Ahmad Joda, passage of a model
Ahmad Joda’s story spans a humble background, modest schooling, experiential exposures in agriculture and journalism training; administrative responsibilities and governance trusts.
He had a stint in the practice of journalism, he was instrumental in the establishment of Gaskiya Corporation in Zaria, he was a reputable and honorable federal permanent secretary, he served on the board of trustees of Bells University, he chaired President Muhammadu Buhari’s transition committee. and he died as a small farmer.
Most important for all of these, for our generation of young people, our academics and our political leaders remains, his foreword to a book entitled: A LEADER’S COMPANION written by Muhammad Saidu Jimada. This is available for free at www.nigerians.sadtayyfoundation.org
Any visitor to the site’s home page can only be consumed in accordance with the basic concerns raised by the author. And the resulting responsibilities required for serious leadership and citizenship cannot be confused or overstated.
This specific book supported by Joda defines in my opinion, every basic thing that every leader and follower should know and be guided by, for a stable and better society. They constitute the ideas, attributes, things and even the orientation of which we and especially our leaders are poor or even bankrupt. The immediate challenge is to bring them to life through knowledge, sharing and livelihoods.
What is clear from the book is that knowing anything is not enough. For the good of humanity, what is known must be better understood.
With these, the current shallow level of offerings which has not changed since: the good leader must come from a particular region, a particular religious group or have a sound level of school certification, will be replaced. Songs of promise to solve our obvious growing material challenges, which are inevitable, will not suffice.
And these must be, if we are not to fall back into the same or even worse leadership experience in 2023.
The basis of BETWEEN WHICH IDEA IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS INCORRECT is laid out by the author. As people who generally identify as believers in God, the relationship BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL, HIS CREATOR AND SOCIETY is defined. And because a leader or follower need not be a believer, THE OPTIONS BETWEEN HONORABLE CHOICES IN LIFE are definite. Indeed, more critically, THE FACES OF THE CHALLENGES FOR BOUNDARY DETERMINATION are explained.
So far, aren’t we and our leaders more unstable in these respects? If we can correct them by knowing and understanding them, to lead our relationship, won’t our society definitely improve?
SCALE FOR MALE IDENTITY MEASUREMENT is provided. The positive value of being aware of this is priceless. It continues with THE LOADS TAKEN FOR ACCOMPANIED THAT COST HIGH FOR A CRAZY TRADE, before the definition of THOSE BOUND TO SUCCEED and what is THE HONORABLE AND SURE PATH. These are undoubtedly areas of concern for all serious leadership and those who follow, if the accountability and impact of leadership is to be felt in society.
Because knowledge is no one’s monopoly, the author specifies STUDENTS TO NEVER BE, TO AVOID AND TO CHECK. Isn’t the main factor contributing to our confusion the inconsistency between those who consider themselves scholars and those we admit to be scholars who feed us both? Here is a criterion for us and for them.
Because knowledge only has meaning in a relationship of subsistence, the author spares us the risk of falling again. He defined A HYPOCRITE NOT TO BE AND BE CAREFUL.
In practical life, the author defines the actual living indices of poverty. This is followed by TEMPTATIONS TO RESIST.
The second part of the book which comes in the form of a training interaction, to become a leader, is both practical and most inviting.
May the sweet soul of Ahmad Joda rest in perfect peace, for his registered concern “about how not only to publish the book and put it on his (Jimada’s) website for all to read for free, but how to achieve the very wide audience across Nigeria…” He concluded with “The issue of leadership which this book tries to address is important. We should take it seriously. We must address it head-on because it is that we have good and credible leadership that sees Nigeria as a country in which all share the same obligations and the same rewards”.
Beyond presenting the knowledge and understanding required for leadership, the author’s reflections on the first term of the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari are a breathtaking application of the principles Joda upholds. And the fact that the late AbdulQadir Balarabe Musa backed it up with his pen, provides us with enough guidance to improve 2023, if we care.
The burden is now on us.
Ghazzali Muhammad Saidu,
Minna, Niger State