MY CONFESSION: PLEASE, IF YOU KNOW EMMANUEL AHMADU, TELL HIM I’M SORRY FOR BEING A BAD FRIEND WHO PUSHED HIM TO TAKE A LEADERSHIP POSITION AND LURED HIM TO RAISE GREAT LEADERS LIKE HIM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Since I met this young man, I knew there was something special about. Though we disagreed on many things to agree on few things.
Lol, I remembered serving in Benue State, Makurdi when I told him the Editorial and Publishing Community Development Service (C.D.S) needs our expertise and dexterity.
I convinced him to join me as we made plans to join the C.D.S. We told the zonal inspector that we desire to change our C.D.S and we gave our reasons.
We also met the coordinator and he told us he would put us on probation since we were not members of the Orientation Broadcasting Service (O.B.S) and he can’t attest to our skills as a prospective Journalists.
We were there and he asked us what can we offer, Emmanuel said he could fix the graphic design issues for the magazine of the batch A that has been delayed and I said I could help on the editing and the lay out.
In one week, Emmanuel came up with a proposed cover design for the magazine and the coordinator was dazed. This warranted us to become members of the editorial board for NYSC, Benue.
After some weeks, I told Emmanuel to contest for the post of the President of the C.D.S that he got all it takes having watched him closely. He told me that would be a big one for him since he was not a statutory member of the C.D.S from inception.
I told him I only needed his consent and if he doesn’t comply with my instructions I would set him up.
We were both at NCCF, family house in Makurdi when I started cooking up strategies to push Emmanuel to becoming the president.
I co-authored and published articles with and for Emmanuel on my online community. Asked him whether he had any vision for the CDS. He told me to give up on the task of making it possible for him to be the president, the more he said that, the more I had more convictions on how to go about it.
I got my first strategy from the awareness that Emmanuel was not on the CDS WhatsApp group page, then I wrote an article on behave of Emmanuel to show his intention to becoming the CDS President and told the members of the CDS I was posting it on the page on his behave as his campaign manager.
Some folks laughed at the intention as they said he was a stranger and can’t just come and lead them.
Emmanuel wasn’t aware at first of what I had done until he got to the CDS meeting days after and the people brought his attention to what was shared on the group page on WhatsApp.
He knew I would have done that. Some folks applauded him for the content of the article while some stood on the fact that it wasn’t possible for him to emerge as the president of the CDS.
He got back to me after the CDS and asked me why I was doing that to him, I told I haven’t seen anyone who could have been in the position better than he would have been.
He told me he wasn’t really in it and what if he loses the election. I told him “I’m not a loser” and if peradventure the opposite happens he should put all the blame on me and tell everyone I lured him into it.
I went back to my drawing board, requested for a cover design photo of him with his intention, wrote a pre-election manifesto and share it on the group page as the election day draws closer. The uproar began on the page.
Here we were on the election, gave him a draft of how his speech should be and how to attend to the circumstances at hand. I told him he should ensure he is the last person to speak because the last words before voting can influence the intention of many and he should make sure he wishes his fellow contestants well.
Voting began and Emmanuel won the election. We were both awed and rejoiced together as a brother that we are. Emmanuel took the position of leadership at the CDS with various innovations and interventions that seem unachievable but before the end of his tenure we experienced the reality of all.
Tears filled my eyes when I had the testimonies of good works Emmanuel spearheaded and the lives that was transformed during the secondary school interventions and members of the CDS who got a bearing for their lives from the words and lifestyle of Emmanuel.
I must say this, he is also a man that leverages on the supernatural. Moments at CDS meetings and secondary schools empowerment programmes, Emmanuel prays in tongues when he leads prayer during the events. He has hosted me several times for days at his lounge at his place of primary assignment just for us to share thoughts and pray together.
I’m not surprised about what he is doing now, the peak performance classes, leadership conferences, entrepreneur seminar, empowerment video skits, and graphic designs for companies. I would have been surprised if he is doing something less than this.
Emmanuel remains my brother who I will forever be proud of. Many of my books cover designs were made by him and he has told me to keep on writing the manuscripts that he is at my service any day.
I celebrate this rare gem specially today. Though, today is not his birthday bit everyday can be a day of impacts for him.
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