21 February 2013

Nigeria: Spikin - End of an Era


One of the few surviving independence nationalists, Alhaji Mudi Spikin is dead. He died last night in his private residence at Fagge, Kano State.

Spikin, a poet and founding father of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) was incarcerated several times in his lifetime for his political activism.

The late literary icon has been buried at a public cemetery according to Islamic rites. He is survived by wives, children and grandchildren.

Political watchers, including those who are very acquainted with the political happenings of the pre-independence and the First Republic, and who probably had come in contact with Mallam Mudi Spikin during his lifetime, would testify that he was one of front liners in the struggle for independence.

Mallam Spikin contributed immensely to the political development of this country, even though very little was known about him while he was alive. This piece perhaps serves as tribute a silent hero who lived a quiet life in the later part of his days. He ought to have been celebrated while he was alive.

But even now that he is dead, there is no reason why he shouldn't and can't be celebrated. In fact, the Kano State government and the federal government should work out modalities how this hero who was considered the 'last man standing' from the NEPU good olds, can be immortalised; state and national monuments can be named after him.

Mallam Mudi Spikin was one of the 56 delegation sent to London to discuss Nigeria's independence which earned the country freedom from colonial oppression. Until his death, Mallam Spikin was the only surviving member of the 56-man delegation that visited London back then.

It is unfortunate that Nigeria celebrated its 50 years anniversary without remembering leaders like Mallam Spikin who served this country selflessly. The political class to which they belonged was a responsible one which genuinely desired to serve the people. Nigeria has, indeed, lost a true selfless leader by the demise of Mallam Mudi Spikin.

He was one of the eight persons that initially formed NEPU. They were Bello Ijumu, Abba Mai Kwaru, Mallam Mudi Spikin, Magaji Danbatta, Baballiya Mnaja, Musa Kaula, Abdulqadir Danjaji, and Garba Bida.

Mudi Spikin, rest in perfect peace. It was a pride to know you and you will be greatly missed. Rest on, great one!

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