Today, on Man Crush Monday is a man I call ‘The man with a golden heart’, a man that has the passion to serve humanity, help the less privileged and also a patriotic Nigerian. This man is no other person than Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara.
Yakubu Dogara is the 14th and current Speaker of the Nigerian House Of Representatives.
Yakubu hails from Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Yakubu Dogara was born on 26th of December, 1967. He began his education in 1976 at
Gwarangah Primary School in the then Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
After his graduation in 1982, he proceeded to the Bauchi Teachers College for his
Secondary Education, and obtained a Grade ll Teachers Certificate in 1987.
Dogara later went to the University of Jos where he obtained a Bachelor of Law (LLB HONS) degree in 1992.
From 1992 to 1993, Dogara was a student at the Lagos campus of the Nigerian Law School and was called to the bar in 1993.
Dogara later obtained a Masters (LLM) in International Commercial Law at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Scotland.
Dogara also attended a course on Managing and Leading Strategic Change in 2006, the
Oxford University Course on Negotiation in 2013 and a course on Leadership In Crisis at
the Harvard Kennedy School in 2014.
In October 2016, after he had become Speaker of the House Of Representatives, he attended a course on transformational leadership in Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
Dogara is a natural born leader whose sterling qualities are exceptional.
Dogara is one man who grew steadily through hard work, discipline, prudence, fear of God, honesty and can best be described as a man with a merciful heart.
Dogara is a man full of generosity and love, for the less privileged. In preparation for his 50th birthday celebration, he embarked on philanthropic and humanitarian activities to help IDPs and the less privileged.
Dogara raised about 265 million from the launch of his biography, titled ‘A Reed Made Flint’ which was donated to IDPs and other less- privileged.
Dogara’s patriotism, sterling leadership qualities and political sagacity is one to reckon with as he is an active supporter of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Campaign, which aims at securing representation for Nigeria’s Youth in the political process by lowering the age of eligibility for elective offices.
Dogara is married to Mrs Gimbiya Yakubu Dogara and they have two beautiful children together.
BY MAIMUNA BAGUDU