Abba K.Yusuf @ 56: Garlands for Kano Task Master By Ahmad Danyaro

By Ahmad Danyaro

“It’s more difficult to stay on top than to get there”. –Mie Hamm

“The desire to win os born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training.The manner of wining is a matter of honour”. –Dennis Thatcher

One of the most aspects of human life is to pursue successful life career. Some people made it through day and night struggles. In fact to some, succeeding in as a single career is enough while to others perceived that they have to engage in many careers  that by the time they look back at their past records they would certainly agree with themselves that they were among those who did a lot in emancipating the human race.

However, there are number of dedicated public servants one would admire for their patriotism, human relations and diplomatic disposition. These also are when in leadership position exhibits unusual vision and creativity. Those generations can be successful at anything they pursue with much verve. They are determined and exhibit fairness and transparency and they are ready to serve any time and are competent qualification and career wise. Such individuals of unique poise are celebrated everywhere, an action which encourages them to reach their peak .thereby, serving as an impetus to younger generation. How else can one describe the   gubernatorial hopefu , Engr.Abba Kabir Yusuf  as he clocked the matured age of 56 on this planet  ?

All he ever wanted as a child to do in life was to make  a difference  in other people’s lives.As a child ,he thought the only way to accomplish this was to engage in a vocation where his impact would be most felt.Some decades later, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf ,the front candidate for Kano top seat is doing what he always wanted to do- serve .Abba is a politician who has overcome all manner of obstacles ranged on his path .People have criticized his guts and sometimes daring political actions, but he has the knack for succeeding in virtually all enterprises he has embarked upon in life.

In his success story, few people erroneously tend to view it as if he employed underhand tactics to achieve them and in the process underestimate his midas touch. The fact remains that he attained his present height through dint of hard work and unparalleled exhibition of moral discipline.

In the lives of many, birthdays are usually periods for sober reflections .The period for stocktaking. Numerous personalities with eyes on the verdict of history use such occasions to reflect on their contributions to the betterment   or otherwise of their societies .For Engr Abba ,he would have wished that the occasion of his 56th Birthday anniversary on 5th January ,2019 be observed silently in strict compliance with his natural humility and simplicity. But the man is not an ordinary man today as he is in top flight for the number seat in Kano.

Abba K Yusuf  is a man who has distinguished himself in the service of his beloved home state of Kano and inddee, Nigeria as a whole. He is man who is active and decisive , who weighs intellect against intuition ,who is fair and firm in his dealings, a man who encourages cooperation rather than confrontation as he works in partnership with others. He is a man who bears all that comes his way with internal grace and humour.

Abba was born in  Gaya Local Government of Kano State on 5th January , 1963.He attended the famous Sumaila Primary School between 1969-1975, Lautai Secondary School, Gumel 1975-1980, Federal Polytecnic Yola 1982 -1985,Kaduna Polytechnic between 1987-1989 and Bayero University Kano between 1994-1995 for a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and return to same university in 1997-1999 for Master in Business Administration (MBA).

The story of this task master is that of triumph of the human vicissitude .His life is a proof that with strong will to succeed in life and divine nod to one’s actions, one can turn all obstacles to blessings. He is quintessence of humility, apostle of change, a revolutionary and core disciplinarian .adept at the evolution of continuity between the past, diligently reshaping today for brighter tomorrow.

As the Principal Private Secretary and later  Commissioner of Works ,Housing and Transportation of the immediate past administration of Rabiu Kwankwaso  , Abba   has brought new meaning to political appointment   by positively impacting on lives of the people whom he swore to serve diligently and honestly his love for the people , is expressed, in the most outstanding manner , through unique leadership and selfless service .one cannot  but wonder from which source, he derives his rare, aggressive , energetic zeal and tenacity, in his efforts at touching the lives of the society’s most downtrodden .To borrow the words of the classical Greek writer , Homer , he is both a speaker of words and a doer of deeds.

Engineer’s foray into the volatile political terrain from the serene confines of his public service has set a new research trend on the professionals / technocrats in politics as his actions and utterances have redefined politics from the pejorative sense of the word. He has completely rubbished the beautiful and well researched theory of the English philosopher and social analyst, Dr New Clive, who claimed that“…….. What politicians lack is not shortage of towering promises what they appear to have in abundance is a congenital capacity to default on their promises”.

Abba   is one of the few executives  who stood firm to ensure that they are not swallowed by the position they occupy, or the power they muster, the chance they got, the excuses they may give, the financial status they may possess, and the institutions they may have as defenders .Many others in his  shoes, got intoxicated by the unlimited paraphernalia of power and ultimately got swallowed shrewdly by their positions thereby, forgetting their roles as servants and representatives of the people who sincerely  elected them.

Believed widely as a person who matches his words with sustained action, Abba Kabir  is one of the few leaders who have never been involved in any form of scandal, dishonesty or betray of public trust, traits reminiscence of most our modern day politicians. He has made exceptional strides in special intervention in the areas of education, health, agriculture, women/youth empowerment which has bring succor to the deprived and smiles to the poor as well as hope to the hopeless. Indeed, he perfectly fits into the postulation by John c Maxwell

Abba Gida Gida  as he is fondly called by his admirers combines a rare academic capability with administrative and organizational ability to lead Kano to greater direction.  This is evident in the many strategic administrative positions and challenges he had been given over the years in her public life and he has discharged with fortitude, uncommon success and unblemished record.

Leaders , especially the cerebral and the professionally oriented ones, tend to be influenced by their background and professional training in dealing with specific issues in governance .They find it more expedient providing solutions to their challenge through their professional windows, and oftentimes .it has worked for them because they are playing in a turf where they are masters. This is an unprecedented case of Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf , An engineer of repute , season public servant  and manager of people and resources of unique standing

By any benchmark one deploys to assess him, and in whatever clime in our firmament of the planet earth , Enginner Abba Kabir Yusuf  , is a stunning success , a unique gift to Kano at this its critical moment in history and he deserve to be celebrated by all and sundry within the Nigerian geography as he turned 56 years and offers the captain the ship of his darling State.

Danyaro wrote this piece from Kano and can be reached at


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