Omolúàbi and the Big Ideas
By Abdulsalam Oniyere
When I read through a book titled “Rewire Your Brain,” written by John B. Arden, Ph.D., talking about a revolution occurring in brain science, I disagreed with the thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with and that the brain cells you had at birth were the maximum number you would ever possess. Which I disagreed with until a veteran journalist shed more light on it.
Omolúàbi in a media parley organized by Bolaji Abdullahi gave a glimpse of what BIG IDEAS are all about when he spoke at the interactive session with the media. He dissected his political theme ‘Big Ideas’ from the education sector to health, from poverty reduction to youth empowerment and to social justice. Omolúàbi gave practical and relatable ideas and new approaches to profer solutions to old problems.
Bolaji Abdullahi laid so much emphasis on character which is the basis of being an Omolúàbi. According to him, to be an Omolúàbi, it is not just by mere words, it must be demonstrated in all you do. In fact, as a leader you only get it right if you have the right character. As an Omolúàbi, you must be honest, fair, just and be a leader that works for everyone.
This media parley affords me the opportunity to listen and hear directly from the man himself some of the things I have read and heard people say about him. His efforts and works as Commissioner for Education between 2007-2011 in Kwara State remains a reference point in Nigeria. As Sports Minister, Omolúàbi distinguished himself as a performer. The truth needs no witness. Apologies to Fresh Insight.
Meanwhile, it beats my imagination when some people were badmouthing ‘Big Ideas’ just because they want to play opposition at all cost. Well, Yorubas would say, “Eni tio ni iru Eni, kole monyi Eni”. This simply means; when you don’t have a valuable asset like Bolaji Abdullahi, you can never appreciate his worth. But I am sure that their inability to recognize the worth of Omolúàbi, can never reduce his worth. The good of Kwara Central know him and will appreciate his worth by sending him to National Assembly as Senator in 2023.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi Omolúàbi is very competent, courageous and has the necessary experience to drive home those policies that will regic the entity called Nigeria. May God help him.