endurance, perseverance and good quality in the minds of the people and their tales lure people to follow their footsteps.
Good people are God people because they always do what is good and shun the castigating acts. It is good to be good to get good reward and commendations even after death. Good deeds are good teachers that their actions and wealth of impacts never die because history engrave them and write their names with gold.
One of the personalities that his name is written with indelible marks of history is Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola popular called as M.K.O Abiola in Nigerian polity.
His contributions to national development have spanned all human ramifications and democratic developments, while, it is for the solid reason that Kaduna Polytechnic deemed it very important to immortalize the winner of the June 12 Presidential candidate.
The rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Muhammad Bugaje has done a commendable effort that deserved special salutations for believing in his mind that M.K.O Abiola should rise in Kaduna Polytechnic and set a new thinking in the minds of students that come to learn. His request from the Honorable Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu to approve the change of the Male Hostel in the College of Business and Management Studies to the name of M.K.O Abiola to flourish the spirit of good virtues and good leadership in the minds of the future leaders of our tomorrow is a testimony of the adage of the Hausa people that says, what a great man sees from afar cannot be seen by a child. It is a good thinking that will produce resilience youths that will serve the country better with vision and passionate nationalism.
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was awarded GCFR posthumously on 6 June 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria’s democracy day was changed to June 12 for believing to be the victor of the 1993 democratic election. To resuscitate the good virtues of late Abiola, there are other names of places that are rekindling the spiritual deeds of Abiola that include the M.K.O. Abiola Stadium and Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, while there was also the effort of former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to immortalized Abiola by naming the Lagos State University to Moshood Abiola University of Lagos but the proposal was rejected by the alumni and students.
Abiola was born on 24 August 1937 and roused as a business man, a nationalist and an aristocrat. He was crowned the Aare Ona Kankafo of the Yoruba land. Abiola joined politics with National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1980 and was elected the state chairman of the party. M.K.O Abiola ran for Nigerian presidency in 1993, for which the election results were annulled by the preceding military President, Ibrahim Babangida because of allegations that the results were corrupt and rigged. Alhaji Abiola died of heart attack in custody during General Sani Abacha’s military leadership on 7th July 1998 for a comment against the government.
The renaming of the Male Hostel of one of the Kaduna Polytechnic hostels to a statesman person like M.K.O. Abiola will spark the challenge of replicating on the life style of M.K.O Abiola; a man whose philanthropic and nationalistic ego helped greatly in the development of Nigeria as the name will evoke optimistic feelings for a better Nigeria.
The Kaduna Polytechnic rector no matter what had set the ball running among the youths of Nigeria for the quest of national development and unity because a man who does good in his work leaves good memory for people to share as when the wood-insect gathers sticks, on its own head it carries them to make his home.
Auwal Ahmed Ibrahim, Kaduna can be reached via email@example.com
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