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PROF. SEIDU ONAILO MOHAMMED: THE MAN I KNOW: IKANI OJOCHENEMI

PROF. SEIDU ONAILO MOHAMMED: THE MAN I KNOW
To say that I was touched by the sincere devotion of Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed to our cause, the Igala cause, does not sufficiently express my gratitude. I'm more touched by the recent campaign of calumny against the person of Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed. A man whose magnanimity and selfless service to humanity as a succour provider has endeared him to the hearts of many, yet gets wrongfully criticised just because he poses a potential threat to the incumbent government. What an absurd ingenuity!

Whoever is being employed to use social media as a campaign tool to malign the person of Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed will only do himself or herself more damage and a high disservice to their employers as their negative words and campaign of calumny will only be to his reputation as rain to the stone; it will only wash him clean.

THE MAN THAT I KNOW

The Professor Seidu Onailo that I know has deliberately ensured that his actions as the Director General and CEO of National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA always fall within the purview of permissible civil service rules and constitutional roles. He has served the longest term as the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA (a highly reputable premier space agency in Africa) for over a decade. This further tells of the person of Prof. Seidu Onailo Mohammed as a man of integrity and honor. He has not only carved a niche for himself in the anal of sciences, but also in the hearts of so many good and well meaning Kogites who desire a better and prosperous Kogi State. I am proud of you, Prof.!

Prof. Seidu Onailo Mohammed, as a man without opportunistic tendencies, has neither tried to undermine human intelligence and merits nor watered down national standard for employment as a way of gaining cheap credit or acceptability among Kogites or Nigerians. That he could not get you employed or you got yourself into the hands of scam and got duped because of your avariciousness does not mean he is selling jobs. I bet you to show an evidence. He has given equal opportunities to all Nigerians who have the requisite credentials and qualification to be considered for employment into the reputable agency of National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA. I am a Testimony to that fact!

MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY

To be brief, I was employed into the Nigerian space agency, NASRDA in 2014 on merit. Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed never met me in person before until that faithful Tuesday afternoon in March, 2014. He received me warmly in his office at about 2:30pm, after Muslim prayer, knowing that I'm an Igala son and he checked my credentials and promised me a job here and there because he has strong desire to see that every Igala sons and daughters gets what to do and more so that I met with the requirements for employment into the Agency. A good reason also was that there was an opening for employment. HE NEVER ASKED ME FOR A DIME (Money) ... And lo and behold I was employed on the 2nd August, 2014 on merit with his personal efforts. Thank you, Prof.!!!

HIS DECISION TO JOIN POLITICS

Before his declaration, either formerly or privately, to bring his wide range of experiences as a technocrat into politics and more precisely to run for Governor of Kogi State, not so much noise has been heard about Professor Seidu Onailo Mohammed. He seems not to be a man of so much noise, but his works and records make the noise for him.

His declaration to run for the November Kogi gubernatorial race has, no doubt, set the stage for a very high-profile APC primary challenge against the incumbent Governor, Yahaya Adoza Bello, who is seeking a re-election.

As should be expected in a race like this, a lot of blackmail and name-callings are the order of the day. But Prof. Seidu has taken it all with philosophical calmness and wisdom. According to his philosophy, the youths are the main pillars of every society and play an important roles in ensuring quality and responsive leadership therefore should not allow themselves to be used wrongly.
He is a respecter of traditional institution, and has resolved to strengthen the traditional institution and accord royal fathers their dues. He believes traditional rulers have roles to play in ensuring peace and tranquility in our society and are foremost in the context of grassroots politics.

Prof. Seidu, who presently sits atop as the Director General/CEO of NASRDA, may have never run for public office before his bold step to go for Kogi governorship race, but he is definitely not a political neophyte, neither is he a novice in governance and the public sector. His experiences and track records will speak loudly in due time. So, those paid or bamboozled into doing campaign of calumny against the person of Prof. Seidu Mohammed should be ready to meet an iron-gated wall.

Politics is not war and therefore, Kogi youths should not avail themselves to be used by selfish politicians to unleash rancour, anarchy and doom on our dear state. Kogi State is in need if positive guidance and leadership and this require experience and selflessness.

Thank you.
Long live Nigeria
Long live Kogi State
Long live Igala Kingdom

BY: IKANI OJOCHENEMI

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