The concept of leadership theory is used in this piece to explain the relationship between Nigerian political elites and followership as its affects the lives of the common man, in particular, using Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State who within the shortest possible time restored the lost confidence of the people of Bauchi State in government and governance. Nigeria’s political class whose actions and inactions in governance has direct bearings on our societal and environmental decadence has placed the lives of many Nigerians under insecurity, economic, social, education and infrastructural risk for failure of the system to deal with the challenges of leadership in Nigeria and Bauchi State in particular. Bass and Alvolio’s transformational leadership model is used in this context to demonstrate the yet-to-be-identified leadership potentials of Kauran Bauchi (Bala Mohammed), a man who has written his name in gold.
Leadership in Bauchi State has become a parrot cry both to the government who failed to give what they promised and to the governed who only read about the promises from a distance on the pages of newspapers. The return of Kaura into Bauchi’s political limelight in 2019 has since opened new pages of historical developmental strides in and around the state capital in just a year after taking overpower. Governor Bala’s exceptional transformational leadership style has motivated others to achieve more than what was originally expected of them through the creation of a political space conducive enough for Bauchi citizens when he served as a senator representing the good people of Bauchi South and when he served as minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2010 to 2015. He remained in the history of Bauchi State-born politicians that defeated twice seating governors first in the 2007 mass political revolution that sent former Governor Mu’azu to early retirement when he massively won the Bauchi South Senatorial Zone and in 2019 when he defeated former Governor M.A Abubakar to overwhelmingly clinch the governorship.
Bauchi was in a standstill on May 29, 2019, a handover ceremony that brought Nigerians together from the north and south to witness the inauguration of Governor Bala Mohammed (Kauran Bauchi). He promised to restore the lost glory of Bauchi as the Pearl of Tourism as preached by the late Sa’adu Zungur and as a state where the first Nigerian Prime Minister, late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa of blessed memory hailed from. Bauchians before the emergence of Kauran Bauchi’s administration were completely fed up and had lost confidence in governance as a result of the persistent failure of successive governments to implement many of their campaign promises. Bauchians were anxious to see how the administration will start with the backlog of unpaid salaries and gratuities. The massive infrastructural development ongoing within Bauchi metropolitan city and across the 20 local government areas, the massive educational infrastructure, youth inclusion in governance and empowerment, the transformation of the entry points from Jos, Kano and Gombe States into the city centre has left the opposition in a nightmare that under Mohammed it is no longer business as usual.
The appointment of credible young sons and daughters is taking the state on a journey to greatness. Their appointment beyond the boundaries of their tribe, religion and regional identities has portrayed Kauran Bauchi as one of the living Bauchi and Nigerian politician that places emphasis only on credibility as against ethnic, religious and regional identities which have for long held the state and country to a standstill. Governor Bala’s pedigree and leadership potentials have so far reconnected Bauchi nationally and internationally with people outside the state now adding their voices that the Duguri-born politician should join the presidential race in 2023. His priority of youth inclusion in governance and decision-making has indeed put the state on a bridge that Bauchians are now crossing with their eyes closed. He has turned the state into a mini Dubai.
Since the creation of Bauchi State 45 years ago, there is no time that it has witnessed visible infrastructural development in the areas of agriculture, economy, education, health, women and youths within the shortest possible time. He uses modern strategies and other spheres of development to save them from the shackles of poverty, a cacophony of underdevelopment for progress and self-actualization. Everybody attests to the fact that Governor Bala is a progressive leader who is more interested in putting smiles and food on the table of his people.
We must commend His Excellency, Kauran Bauchi for his hard-working, resilience and perseverance in steering the affairs of Bauchi State within less than two years in office which has placed the state on the high pedestrian bridge of success and excellence. He has the quality and commitment of Bello Khaliel, the doggedness of Garba Duba, the patriotism of Tatari Ali, the simplicity of Sani Sami, the boldness of Chris Abutu, the dedication of Joshua Madaki, the zeal of Abu Ali, the wisdom of Dahiru Deba, promptness of Yana Kalau, the vision of Adisa Raji, the struggle of Bamigboye, acumen of Abdul Mashelia, dexterity of Ahmed Mu’azu, the magnanimity of Isah Yuguda, the eloquence of Muhammed Abubakar. Bala’s achievements as the democratically elected governor of Bauchi State are beyond expectations. The epileptic water supply in Bauchi metropolis and other LGAs has been addressed through the Bauchi State Government and World Bank’s collaboration. When completed, water supply will grow by 100 per cent and ameliorate the suffering of the ever-increasing three million population. The same gesture is being extended to the 19 local government areas.
Kauran Bauchi’s viable leadership qualities are currently what we can lean on as a country as many from other parts of Nigeria have recognized his hard work and perseverance, as well as his giant strides in making Bauchi State great again. As Bauchians, we will always be proud and stand with him on his journey to the greatness within Bauchi State and the nation in general.
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