By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has saluted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and former Governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as he clocks 64.
Governor Bello described Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a phenomenal political master strategist in Nigerian Politics, an icon whose nest is strewn with men and materials as a bridge builder and builder of human capital.The Governor noted the pivotal role played by Tinubu in the formation of the APC as a mega party and its eventual success in the general elections triumping over the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party.
Governor Bello said in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Jibrin Baba Ndace that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has proved himself as a master craftist, a shrewd politician whose strides into politics in Nigeria has improved the political field and history of Nigeria and made democracy a much more novel exercise.
The Governor contended that “it is impossible to write modern political history of Nigeria without a special mention of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu whose strides into the anals of Nigerian politics has redefined the Nigerian political landscape by widening the field of politics beyond local wards and regional contraptions.
He commended the former Lagos state Governor for bringing the the whole of the western region out of it’s hitherto cocooned political opposition to the mainstream national politics to play decisive role in Nigeria’s match into nationhood as a democratic country.
He said as a master strategist, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has always been guided by nationalistic ethos, credo and a zealous patriotism that puts Nigeria first before any other primordial considerations.
“In his daily conducts and political processes, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has always placed national interest above self”.a
He noted that as a political colossus, “there is not a single word or phrase that could best describe Ahmed Bola Tinubu. But he recalled quickly that Tinubu who is the Jagaban Borgu, a revered traditional title from Borgu, New Bussa in Niger state, is an icon and a progressive minded politician who has made sterling contributions to the Nigerian project.
Governor Bello acknowledged Tinubu’s role in the modern transformation of Lagos state as well as his expansive foothold in the entire western region as a trade mark of knowledgeable politician who knows his onions well.
He stressed that the political structures and legacy erected by Bola Ahmed Tinubu has brought fame and reckoning as well as growth and development to the state and places far beyond.
“As Governor of Lagos state, you build an enduring structure that outlived your tenure and ensured stability and development of the state.and places beyond”.
While felicitating with the celebrant and wishing him many more active years ahead, Governor Bello prayed God to grant him long live, good health and wisdom to contribute more to the positive growth and development of the country.