By PHILIBUS DAUDA, Kaduna
Anyone that claims that the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello is not worthy of being remembered because he was not a hero should produce his own, or shut up, the Emir of Kano, HRH, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as warned.
He gave the warning while speaking at the opening ceremony of several events to mark the 50th Anniversary of the demise of the Sardauna of Sokoto held in Kaduna on Thursday.
According to him, the North will not fold its arm and watch people denigrate their heroes without fighting back to reclaim their honour.
“I am not saying that Sardauna was perfect, being human, he had his own flaws. But if you claim that Sardauna was not a hero, produce your own hero.
“We should make it clear that as long as we are alive, we will defend the honours of our heroes. Though we are calling for peace, unity and tolerance, we are insisting on respect. We would not be disrespected,” he warned.
He recalled that it was exactly 50 years ago when the brutal murder of the Premier of the Northern Region,Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and others took place, warning that history must not repeat itself.
“50 years after the horrible murders, history is repeating itself. Those that did the killing are now claiming to be the victims.
“Some are saying Sardauna was not a victim, Tafawa Balewa was not a victim, but the cause of the bloodshed. Why don’t we as one country learn from our history. It was Karl Marx who once sai that history repeats itself. If you fail to learn from history and it repeats itself, it is no longer a mistake but a tragedy,” he said.
He said what Nigeria needs now is to learn from its history and make amends to prevent re-occurrence.