The event was the gathering of creme de la creme of northern extraction and beyond to commemorate the death and lifetime of the first premier of northern region, and reflect on his leadership style and legacies.
President Mohammadu Buhari was represented by governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai of Kaduna state. Who said that the legacies of Sarduana of Sokoto is still visible after fifty years after his death. He highlighted, unity, integrity, fairness to all irrespective of religious or tribal differences as his strength. “Unite the country and do our utmost to secure it and inspire our people to feats of creativity and development, that is what Ahmadu Bello did all his life. He did as he said, and did not say one thing and did another” said Gov. Nasiru A. EL-Rufai during his speech the audience.
Contemporaries of the premier and other dignitaries reflected on the person of Sarduana of Sokoto, and why he stood out among other leaders. Amb. Yusuf Maitama Sule in his speech said that the Sarduana lived for his people and died for his people. The Sultan of Sokoto in his speech said that ” all of us here and the leaders must work and behave like the Sarduana. Justice Mamman Nasir, Chairman, Advisory Council Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation in his speech said, ” they were not there for selfish interest, they were not there to make money for themselves. they were not there to show people who they are”.
“Ahmadu Bello worked assiduously to make northern Nigeria economically competitive, politically and religiously stable, peaceful and united”, added Dr Shettima Aji Ali, manageing director Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation.
The height of the event was unveiling of the portrait of Sir Ahmadu Bello and the launching of the special edition of New Nigerian Newspaper to mark the 50th anniversary. Other series of activities such as prayer sessions in mosques and photo exhibitions and panel discussions on Sir Ahmadu Bello, the man, his vision and the imperative of good governance.
By Ike A. Offor (IkeA.Offor@yahoo.com)
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