Maikaya Is Not To Young To Govern Nasarawa State

By Kenny Adewole

Saturday September 2, 2017 will remain a memorable day in my life. This is because I have be communicating on Phone and WhatsApp with Alh Muhammed Musa Maikaya (Ciroman Toto), we finally met in his home town, Toto Local Government of Nasarawa State.

As one of the pioneer founder of a group named “Nigeria President 2019 Below 50”, I have been an advocate of young people contesting political position from Councillors to the President of the country especially as we approach another political era come 2018/2019.

I set out for Toto Local Government of Nasarawa State via Gwagwalada to Abaji and from Abaji to Toto Local Government (Abaji to Toto LGA is less than 20 minutes drive).

On getting to Toto LGA, what I saw was a handsome man in Suit and Kaftan with the inscription “Nasarawa 2019”, “Maikaya 2019” on various posters printed by different support group.

Immediately I alighted from the car I boarded from Abaji, I asked the Motorcycle to take me; pointing to the poster behind him, this handsome man’s house. In less than 5 minutes, I was at the magnificent but simple house of Alh. Muhammed Musa Maikaya.

I put a call to my Reporter in Nasarawa; Yahaya Idris, to inform him of my presence in Toto LGA, I was well accommodated by him and the younger brother to Alh. Maikaya otherwise known as SS.

In a matter of minutes, the whole compound of the Ciroman Toto was filled up with supporters mainly youths and women with motorbikes and posters chanting the praises of Alh. Maikaya.

I joined the convoy to welcome the Ciroman Toto, Alh. Muhammed Musa Maikaya into town for the Sallah celebration.

I recognized him immediately I saw him; very simple and handsome man. My Reporter introduced me to him as Mr Kenny, Publisher of Swift Reporters. I saw that happiness in him. “I am sorry for not making the burial of your father” was the statement that came from him.

We were joined by other convoy already waiting for him and we proceeded to the Toto Chief Palace where he received the royal blessings of HRH, Ohinoyi Muhammed Umar Azaki before moving to his Ward Chairman’s residence. He received another blessings of Alh. Abdullahi Bala-Kano.

As we proceed, I saw more people mainly youths and women trooping out to celebrate with their son, the Ciroman Toto, Alh. Musa Maikaya.

He was so free with them that he had to wind down his jeep’s windows to greet his teeming supporters. I had to pass a message across to him to be careful with his belongings in the jeep as people were climbing the jeep to shake him. He never bordered as what was in his mind is “they are my people, I need to mingle with them”!  

On getting to his house; which was already filled up with his teeming supporters, he had to address the supporters who are chanting “Maikaya Straight to Government House, Lafia”.

He made sure everybody that came to the house ate and drank to their satisfaction; he is used to that even before his people called on him to take the mantle of leadership of Nasarawa State come 2019.

I counted up to 13 different groups that came to pay homage and show solidarity with Alh. Musa Maikaya.

The visit to his home towe gave me the opportunity to meet the Director General of his campaign organization, Alh. Ibrahim Sabo. We have been communicating on phone as well and I have missed two appointment with him in Lafia, which was caused by me. Alh. Sabo from the way people speak about him shows that he will surely deliver the ticket of the APC to Alh. Musa Maikaya and ensure that he becomes the Governor of Nasarawa State based on his past antecedents in Nasarawa State politics.

For those who don’t know the Ciroman Toto, Alh. Muhammed Musa Maikaya, he was born on 2nd March 1972. With over 20 years of working experience, he holds a B.Sc in Geology and Mining from the prestigious University of Jos, Plateau State and thereafter, he proceeded to the University of Port Hacourt, Rivers State to obtain a PGD in (Geology) 2007.

He is a Member of Nigerian Mining And Geosciences Society (NMGS); American Association Of Petroleum Geologist; Project Management Institute (PMI).

Among the leadership training and workshops he has attended include: Creative Leadership, Accra Ghana;

Achieving Leadership Excellence, Dubai UAE; CRESTCOM Bullet Proof Leadership Series, Accra Ghana; Petroleum Risk & Decision Analysis, London U.K; Lean Thinking For World Class Performance (perform more with less) Gas Monetization, Abuja; Oil And Gas Exploration Workshops (Brazil, USA, UK).

As a visionary young man whose quest for advancement in life is immeasurable, Alh. Muhammed Maikaya has held sway as the President of the NNPC Cooperative Thrift and Credit Society from 2010 to 2014 where he displayed the highest level of managerial wisdom to turn around the fortunes of the Cooperative and its members. His matchless records of achievements during his stint speaks volumes of what he has to offer when given a larger responsibility.

Kenny Adewole is the Publisher of Swift Reporters based in Abuja

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