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Home Opinion OPINION: Mashi/Dutsi: What a wise choice! – By Ibrahim Haruna MaiJamaa
OPINION: Mashi/Dutsi: What a wise choice! – By Ibrahim Haruna MaiJamaa

OPINION: Mashi/Dutsi: What a wise choice! – By Ibrahim Haruna MaiJamaa

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I  am dumbfounded  on  who  to  congratulate  between  the  people  of  Mashi/Dutsi  Federal  Constituency  and  the  honourable  Mansir  Ali  Mashi,  for  the just-concluded  supplementary  rerun  election  as  directed  by  Election  Petition  Tribunal.  Perhaps,  it  will  be  wiser  to  rejoice  with  both  parties; congratulations  the  people  of  Mashi/Dutsi  Federal  Constituency  for  the  successful  election  exercise  and  for  casting  your  votes  to  whom  it  deserves most.  Similarly,  congratulations  honourable  Mansir  Ali  Mashi  for  winning  the  heart  of  your  people.

I  never  met  honourable  Mansi  Ali  Mashi  in  person,  I  am  neither  from  his  Constituency  nor  his  political  sycophant.  But  I  was  so  moved  with  the ultimate  political  commitments  of  Mansir  Ali  Mashi  of  making  the  lives  of  his  people  better  (particularly,  Mashi/Dutsi  constituency)  was  so widespread  that  most  people  from  other  constituencies  like  me  began  to  imagine  how  they  wish,  they  were  under  the  leadership  of  this  descent, young  and  committed  politician.

Almost  all  the  elected  wailers  of  Change  has  not  delivered  half  their  promises  in  everything.  This  phenomenon  gave  Ali  Mashi  tough  time  in winning  his  election  once  and  for  all.  Alas!  Mansir  Ali  surprised  many,  if  not  all  the  people  of  Katsina  State  in  his  first  100  days  in  office.  He  shows a  political  ideology  enriched  with  sincerity,  truthfulness,  willingness  and  anxiousness  to  discharge  his  duties  of  making  lives  better.  These  qualities among many of  Ali  Mashi  make him  a veteran  politician  who  deserve  a  commendation  of  any well-meaning  Nigerian  (of  course  not  only  indigenes of  Katsina  State),  so  I  decided  to  pen  down  on  him.

It  is,  of  course,  the  first  time  for  Mashi/Dutsi  Federal  Constituency  to  understand  the  real  meaning  of  democracy.  Yes,  for  the  first  time,  because the  milestone  covered  by  Mansir  Ali  Mashi  in  less 100  days in  office  is more  than  the  milestone  covered  by  many  of  his  colleagues that  spent  over 8  years (2920  days)  in  office.  Having  some  doubt?  Come  and  see!

I  have  chosen  not  mention  any  of  Mansir  Ali’s  project  for  two  reasons;  one  I  am  not  trying  to  make  a  brand  for  him,  he  has  already  done  it  for himself.  And  two,  to  create  space  for  my  write-up.  Because  my  appreciation  about  Ali  Mashi’s  transformation  and  narrating  his  remarkable  projects are  lengthy  to  comprehend.

Psychologists  believe  with  no  doubt  that,  when  people  get  into  power,  they  change  radically  and  become  so  utterly  disconnected  from reality.  And gradually,  they  become  very  insensitive  and  self-absorbed,  (apologies  to  Farooq  Kperogi).  Well,  psychologists  might  be  right  on  many  of  our politicians,  but  not  on  Mansir  Ali  Mashi.  In  fact,  when  Ali  Mashi  got  into  power,  power  portrays  his  real  qualities,  Vis  a  Vis;  hard-work, commitments,  fairness,  incorruptibility  and  standard  leadership,  to  say  the  least. It  becomes  a  tradition  of  politicians  to  be  surrounded  by  psychological  snares  of  power  (subordinates  and  favour-seekers),  who  will  tell  them anything  they  want  to  hear,  painting  them with  excessive  praise  and  sycophantic  drooling.  Believe  you  me,  Mansir  Ali  Mashi  was  totally  different politician  we  ever  known  in  Katsina  State,  he  extricated  himself  from  these  psychological  snares  of  power.

Ali  Mashi  believes,  subordinates  and friends who  always flatter  you,  will  never  tell  you  the  truth. When  it  comes  to  flattery,  Ali  Mashi  follows  the  Dale  Carnegie’s  principle  of  dealing  with  people,  that;  the  difference  between  appreciation  and flattery  is;  one  is  sincere;  the  other  is  insincere.  One  comes  from  the  heart  out;  the  other  comes  from  teeth  out.  One  is  unselfish;  the  other  is  selfish. Considering  these  facts,  Mansir  chooses  to  live  with  people  with  principles  of  making  humanity  better,  people  with  positive  ideology  and  above all,  people  who  are  hearty  in  their  approbation  and  lavish  in  their  praise,  (as  suggested  by  Dale  Carnegie).

I  cannot  prophesies  the  future,  but  I  can  fathom  Ali  Mashi’s  political  career;  a  brighter  one  of  course.  Similarly,  I  don’t  know  how  power  will  swing his leadership  integrity  in  the  future,  but  I  hope  he  will  retain  his good  and  exceptional  qualities;  most  importantly,  continue  to  be  with  committed people  who  will  be  his  compass  and  continue  to  navigate  in  the  right  direction,  until  we  all  enjoy  his good  service,  Amin.

Ibrahim Haruna MaiJamaa Sabon-layi, Katsina iharunam@gmail.com 08060807627

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