Tinubu’s Leadership, Mentorship and Political Giant Strides!

By Ikenga Chronicles April 12, 2018

Tinubu’s Leadership, Mentorship and Political Giant Strides!

— Segun Fadipe

In 1999, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) was elected Governor of Lagos State. His then political party, the Alliance for Democracy (AD) produced all the governors of the South West.

By 2003, Tinubu was the only surviving governor left in the AD. He was under pressure to decamp but he stayed back and at alert. He built the party and it became stronger. This confirms the words of wisdom that says: “If you want to “Walk Fast, Walk Alone.” But, if you want to “Walk Far, Walk Together!”

For the eight years that he ruled Lagos, he hired several guys to work with him. I think he carefully picked them. Apart from using them to work in his government, he also groomed them for the future.
Eight years down the line, see where those Tinubu guys are today:

1. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN was Tinubu’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. He is today, Nigeria’s Vice President.
2. Rauf Aregbesola was Tinubu’s Commissioner for Works. Today he is serving his second tenure as Governor of Osun State.
3. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN was Tinubu’s Chief of Staff and successor in office. He is today Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing.
4. Alhaji Lai Mohammed was Tinubu’s first Chief of Staff. He is today, Nigeria’s Minister of Information
5. Babatunde Fowler was appointed by Tinubu as Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service. Today, he is the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

At the National Assembly(NASS), there are countless “Tinubu boys”, who have occupied and are still occupying seats, even relevant seats for that matter, till date. Since 1999, the Tinubu camp has produced almost 98% of the members of the National Assembly from Lagos State.

In fact and without being immodest, Tinubu is the political enigma of Nigeria’s modern democracy! He’s a political moving force in Africa. If you’re still hallucinating, ask the Ghanaian President! Dispute this claim if you can, and ignore him at your own peril, Jagaban is the political tsunami that wiped away ‘PI NDI PI'(PDP)! Today, they’re still struggling to get out of the political pitfall they found themselves! Go and ask the shoeless boy of Otuoke and his political co-travellers(I know that the wailers will be on my trail by now Of course, truth is bitter by far and has many enemies!).

Forget politics, this man is a political enigma. His best book is “The 48 Laws of Power “, authored by Robert Greene. Go and read it yourself! Yoruba people have a proverb, which when translated, goes thus: “If your daughter is beautiful, you should proclaim it to the world, because you’re not going to marry her!” Asiwaju Tinubu is Nigeria’s most beautiful political bride today! He’s not just a name, he’s a brand. Accept it or not, your resistance is of no effect and inconsequential. “Alagemo to bimo e tan, aimojo o d’owo yin!” (“The chameleon has given birth to a child, whether it is dancing or can dance very well or not, remains your own headache!”).

Rewind to 1999, I am sure most of us have forgotten the names of the people who were elected Governors then. Some of them have gone out of circulation. Some are gasping for breath politically. Indeed, most of them are no longer relevant today. They’re now political ‘spent forces!’

Who still remembers Mbadinuju of Anambra State, Jolly Nyame of Taraba, Mohammed Lawal of Kwara(now late), Segun Osoba of Ogun, Attahiru Bafarawa of Sokoto, Kachalla of Borno, Achike Udenwa of Imo, Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom, Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia? Kalu, has in fact lost two consecutive senatorial elections, and is currently struggling to reinvent himself politically! Abi na lie?

But Tinubu has not only managed to remain extremely relevant, he has continued to control Lagos politics 100%. Not only that, he manages to carry his boys along and today they occupy critical positions in our national life.

Take it or leave it, Tinubu is today, Nigeria’s most powerful politician. It didn’t just happen by chance. He worked very hard for it. And he planned very hard for success. The hallmark of a true leader is not just the ability to rule well but also the ability to nurture and groom his associates and successors. This trait runs in Jagaban’s veins. That Asiwaju is a blue whale in Nigeria’s political ocean is not an exaggeration; he made it meritoriously.

Our TAKES : ‘If you are lonely at the top, then something is wrong somewhere’. The most successful business you can venture into is building people like you (Human resources).

Start that MENTORSHIP today, because there is no success without great successors to continue the great journey already started!