DUMO LULU-BRIGGS: RIVERS STATE ON THE THRESHOLD OF GREATNESS

DUMO LULU-BRIGGS: RIVERS STATE ON THE THRESHOLD OF GREATNESS

The last time our country Nigeria, witnessed political leaders with clear cut messages and ideologies, was in the First Republic when Chief Obafemi Aw

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The last time our country Nigeria, witnessed political leaders with clear cut messages and ideologies, was in the First Republic when Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe left nobody in doubt about their message of Awoism and Zikism. Obafemi Awolowo articulated his socio-economic and political vision into what he called “Democratic Socialism”, even during the short-lived Second Republic.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs

Ever since, the Nigerian political space has been taken over by politicians who either do not have clear ideologies or are unable to articulate their vision to the populace. The country has been inundated with political merchants whose only goal is to grab power to feather their nests.

But a wind is blowing around the corner, a wind of hope that our society, our communities, our Rivers State, could in no distant time, return and be rooted on the path to greatness, piloted by someone with a set of belief that is anchored on God, our common humanity and service to mankind.

Dumo

That man is Chief Barrister Dumo Lulu-Briggs, an epitome of humility, love and kindness. A man of immense knowledge and love of God.

“There are two important moments in the life of every human being: the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born. I discovered that I was born to serve people and I don’t have to wait to be elected into any position to do that service”. He says that human beings should strive to make a difference in the lives of others instead of emphasizing their differences.

“The Bible tells us to do unto others as we would like it to be done to us. Man is inherently wicked, but we fail if we allow the wickedness of others to define our own behaviours. The Bible didn’t ask us to do unto others as they have done to us. So, we would continue to do good and take our reward from God in our lives”.

“When God answers your long-awaited prayers, don’t be proud, maintain your normal profile”.

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs

Of the youths, Dumo Lulu-Briggs says: “if we don’t provide the

opportunities, then it becomes difficult for us to insist that they must lead responsible lives.

“It is not that young people in Rivers State prefer carrying guns to learning. Truth is, we have not bothered to invest in them.

“We must invest in our young to safeguard the future of Rivers State”.

Chief Lulu-Briggs says that “Rivers State is getting prepared to take the lead in this country and 2019 is a defining moment for all of us”. He urges Rivers people to “pray to get individuals who will get into positions and remember that it was never about them, but about the people”.

Tall, handsome, soft-spoken but firm, he is down to earth and clear-headed. DLB as Barrister Dumo Lulu-Briggs is fondly known, is an accomplished businessman, technocrat, politician, philanthropist and grassroots mobilizer. Born 53 years ago, he sits atop the board of several companies and was Chairman of the National Maritime Academy, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, as well as the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State.

Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs

Dumo Lulu-Briggs is a passionate professional in politics. He was the General Manager, pioneer Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Moni Pulo Limited; He is the Managing Director of DLB Concerns Ltd. Dumo is a lawyer and member, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). He holds LLB (ABU) 1985; LLM (London)1987 and has attended executive courses at Harvard University and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA.

With some associates, Dumo Lulu-Briggs formed the Platform Petroleum Ltd of which he is Chairman. Apart from sitting on the board of several blue chip companies all over the country, Dumo is also Chairman of several successful indigenous companies which employ hundreds of Nigerians in their various spheres; they include DLB Marine Ltd, De- Plaza Privilege, DLB Energy Services Ltd and Bluewaves Marine and Construction Co., Ltd, amongst others.

As an entrepreneur and visionary, his role has been to identify potentials and set up structures and engage competent hands. These are attributes that DLB brings into politics to galvanize changes to make Rivers State great again.

For Dumo, “the current problem of Rivers State is leadership failure, pure and simple and we must work hard until we get to a point where we know that Rivers State is born again. We have lost our status in the Nigerian economy; we have to recover that as fast as we can; if we can’t become the California of Nigeria because Lagos State is so far ahead of us right now, we must at least be the Texas of Nigeria”.

Rivers state is indeed on the threshold of greatness because we are about to witness a leadership propelled by conviction, by knowledge and by the trust in God.

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