Ibrahim Kashima-Imam: Why We Must Learn From The North
By Amadim Uyi
The appointment of 25 year old Imam Ibrahim Kashim-Imam by President Bola Tinubu as the Chairman of FERMA Board has kept many talking
Imam Ibrahim Kashim-Imam is just 25 years old, a first class graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Brighton University.
He was born on the 27th of December 1998 and completed his Nysc in August 2022. He also has an Msc from the same University and is the youngest appointee by any government into such a position since 1999.
There are two things we must learn from this appointment
Despite falling into the category of Youths, he is not one of those shouting on social media, following that headless mob screaming “Nigeria is not my country and President Tinubu is not my President”, yes he is a youth but is not one of those who will rather choose Nigeria to burn because their candidate lost an election
Two, the appointment of Imam exposes why the North is ahead of the South in the game of politics
Imam is the grandson of Alhaji Ibrahim Imam, who was a key player in the politics of the First Republic, a Secretary of the then ruling NPC, one of the founders and patrons of the Borno Youth Movement and a leading member of the Northern House of Assembly
His father is Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, a first class politician and one of those that contributed to the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during the presidential election.
He served as Special Advisor and Senate Presidential liaison Officer in the Government of President Olusegun Obasanjo and also as the Chairman of TETFUND in the administration of former President Muhamadu Buhari
He was always with President Tinubu during the campaigns and many will believe that the slot should automatically go to him as a close ally of the President
However, he understood the power of generational change, the need to keep that family legacy alive and he handed that baton to his twenty-five year old son
In recent times, Imam is not the first Northern youth to have been nominated to hold a Chief Executive Officer Position in Nigeria
We see this trend but look the other way, the North understands the game especially the adage that says that “Youths are the leaders of tomorrow”
While we Southerners scramble for positions without thinking about the next generation and the need for continuity
I challenge my Southern brothers, give me the name of one Southern youth below 35 that is currently holding a Chief Executive Officer Position
We must learn from the North in the game of politics.
Laslas everybody go get sense…