It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that determines your altitude. Many people assume that luck plays a major role in the lives of successful people. I disagree with them.
I believe awareness, information and the quality of people you interact with, will determine the level of your success. Take for instance, not many people living in the villages will ever dream of buying an aeroplane. Many of them have never entered cars in their lives, so they have no idea who owns the aeroplane.
If you are in Europe, your first contact will largely determine how you will end up. The people you associate with will determine the type of job and carreer you will end up with.
I remember when Senator Ganiyu Solomon brought Barrister Muiz Banire to Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu in the year 2003, some of us were not happy because we preffered Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat. Hamzat graduated from the University of Ibadan and he was a strong member of the Muslim Students Union in his days as an undergraduate. He was known to be very reliable and inteligent. Muiz Banire came from the same Mushin axis with Dr Hamzat. He was made Commissioner for 12 years and Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress by Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.
Muiz Banire was the youngest among us all. I was looking for an opportunity to become a Commissioner under Lam Adesina then but I was told by Baba Bisi Akande that Aare Arisekola was pro North and their party Alliance for Democracy was anti North.
And beside that, I was too young to serve under Baba Lam Adesina. So he directed me to go back to Ibadan and collect a written letter from Aare Arisekola that he wanted me to join their party, AD. The opportunity that Muiz Banire had in Lagos was because Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not place an age limit. We didn’t have that in Oyo State. Majority of those in Asiwaju’s kitchen cabinet then were young and intelligent guys. Last week, when I read it in the papers that Muiz was asking an imbecile like him how to defeat a godfather in Lagos, I wasn’t surprised because he was only fortunate to be at the right place at the right time.
Some of us who he met in politics are still struggling till today. He was introduced to National politics by the same godfather he is thinking of defeating. What an irony of life!
But I think some of us are always guilty of overrating people above their intellectual capacity. When a Senior Advocate of Nigeria from the South West now needs someone like Nasir el-Rufai to teach him how to defeat a godfarher in the South West, is that not awkward?
Muiz Banire’s paternity and academic qualification need proper scrutiny. I seriously doubt his Yoruba lineage.
There is a popular saying in ibadan that “it is easy to take people out of Mushin but very difficult to take Mushin out of the people”. Muiz is just showing the Mushin part of himself and one can only pray he takes wise counsel before he emabarks on a journey of self-destruction.
*Aare Wole Arisekole writes from Ibadan