When the erstwhile super Finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala compelled the termination of my appointment as a civil servant after serving my nation for nearly 20 years, I returned to my hobby of writing.
My retirement, which I am still contesting in court, was because of a single article (http://yashuaib.com/2013/03/ngozi-okonjo-iweala-controversial-appointments/) out of the over 200 I had written since my university days in Bayero University Kano.
Not only was I retired prematurely, many institutions and individuals in government became afraid of associating with me for fear of victimisation. I had been stigmatized as the “Rebel in Civil Service.”
Surprisingly, while many agencies of government and managements distanced themselves from me, I receive massive goodwill from the media who not only stand by me but provide their platforms for my works.
Meanwhile, few top public officers do secretly seek my professional advice in public relations management. There is an instance when one of the spokespersons in the Presidential Villa sought my intervention about a report on First Lady Patience Jonathan in Sahara Reporters, which was considered inaccurate.
Since I am a beneficiary of media goodwill, I called Omoyele Sowore, the Publisher of Sahara Reporters to correct the erroneous aspect of the said report.
“Shuaibu, you are either crazy or unserious! Why do you want to defend those that tormented and sacked you from the public service?” Sowore was seriously concerned
I took time to explain that there is a major difference between my person ‘Shuaib’ a Nigerian who has right to his personal opinion and conviction and Shuaib who now represents a PR consultancy for professional attainment and contentment.
I assured him that I will continue to express myself through opinion writing while engaging in media relations for my clients. Sowore accepted to publish the Presidency’s response on Patience Goodluck Jonathan and subsequent press statements from that …Read More
Source:: New Mail