As We Can See Fit; A commentry on
Dikko Umaru Radda PhD – By Musa Muhammad
Human soul is inclined to satisfying grossly its selfish desire—and has the propensity to prefer itself to any other. When the chips are down, however, a good soul would prefer another soul’s goodness to its own evil. But Dikko Radda, bypassing the gimmicky attitude of common political actors of Africa, heist of people, people are of him—and this is in the spirit of the man being his brother’s keeper, being his sister’s keeper, being his people’s comrade, being an ambassador of progress. Dikko is the type of whom Dr Mamman Shata said: “Whosoever sticks with trust, if ever you so stick with trust, (your trust) will take you places (you’ve never ever been before.)” Very clearly, this is seen in the rise of an unknown person becoming known to the world—and Dikko Umaru Radda is not reaching out to the world as Aliko Dangote—with his wealth, not as Duke of Cambridge—with his nobility, but as Mandela—with hard work, will, and courage. And coming at a time of unprecedented political and economic crises, when more than rash politics and crooked ideology are needed to steer the mantle of leadership, to save human society from total doom and to make better the world of man.
Unwaveringly, it poses a compelling task to write about someone without prejudice to one’s reservations—especially with no less profound a desire to pin point subtly the dashes and clashes of one’s object of reference—even more so, about a key figure and name sake of a revolutionary leader of Katsina Alh Muhammadu Dikko—born yet in a town, Radda . And to have in any one man, running in his veins the royal blood, politics, and devotion to life and culture all-together—just is too much. It breeds haughtiness in the soul of man and damnable manly conceit, but in this man, Dikko, it builds humble living and high thinking, without so much inclination to say such things even unworthy of myself, there’s no gainsaying that in a good few of God’s people dignity speaks as well as trust. In addition, beyond any treacherous flattery, one can say, the Gwagwaren-Katsina is a good example. President Abraham Lincoln said: “Nearly all men can withstand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power”. Power instills into one the common ego that gnaws even at itself and destroys mind of the ignorant; but pride in great spirits—and not the pride of the ignorant, but the kind that makes its possessor humble.
There seems only but little to be said about him, passing an ordinary and a normal life, it would not be altogether easy for an ordinary person to hit it big and just beautifully creeping from a classroom teacher to a banker, Local Government Area Chairman, Senior Legislative Assistant, Chief of Staff to the Governor and glorying now as the Director-General of a Federal Government Agency “SMEDAN”. In Dikko, one clearly finds, probing life, what essentially explicates the prototype of a nice gentleman with dignity and bearing that personify what a leader should be. And we can go ahead, then, and say, in body and spirit, Dikko represents all that personify a good person, a great spirit. In a sense, he is bound to follow in the paths of great African heroes of the modern world.
Modern politics is swiftly taking a new phase. In Nigeria, our politics today represents the kind in which more than colour-coded display of emotions and palpable activisms are needed to steer the mantle of leadership. Evidently, it is again fashionable to employ as a means of determining the integrity of candidates in vying for public office the philosophy-oriented politician with the eland to be both active and proactive. Of the true patriots people are yearning for to move our nation forward, Dikko is the type our times need.
Undoubtedly, the violence of genocide, economic meltdown, dearth of social infrastructure, epileptic energy output, degradation of quality education, tribal tensions revealing clearly our divisive tendencies; signify very clearly why, as a people, we must change with our times and do what we must do—make a hard choice in our politics to save the future from doom.
All this is just beyond lines penned down—and people may little note nor long remember what is being said about him but Dikko Umaru Radda’s philanthropic activities can not be overlooked. He founded and championed Gwagware foundation, and today Gwagware Foundation is being seen in Katsina State as another quantum leap for progress. A platform on which great spirits are meeting the weak. In what witnesses the life of man nowadays, activities of human development and social reorientation are slowly leaving the hands of the government and are taking bold steps to rest with the activities of the NGOs globally. This means, in the near future, just as every family would become a consortium of businesspersons, so would it become its own government as an NGO.
In Katsina State, Gwagware Foundation has done a lot in education, social reorientation, and enterprise. In this organization, it is a long journey where “one mind connects to many hearts”—”people helping people”—mutually sharing strengths and weaknesses together, establishing a strong connection between the elite and masses. We can say, unique in its kind, Gwagware Foundation is the Noah’s ark of salvation to the vast majority of the people of Katsina State in these hard times. We are not unmindful of how it has begun to touch the lives of citizens of Katsina State—men and women, rich and poor, young and old. Activities of this organization cannot miss being seen even by the blind eye—with averagely more than fifteen thousand people having felt the benefits—in hamlets, villages, and large towns.
Today in Katsina State, we are passing through heavy days of unrest—in a dark world redolent of killing, maiming, and kidnapping people, which for long now have sapped Katsina of her economic strength, distorted her status as a society of well-meaning citizens, and sullied her moral legitimacy as a land of peace.
We have to do more in promoting knowledge and learning, and in advancing the mores of our social heritage. We have to do more in fighting poverty by uplifting the youth through public campaigns to stop having to settle for less and rise to the challenges of our modern world by taking their time to think, do, and conquer these challenges. We need to realize the need of many people unlettered—especially women, who want to learn at least how to read and write.
We have to do more in agriculture—we need to harness the water and the soil to pave way for bulk food production to save thousands of starving children in our society and its neighborhood.
All this will not be a simple task—it won’t be easy, but through hard work and sacrifice, we can reach beyond our limit. If we do, we can bring about the change we need—in economy, politics, and social alignment. In Katsina State, our future is glorious—we must get there! and with Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, we can and we will.
God bless Dan Amana, God bless Katsina State, and God bless Nigeria.
Shamsudeen S. Ahmed