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BELLO BALA-SHAGARI: Shooting star who considers the future distractive

BELLO BALA-SHAGARI: Shooting star who considers the future distractive


Relishes classes from ex-President Shagari

Entrepreneur, youth advocate, and scion of the household of late President Shehu Shagari, Mr. Bello Bala-Shagari, discusses how the classes he discovered from the former President outlined his regular steps to relevance. The UK-trained Bala-Shagari, who is the President, Nationwide Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, leaves anybody studying this with one thing to ponder upon.

Brilliant future:

In Kitty Kelly’s, The Household: The Actual Story of The Bush Dynasty, which targeted on the household’s intimate life, he recognized the golden youngsters simply as  searchlight was beamed on the black sheep amongst others.

Mr. Bello Bala-Shagari


In chapter 22 of the 634-page guide, which went past the household’s protected public picture, Kelly singled out George Prescott Bush, grandson of President George Hubert Walker Bush, as considered one of the golden youngsters of Bush dynasty.

P4, as he’s recognized in the household, is the eldest youngster of Jeb Bush, former Texas Governor and one-time Republican presidential hopeful.

To cite the internationally acclaimed bestselling writer: “After graduating from Rice University and teaching high school history in Florida for a year, he campaigned for his uncle for President before starting law school at the University of Texas. He graduated in 2003, clerked for a federal judge in Dallas, plans to join the Dallas office of Akin, Gump, Straus, Hauer, and Feld. The Bush family considers George P their answer to John F. Kennedy Jr.–handsome, accomplished and destined for a bright future.”

The portrayal of P4 as promising in the e-book which was revealed in 2004, is but to be faulted until date.

He’s persistently rising in that path as he’s presently the Commissioner of Texas Basic Land Workplace–a place he contested in an election often known as make or mar for the Bush political dynasty.

The journey of this promising grandson of a former US President has a gathering level with Bello Bala-Shagari’s pursuits.

Enterprising and cosmopolitan

Like George Prescott Bush, Bala-Shagari is the grandson of former President Shehu Shagari and as properly the son of President Shagari’s eldest youngster, Captain Bala Shagari, who was detained and retired by the regime of Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari.

Clever, vibrant, enterprising and cosmopolitan,  Bala-Shagari, who studied Enterprise Info Know-how and Techniques at Middlesex UK is captivated with governance and management.

Identical to the grandson of late President Bush, who was described as completed and destined for a vibrant future, you gained’t meet Bala-Shagari with out having an analogous impression.

At 30, he emerged  the President of Nationwide Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN,–a Federal Authorities organisation charged with coverage formulation and implementation on points bordering on youth improvement in Nigeria.

Actually, his rising presence in nationwide conversations, means that he might sometime, lead a brand new era of political leaders from his bloodline.

Being a scion of the Shagari household, it’s pure for him to have an curiosity in social points and management, however he advised Vanguard that he was impressed by historical past not simply his parentage.

Impressed by historical past

“I used to be impressed by historical past, particularly that of my grandfather and Shehu Usman Dan Fodio. The primary guide I ever learn was a guide written by Jean Boyd and Shehu Shagari on the historical past and management of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio. I discovered how he lived a easy life and enormously influenced  Nigerian individuals and past, by way of his management and scholarship. Therefore, I additionally needed to go away my very own mark in historical past in any approach I can.

“Being the grandson of former President Shehu Shagari influenced my curiosity in management in so some ways. I’ve all the time admired him and he has been my idol. I’ve all the time informed folks that I might love Shehu Shagari even when he was not my grandfather. There’s a saying that charity begins at house. There was no want for me to look elsewhere for a task mannequin when I’ve one at house. I obtained to know him higher once I began studying his books and watching a few of his movies. That was how he reworked from being an atypical grandfather to me to a task mannequin.

Praised in poetry

” There are issues you’ll by no means find out about him as a result of he doesn’t blow his trumpet. However once you get to know him, you will notice him fairly in a different way.  I all the time attempt to see that I hold as much as him and do my greatest to additionally emulate him. I as soon as wrote him a poem as a result of he was a poet himself. I praised him in the poetry and due to his modesty, he was shy and he informed me that he doesn’t reward himself. He felt that for me reward him is as if he himself is blowing his personal trumpet.

A very good identify

“Having a grandfather like him is a privilege. A uncommon one! He has left us an excellent identify however little wealth, in contrast to his contemporaries. Individuals typically say to me that even when he isn’t corrupt he led a corrupt authorities. However the query I typically ask is “who hasn’t led a corrupt authorities in Nigeria?

He was by no means a wealthy man and he made that clear to everybody even throughout his lifetime. However we loved a variety of privileges. Though issues weren’t all the time straightforward for us. Individuals thought that no matter we acquired was on a platter of gold however that isn’t the case. He was not the sort who used his authority or affect to make issues straightforward for you. It was by no means our self-discipline to consider that we will get no matter we would like so cheaply with out working for it. However he admired and supported hard-working relations.

Man of consensus

“I learned humility and self-respect. He was the most humble person you will meet given his status in the eyes of the world,  yet he didn’t  tolerate disrespect. Hence he doesn’t beg for anything from anyone and he took what duly belonged to him. That is why you hardly heared him say a word after his retirement. He didn’t meddle with national politics and during his time no one spoke to him from behind the curtains. I remember he wrote in his book that General Obasanjo lamented that he wasn’t happy with him because he didn”t seek the advice of  him as a former Head of State throughout his presidency. That’s who he was, nobody dictated to him his obligations however he was a person of consensus.

I needed to work arduous

”There was a time once I was very younger, my late step-grandmother, Aishatu Shehu Shagari was going to make my grandfather’s mattress and she or he took me to his room together with her. Once we went and I noticed his mattress for the first time, it was spherical in form, it appealed to me as a result of I by no means noticed something like that.  I requested her who was going to inherit that mattress if my grandfather is not any extra? She stated my father and I turned pleased. Then I requested once more what if my father is not any extra?

She then chased me away from the room and since then I knew that I needed to work onerous to get that sort of a mattress. This story is one amongst others.


”I’m glad that many individuals who are unaware of the actions of the youth council at the moment are starting to know the organisation. I used to be of their shoe a few years in the past. That’s the reason I made publicity of the youth council one in every of my priorities. As a result of how can a physique representing the entire youth of a rustic with the highest inhabitants in Africa stay unknown to virtually 60-70 % of its youth inhabitants? The one individuals conscious of the youth council are these, who are politically inclined. It may possibly’t stay so. In the previous, I questioned who these youths have been once I heared that Nigerian youths had stated one factor or one other. Who did they seek the advice of? That’s the reason I intend to deliver to the consideration of the whole Nigerian youths, the actions of the organisation.

Dignity and credibility

”In the previous, a few of its leaders  succeeded in giving it a nasty identify.  These days are over. Its relevance has returned and we’ll stand agency in defending the dignity and credibility of  Nigerian youths in the eyes of the world. To date, we’ve got reclaimed our good identify on the worldwide scene and lately I even received elected as an government committee member in the Afro Arab Youth Council as the Coordinator of West Africa.

Some individuals are nonetheless not glad that we’re taking a brand new route and vacating the previous methods of doing issues in the council, however we’re overcoming them with the fact.

”Politicians typically make makes an attempt to divide us by sponsoring factions amongst us, however this time, we’ve resisted such forces. A few of them nonetheless intentionally insist that we’re divided in order that they will proceed benefiting from it, however we’re popping out robust and nothing will cease us. We’ve misplaced a lot they usually have gained lots from the so-called division.

Political workplaces in the close to future

“It’s in the palms of the Beholder.  I refuse to be distracted by the future, so I stay in the current. As a result of I consider my future will probably be decided by my current.  I’m doing my greatest to give attention to my current task, maybe, that may lead me to a higher peak. However every time any duty and alternative to serve presents itself, I gained’t hesitate to take it.


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