|Senator Dino Melaye|
By Shirley Ikonne
“Since this brave century opened, and have noted
A certain permanence, a personality,
A liking almost for each opposition,
A willingness to make the best of things.”
— Edmund Blunden (To Our Catchment Board)
There are so many heroes and leaders in our time that we have to learn from. If I am to put into one sentence what makes a powerful leader it would be this ; one who is driven, passionate, and committed to, and do what is right for others.
Since the return of Democracy 2009, Nigerians have seen different personalities cutting across each political zones. They are many politicians who has distinguised themselves either being famous for their attitudes, leadership skills and popularities. Or peharps, know for their antics, and how the play the game of politics.
No doubt, the name Senator Dino Melaye rings a bell to every Nigerian.
A distinguised senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In the last few days, the media had trended news about Sen. Dino Melaye. So far, his heroic nature had made him so popular, loved, hated, admired and most especially respected.
Here are 50 reasons why Senator Dino Melaye is well loved and respected:
1. He is a magnificient orator
His oratory skills right from his days at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria made him popular and a force in the student union.
2. His love for his people
Dino as a politician represents a figure. A man who believes he has much to offer his society. He’s passionate about his fellow citizens and a philantropist in nature.
3. He doesn’t speak much
Many will see this as an irony. But take a careful scruitiny at the senator, he represents a man of action. A man who believes action speaks louder than words.
4. A great lover of democracy
Here is a man who believes in due process in everything he does. His actions irrespective of some selfish interests among colleagues shows him as a man who believes power belongs to the people.
5. A politician without bitterness
One respected fact that stands him out is that he is a man who doesn’t have the time to make enemies. His believe in the tenet of democracy and passion as a leader confirms it.
6. A man who when knocked down cannot be knocked out.
For the past few weeks we’ve been seeing, reading lots of negative views about the senator. However, his ability to prove the mischief makers wrong has been his trademark.
7. A great force to reckon with
For those that believes in democracy and those that does not, senator Dino has shown he is a great force to be reckon with. 80% of social media analysis of Nigeria politics makes reference to Sen. Dino as a fighter and a hero.
8. A man who believes in his principles
Even during the last administration and now, Senator Dino had shown himself as a man of great principle with great ethical beliefs irrespective of his political party.
9. A visionary leader
No doubt, Senator Dino epitomises a great man with good visions.
10. A role model for the youths
Any visionary youth today who listens to Senator Dino Melaye speaking at the upper chamber of the legislature will be amazed by his intelligence and ability to construct his points. His versatile knowledge of the rule of law makes him a man we can be proud of.
11. Dino has a drive for perfection
Even outside the political realm. Friends who are very close to the senator noted he inspires people to be great.
12. A libral who believes the country must move forward
No doubt Senator Melaye is a man who supports political and economic freedom, thus respecting and understanding other people’s opinion all for the interest of the nation.
13. Dino has the Tiger by the tail
The tiger is the common working man in this country who is tired of politics and government policies not favourable. Havibg senator Dino as a representative, you are assured of good representation. Like him or hate him, he is a leader and he has the Tiger by the tail.
14. Dino’s integrity is not rehearsed
Mr Dino is truthful. Good or bad, he points things clearly the way it is. Lies are out, unrehearsed truth is in. What you see is what you see, all the cards are on the table, the words are non-rehearsed, flowing forth and engendering a sense of trust.
15. Dino has consistently championed protectionism
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His recent opinions and views on why the custom leader should be duly invited. His views on national security all points to the fact that the distinguished senator is a man who has the people’s interests at heart.
16. He is a fearless leader
A major trait that stands him out is his ability to withstand pressure and not intimidated by unnecessary attacks from different quaters. As a youth, senator Dino Melaye epitomises this great leadership trait.
17. A great motivator
He has a proven record of being resourceful, innovative, and creative in achieving his objectives and goals.
18. The best among his peers
His real world accomplishments can be directly transferred to leading our country back to greatness as a lawmaker.
19. Dino is a man of humility.
Aside his courage and integrity, the Kogi born senator is a very friendly fellow who interacts and mixes with different categories of people irrespective of tribe, religion and language.
20. A great team player
Here is a man who has focus along with the ability to plan strategically and catalyse cooperation amongst his colleagues.
21. Emotional Intelligence
This is one major trait of leadership, which has been exhibited several times by the senator in the House of Representatives.
99% honest political analyst in Nigeria will be honest enough to latest to this fact about Senator Dino Melaye
23. His Charisma Speaks
Yes, this is a very pervasive trait of the Kogi politician. His charismatic nature makes him well loved and very much admired.
24. Dino translate vision into reality
Senator Dino Melaye being a man of vision has shown overtime his ability to translate them all into reality. No wonder he has been an activist right from secondary school, through the years he stayed at ABU and now as a lawmaker.
25. Confidence in his views
Senator Dino being a man of integrity has always been confident when expressing his views.
26. Commitment to the masses
Without sentiments, the Kogi Senator has hitherto shown in his pertinacious approach that he is 100% committed to the yearning of the masses. He has so far shown commitment to the masses in his various initiative programmes.
27. Always Positive
Here is a man who is always optimistic in everything he embarks on and it has shown so far in his jene sais quoi.
28. Ability to inspire
Dino Melaye no doubt has got great skills that has definitely been an inspiration to many of his admirers, especially the youths and his colleagues in the legislative arm.
29. A man with an excellent intuative ability
A close encounter with the senator, one will be very quick to realise he is a man with an excellent intuative ability. His good judgements and approach to issues confirms to this fact.
30. Perspicacious Approach
The Kogi state politician has shown he is a man who is able to understand someone and something quickly. He has shown this accurately in the upper legislative chamber.
31. A great commander
To many youths in Nigeria, the great charismatic nature of Sen Dino Melaye has shown and has depicted as a great commander. As a youth leader in his time, he has shown himself to be a great commander.
32. His fight to end corruption in Nigeria
A man at 47, irrespective of his political affiliation have proven to be the most consistent whistle blower and anti-corruption campaigner in National Assembly since the advent of Democracy.
His revelation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport Runaway contract awarded at the sum of N64 billion. His reveltion to Nigerians how Dimeji Bankole embezzled and misappropriated over $59 million between 2008 and 2009. Through him Nigerians became aware about the “grasscutters” awarding contracts to themselves.
33. The Most Influential
History will record him as the most influential lawmaker and personality in Nigeria legislature. His ability to read out and scruitinize bills, motions and most of his colleagues seek his opinion.
34. A great philantropist.
Here is a man who has touched the life of many. A leader who has sponsored children to acquire education. A man who has spread love to the disenfranchised in the society.
35. A man with great vision for his people
Here is a man who is passionate and committed to his people. He is a man of great vision for his people.
36. A servant leader (voice of the voiceless)
The Kogi West senator is very well loved by his people because of his simple nature. He is the voice of the voiceless. A real servant leader who has shown he has the interest of the people at heart.
37. The most uncommon leader our time
Many politicians and leaders today haven’t justified why they are representing their people. Senator Dino has shown to Nigerians that he is the most uncommon leader of our time.
38. An exceptional leader Nigeria needs
Just like Winston Churchill saving the world from Adolf Hitler’s Nazi evil agenda, the people of Britain and the world will forever be grateful to Churchill who wasn’t intimidated by the German Fuhrer. Churchill used wise words to win the hearts of many.
Senator Dino Melaye through his nature has been exceptional in this mould.
39. Strong conviction and determination
The senator has shown strong convictions and determination in his views which are people friendly.
40. An inspiration to us
Regardless of what his critics says, Senator Dino has been very inspirational to many lovers of democracy.
41. Appearance & personality
The Kogi West Senator got the personality and appearance to make people love him. His personality as a democrat can never be ignored.
42. Oratory prowess
Just like the great Winston Churchl, senator Dino has exhibited the right efficacious oratory prowess. He got the right words in each situation.
43. Boundless energy
His boundless tireless drive to make things right in the interest of the masses is enough to respect and love him.
44. Entertaining the masses
One cannot deny the fact that the great senator entertains people in his jovial way, especially how he reacts to some situation and criticisms.
45. His believe in civic rights
A major trait in senator Dino is his believe in civic right. He advocates equal right ans justice.
46. Very perceptive
Senator Dino, because of his passion for the masses is always eager to listen and give attention to his people, especially if there are complains. He listens to his people.
47. Ability to handle crisis
His ability to respond to unexpected situation and crisis is a big plus to him.
48. A man who is not driving by unnecessary impulse
He is a man who understands his actions and will not do anything to jeopardise the people’s trust in him.
49. Extra ordinary capacities
His extra ordinary drive for excellence makes him very exceptional. He has the extra ordinary capacities to perform many tasks required of him.
50. The windhover
Taking this from like the poet Gerard Hopkins in his poem “The windhover”. Senator Dino Melaye is an eagle. He got the ability to study situations well before making his claims and judgements. Even when attacked and defamed, the Kogi West Senator always takes his time to study things well before plunging.
Leaders of power and purpose are visionary people determined to set the course for what they feel is needed to make life better for all who follow them and believe in them. Senator Dino Melaye has shown to youths that he is one of the powerful leaders of our time. So why won’t the masses love him?
Shirley Ikonne wrote from Abuja
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