Lawmaker and Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Shehu Sani, has advocated for better treatment for close associates of Nigeria’s hero such as late Sardauna, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Ladoke Akintola, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo among others.
Senator Sani made the call when he visited the 89-year-old official driver of the Premier of Northern Nigeria and the Sardauna of Sokoto, late Sir Ahmadu Bello.
Senator Sani, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Affairs, and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed worry about the neglect of the driver, Alhaji Ali Sarki Mota, by the 19 northern state governments for failing to accord him due honour over the years after serving the late Premier and the region.
He however said associates of quality politicians like the Sardauna, Akintola, Azikiwe, Awolowo and others should not be neglected by governments of the day.
He lamented that instead of Nigerians, particularly, Northerners, to preserve Sir Ahmadu Bello’s legacy for prosperity, they were busy using his name for cheap political gains.
Responding, Alhaji Sarki Mota expressed gratitude to Senator Sani, praying that God should bless the Senator with whatever he desires to achieve in his life time.
The 89-year-old man said even though he is not a politician, he has been hearing about Senator Sani, without coming face to face with him, “but thank God we are meeting face to face today and I thank him for the visit”.
Sani said, “Look at Sir Ahmadu Bello’s driver, Alhaji Ali Sarki Mota, he drove Sardauna to every official function, he witnessed his killing by soldiers, but today, at 89 years old, he is being neglected by governments of the region.
“Driving is a noble profession and Alhaji Ali did it to the best of his knowledge by serving Sardauna to the best of his ability and love for the profession.
“Sardauna’s name should not be a launch pad for politicians to use at elections, rather they should emulate his selfless services to the people of North in particular and Nigeria in general.
“Sardauna lived and died for Nigeria, his life should continue to be celebrated by the people.
“If we have the likes of Sardauna, Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, stealing in government will not be possible, but our political elite have turned politics into money making ventures,” Senator Sani said.

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