By Usman Shuaibu
The Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership and Development Studies of the University of Abuja has organised a memorial lecture in honour of the late Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido for his outstanding leadership quality during his life time.
In his remarks, the Vice – chancellor of the University, Prof. Michael Adikwu, said the inaugural lecture was held in order to remember the legacies left behind by the late Sultan Maccido of Sokoto.
His words: “I have taken some pains to study the life and principles of the late Sultan Maccido and to discuss with people who had close relationship with him and I am left with the conviction that he stood tall above his peers in the pursuit of peace, practical leadership acumen and deep sentimental attachment to sustainable development”.
Adikwu said that the management of “the University through the Sultan Maccido Institute was pursuing aggressive academic and non-academic programmes to instill the tenets of peace, leadership and development in the public and private lives of Nigerians”.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III who was represented by the Emir of Keffi, Nasarawa State, Dr (Barr.) Shehu Usman Chindo YaMusa III, appealed to all and sundry to support the Sultan Maccido Institute to give the nation a hope for a better future as well the opportunity and knowledge of best administrative practices in our society.
In an interview, the Director in charge of the Institute, Dr Uwakwe Abugu, noted that the late Sultan Maccido was a man of his own pedigree.
He said the late Maccido was known for pursuing peace as well as sustainable development, pointing out that he exhibited the leadership quality during his life time.
Abugu, called on Nigerian leaders to deem it necessary to read the biography of the great leaders who had impacted positively on their people like late Nelson Mandela and late Maccido to enable them to provide purposeful leadership capable of satisfying the aspirations of the masses.
Presenting a paper entitled “The Challenges and Prospects in Africa: Lesson from History” the Vice-chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, charged the political, traditional as well as religious leaders to emulate the leadership style of the late Sultan of Sokoto for peace to reign in their domains.
Also another guest lecturer from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto State, Prof. Muhammad Bashar who presented a paper tagged “Caliphate and Concept of Leadership in Nigeria” commended the late Maccido for his leadership roles displayed in the Sultanate Council and the country at large.