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Journey Through The Sudan From Zamfara: The Story Of 10m Nigerians In Sudan



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As a student of African History, I am always impressed when I heard a typical black African speaking about his country, his continent, his people and his culture with utmost pride.

This is because the history of colonialism has done much damage than you ever imagine in our history as Africans especially when you look at the way African continent looks like more than fifty years after the physical exit if the white people on the African soil.

That is by the way, but how many of us care to look at the history and explore the mutual coexistence between African countries visa-vis looking at the history, economic and scholarly relationship as well as post-independence common practice among African nations.

The two-day visit of the Federal Republic of Sudan Ambassador to Nigeria Dr Tegelsir Mahgoub Ali in Zamfara was actually a rider that reflect my memory back to my undergraduate history classes while I was in the University of Sokoto because he reminded us during an interaction with Zamfara State Governor and some members of his cabinet that, the hope of the USA and rest countries of the west is that even after the independence they will continue pursuing us the Africans till we surrender our religious faith and economic sovereignty to them.

In actual sense the Ambassador who was a Minister in the cabinet of President Omar Albashir for (18) good years, before being sent to Nigeria as diplomat tried to change our thinking that Africa is a great continent endowed by the most talented people of vision who are capable of drawing a development agenda for the rest continent of the world including the so-called countries of the west.

He was bold enough to tell the gathering that, USA and its western allies have no option than to resort to using ICC threat and continue to mastermind crises among some African countries including Sudan because they believe their hidden western agenda may be frustrated if those countries are allow to develop strategies for their own economic and political independence.

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Tegelsir went further to tell the State Governor that after been a Minister in Darfur Central Government, he was sent to Nigeria to initiate ways to enhance sustainable collaboration between the two countries because Nigeria and Sudan can drive the agenda for the development of the whole African Continent.

In his own analysis of how the collaboration between Nigeria and Republic of Sudan will work, he noted that the areas that the two countries need to strengthen is Agriculture, Solid Minerals, Education as well as commerce saying these are the pillars that can drive any meaningful development agenda.

He specifically noted that, the historical antecedent between Nigeria and Federal Republic of Sudan was almost the same because according to his own analysis, the greatest source of the Sudan income after the independence was Agriculture and after some years oil was discovered in large quantity and the policy drive of the government was re-directed towards Oil and after the oil boom era has passed, Solid Minerals was now discovered in large quantity almost every where in Sudan adding that the history narrated is almost the same with that of Nigeria.

The Ambassador went further to add that, with strong collaboration Nigeria and Sudan can make a difference for the rest countries of Africa especially if the political will among its leaders is strengthen but emphasized that the leadership at all levels of the two countries needs to be focus and citizens priority based.

Within all these opportunity drive narrated by the Ambassador, he specifically emphasized that, education shall be at the leading point because no sustainable development agenda can be drive without a sound education and hope Zamfara State will follow the suit of States like Sokoto, Bauch, Niger and Kano in sending their students to the best schools in Sudan so that they will take advantage of the environment and people’s culture to learn so many things for the success of the bi-lateral relationship between Nigeria and Federal Republic of Sudan.

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He emphasized that, as at 2014, there are over 10 Million Nigerians based in Sudan and they are residing peacefully like every other Sudanese and enjoyed all the fundamental privileges accorded to the Sudanese citizen saying, the figure represents the largest ever Nigerian population residing in the Diaspora.

On his impression of Zamfara State, Dr Tegelsir noted that, Zamfara has already made a name not only in Africa but world at large and added that what impressed him much about its people is the fact that some prominent sons of Zamfara were part of the makers of the history of Sudan because of their contribution in the diplomatic mission and academic excellence in Sudan.

He specifically pointed at the Emir of Zamfaran Anka and Chairman Zamfara State Council of Chiefs Alh Attahiru Mohd Ahmad who was a diplomat in Sudan for closed to 3 Years and the present Deputy Governor Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala who spent closed to 10 years studying in Sudan adding that, with these personalities knowing much about the potentials of Sudan there is no reason why the number of Zamfara people living in Sudan will continue to reduce lower and lower.

He commended the ongoing developmental project seen in Zamfara ranging from roads network, schools renovation and indeed infrastructures saying that showcased a sign of ‘’Visionary leadership’’.

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