|Dr Umar Duhu|
In the Northern part of Nigeria if you talk of the only politician who has been in opposition until 2015 elections that he won the elections with an over whelming support is President Muhammadu Buhari, permit me to still say the only politician that took after Buhari is Dr Umar Duhu who has been a politician with the spirit of opposition to checkmate the then ruling party (PDP) in the defunct ANPP now to APC.
He remained an erudite politician to the extent, he was crowned the Pioneer National Vice Chairman (North East) of APC, and he took the party to the People of Adamawa State, and engineered the process of bringing into the APC, the former Governor of the state, Murtala Nyako which in turn Nyako pulled out 5 strong PDP to the APC. These efforts have earned the APC the status in Nigeria and Adamawa State as; ‘The Ruling Party’. To cap it all, he was instrumental as the National Vice Chairman to ensure that, for the first time in history, the APC produced a woman State Party Chairman in his home State.
Duhu despite all odds fought against injustice, impunity and other vices condone in the then ruling party (PDP). He is seen as an emancipator of true Democracy whose political entrepreneurship earned him a name as “Young Duhu the political gladiator of working things around for the benefit of the common people”.
Knowing the general fact that APC is a party of change, people were hungrily starved with the bad leadership of PDP, a got emotionally attached to the change mantra of APC believing is the saving grace of all Nigerians and the gospel of change was richly preached by Duhu in Adamawa state through his political prowess.
This good leadership qualities of vibrant Umar triggered people to massively voted for change because they truly want to see things are changing for good, PDP was send out because people were desperately and tired of the barbaric style of leadership experiencing with PDP, sorted for a change using even their bloods to search for it because of the destiny, Nigeria must change for the better. Duhu in particular and his fellow compatriots championed the enlightening machinery of injecting into the citizenry the bounties that shall flourish in the change mantra.
By now Young people who know Umar Duhu long ago anticipated the Buhuri administration must have incorporated the likes of Duhu in his cabinet, as there is much wisdom for even Adamawa state to work closely with this political genius whose brain works round the clock in the best interest of the masses and the development of the state and the nation at large, irrespective of all forms of differences.
Is painful to most of us still seeing one Man that worked tirelessly for the ruling party to victory, still hanging around without being accommodated in government and contribute to help build the ruins of our country ravaged by the 16 years of PDP misrule, it goes to say; the hard working Man becoming the only sacrificial lamb of APC without any offence.
APC sacrificed Umar as the innocent lamb yet he uttered no single word? Has he been given up at the expense of many Nigerians that look up to him as a Man with large heart and will save them? Even when he lost the election amongst the many contesters he had helped and supported to be what they were politically before their ascension to the National Assembly, he has to terminate his pursuit of the APC mandate at Appeal Court, to our understanding, all without positive repose by the APC stalwarts across board.
Still pained, the story of Umar Duhu is similarly the same with that of Murtala Nyako who was used and dumped by the ruling APC. It is actually a thing of concern and a call on the APC as a party to keenly look at the cases of this great Nigerians and ensure that they are not only a part of the present administration, but are further Honored Nationally, as appease many and great Nigerians will be compelled to put their best for better recognitions.
One thing I like in this great man of enormous leadership qualities is his humility and kind tenderness. Since losing election, he never made bad remarks nor criticize the Programmes of Adamawa State Government and its Agents. He never said anything about the government of Buhari but subjected himself to continually preach peace to urge the people and to always pray for President Buhari’s success to lead Nigeria. To Duhu, prayers will make or mar our leaders, so positive prayers is what he solicits for as the only panacea that will make our leaders stand tall and strong to lead us well.
What will one say, is APC blindfolded not to have noticed its great men around the party in States? No it can’t be so, but it must be noted that the change APC sing as a slogan will not takes us to the promise land if those who genuinely sacrificed for it are still not even identified, talk less of being recognized by the party.
Or better say APC is becoming like PDP, turning its back and dumping good people who have given their all and have good intention to help in reconstructing the ravaged facilities of our great country, if not, why a Man like Umar Duhu is held down to the extent of non recognition. I have not seen any wisdom in the APC in Adamawa state, at least for the sake of courtesy, Duhu should have not only been a part of the Adamawa State Government, but would have been in the lead of the resolution of the problems of APC in Adamawa state.
Judging from the pedigree of who he was and the role he played to the party becoming what it is in Adamawa state, North East and the country at large, Umar deserve more than a courtesy, considering the fact that he wrote his name with golden pens in the political tabloids of the Adamawa as the party that is reviving sector in the state.
Umar is genuine that can be embraced by any leader with a vision to bring development, Umar is a tree with full sweet fruits,a good general will be fast to notice him as a great lieutenant that can cover his back ,believe you me there is nothing in him can be thrown out.