Hon Ahmed Yerima : Deserves Commendation, Not RidiculeHon Ahmed Yerima : Deserves Commendation, Not Ridicule
The saying, ‘a golden fish has no hiding place’ best describes the personality of Hon Ahmed Yerima . A fine gentleman,certified professional pen pusher, a revolutionary politician, consummate administrator and thoroughbred public affairs commentator.
Like him or hate, one cannot but admire his courage. Hon Ahmed Yerima is a member of the Federal House of Representatives , representing Misau/Dambam Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, has been outspoken against what he perceives as the many ills of Governor Muhammed A. Abubakar of Bauchi State.
Through his syndicated write-ups and mostly in the print media and online sites . Hon Ahmed Yerima has not just become readers delight, but has earned for himself the sobriquet of a consistent, fearless and meticulous social commentator. Hon Ahmed Yerima dishes humanity with the meal of fertile and virile news, his own humble contribution to peace, development and harmonious living in the state .
His versatility in contemporary discourse and sagacity in people-based advocacy is never in doubt as he comments deeply on issues relating to the economy, politics, security, as well as issues of general interest with relative ease. According to this writer, Hon Ahmed Yerima derives unquantifiable satisfaction when people around him are well informed on the happenings in the state especially issues that are largely for the well being of the masses. This, they say accounts for why he has committed his entire being and resources to the business of writing right from his early days.
It is always a huge delight reading to his well-researched, objective and balanced views on burning issues as it affects especially Bauchi state citizens . Hon Ahmed Yerima belongs to the class of journalists and professionals whose writings are driven by passion for humanity and love for arts. Little wonder his write-ups are devoid of sentiments and bias. Unlike other writers, Hon Yerima has proven times without number that he cannot be bought over, neither can he be intimidated or pushed aside for daring to stand on the side of truth.
At a time several of his colleagues are compromising the highly respected ethics of the journalism profession mostly for pecuniary gains, Hon Ahmed Yerima remains steadfast, incorruptible and professionally-minded. Material or monetary inducements are very insignificant to influence his decisions or make him to suppress the dictates of his conscience. This "Bawan Allah" attaches less importance to things with ephemeral value,rather those things with enduring values catches his fancy. At a time many pen pushers and other public affairs commentator in his home state of Bauchi have shamelessly become tools for peddling lies,falsehood and penning stories aimed at boosting the egos of their paymasters, Hon Ahmed Yerima has chosen to tow the path of honour. You cannot call him a blind or mercantile writer.
As concerned citizens of the state, what should pre-occupy our minds should be what can we do to collectively address the plethora of challenges of impunity, unconstitutionality, lawlessness, corruption, nepotism,mass hysteria, favouritism, discrimination, and self-service in governance of the state, rather than clamping down on supposed dissenting voices isn’t the solution.
Wielding the big stick on innocent citizens who dare to address perceived injustice won’t do us any good, rather would only complicate our woes.
Hon Ahmed Yerima is an invaluable asset to Bauchi state in particular and Nigeria as a whole . Let me at this juncture recommend that this erudite professional pen pusher man be drafted into the President Muhammadu Buhari 's media team. He has what it takes to properly, professionally and intelligently manage Mr President’s media matters especially at this material time.
For very obvious reasons, the duo of Femi Adeshina and Garba Shehu are professionally disadvantaged to do a pristine job. Hon Ahmed Yerima has demonstrated his huge and unrivalled media acumen in notable establishments in the past. The records are there. Special Adviser,Planning and Strategy, Special Adviser, Information Mgt and Web, SSA, Media and Publicity, Bauchi State, Director of Public Relations, News Africa, International Broadcaster/Analyst, VOA Producer, BBC London, Translator/Reporter, Radio Moscow among others.
For those who want him out of circulation should look beyond the personality of Hon Ahmed Yerima and weigh the consequences of their evil decision. We cannot afford to lose a thoroughbred information and media man to sentiments and parochial interests. Hon Ahmed Yerima, I commend your fearless and objective writings. Allah saka ma ka da alheri. Ka cihi GABA
Citizen John Akevi, write from Bauchi state.
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