The real Abubakar Audu that I know

Daily Trust - - CLASSIFIEDS -

One of the many lessons I learnt from my mother is that you can­not go to the kitchen un­less you are ready to stand the heat of fire. There is also a very pro­found pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting your hands burnt.

Pol­i­tics is like cook­ing, it is not a vo­ca­tion for the faint of heart. It is one of the most risky vo­ca­tions be­cause very few if any would ever come out of it with their rep­u­ta­tion in­tact or un­tainted. So, my fa­ther, Audu Abubakar is not an ex­cep­tion.

It is even worse to be a child of a politi­cian as you share greatly from ev­ery filth thrown at your par­ents, even when you know noth­ing about the is­sues at stake. No won­der Barack Obama was said to have con­fessed that he usu­ally hide news­pa­pers from his chil­dren, be­cause he hated their re­ac­tions when­ever they read the many lies and in­sults against their fa­ther. It is the lot of politi­cians to re­ceive in­sults from in­tem­per­ate minds and it is worse in Nige­ria pol­i­tics where op­po­nents try very hard to recre­ate your im­age to suit their fan­cies and their own imag­i­na­tions. The im­pli­ca­tion is that many undis­cern­ing masses may ac­cept the lies as truth.

I am not in any way try­ing to de­fend my fa­ther be­cause for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, none of my views would pass the ob­jec­tiv­ity test, but I will be fail­ing my gen­er­a­tion if I refuse to present the real Audu that is dif­fer­ent from news­pa­per's re­ports. Though it is im­pos­si­ble to cap­ture a sig­nif­i­cant part of the dis­po­si­tion and char­ac­ter of my fa­ther in a short es­say, I will still try to present a part and leave other part for pos­ter­ity.

Audu is not your con­ven­tional politi­cian so I def­i­nitely ex­pect him to suf­fer many mis­con­cep­tions and bad judg­ment.

The Audu that I know is very strict, highly dis­ci­pline, or­gan­ised, hu­mane and cere­bral and above all, loves his fam­ily so much. Th­ese are virtues that he demon­strates wher­ever he is, that could be mis­taken for ar­ro­gance. He has a strong work ethics based on stan­dard, due process and never be­lieves any­thing is im­pos­si­ble to ac­com­plish and it had helped him to be­come an achiever in pol­i­tics.

In­fras­truc­tural and hu­man de­vel­op­ments are his driv­ing force in pol­i­tics. He is never happy when­ever po­ten­tials are not in tune with re­al­i­ties and that is why he bowed to pres­sure from his peo­ple to con­test in the 2015 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion. He be­lieves that the state has enough resources that could make it the best in the coun­try.

You need to be self con­fi­dent to be around him be­cause he has a pres­ence that is some­what in­tim­i­dat­ing. Love him or hate him, Audu is not a man one can ig­nore but hap­pily, he has more friends and fans than foes.

He thinks about his peo­ple and how to use his own God given resources to up­lift the stan­dard of liv­ing in the state and that why, to­day, he re­mains the dar­ling of Kogi masses.

Maimuna Ya­haya Audu (Eke) wrote from Abuja

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.