Senator Ahmad Babba-Kaita: The Trajectory of a Phenomenal Politicia- By Mallam Abdulkadir Lawal
SENATOR AHMAD BABBA-KAITA: THE TRAJECTORY OF A PHENOMENAL POLITICIAN.
By Mallam Abdulkadir Lawal
Special Assistant on Media to Distinguished Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, Katsina North.
The dividends of democracy are delivered optimally only when the political landscape is influenced by those who demonstrate in character that public office is simply an avenue for sincere and selfless service to humanity. These are people who seek only things that have direct bearings on the welfare and security of the people through good governance. They always find fulfilment in giving back to the society, resting on the ideology that true leadership is about serving humanity.
And also to them, whatever differences in tongue, culture, class, religion and political inclinations are not challenges but invitations to deploy those core values that deepen our common humanity. Again, they recognize strongly that the rural populace constitute the major stakeholders in governance which informs their belief that life does not begin and end at the metropolis. And then because they are mostly pedigreed having been already accomplished in their various fields of endeavor, their attractions to politics do not in any way include self-aggrandizement. They are rather conscious of legacies through life-touching initiatives. They are nationalistic with passion for stewardship . They think ahead and objectively.
It is even more reassuring when these change agents serve as legislators where they stand out as true advocates of their constituents, serving with dignity and honour. They are progressive-minded and detribalised in nature. In place of high walls they build long tables. They are visionary, empathetic and always inspiring hope on others . All their programmes and activities are aimed at connecting the people to government and governance. They deliberately engage in mentoring others and there is always a place for morality in their politics.
Unarguably, these generation of public officials were aptly described by the legendary Abraham Lincoln when he wrote that “for every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader”.
Yet sadly in Nigeria today, there is acute dearth of such born leaders, which has become the bane of our political development.
But among the few that are inclined to be different, there is Senator Ahmad Babba-Kaita, representing Katsina North Senatorial District and Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND. He is an embodiment of a true leader by every standard of objective assessment.
From investigations, Ahmad Babba-Kaita did not set out to find a career in public service. But his people “ambushed” him given his track record in providing solutions to them while being a private sector player. He joined partisan politics in 2010 and was elected into the National Assembly first as the representative of the people of Kankia/Kudasa/Ingawa Federal Constituency. He justified the confidence reposed in him as he had a remarkable outing. And also because it is an African tradition for anyone who does well at the ground floor to be called to serve upstairs, his people lifted him shoulder high at an opportune moment.
With the unfortunate death of Senator Mustapha Bukar, the people of the Katsina North Senatorial District found Babba-Kaita worthy based on his service credentials, to fill the gap. He was sworn in on the 10th October 2018. He again delivered, which earned him re-election into the 9th Senate where he is not just representing but visibly playing active roles towards the overall stability and success of the assembly.
His legislative interests are defined by zeal to ensure national unity, promote youth and community development, ensure educational reforms to engender quality education at all levels and promote security nationwide.
For those who keenly monitor events at the national assembly since this republic, there are certain critical matters that present Ahmad Babba-Kaita as a man of foresight and endowed with strategic thinking ability which also is a hallmark of effective leadership.