First a little history, Katsina state, “home of heritage and hospitality”, a state of over 5.8 million mannish. Today is your day!
Katsina state is home to some of the best and brightest of Nigerian public servants, politicians and military top brass. The only Nigerian state with multiple Presidents; late Umar Musa Yar’adua and General Muhammad Buhari!
Other Katsinawa dignitaries include: late General Hassan Usman Katsina, Major -General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, former chief of justice of the federation Muhammad Bello, two past Inspector’s generals of police: Muhammad Dikko Yusuf and Ibrahim Comassie, and pioneer chairman of the Bureau of public Enterprises, Hamza Rafindadi Zayyad among others. Over and above all, the memory of these mystical persons shall never fade away in the memory of Katsina state and Nigeria at large.
Katsina has not only wielded influence in politics and the economy of the North, it has also dominated the academia for decades.
Late historian of northern extraction, Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman is the founder of theKaduna-based Centre for Democratic Development, Research and Training (CEDDERT).
In life, he was an intellectual leader in the North, and had led the country towards a new way of looking at the country’s history. Besides being one of the founders of the revolutionary Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), he was a formidable intellectual force and a former Secretary to the Kaduna State Government under the rule of Balarabe Musa.
Shehu M. YarÁdua became such a force that in 1993, his caucus of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), was relied upon in the choice of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Yar’Ádua’s influence would later envelope the entire North and to even the south, through protégés like former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Dapo Sarumi and Yomi Edu.
Katsina most be proud; it produced the only legitimate President that won the trust all Nigerians: President Muhammadu Buhari today in Nigeria, also remains the most popular and powerful president since 1960.
Despite the economic downturn, he still commands overwhelming influence in Nigeria and abroad. Katsina most be proud!
Besides ex- president Olusegun Obasanjo, Katsina is the only State in Nigeria to have one man repeat the Presidency twice, as military Head of State and civilian President.
Katsina State is also the only state in Nigeria to produce two civilian presidents; Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Muhammad Buhari.
Katsina is also the only state in Nigeria to have one family produce a president and Vice President.
Could you believe me if I say, “Katsina State is a mini America where multiple presidents would cone from families”?
Happy birthday Katsina,
Long life and prosperity!
Comrade Ibrahim Haruna MaiJamaa