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SIR AHMADU BELLO: EMULATING GREAT LEADERS WHO LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR A MODERN NIGERIA – THE AHMADU BELLO EXAMPLE – LESSONS FOR ASPIRING YOUNG POLITICIANS

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IN LINE WITH OUR MANDATE: One of the great Nigerians that made political freedom possible in Nigeria was late Sir Ahmadu Bello, who was the Sardauna of Sokoto and the Premier of Northern Region of Nigeria, comprising 19 states today. He combined traditional leadership qualities with political governance. Sir Ahmadu Bello, as the Sardauna (Crown Prince) an honorary title conferred on his by the Sultan  of Sokoto demonstrated exemplary leadership virtues that have undoubtedly found places on the positive pages of history. In line with our mandate of promoting virtues and values that we believe are very important for Nigerians to emulate, cherish and imbibe, we publish for your reading pleasure, and particularly the attention of youths who fervently wish to take over from those described as the old breed the management, who and what to emulate is their dreams of managing Nigeria come to pass.. The following thought- provoking revelations were made by an eminent Nigerian and retired bureaucrat who rose to the enviable position of Secretary to the Federal Military Government/Head of Service, Mallam Adamu M. Fika, the Wazirin Fika. He is one of the rare bridges between the past and the present. Fika, in a lecture delivered at an occasion put together by the old students of BAREWA College delved into the history of political developments in Nigeria, in a very inspiring and thought-provoking treatise. First, he spoke about utilizing lessons of the past to advance Nigeria. UNPARDONABLE IGNORANCE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE: A large part of the problem confronting Nigeria in general and the public service in particular today is the result of an unpardonable ignorance of the past and an unjustified and unwarranted aversion to all the lessons and benefits the past has to offer. We often live and work under the illusion that only what is new is good, forgetting that it is in the nature of whatever is new to itself ultimately run out of fashion one day. What is new today becomes old in the course of time; and as Oscar Wilde once said, “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to change it every six months”. Leadership by Example: When authentic Statesmen led the nation at the centre and the regions, and rules and regulations were respected and proper procedure was strictly adhered to in the conduct of Government business, the country witnessed the best specimen of leadership…

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