By Mohammad Ibrahim
Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mamman Nasir has blamed enemies of Nigeria for the dead of first Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto in 1966 coup de-tat.
He said his killers had reason for the atrocities they committed against the region because late Sir Ahmadu Bello was a leader for all, irrespective of religious or tribal affiliations.
Justima Mamman Nasir disclosed this during a 50th Anniversary celebration of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello organized by Sardauna Foundation held in Kaduna state.
He urged current leaders to emulate Sir Ahmadu Bello’s attributes to be able to move the region forward.
“Enemies of this country murdered him and they have no reason to do so. Sir Ahmadu is for all of us therefore I implore our present leaders to emulate him,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari represented by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El’rufai vowed to defend the unity of his country.
He urged leaders in the country to work towards uniting the country in the realization of the dream of the nation’s founding fathers.
President Buhari lamented on the level of poverty, corruption, insecurity and other social vices bediviling the country as he stressed that the present leadership must be guided by what the founding fathers stood for.
President Buhari enjoined the leaders to work hard to serve the people and ensure the restoration of the country in all spheres of life, which according to him was the phylosophy that the late Sardauna lived and died for.
In his remarks, Guest Speaker at the occasion, Elder statesman, Ambassador Maitama Sule said late Ahmadu Bello lived and died for his people.
He described Late Sardauna as a leader that loved his people dearly.
“He lived and died for his people. He was a leader that loved his people and region. People obeyed him because he dedicated his life for them. He was not a tribalist, but one who tried to make northern Nigeria as one people.
“Under this current political dispensation we are beginning to see change. God willing we will begin to see the end of our problems. I will keep praying until my dream became realized. I have a dream that Nigeria will be great again,” he said.