In the Nigerian political configuration, the aphorism that many are called but few are chosen is salient when cognizance is taken of the fact that out of the minority of them can actually be singled out as sincere, principled, straightforward and steadfast in their dealings and interactions with their constituents, colleagues, associates and subordinates.
. Hon. Haruna Manu
Indeed as it is often said, politicians are quick on promises but tardy in fulfilling them thus engendering suspicion, skepticism and speculation as to their actual motives and intentions.
It was one such venerable politician of yore, former Soviet Leader, Chairman Khrushchev who stated rather presciently that a politician can promise to build a bridge where there is no river thus alluding to the widespread motion that politicians often make hyperbolic commitments that defy logic or cogent reasoning.
However the scenario is not that bleak as there exists a principled, dedicated resilient and rock-ribbed core of political leaders and eminent statesmen who are distinguished by their solid commitment to truth, fair play, equity and good conscience in all its positive ramification and not given to hearsay, half truths rigmarole or outlandish pontification that obfuscates the mindset of right thinking segments of society.
Those outstanding leaders set the tone of debate, discourse policy and programs by sterling example and not by any overblown precept that is common with some in the political class.
Indeed a stellar example of such sincere, steadfast and sagacious political paragons is no other eminent figure than His Excellency, Hon. Haruna Manu, seasoned technocrat, constitutional avatar legislative titan, administrative colossus and hi-tech wunderkinder presently gearing up for a precedent shattering g second term as the Deputy Governor of Taraba State.
Possessed of a razor sharp intellect and a forthright and straight talking disposition that has no truck for undue grandstanding and semantic distinctions and double speak, Hon. Haruna Manu has built an enviable reputation as a veteran politician who does not behave like the average politician, a straight forward personality who does not engage in dishing out vainglorious, empty promises and one eminent figure that holds personal integrity and honour as a standard that other colleagues would do well to emulate.
As many a constituent, friend, acquaintance or colleague would attest to, Hon. Haruna Manu is one political maestro who can be taken literally for his words.
His words as the proverbial saying goes can be taken to the bank.
The political supremo from Taraba State is not known for careless talk or aimless chatter as is common with some in the political class but once Hon. Haruna Manu speaks, he resonates with clear authority, clarity, brevity and matchless lucidity.
His statements on policy issues and critical matters of the day are clad with iron cast vision and purpose and geared towards illuminating, dissecting and resolving complex and contentious issues of national, regional and international implications.
One of the reasons for the extremely high regard in which Hon. Haruna Manu is held among his peers is his unequalled reputation as an epitome of rectitude and integrity, a standard bearer of truth, respect and honour who does not engage in rumour, speculation or meddlesome hearsay.
On the policy formulation and implementation arena, an astute Hon. Haruna Manu has not been caught flat footed as he has burnt the midnight oil for days on end crafting an economic, infrastructural, manufacturing, industrial and agricultural master plan designed to take his beloved state out of the woods and bravely catapulting it into the ranks of the fast developing economies of the global comity of nations.
Indeed while other policy makers and political helmsmen engage in endless partying, jamboreeing and hopping from one vacation spot to the other a highly focused Hon. Haruna Manu has put in place a credible operational blueprint that if implemented to the letter would definitely herald a more prosperous, highly developed and educationally advanced Taraba state that would undoubtedly emerge as the economic hub and food basket of the north-eastern region and indeed Nigeria as a whole.
The development of this groundbreaking policy blueprint involved the considereable input of pivotal segments of Taraba society including leaders of thought, the intelligentsia, professionals, civil society, the youths and the civil society as the broad minded Hon. Haruna Manu believes in an inclusive, open door style of administration a refreshing change from the autocratic self centered, despotic disposition of many a political helmsman while traversing the policy formulation terrain like a benign colossus, the action- oriented No. 2 citizen has also engaged in ceaseless trouble shooting and peace making overtures across the length and breadth of the state as his pacifist inclinations abhors all forms of violence, lawlessness, anarchy and civil disobedience that serves no meaningful or purpose for the society at large.
In this regard Hon Haruna Manu, with the imprimatur of the result-oriented Executive Governor His Excellency Arch. Ishaku Darius has played a yeoman’s role in enshrining lasting peace, order and stability in Taraba state and its environs, no mean feat in an entity where some of the communities have been at odds with each other for decades or generations as the case may be.
However the amity, loyalty and fraternity existing between the energetic Arch. Ishaku Darius and his fastidious deputy, Hon. Haruna Manu even though they are products of distinct ethnic and religious backgrounds is a decided panacea and exemplar of the spirit of partnership, tolerance, friendship, co-operation and mutual dialogue that they have been propagating for the diverse communities, cultures and religious groups in the state and is a litmus test of true leadership by example and not by precept or propaganda.
Without doubt Hon Haruna Manu has blazed a trail which would be incredibly difficult for his successors in office to sustain as he exemplifies loyalty, sincerity integrity, honesty, firmness, courage, compassion, competence and utmost dedication to his executive duties and function as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.
Indeed Hon. Haruna does not believe in sycophancy or undue praise singing as he is a successful and highly resourceful corporate titan and renowned hi-tech entrepreneur who has made his mark in the global corporate arena long before he delved into the rather murky waters of partisan politics.
Therefore the political supremo from Bali/Gassol federal constituency can state his opinions, thoughts, ideas and perspectives freely and forthrightly not caring whose ox is gored in the process as far as it advances the overall interest, welfare and wellbeing of Tarabans and Nigerians as a whole.
Comrade Victor Ishaya sent this piece from Jalingo, Taraba State.