By Dallami Abdullahi
Rabiu Suleiman Yusuf popularly known as Rabiu Suleiman Bichi; is a person who doesnt need introduction within the circle of patriotic political practitioners in Nigeria. This is because whenever and wherever he was saddled with responsibility of manning the affairs of people he prove to be a very good leader.
This is vividly observed when he held sway as the Secretary to the state government twice, where he performed excellently. But the mystery yet to be unraveled is why he still commands large followership?!
Some people hold the view that, scholars with a bias in political studies will definitely view his exponential high rise of followers from the Ruskins point of view of power, as he stipulated that: One who says to another cometh and he cometh, to the other goeth and he goeth, has in most cases sense of restrain than the one who follows him.
Based on this I can conclude that, the secret behind his large followership is service to humanity.
Hence, in this political dispensation, we the concern citizens of Kano have noticed silent achievements of Rabiu Suleiman Yusuf popularly known as Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, most especially how he mentored a number of youth. But our forum always sees him as a role model; and we are determined to celebrate this unsung hero. Because our country is in dire need of people like him.
RSY may not likely be physically an outdoor advertiser of his selfless service to humanity, but definitely a dynamite, an enigma or rather an ebullient patriotic prosperous political personality. And to ones utmost surprise, this fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) hardly displays his colourful cv in the limelight, since it is already in the public domain. And in every sense of respect he has fathomed different facet of working life including banking sector, public service and politics.
For over 20 years, RSY has committed himself not only to the service of humanity in Kano but nationally aimed at advancement of good governance, owing to which he strengthens socio-economic development; and participate in political activities solely aimed at improving the quality of lives of the citizenry. As a matter of fact, he served under both Ganduje and Kwankwaso when they held sway as Kano states executive governors. And based on records he performs excellently in the public service; and the nation is in dire need of him.
Most importantly, his achievements are still glaring, owing to which he did a lot when he was saddled with responsibility of manning the affairs of KASEPPA, commissioner Land and Physical Planning. Meanwhile in the banking sector he was the managing director of Urban Development Bank now Infrastructure Bank. What is more vividly seen is his input in policy making, as he was the Executive Chairman Policy Strategies, Implementation and Evaluation Directorate. Lastly, he was the campaign director of Gawuna-Garo 2023 Gubernatorial election.
Thus, as a former political associate of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, he was the party chairman and leader of Kwankwasiyya Movement. When he left Kwankwasiyya movement members of the group found it difficult to fill this gap- painfully as they couldnt find his replacement, owing to which they lamented publically. And all his participation in politics, especially when he contested both gubernatorial and senatorial seats were all clarion calls by people to do the needful at the right time.
He attempted contesting Gubernatorial and the Kano North senatorial seat in 2011. Though he didnt participated in the race, but some of his associates took advantage of his large followership to win the election. The man who served Kano as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) twice is really capable of doing all it takes to improve the quality of lives of the citizenry.
However, appreciating this patriotic prosperous political personality is a task upon people with good sense of reasoning, especially those who value human development, as they can motivate the forthcoming generation to emulate his sterling qualities. No wonder, many people did not know him as a Quranic scholar, eventhough his family is haven of Quranic reciters and memorizers (Qurrau and huffazu).
Celebrating our hero is very necessary in as much as we want the society to prosper. It is in view of this that I often referred to him as dan albarka (a Hausa word meaning prosperous personality).
Lets join hands and prosper together.
To cut a long story short, from the look of things RSYs determination to duty is a dedication to good governance as he always plan on how to improve peoples quality of life. And he is a man who believe in doing the needful at the right time, simply by attitudinal change, owing to which we can easily wipe away our bad behaviors; so that the society can thrive on patriotism. Indeed Nigeria is in dire need of patriotic prosperous political personalities like Rabi’u Suleiman Yusufu a.k.a Bichi. Celebrate and join hands with our hero to deal squarely with major problems bedeviling the nation.
Dallami Abdullahi is of
Kano Patriotic Politicians Forum (KPPF)