OPINION, Who Is Uba Sani? By Pharm Saadah Wahab

Kaduna..The era of politics base on eligibility & competency, and not that of follow the crowd is long overdue! It’s no doubt a lot of people previously and even presently, endorse candidature for other reasons aside credibility. Which has certainly never & will never be in the interest of both the electorates and the candidate’s sponsors or supporters! There are a lot of scenarios nationwide to depict my thoughts. To mention but a few, are that of senator Hunkuyi & shehu Sani which are peculiar to kaduna state. I believe, we as a people owe ourselves the obligation & satisfaction of voting an upright person whose norms and values go in conformity with our believes! The belief of discharging the desired duty, irrespective of whether or not, our votes make a difference! And I feel we should,as educated as we are,all uphold to such. That however, prompted my quest for the identity of Malam Uba sani, the APC senatorial candidate for kaduna central.which I’m pretty sure a lot of people know little about & of course raising eyebrows! It is not amazing to know that the answer wasn’t far from my reach. A brother to a well known brother and a colleague. I now have a clear picture of who Uba Sani is. Believe me,base on my assertions, without fear or favor, I can boldly say he’s a good product & should sell well. Halilu Hassan also put it up in writing. Lengthy though for bad readers like myself, but worthy! Read, digest, comprehend, assimilate & make your choice! Satisfy your conscience & always go for Mr right!

Malam Uba Sani is a big name in business, government and civil society.He is a leading civil rights activist, development worker, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, politician and accomplished businessman of enormous economic and political goodwill.

He is currently a Special Adviser (Political and Intergovernmental Affairs) to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State. He was formerly a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs during the era of President Olusegun Obasanjo, and Special Adviser (Political) to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Over time, he has built a political fortune with a reservoir of very loyal supporters. He cut his teeth in the institutions of public service when he also served with the Kaduna State Ministry of Works and Housing.

Born on 31st December, 1970, he holds the Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Calabar, a Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration from University of Abuja, and a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Kaduna Polytechnic.

Malam Uba Sani has played an unforgettably leading role in the struggle against military authoritarianism in Nigeria, leaving behind a footprint of bravery and patriotism. He deployed his organizational and networking skills in creating a strategic base for the pro-democracy movement in Northern Nigeria. He also made ample use of his civil society organization, the Movement for Freedom and Justice to champion the rights of the underprivileged and offered them unfettered access to justice. He was variously the National Vice Chairman (North) of Campaign for Democracy (CD) and Deputy National Chairman (North) of the Joint Action Committee (JACON) led by the legendary Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN.

He founded the El-Rufai Foundation, devoted to entrepreneurship and skills acquisition for youths, women and the underprivileged. The Foundation served as a unique window of training and job opportunities for energetic, young people in Kaduna State, thereby making the beneficiaries economically self-reliant.

An entrepreneur of repute, he established and successfully built businesses in telecommunications and estate management.

He has attended many courses and conferences (both nationally and internationally) in the areas of human rights, development and democracy. He is an alumnus of the United States Government’s International Visitors and Leadership Program (IVLP). The program which focused on “Volunteerism and NGO Management” enriched Malam Uba Sani’s knowledge on development issues and impacted on his career goals as a politician and community leader.

Before now, he handled Inter Governmental Affairs. He was mainly responsible for liaising with developmental partners who invested in the state..

Uba Sani is a philanthropist whose foundation had assisted people with health needs, education needs, empowerment programmes and others. Speaking here is the Director of Administration of the Foundation.

He is happily married with children and a sports enthusiast.

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