On behalf of my humble self and my family, I, Alex Yola Kwapnoe sympathize with the good people of Plateau state and Nigerians in general over the sad exit of our father and mentor, the late Senator (Dr.) Ibrahim Nasiru Mantu to the great beyond.
This sad incident is coming at a time our dear state and Nigeria at large; are hoping to draw from his wealth of experience as a detribalised Nigerian whose contributions to peace, unity and nation building are unequaled and so his demise has deprived us of this characteristics.
He was such a political colossus who has mentored most of us and as a humane player, he never discriminated along religious tribal and sectional lines of which, I and many others are beneficiaries of his seamless disposition haven’t found me worthy to be appointed as his “adviser on youth and sports matters” .
It is not in doubt that the late former deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; distinguished himself as a Plateau son, where he succeeded in giving not only his central zone quality representation, but the state at large.
It may be recalled also that Dr. Mantu made sure the state was properly represented in federal board appointments and other executive representations
Where almost 99 persons of fellow indegenes were spread across boards and parastatals at the centre. it was a first time Plateau state was so represented.
As a peace lover and team player, his actions punctured the myth surrounding Plateau state people as haters of Muslims by winning elections into the senate; twice – beating even the zoning arrangement – in a predominantly Christian central zone.
The name which has placed our dear state in the mainstream of national affairs must not die with his demise, but it is instructive that the state and federal governments should consider naming a national monument or two to honour this distinguished but rare Nigerian
All his lifetime, he has left memories with our generation and a feat, I challenge other sons and daughters of the state to emulate as these sterling deeds stand him out.
Farewell and may God forgive his shortcomings and grant him eternity.
Alex Yola Kwapnoe – Msc, fimc
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