By MOHAMMED SALIHU DANLAMI
“The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.” Bill Taylor.
The above quotes, portrays the leadership acumen of His Excellency, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zanfara State.
A giant in the savanna, who’s remarkable strides in leadership has had it’s effect on the lives of the people of his beloved state of Zamfara positively.
Before his emergence, as the duly elected executive Governor of the state, Zamfara State was in a proper state of quagmire, as the stories that comes out of the state has been that of unfortunate incidences like, acute cases of corruption, banditry, kidnappings, illegal minings of state resources and so on.
Just when almost all hopes seems lost, God sent a Messiah to rescue this state and transform it, so that the good people of Zamfara can have a Mecca of their own, every steps of His Excellency, since his assumption of office on 29th May, 2019, has shown signs of greater things that is to come.
In trashing the matters at hand as at the time of his assumption of office, machineries were immediately putting in place to tackle the issues of banditry, kidnapping and illegal minings within the state, this, he has done via processes of consultation, with all stakeholders in the state irrespective, today, those menace are now a thing of the past, far thrown into the dungeon of history, the people can breath fresh air.
The manner in which the issues of corruption was confronted head on, show the trait of a man who was ready made for the job.
His stance against the payment of a post service allowance to former governors while citizens suffer in penury, further demonstrate his compassion towards the poor masses of his state, knowing fully well that he will someday become former and should be entitled to such benefits, but again, he would rather have such monies, funding projects that are beneficiary to the masses.
He has has seen to it that all sectors of the state economy is functional, to full capacity, little wonder, Zamfara State has become a State to reckon with in terms of all round developments and growth, all these achievement, in just less than a year in office. Truly God has chosen a leader for the people of Zamfara State, the processes of his emergence is a testimony to the above assertion.
Just as we all thought we have seen the best of governance on display, His Excellency made some landmark appointments just a few days ago, amongst which was the appointment of our own very Dr. Bashir Maru as the deputy chief of staff to the Governor.
Dr. Bashir Maru is a fine gentle that is a staunch believer in His Excellency, Governor Bello Matawalle’s style of leadership and has always portrays the image of Zamfara state in very excellent light, as he would always refers to it as *”my dear Zamfara State”* a refined medical doctor who is an advocate of human and health rights, and a champion of global health equity.
Dr Bashir Maru is a born leader as he has tested leadership on different fronts, such as:Former President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
Former President, Nigerian Medical Students Association (NiMSA).
Former Ex-Officio, Board Member at the International Hospital Federation, Nigeria.
Former Transnational Project Coordinator, CROSSING BOARDERS FOR HEALTH.
Dr. Bashir Maru graduated from Oba Okunade Sijuade College of Health Sciences, Igbinedion University Okada, BENIN CITY, NIGERIA. Presently, a Master degree Student at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Development Studies.
He was until his appointment, a practicing medical doctor with the penchant for saving lives and the commitment to the general wellbeing of the people.
He has made several good friend across the length and breath of Nigeria and even beyond, this and the experiences he has garnered over the years, has equip him for this great new challenge that will be in the very interest of Zamfara state.
Once again, we wish to celebrate his Excellency, Governor Bello Matawalle, you have demonstrated by this appointment, what it truly means, to fix a round peg in a round hole.
God bless Your Excellency.God Bless Zamfara State and God Bless Nigeria.
Mohammed Salihu Danlami.Speaker, Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA), writes from Kaduna. He may be reached via Email: Mohammadsalihu3@gmail.com