President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday inaugurate minister-designates. They will be working with him to realise the “Next Level” vision of his administration in the next four years. Journalists and pundits have continued to dissect the nominees’ qualifications.
While I was in college, I was introduced to an excellent yardstick for measuring an achiever, one that has stuck with me ever since.
An achiever possess four critical qualities: a bedrock of principles, a moral compass, a vision and the ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision.
Let us now explore these four criteria that defines the Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi personae in greater depth-the nominee from Uke, a village in Karu Local Government of Nasarawa State.
A bedrock of principles: Abdullahi builds his platform on a foundation of firm, unchanging, fundamental truths. These are the things he believes at his very core, his overarching philosophy.
Just as in the foundation of a house, storms may buffet the structure, opposition and challenges may arise, times will change, but the foundation remains.
A statesman may change the details of his policies and his methods for achieving those policies, but only in as much as those short-term tactics of expediency serve the purpose of furthering his bedrock of principles in the long run.
A moral compass: His moral compass is rooted in a sense of absolute right and absolute wrong. When something is wrong, he plainly says it is wrong and does everything in his power to fight against it.
When something is right, he is willing to overcome any opposition to preserve and spread it. He is a man of integrity; he speaks the truth. He leads by moral authority and represents all that is best in his countrymen, the kind of personality to work with our President. No wonder his name found its self to the ministerial list.
A man of this character, he fits into the Ministry of Works to address the infrastructural deficit the Buhari administration has been working to address.
For those familiar with Nasarawa State before the coming of former Governor Umaru Al-Makura, the state was seriously lacking in basic infrastructure.
As Secretary to Nasarawa State Government, Muhammed gave the administrative leadership that led to massive infrastructural development of the Al Makura’s government.
A vision: Abdullahi has a clear vision of what his country and his people can become. Dear President, make him our Minister of Works and Nigeria will be better off.
Ability to build a consensus: Abdullahi demonstrated the consensus spirit when, despite calls from several quarters to contest for the Senatorial seat of Nasarawa West, he stepped out in order to build consensus.
In considering these four qualities of Abdullahi, it may seem like a real one has never existed, because if one had, surely everyone would be in agreement on his exalted place in history.
But in truth, even those who agree on these criteria would have plenty of disagreement over what principles, he should espouse, what constitutes a moral right and wrong, and most importantly, what constitutes acceptable means in obtaining his vision.
He is a tested professional and a technocrat who can bring to bear a wealth of experience in administration of varied departments/capacities gained from well over two decades into interpreting the Next Level vision of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, either in the Ministry of Works or the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory.
President Buhari took his time to appoint the right people as ministers. The next critical step is to put these men in the right places to enhance productivity and the delivery of the Next Level agenda in a more profound way. Abdullahi Mohammed’s track records stand him out.