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How to address Nigeria’s challenges, by Emir of Zazzau, Dare, others – The Nation Newspaper

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How to address Nigeria’s challenges, by Emir of Zazzau, Dare, others – The Nation Newspaper

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Notable Nigerians, including Emir of Zazzau, HRH Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare said on Tuesday that the nation’s current challenges were surmountable if appropriate measures were adopted.
They urged Nigeria’s current leaders to draw from the lessons of the many successes recorded in the era of the Sokoto caliphate to address the myriad of challenges plaguing the country.
Bamalli, Dare, Mahmud Jega (Editor-in-Chief of the 21st Century Chronicle) and Professors Mukhtar Umar Bunza and Muammaid Junaid (of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto) spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at the launch of the Nigerian edition of the book – Sokoto caliphate.
The book was written some years ago by Murray Last (now Professor Emeritus at the Department of Anthropology, University College, London), but the Nigerian edition, which was launched on Tuesday was published by Premium Times Books.
The Emir of Zazzau urged governments at all levels to do more to ensure enhanced access to education by the people, reform the education system to enable it cater for today’s global needs and encourage dialogue as a major conflict resolution mechanism.
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Bamalli, who spoke glowingly about the many successes of the Sokoto caliphate, identified some major lessons from the era that could help Nigeria navigate its current challenges.
He noted that the salient lessons learnt from the history of the Sokoto caliphate include commitment to education as the key to reforming the society and that intra and interstate conflicts could and should be resolved through continuous dialogue.
“By and large, man is supposed to learn from history in order to, through past events, understand and provide solutions to problems and challenges of the present.
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“We must accept that the future of this country is dependent on our collective ability at reformation.
“Reformation, on the other hand, cannot be realised without mass education We must therefore make concerted efforts at educating our teeming population as no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere pervaded by ignorance and inequity.
“Our education system must also be reformed to cater for the needs of the 21st century global community. To do this, our government at all levels must demonstrate sufficient political will towards reforming the education sector.
“In addition, we must, irrespective of our religious differences and inclination, tribal leaning and political affiliation, continue to engage ourselves in progressives and meaningful dialogue. This is the panacea to the myriad of challenges confronting us as a people.
“We must continue to make efforts to understand and tolerate out differences as well as advance our individual and collective aspirations through peaceful dialogue.
“Noting can salvage our nation. A homegrown problem requires a homegrown solution. The problem of Nigeria can only be resolved by Nigerians.
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“We must continue to think through and proffer solutions to challenges by ourselves as exemplified by the Sokoto caliphate. This is a duty we owe ourselves and generation yet unborn.,” the Emir said.
Dare noted that there were many positive lessons to be drawn from the success of Sokoto caliphate, which existed for over 100 years, from 1806 and 1906, to address the nations current challenges.
He stated: “I dare say this morning, to the Sokoto caliphate, we must all return as a nation, as communities, as societies and as individuals to learn and imbibe the political and educational lessons of that time.
“But, above all, to learn what made the Sokoto caliphate strong when it comes to good governance and conflict resolution. Our nation needs lessons of the Sokoto caliphate to chart its way out of its current challenges.”
Professor said the political structure, the administrative style and justice administration system that was deployed to create a corruption-free, secured and well administered Sokoto caliphate could serve as ready measures to address the nation’s current challenges
Bunza said, drawing from the lessons of the Sokoto caliphate, Nigerians could afford to abandon their current differences and mobilise as a united people to bring about the desired political and social changes.
Jega, who reviewed the book, said although the history of the Sokoto caliphate has been distorted in recent times, the book will serve to re-orientate Nigerians “to learn our pre-colonial history from the state prism of great academics, who were motivated solely by scholarly objectivity, by academic rigour and strict recanting of historical facts in their proper context.”
He hailed Premium Times Book for the initiative, noting that it was “a major contribution towards understanding the great historical phenomenon that was the Sokoto caliphate, its driving ideology, its people, its leaders, its historical antecedence, what it replaced, how it did it and its struggle for consolidation through out the 19th Century.”
Jega added that the book was also the first major historical work of its kind, that relied mostly on local sources and not on the diaries of European travellers.
“It is my hope that Nigerian media practitioners, politicians and others will stop their disruptive habit of grabbing aspects of our pre-colonial history upside down, reducing them to clichés to suit the politics of the modern day and then weaponising it in modern days Nigerian political battles.
“By the time each part of Nigeria seizes the history of other communities, rejigs it disembowels it, distorts its content, reduces to clichés and weaponising it in modern day’s inter-tribal and inter-regional battles, a time will come when no community in Nigeria will know its correct history.
“We will all be blundering along as rootless people, who know not whence we came from,” Jega said.
The Chief Operating Officer of Premium Times Books, Musikilu Mojeed said the choice of the book was because it is classic and also historic, being the first PD thesis by the University of Ibadan, which shed “some lights on the root of colonial policy decisions that continue to affect our society today.”
Mojeed said his organisation is driven by three principal missions – “to expand/broaden the population of the reading public in the country, to make essential books easily available to the reading public and to bring books about Nigeria, published in Europe, America and elsewhere home to Nigeria.
“We took on the challenge of producing the Nigerian edition of the Sokoto Caliphate because the book touches on some of the ongoing debates about the Nigeria nationhood and constitutional review,” he said.
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