The Periscope reporter
Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) representing Central Senatorial Distinct of Adamawa Central in the 9th National Assembly, undoubtedly the best Senator from the state who considers Adamawa state as a whole as her constituency, has in her tribute on Tuesday, urged the Senate at plenary to rise and stand in prayers for a minute silence in memory and honour of one of the Nigeria’s first generation politician in the first republic and the last surviving critical politician in the cabinet of Sir. Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto in the entire northern Nigeria
Below is the full text of Binani’s tribute:
TRIBUTE TO A COLOSSUS: The Late Alhaji Abdullahi Danburam Jada (1924-2021)
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues barely one week ago in the early hours of 24th of May 2021, our country lost an illustrious citizen; a first generation politician of the first republic, a member of the defunct Northern Nigerian Parliament, a minister in the cabinet of Sir. Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, a former District Head of Jada in (Adamawa state), a former Federal Commissioner, a former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of three Federal Government Universities, a pioneer chairman of North Eastern State Public Service Commission in 1967 etc, Alh. Abdullahi Dan Buram Jada may Allah (SWA) grant him Aljannatul firdaus.
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues the late elder statesman was the last surviving critical politician in the cabinet of Sir. Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto in the whole of now 19 states of what was Northern Nigeria.
He died at the age of 97. Alh. Danburam Jada, as he was fondly called, witnessed massive changes in our country and served many governments up to the late 1980s.
He was appointed District Head of Jada in 1955 and the following year in 1956, he contested and won election in to Northern Regional House of Assembly under the platform of the Northern Peoples’ Congress (NPC), at that time traditional rulers were allowed to participate in party politics.
In the Parliament, he was noted as one of the most intelligent debaters in the House. His talent, political astuteness coupled with his academic qualifications stands him out very clearly. The Sardauna summoned him to Kaduna from Jada through the Lamido of Adamawa and appointed him minister.
In 1980s when asked about his appointment as a Minister, he said and I quote “I was simply offered that post, I was not looking for it, I did not even know there was such a plan”.
His portfolio as a cabinet minister of Animal Health and Northern Cameroon Affairs, provided him a good opportunity and rare privilege to address challenges facing Northern Nigeria and potential conflict issues. I will just mention two:
Firstly, he mapped out plan of action and strategy of workable relationship between herders and farmers and never allowed things to go out of hand that could result into conflict.
Secondly, he addressed Northern Cameroon Affairs, which was then part of United Nations Trust Territory being administered by Britain to become part and parcel of Northern Nigeria. This was a huge task as there were very strong forces opposed to it. In that capacity, he addressed the United Nations, very strongly on the subject, arguing that for reason of history, geography and cultural ties, the people of northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon were one and the same, divided only by the colonial powers. When eventually the Plebicite of 1961 was conducted, northern Cameroon decided to be part of northern Nigeria. Thereafter, he continued to play a crucial role in cementing cordial relations between Nigeria and Cameroon under President Ahmadu Ahidjo.
The Late Danburam Jada was passionate about equity, fairness and justice to all people. He worked very closely with late Yusuf Maitama Sule, Dan Masanin Kano and the late Abubakar Imam to enthrone the culture of transparency, accountability and incorruptibility, which they imbibed while serving in Sardauna’s government.
While serving as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Board of Bayero University, Kano, it is said that Danburam Jada refused to approve the employment of an unqualified relation of his in the university, thereby confirming his firm belief in merit, fight against unethical tendencies, corruption and nepotism.
Also upon his invitation by General Murtala Muhammad in 1975 to serve as a Public Complain Commissioner in the north eastern states (Now 6 states of northeast geo political zone) in 1975, he carved an image of moral crusader and a legendary anti-corruption Icon.
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, it is for these and many more that time would not permit me to enumerate that I humbly urge this honorable house to rise and stand for one minute silence in memory and honor of this rare Nigerian; a man of honor and integrity who served our dear country with dignity and to pray may Allah grant him Aljannah Firdaus. Ameen.
Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani)
1st June, 2021