Rt.( Dr) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande : Reflecting on his unique personality as a grass root oriented politician – By Fatai Ibrahim


” The heights that great men and women reached, were not attained by sudden flights,when they were toiling all nights, others were busy sleeping” Jerry Goodfellow.

The above quote succinctly captures the personality of a unique and indefatigable grass roots oriented politician in person of Rt.Hon.(Dr.) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, whose immense and invaluable contributions in the hallowed chamber of the National Assembly, continuous  to remain evergreen in the minds of the electorates of jos/Bassa federal constituency of plateau State and millions of Nigerians who have been following with keen interest lawmakers who served the Nigerian state wholeheartedly without blemished, geared towards the common good of all Nigerians as well as Nation Building.


One of the greatest motivational speakers and scholars Walter Scott.once posited ” No great man ever lives in vain, because the biography of the world is full of the works of great men” Rt.Hon.( Dr.) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande’s enduring legacies in the socio- economic and political transformation of his immediate constituency jos / Bassa federal constituency  in Plateau State, couple with his sustained relentless service to humanity, are great qualities that distinguished him from others.

Rt.Hon.(Dr.) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande is a unique and unassuming personality, whose simplicity and open door policy has endeared him to millions of people around the world, this can be attested to by his network of friends and well wishers globally. To be candid, he is a true Pan- Nigerian leader as well as a great apostle of National unity and integration.

In the immortal words of Dr.Rohilala Mandela (Mandeba) former South African President at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2003 when he asserts ” Education is the greatest weapon we can use to change the world” Rt.Hon.( Dr) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande( PhD) is a product of the prestigious University of Jos and great a Josite. Having obtained a BSc in Political Science in 1996.

as well as a ( PhD) in public policy and Administration ( Honoris Causa) from iscom University Benin Republic.He is also an Alumnus of London School of Economics (Executive Course).

Rt. Hon. Suleiman Yahaya Kwande is a sports enthusiast and Executive  Member of Nigerian Football federation and 2 term member of the National Assembly representing Jos-North/ Bassa Federal Constituency. He is an ardent believer of using sports for promoting national cohesion and unity, no wonder he is very popular and acceptable amongst the Nigerian youths.

One of  the greatest thinker’s of all times  Lorrin Lee once adumbrated ” Your life is a message to the world, make it inspiring “

Rt.Hon.( Dr.)Suleiman Yahaya Kwande’s exemplary life, as a community leader, a peace advocate, grass roots oriented politician, philanthropic gesture, above all meekness of heart are great qualities that makes him a shining example amongst millions of people around the world.

Rt.Hon.(Dr) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande’s cognate experience in the civil service, for a decade had been the propelling strives that prepares him for partisan politics and community development. Having learn the ropes  in the public service, he was able to bring to bear all his verse experience to bear for the benefit of greater majority of his people in Jos,/Bassa Constituency as well as in the Nigerian project.

In the illuminating  words of Mother Theresa, a peace advocate as well as an harbinger for service to humanity, when she opines” There is no greater service, like the service to humanity”

Rt.Hon.(Dr.) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande’s invaluable contributions to humanity, just egalitarian society as well as   peaceful coexistence amongst major ethnic Nationalities in Plateau State and beyond as earned him  more than 30″ Awards of Excellence” from different sections of the Nigerian society for his dexterity and constant admonition, that, there is “no alternative to peace, which is in line with the wise and illuminating saying of Ronald Reagan (of blessed memory) former United States President when he opines” Peace is not the absence of conflicts, but the ability to resolve conflicts  by peaceful means”

interestingly, one of the trail-blazing initiative of Rt.Hon.(Dr)Suleiman Yahaya Kwande is human capital development, this is inline with the popular aphorism” instead of given one fish, he teaches the younger generation of his immediate  constituency and beyond how to fish. Hence, his various support for over 2,000 business start ups. He is longest serving Nigerian home and in diaspora on Nigerian football Board and to his credit has won all elective elections starting from NPFL in 2006..What a commendable feats to this great and illustrious son of Africa !

Rt. Hon. Yahaya Kwande”s knack for community service, making a difference and been wanting to be heard are core reasons for so journing into mainstream partisan politics and to the glory of God today, is great and legendary feats are there for every body to see.. in his Mission Statement and quest for  politics he asserts” my passion for fairness, social justice and conviction of doing Community service in a simple way for Public Service are compelling reasons for taking a shoot into partisan politics” he alluded.

In this regards, Rt. Hon. Dr. Suleiman Yahaya Kwande’s thinking could be liken to that of the American Civil rights activist the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When King was asked in his last sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in the United States of America. What does he want to be remembered for? and he replied ” I want to be remembered for clothing the naked, want to be remembered for feeding the poor as well as for helping some one”

Rt.Hon (.Dr) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande’s membership of Plateau State Football  Association, Chairman futsal and Beach Soccer  of Nigeria, member African Beach Soccer Union and he has attended Conferences in local and foreign spheres; amongst which includes, London School of Economics Executive Course. Negotiation and decision making (2004) Offshore Technology Conference, OTC Houston USA(2012,2015 and 2016 respectively)Energy Commodity, Trading and Risk Management RTDF South Africa(2014 ) OSHA Oil and Safety Conference Dubai UAE( 2016) and several sessions on legislative procedure by institute of legislative studies Abuja.

Rt.Hon.( Dr.) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande’s hobbies and interest are, Football, Policy Research and Documentation. He is as well a believer on core family Value and show of love and organic solidarity to extended family, inline with the wise saying of Mario Puzzo who pontificates ” The Strength of the family is like the strength of an Army, which is loyalty to each other” as the momentum for Jos-North/Bassa Federal Constituency election gain ground Rt. Dr. Suleiman Yahaya Kwande experience and versatility will be an added advantage if given the opportunity once again to serve his constituency.

Rt Hon. Yahaya Kwande holds the Traditional Title of ” Tafidan Iregwe” Our Distinguished  Honourable. As you march into greatness in your continuous  service to humanity and Nation Building. Urging you to always   have solace in the illuminating words of Sir Williams feather who opines ” Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go”

Rt.( Dr) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande is a two term member house of representative Jos-North Federal Constituency.

*Fatai Ibrahim writes via Fataiib5@gmail.com


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