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Failure of northern elders blamed on neglect of Ahmadu Bello’s legacy

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — Elder statesman, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, yesterday, attributed the failure of northern leaders in the emerging political order to the neglect of the legacy of late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello.

The former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nation, told a gathering of youths during one day workshop organised by Arewa Citizen Action for Change, that what helped the northern region to be reckoned with in the Nigerian polity was that the northerners whether Muslims or Christians were nurtured by the Sardauna.

He said: “I remember that while Sardauna was leading the activities of the region as Premier he helped in the formations of the Northern Association of Christians of Nigeria, before it was adopted by all and transformed to CAN.”

File Photo: President Jonathan shaking hands with northern leaders
File Photo: President Jonathan shaking hands with northern leaders

According to him, that was how the north was built regardless of religious or ethnic bigotry, which ensured that nobody called himself with his religion or tribe, saying people were so proud to align themselves with Arewa.

Maitama Sule noted that the assumption of the likes of Sardauna at independence in 1960 was that Nigeria would be in the rank of developed nations by 1980, but that dream had since evaporated.

He contended that Sardauna died a pauper without a bank account anywhere or share in any company.

He lamented that the story was different from “what we have today as modern day leaders are ‘treasury looters’, with mansions and houses in Dubai and other places.

“We have leaders today as a result of the oil discovery who buy luxury cars for their girl friends. They imbibe the culture of looting the treasury and shamelessly stuffing them outside, building mansions where there is no road network. That is why today Nigeria yearn for who are generous, kind and patriotic.”


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