A two-time Senator, Prof. Jibril Aminu, on Monday urged politicians in the country to emulate moral uprightness and good leadership qualities of Late Malam Aminu Kano, leader of the Talakawas.
Prof Aminu, also a former minister of petroleum and education, gave the advice in Kano during the 34th Aminu Kano Annual Memorial Symposium organised by Bayero University.
The late Aminu Kano led the Northern Elements Progressive Union [NEPU] during the First Republic and then Peoples Redemption Party [PRP] in the Second Republic. He was among Nigerian politicians, who struggled for the country’s Independence from Britain.
According to the former minister, many Nigerians, especially those in the political class, who always claim to be ‘disciples of Aminu Kano,’ hardly practice his way of life and leadership style, with exception of Balarabe Musa.
He said, “The late politician during his life was blessed with so many wisdom and good leadership qualities worthy of emulation by politicians, in order to move the country forward.”
Also, the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza, said the event was organised to remind politicians and those in position of authority to be passionate about their responsibilities and discharge their mandates creditably. He described late Aminu Kano as an upright person, “whose virtues and legacies this symposium is extolling.”
“He was an epitome of moral uprightness, social justice and political emancipation due to his strong convictions in democratic humanism; a political philosophy based on the fundamental ideas of meaningful, dynamic and participatory democracy. For Malam Aminu Kano, democracy was a moral issue because it derived from the Islamic concept of moral and material austerity, based on strong ethical content.”
Yahuza added that the late politician believed that the poor “Talakawas” must be truly and genuinely represented at all levels of governance to reflect their yearnings and aspirations.
Journalists report that the theme of the Symposium is ‘Politics after Malam Aminu Kano: The role of Legislature in Nigeria’s democracy development.’ Yahuza said that the theme was “apt and topical at this time, because the legislature is the most distinctive signpost of democratic governance out of the three arms of government.”
He noted that Nigerians were puzzled about the apparent impasse between the Red Chamber and the Presidency. The vice chancellor said that the impasse was unnecessarily gathering momentum and heating up the polity by the days.