Aminu Kano me­mo­rial lec­ture holds in Kano

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Isa Muham­mad Inuwa, Kano

The 31st an­nual Aminu Kano me­mo­rial lec­ture took place in Kano yes­ter­day with Katsina State Gover­nor Ibrahim Shema ex­tolling the virtues of the late leader of the de­funct the North­ern El­e­ment People’s Union (NEPU) and the Peo­ples Re­demp­tion Party (PRP) whom he de­scribed as the kind of per­son Nigeria needs for progress and pur­pose­ful lead­er­ship.

Shema, who was rep­re­sented by his deputy, Bar­ris­ter Ab­dul­lahi Garba Faskari, who chaired the lec­ture, ob­served that the lec­ture came at a time when the na­tion is in dire need of mod­els to em­u­late in or­der to give the right lead­er­ship and iden­tify with the needs of the people.

“Late Malam Aminu Kano left be­hind an ex­em­plary legacy for us to em­u­late and that is the rea­son why he was re­spected and is still be­ing re­spected as an ex­em­plary leader who stood for the masses”, he said and urged the people to share the in­for­ma­tion they got about him with oth­ers in or­der to ex­tend the mes­sage.

Pre­sent­ing his paper ti­tled; “Is­sues of Cred­i­ble Elec­tions In Nigeria: To­wards the 2015 Gen­eral Elec­tions,” Pro­fes­sor Habu Muham­mad of the Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence Depart­ment of the Bayero Univer­sity Kano, said there would be no cred­i­ble elec­tion un­less an in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized elec­toral re­form is car­ried out and a con­ducive and level play­ground is en­sured for ev­ery­one.

He warned against calls for some states in the North-east to be ex­empted from the com­ing elec­tions due to the in­se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the area, adding that it would dis­en­fran­chise the people. He also pointed that there is no much im­prove­ment in the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal and demo­cratic cul­ture, par­tially due to poverty and other rea­sons.

Also speak­ing, the for­mer Nige­rian am­bas­sador to Libya, Pro­fes­sor Dan­datti Ab­dulka­dir who was also a close as­so­ciate of Aminu Kano, re­called the strug­gle that led to the for­ma­tion of the PRP, say­ing the party was formed out of protests against sidelin­ing Aminu Kano from the lead­er­ship of the NPC, and that they got it hard be­fore the then NPC govern­ment reg­is­tered the party.

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