This will indeed sound like a fairy tale. Two decades ago, Colonel Ibrahim Biu was returned as the Competition Secretary of the Kaduna Golf Club. In that period, a major Pro-Am golf tournament played. Then there was a lull until same man, two years ago, returned as Captain and a total reformation came the club’s way. Sponsored tourneys flooded the whole place and the Clubhouse and other facilities of the club that used to have a strong dose of shabby appearance were completely rebuilt.
Considering this unimaginable feat, some club members called Biu a hero. Some hissed that he was highhanded and ruled like Adolf Hitler on the loose. Others tagged him an opportunist who readily cashed on good will from long time friends to stamp on ground an authoritarian rule that was beyond any comparison. Some even mentioned that he was arrogant, belligerent and short tempered.
Whichever way, Biu is not backing down. The man says he is only in pursuit of fairness and that he is filled with self belief. Biu believes that as a soldier, oppression is mere occupational hazard and that liberal hypocrisy of free speech would never make him feel less proud of his two glorious years as Captain of the Kaduna Golf Club. Without a doubt, he vehemently claimed that no Captain in history of this Club formed in 1921 would do better than he did in just two years despite what critics called his shortcomings. Like they say, there are no straight bananas and so, Biu too, did not claim he didn’t step on some toes to get things straightened out.
“You know people must talk, especially when you are no longer in charge”, Biu stated. “The truth is I am a mover who can change things. And remember that to change things, you may not have the reason to please anyone. But I did things to achieve greater good for the majority of members.
“Some kicked that I surrounded myself with young guys which is okay by me. But come to think of it, the efforts of those young men translated into total success for the club. Generally, we achieved our objectives and the evidence is there for everyone to see.
“Okay, I beckoned on my friends to help the Club and so what is wrong with that. At times, if I calculate the amount I made our Board of Trustees member, Sir Lucky Omoluwa, to commit to the overall transformation of facilities of the Club, especially the Club House, I do get the jitters and wonder if I had not leaned too heavily on the man. And you must recall that through my two years stay as Captain, Sir Omoluwa sponsored four major golf tournaments.
“In same way, I involved my friends in the oil and gas industry to help develop the club with sponsorship of quality golf events. Most of my friends even donated handsomely. We embarked on gigantic projects like tarring the vast car park and remodelling our fairways and greens.
“I must tell you that a Captain without vast connections cannot afford to bring in tourneys and build infrastructures. No Captain in his right mind will want to depend on stipends that come in as membership subscriptions. Yes, I leaned heavily on my connections to return Kaduna Golf Club to glory. I challenge anyone to do things I achieved in just two years,” he said.