Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki’s Legacy in Echoes (1)

Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki’s Legacy in Echoes (1)
By Abdussamad Dasuki

Nearly half a century ago, my father, Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki of blessed memory, headed a committee which proposed lasting solutions for the dysfunctions within our local government system. The ongoing conversation about restructuring local government councils to enhance their effectiveness as the third tier of government echoes his memory. He led a committee that proposed solutions to this enduring threat to our federalism, yet those recommendations were not fully adopted, and this generation continues to pay the price.
Known widely as the Dasuki Reform, it aimed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our local government structure. Key recommendations included: reducing the number of local governments to streamline administration, enhancing financial autonomy for them, and emphasizing grassroots development through increased community participation in decision-making. The reform also aimed to ensure accountability, transparency, and proper resource allocation within the local government system.
Remarkably, in 2020, four years after his passing, His Royal Highness Maigari of Lokoja, Muhammed Makarfi II, remembered and urged the nation to revisit and implement the 1976 Dasuki Local Government reform, asserting it as the most practical solution to the challenges facing the third tier of government.
Sultan Dasuki's influence extended far beyond his region, earning him respect and admiration from those who upheld high moral principles. His wisdom in governance, spirituality, and national cohesion resonated widely, leaving an indelible mark on a nation that still finds relevance in his legacy seven years after his passing at age 93.
The late Sultan's examples remain a reference point for current Nigerian leaders, with one recurring aspect being his call for a revolution of the mind. He believed that Nigeria needed more than a change of political systems but also a mindset inspiring a new approach to leadership and strategies to tackle the myriad challenges undermining the nation.
Ironically, we are yet to achieve the level of diversity management Sultan Dasuki aimed for. He remained dedicated to improving inter-faith relations in our unstable environment by creating the Peaceful Coexistence Committee (PCC) to address religious conflicts and community disruptions. As a prominent figure in Islam, he demonstrated Islam's promotion of peace and its embrace of other beliefs and traditions.
As we commemorate Sultan Dasuki, we pay homage to a luminary whose footsteps in history remain etched in the hearts of many. He belonged to a generation whose leadership values are still considered models and inspiration. He served as a private secretary to the great premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, during a critical phase of our history before assuming leadership roles in strategic organizations during his public service and retirement. These experiences shaped his philosophy and work ethic as he transitioned through various careers and roles, including chairing the board of the African International Bank (AIB) before his eventual coronation as the 18th Sultan of Sokoto.
Sultan Dasuki, a cornerstone of Northern Nigeria's traditional establishments, possessed a global perspective influenced by his diplomatic travels. His experience included service at the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan, building on a prior career stint established when he was stationed in Saudi Arabia as a Pilgrim's Officer. Notably, he is remembered for diplomatically safeguarding Nigerians' interests in the holy land, aiding those facing issues with local authorities, and even ending up in jail. Progressing in his career, he eventually became the Permanent Secretary of the Northern Nigerian Ministry for Local Government until his retirement.
I find it challenging to reconcile the ideals my father advocated with the current…

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