Let me wish my mentor, Malam Garba Shehu, media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari a happy birthday as he turns sixty (60) today November 27. I doubt, very much, if there would be any fanfare to mark this milestone. Ten years ago, when he turned fifty (50), to my knowledge, there wasn’t any beating of drums to mark his entry into the “golden” club, at least, not in the public space. I am not too sure this time, it would be any different.
Certainly three “scores” is momentous. I pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) to increase him in good health and wisdom.
To many people, Shehu is just another “spokesman”. This, indeed, has been his main turf in the last twenty years or so. Before his foray into the difficult terrain of Public Relations and managing the image of politicians these past two decades, he had been a brilliant journalist, media manager and communications teacher. Long before he spoke for Atiku Abubakar and now President Buhari, he had been the imagemaker of Aluminum Smelter Company (ALSCON) in the twilight of the 90s.
Further back in history, he was at various times a reporter with the NTA before crossing over to the Triumph newspapers in kano, his home state, where he was, at various times, editor of all the tittles before exiting as Managing Director /Editor -in-Chief in around 1998 at 39 or there about.