opinionBy Ibrahim Mustapha
This may sound like a tribute. Well, it is; a tribute to one who should stand out among his peers as a shining example of humility and service. Ambassador Magaji Muhammed is a household name in Nigeria; he is a 1st class administrator.
Magaji Muhammed has held different appointments in the country, like being sole administrator in Kaduna, minister of commence and industries, minister of internal affairs, and ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
His record in that regard cannot be disputed. He is such a large-hearted human being that he does not think twice before helping others.
He is known to intervene in difficult situations to secure jobs to numerous people across the country, across ethnic and religious divides. He is a man who understands the reality of our country. He respects people, no matter how downtrodden they may think they are.
Ambassador Magaji Muhammed appears to have imbibed the exhortations of the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto, to live above-board and to consider everyone else as your neighbour. Magaji Muhammed's attitude is one that should be emulated by all Nigerians, irrespective of region and ethnicity.
Ambassador Magaji a typical Northerner who cares for Nigeria's development as a whole, and does not discriminate from whichever section of the country one comes, Muslim or Christian. He is an embodiment of what the Holy Prophet Mohammed requires of true Muslims.
Ambassador Magaji is also known to encourage the youths to be self-reliant. Each time one visited Magaji, he would always look happy to receive one at home and in the office. He has a listening ear, and would patiently listen to you if you had any problem that needed his attention.
But he hates dishonesty, sycophancy, deception, gossip and cheating. If only we had more of people like him, the country would be a far better place than what it has become today.