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It’s time to rekindle the old north

It’s time to rekindle the old north
September 13
08:36 2021

BY ZAYYAD MUHAMMAD

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Recently, an event happened which will definitely serve as a vital lesson to the people of northern Nigeria as a whole, and to the old generation of the region’s leaders in particular.

On September 10, 2021, a former commissioner of works in Abdullahi Ganduje’s administration, Engr. Muaz Magaji, posted on his verified Facebook account that a renowned Islamic cleric and the national secretary-general of the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah wa Iqamatus Sunnah, Sheikh Muhammad Kabiru Haruna, had in a phone call conversation told Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state that he would decamp from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) if the former Kano state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, is allowed to join the ruling party.

Some hours later, Sheik Gombe also posted on his verified Facebook account; a 12hrs ultimatum to Engr. Muaz to withdraw the statement or the Sheik will file a legal suit against the former commissioner of works over alleged defamation of character. Sheik Gombe said he had never met Gov. Buni. And, he is neither a politician nor partisan. His only job is preaching.

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On Saturday, September 13, 2021, a truce was reached. Muaz visited Sheik Gombe at the Sheik’s residence in Abuja. In attendance were the national chairman of Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah wa Iqamatus Sunnah, Sheik Abdullahi Bala Lau, and the national leader Of The Tijjaniya Youth Africa, Ahmadu Tijjani Umar Maigeru. The outcome of the meeting — Muaz had withdrawn his statement, he apologised and a friendship is born at that moment.

A deep look at this event and the people involved will serve as a big lesson to the northern Nigeria which is facing some problems of social disorder and insecurity due to the eroded beautiful culture and norms.

Firstly. The whole idea of the meeting between Sheik Kabiru Gombe and Engr. Muaz Magaji was initiated and implemented by the national leader of the Tijjaniya Youth Africa, Ahmadu Tijjani Umar Maigeru, who is also a frontline gubernatorial candidate in Kaduna state. Ahmadu Tijjani is of the Tijjaniya sec while Kabiru Gombe is of the Izala. This has shown the rekindling of the old habit in the north- humanity first- sect, race, tribe, and geography don’t matter. Ahmadu Tijjani must be commended for such foresight in initiating the meeting to reach a truce, Sheik Gombe for being magnanimous while Muaz for being levelheaded

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Secondly, for accepting to withdraw his statement, apologise and also make friendship, Muaz has helped the society in two ways. Fake news can easily be decimated if a high profile person that shared it will come out to denounce it and apologise as well. And, differences between individuals or groups can be resolved with dialogues and understanding.

The coming together to resolve a matter that was supposed to be settled in a court of law is a clear case of the need to rekindle the old north where every matter is resolved within the community, people were their brothers’ keepers, who, every day bring out from their homes their breakfast, lunch and dinner for neighbors, including even strangers to eat.

The old north, where your father’s friend is automatically your father- he can take any decision on you without first consulting your parent. The old north that people allocate some portion of their houses to strangers to settle. The old north where no child will be seen wandering around without the community showing any concern. That’s was the monolithic north! It has to be rekindled as a step in solving some of the region’s current social problems, especially insecurity.

Zayyad I. Muhammad writes from Abuja, [email protected], 08036070980

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