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Magatakarda’s Politics of Humanity

10/25/11

Magatakarda’s Politics of Humanity

Permalink 09:29:00 pm, by amiru adamu Email , 719 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News, Nigerian News, North West News

*Nigeria: Magatakarda’s Politics of Humanity

By Amiru Adamu

Experience has shown us that at the climax of every election, the behavior of politicians towards the people changes dramatically, while campaigning politicians demonstrate courtesy and goodwill towards the people, they make themselves available at social events invited or otherwise just to win over the people. Some go to the extent of crying on television just to prove their so called love for the masses. The true character of a politician can only be assessed when he wins or losses an election. For the winners they immediately after their inauguration change their phone numbers, surround themselves with tough looking body guards and practically employ all measures to distance themselves from their people whom they now regard as a nuisance. ( Continues below..... )

Nigerians casting their vote

Photo Above: Nigerians casting their vote

Same also applies to those who loose the elections, they abscond from their supporters in some cases they shamelessly blame their followers for their failure and cut all relationships with them till some months to another election when they resurface with another deceitful slogan such as “ga naku ya dawo” which in Hausa means yours is back. It is only in Nigeria that a politician behaves in such a manner and have the audacity to return as a contestant, though I don’t blame our people that much, for poverty is and will continue to be a problem to our people if the present status quo is maintained.

However despite the poor image of our politicians, there are still some of them who are truly committed to the development and happiness of their people. One of such politicians is Alh. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko the Executive Governor of Sokoto State. ( Continues below..... )

Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State

Photo Above: Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State

Magatakarda’s open door policy is a pacesetter to all politicians who wish to stay close to their people. Sarkin Yamma has always identified himself with humanitarian causes, and he has maintained this noble commitment throughout his last four years in office. He has left his mark in many aspects of human development and philanthropy, His reputation as a listener is being demonstrated by the open door policy being carried out at his residence, where all visitors irrespective of social class are able to gain audience with him. This is in contrast with the notorious Nigerian culture of guarding government centers, and deploying tough looking, gun carrying security operatives to harass and scare away the masses.

In fact, what many people may not realize is that Magatakarda’s humanitarian sentiment is largely the source of his political strength. It is only in sokoto state that the needy troop to the government house to receive assistance directly from their governor, not from any Aid or assistant. It is only in Sokoto. That the governor apart from financing a Ramadan feeding programme also hosts the masses at his home and sit among them to break his fast from the same plates as everybody present. ( Continues below..... )

Map of Nigeria

Photo Above: Map of Nigeria showing its 36 states, including Sokoto State and Federal capital (Abuja or FCT)

This open door policy and many other humanitarian policies too numerous to mention has accorded “Sarkin Yamma” the goodwill he is presently enjoying in the Nigerian political arena. To further justify my assertion of his open door policy Magatakarda in an interview described his administrative policy thus: “as a matter of principle, I believe and respect the dignity of mankind. As a leader, I believe one of the best things you can do is to listen –know peoples likes and dislikes; their needs and aspirations and put together your programme as much as possible along those lines. That is what I have been doing since I came into office. I have been guided by that principle and thus, we have a government with a listening ear, one that respects the feelings Yearnings and aspirations of the people.”

Sarkin Yamma has demonstrated that he is not a selfish and fair-weather politician who only needs the people to advance his ambition but abandons them when he gains his desired position. He remains a faithful friend of the masses and he should be a source of inspiration to other politicians.

Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.

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12 comments

Comment from: U.F.A [Visitor]
U.F.ATrue talk my broda... Sai Alu.
10/26/11 @ 00:33
Comment from: Ibrahim [Visitor]
IbrahimKai stop that rubbish talk, ko sun cika ma aljuhu da kudi ne? Where was he when his people wanted Buhari bur he rigged the presidential election massively in Sokoto State in order to give Goodluck Jonathan the required 25% in that state? Infact all Nigerian politicians are birds of the same feather and this Governor is not different from others.
10/26/11 @ 02:51
Comment from: OJ Igado. [Visitor]
OJ Igado.With due apology sir, what are the policies of his excellency gov. Magatakarda towards education(say make it free), agriculture(revolutionalise it), about the girl-child(education and early marriage),comprehensive health care delivery, such policies that could add value to the citizenry of Sokoto state now and in the future.
10/26/11 @ 02:55
Comment from: Sule Chiroma [Visitor]
Sule ChiromaMallam Aminu, with due respect, while i totally agreed with what you refered to as opened door policy of your governor; be this a paid publication or not, i raised my hat for the governor and i also agreed with the behaviour of our northern politicians pointed out in your piece. however, mallam Aminu you have not sighted any long term project that Sokoto people would continue to benefit from this your Maga ta karda. project that will enhance education, health and rural farming. Feeding some one during Fasting with whose money? govt money? is it Islamically allowed to feed few with others money, pls educate me.
10/26/11 @ 06:52
Comment from: Habibu mustapha [Visitor]
Habibu mustaphaSai gada
10/26/11 @ 17:14
Comment from: Osundina Seyi Ademola [Visitor] Email
Osundina Seyi AdemolaAll public office holder were sugar quoted mouth holder with no pains and filling for the common man once their gained mandate of leadership,but there's always away out for those who serve nd stay heartedly by their promised nd the corrupt once in office,either now or then.But remember Vanity upon Vanity...........
10/27/11 @ 03:48
Comment from: alayo adeyemi a [Visitor]
alayo adeyemi athere is an adage which says ,"do not give me fish ,but teach me how to fish" ,with this I can be able to feed myself and many more peolple
eating in the same plate with the poor is not the solution to our problem but eradicating poverty
10/27/11 @ 08:38
Comment from: DAGACI, M. ETSUGAIE [Visitor]
DAGACI, M. ETSUGAIEJust imagine the mentality of an average educated Nigerian!what is this Amiru talking about? The Governor in question was not qualify to run and did not win any election. Infact, the repugnant and filthy issues between justice Katsina -Alu and Ayo Salami that have exposed the nation's judiciary to ridicule was occassioned by Sokoto state governorship election petition mismanagement infavor of the governor in question. One wonders when feeding masses by a governor of a state using government resources has become a virtue rather than vice. I found this article embarrassing to say the least.
10/27/11 @ 16:18
Comment from: amiru adamu [Member] Email
amiru adamu@ Mr dagaci from your comment i am sure you have never been to sokoto,and my article is meant for people of understanding not war mongers. If you were a man of understanding you would have noticed that my article seeks to propagate the importance of listening to the masses directly. As for feeding the masses sokoto state is an islamic oriented state hence the need to practice what islam teaches and feeding the needy is an islamic teaching.I advise you to take a trip to sokoto and see for yourself how it has been transformed.Moreover if all governors and the president himself have listening ears,we wont be in the situation we are in now.
10/28/11 @ 05:21
Comment from: Sani [Visitor]
SaniMal Amiru. All well meaning people will agree with you that open door policy by our politicians is desirous. However, the examples you mentioned in this article does not translate to anything meaningful. "OPEN DOOR POLICY" does not mean that a governor should open the door of his house for beggers to come and collect N50 or be given evening meal...Islam never supports this...this is nonsense for a governor. In fact, this could be a way of taking advantage of the poverty and illiteracy in Sokoto to steal or waste public funds while the ignorant population are smiling with gratitude. Sokoto is one of the largest states in Nigeria, tell me how will somebody living 200 kilometers from the city benefit from the governors dinner? Do you know that many indigenes of Sokoto have never been to Sokoto city? How will the governor hear while "listening" in his house.
10/28/11 @ 15:12
Comment from: amiru adamu [Member] Email
amiru adamuMal Sani. In response to the questions you raised.You referred to the poverty and illiteracy in sokoto.I will have you know that the sokoto state skill acquisation programme has trained over 30,000 youth so far. It is also on record that education in sokoto state is free from primary to tertiary level,and the free education also includes free ssce,jamb etc registrations. You asked if the people living 200 km away from sokoto enjoy the free ramadan dinner,the programme covers all the 23 lg's in the state. Which open door policy supercedes a situation where a citizen walks directly to the home or office of his governor to seek redress on an issue or convey the complaints of his community? Qoute a verse for me from the holy Qur'an or hadith that said leaders should not help the needy
10/29/11 @ 06:35
Comment from: ahmed yusuf [Visitor] Email
ahmed yusufdis gorvment hmmmmm nah wao pls aliyu wamakko try do somtin gud n dis state to suprice all dis enermies dat tlk wat de dnt knw, may god help u nd evry one n d state amen.
02/23/12 @ 16:13

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