Why Tinubu Should Ignore Nay-Sayers and Make Ali Pate Nigeria’s Health Minister

In the tumultuous world of Nigerian politics, the appointment of key officials can often make or break a government’s performance. One individual who has consistently stood out for his exceptional contributions to the global health landscape is Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate. I had the privilege of meeting him once during a press conference in Bauchi in the build-up to the 2019 elections. During that meeting, I witnessed a man whose intellect and leadership qualities were evident in every word he spoke.

In the fiercely competitive political landscape leading up to the 2019 elections in Nigeria, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate stood out as a governorship candidate in Bauchi who ran a dignified and principled campaign. While some of his co-challengers resorted to brutal tactics and mudslinging, Pate maintained an air of decency and idealism throughout his political journey.

One of the most admirable aspects of Dr. Pate’s campaign was his commitment to sticking to the issues and discussing concrete policy proposals. Instead of engaging in personal attacks or spreading misinformation about his opponents, he focused on presenting his vision for Bauchi State and how he planned to address crucial challenges, especially in the health sector.

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Amidst the heated political atmosphere, where negative campaigning had become the norm, Dr. Pate’s refusal to engage in such practices demonstrated his moral character and dedication to maintaining his integrity, presenting ideas and demonstrating that there are alternatives for the masses in him. He chose not to compromise his values or resort to cheap tactics for political gain, setting an example of principled leadership.

Dr. Pate’s idealism and dedication to the greater good of Bauchi State were evident throughout his campaign. His argument centres on the importance of building a better Bauchi State, driven by the genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of the people. His ideas were centered around improving healthcare systems, ensuring access to quality education,fostering economic growth, and ensuring that Bauchi positions itself for global competitiveness.

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In a political landscape often marred by cynicism and skepticism, Dr. Pate’s idealism provided a refreshing perspective for many, particularly those who understood with it takes to build a modern economy. He inspired hope in many who were disillusioned by politics, showing that it was possible to pursue a political career while remaining committed to decency, honesty, and sincerity.

As a seasoned professional with vast experience, Dr. Pate’s impressive credentials and track record in various global health organizations make a compelling case for his appointment as Nigeria’s Health Minister. Particularly when the Tinubu administration is really serious about bequeathing good impacts and legacies.

Nigeria, unfortunately, has a tendency not to fully appreciate its homegrown talents. Those who perceive Ali Pate as a challenge to their own aspirations and interests resort to using conspiracy theories to undermine his credibility. Sadly, many of them choose the convenient route of accusing Dr. Pate of being associated with Bill Gates, whom they falsely believe harbors ulterior motives against Nigeria.

As a highly respected global health expert, Dr. Pate has collaborated with numerous organizations and individuals worldwide to enhance healthcare systems and combat public health challenges. To link him to sinister intentions without any evidence not only shows disrespect but also jeopardizes the integrity of this seasoned health expert.

Bill Gates, through his humanitarian gestures, has positively impacted millions of lives across the globe, including in Nigeria. The Gates Foundation’s contributions to global health initiatives, education, and poverty alleviation have been nothing short of transformative. Both politicians and citizens alike should appreciate and support these efforts instead of spreading baseless rumors and unfairly associating individuals like Dr. Pate, who have years of impactful collaborations with Bill Gates.

It is essential for Nigeria to foster an environment where talents like Dr. Pate are recognized and celebrated. Embracing such individuals can propel the nation forward and create a brighter future for all. Rather than resorting to unfounded accusations, let us focus on acknowledging and nurturing the exceptional expertise and dedication that individuals like Dr. Pate bring to the table.

Moreover, Dr. Pate’s affiliations with various organizations and committees, including those in which Bill Gates is involved, only underscore his commitment to addressing global health issues collaboratively. These associations demonstrate his ability to work with diverse stakeholders to achieve common goals.

It is essential to recognize that Dr. Pate’s significant involvement in various global health bodies have given him the exposure and experience to lead effectively in the health sector. He has served as the Co-chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems, alongside Margaret Kruk. The commission’s report, launched on September 6, 2018, highlighted critical strategies for strengthening health systems globally, a knowledge that could be invaluable in transforming Nigeria’s health sector.

Dr. Pate’s membership in the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication and the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Sub-Saharan Africa further showcases his dedication to tackling critical health challenges on the continent. These memberships demonstrate his commitment to finding innovative solutions to complex health issues, making him well-equipped to address Nigeria’s health challenges.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Dr. Pate’s career is his role as a Board member in various prominent organizations. His contributions to the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, American International Health Alliance, Aceso Global, Healthcare Leadership Academy, and others reveal his passion for improving health systems, both in Nigeria and globally. These positions have honed his skills as a strategist and decision-maker, which are indispensable qualities for an effective Health Minister.

Dr. Pate’s involvement in critical health research publications speaks volumes about his expertise and potential to impact Nigeria’s health policies positively. His co-authorship in publications such as “Nursing leadership in Africa and health security,” “Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic,” and “High-quality health systems in the Sustainable Development Goals era: time for a revolution” demonstrate his commitment to evidence-based policymaking. Drawing from this knowledge, he can craft well-informed policies that prioritize the health and well-being of Nigerians.

Dr. Pate’s publication “The Lancet Nigeria Commission: investing in health and the future of the nation” is particularly relevant to Nigeria’s health challenges. The report presents a blueprint for investing in health to drive national development, making it a valuable resource for crafting Nigeria’s health strategy.

His contributions in other publications, such as “Novel strategies to support global promotion of COVID-19 vaccination” and “Ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines,” reveal his capacity to tackle contemporary health challenges effectively. These insights will be indispensable in steering Nigeria through future health crises.

Pate’s academic and research work extends beyond Nigeria’s borders, where he has served as a Senior Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI). Such international recognition speaks to his standing as a respected leader in global health circles.

Ali Pate’s impeccable track record as a global health leader makes him an outstanding candidate for Nigeria’s Health Minister. His contributions to various global health bodies and research publications demonstrate his capacity to lead effectively and implement evidence-based policies.

As a visionary and experienced leader, Dr. Pate possesses the skills necessary to transform Nigeria’s health sector. Tinubu should recognize the exceptional qualities of Ali Pate and ignore any naysayers who might doubt his suitability for the role. Appointing him as Health Minister would undoubtedly be a decision that benefits the health and well-being of the Nigerian people and sets the country on a path towards a healthier and more prosperous future.

If Nigeria must be serious, Tinubu should ignore the nay sayers and make him a minister.

Haruna is the publisher of WikkiTimes, a Bauchi based online news outlet. He can be reached via [email protected]



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