Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has observed that there has been an age-long mutual relationship between the Sokoto caliphate and that of the family of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
According to the governor, who was appreciating a platinum award conferred on him by The TRIBUNE newspaper on the occasion of its commemorating its 70th birthday, in Lagos, on Tuesday, the tapestry of this extra-ordinary relationship is attested to by a picture in late Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s memoir: ‘Beckoned to Serve’, which showed Awolowo decorating him with an academic gown at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, named after the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, a political contemporary of the sage.
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“The objective” of this unique relationship, noted Governor Tambuwal has been “the promoting and attaining of independent governance of Nigeria through a democratic process and showing that we have an inclusive Federal Republic of Nigeria that recognizes our differences and appreciate them with the sole purpose of building a virile nation.”
The governor, who was accompanied to the ceremony by a broad spectrum of the political elite, in Sokoto, including the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Manya Achida, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed his gratitude to them, emphasising that their presence points to the fact that Sokoto is “involved in political engineering for good governance and not bickering.”