(By: Nurudeen Salisu Maishinkapha)
I had the honor of engaging His Royal Highness Alh Muhammad Sanusi on three separate times since his coronation as Emir of Kaura Namoda. These commitments have compelled me to write about a common attitude I picked up from him and that I think Nigerian youth should imitate.
In 2020, during the crucial COVID19 period, I was engaged, along with other individuals, by Dr. Abdulkadir Shinkafi, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State’s personal physician at the time, to facilitate a project for the Office of the First Lady of Zamfara State Government. The project entails educating young people how to make facemasks and hand sanitizer. I oversaw the group that coordinated hand sanitizer production.
The program was zoned, and Kaura Namoda in the Zamfara Northern senatorial district was chosen as the training center. The Emir of Kaura was invited to observe and assess the participants’ level of performance during the roughly one-week training session. When he came to see us at the hand sanitizer manufacturing facility, he started asking questions one at a time about the justification for using every % of all the components utilized in the manufacturing process as well as the steps taken from the beginning to the conclusion. Then he asked me to prepare a liter of hand sanitizer while he observed. I didn’t know that His Royal Highness is a medical doctor until I inquired someone that day since I was amazed by how much time he devoted to watching over each of our activities.
Surprisingly, the Emir kept asking each participant a question to gauge how well they understood all of our activities. He concluded by applauding our activities and promising to come the next day at 10:00 am for more monitoring. To God be the glory, the Emir arrived back on time at 10:00 am as promised, and we carried on till the day’s activities came to a close. Since that time, I have evolved to admire His Royal Highness for two qualities: time management and accountability.
My second meeting with His Royal Highness took place in Gusau, to be exact on August 24 and 25, 2022, when I went to a stakeholders’ meeting on the domestication of the national policy on gender in education by the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education in the Board’s conference room at Bye Pass Gusau. The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) delegation included me, and the meeting was scheduled to begin each day at 10:00 am. The Emir of Kaura Namoda, whose time management I admire, arrived early and was the first to arrive before each invited guest who practically lived in Gusau.
The meeting was scheduled to continue the following day, and the morning of that day it was raining. When I got to the location, the only person I saw there was Emir of Kaura Namoda who was seated and waiting for the arrival of the guests and even some of the organizers.
On September 30, 2022, at the Dr. Garba Nadama Conference Hall, where the National Population Commission was hosting a stakeholders summit on the 2023 National Housing Census, I had my third engagement with His Royal Highness. The summit was scheduled to start at 9:00 am, and I was there as a member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) team. When I entered the hall at the site seven minutes after nine, I saw His Royal Highness and walked right up to him to greet him.
On this note, I would like to highlight that my engagements with His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kaura Namoda, has taught me the following things:
1. Managing time
4. Interest in his subjects
His Royal Highness is someone whom I believe every youth should aspire to be, thus I strongly advise us to learn his virtues.
May the Almighty Allah keep His Royal Highness in His blessings.