The student of Malam Saadu Zungur and the radical Kano politician, Malam Aminu Kano has spent his entire life trying to educate the people from the North about self-respect and living a dignified life. In fact one can hasten to say that the achievement of Malam Aminu Kano in politics is not politics itself, but using politics to teach the average Northerner to have self-esteem in order to emancipate himself from the bondage of poverty and perpetual servitude.
Global historical figures like Shaikh Uthman Ibn Fodio, his brother Abdullahi, his son Muhammadu Bello, and his indefatigable daughter, Asmau bint Fodio were products of the same geographical location called Northern Nigeria. These were not ordinary figures. They were unique individuals who excelled in politics, military adventure and most important of all scholarship. Hugh Clapperton, the British envoy who met Sultan Muhammadu Bello was speechless in his description of the Amirul Mu’minin (Commander of the Faithfuls) because of the intellectual prowess the latter has exhibited during their encounter.
Without much thinking, you may likely suggest the traditional rulers whether at the local or regional level, the Islamic scholars who serve as the reference point on almost everything, and the businessmen who support the economy. At the risk of making a swift statement, I will suggest that the combination of both historical and economic factors in today’s Nigeria has sent the traditional rulers and the Islamic scholars out of job. But that is not where the problem is. The issue is, with the exception of few, this class of important people who serve as a pillar of the society have developed an attitude that is built in seeking favour rather than hard work. Do you expect the ordinary man to be any different?