Mambayya House Celebrates NEPU at 70
The Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies (Mambayya House) has organized an annual anniversary lecture to commemorate 70 years of Northern Element Progressive Union (NEPU).
The Theme of this year's anniversary was titled: Party Ideology and Supremacy: The Example of NEPU, was to mark the 70 years of the party's formation.
This year’s event held virtually on Saturday 8th August, 2020 via zoom due to Covid-19 pandemic which does not allow for large gathering.
The programme which was moderated by Professor Jibrin Ibrahim of the Centre of Democratic Studies (CDD), Abuja and two Panelists, renowned political analysts, Professor Habu Mohammed and Dr. Saidu Ahmad Dukawa both from Bayero University, Kano, was participated by scholars, activists, politicians and many people from different backgrounds across the globe.
In his welcome address, the Director, Mambayya House, Professor Ismaila Mohammed Zango, stated that the reason of this year’s meeting was to celebrate the anniversary of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), a political party that was formed in 1950 by some progressive elements in the northern part of the country.
Professor Zango reiterated that NEPU was found with sound ideology, with good party discipline and with commitment from the party membership which made the party popular and brought about strong opposition. He, however, lamented that some of these qualities seem to be lacking in our present day political formation and political parties.
He disclosed that Mambayya House decided to host the event and engage scholars for discussions, so that some lessons can be learned from how NEPU was formed and to be able to see what changes can be brought into the present day political parties, so that we can have parties that have party ideology, the ideology that would be the guiding principle or the focus of that political party in terms of its activities and other things.
The Moderator, Professor Jibrin Ibrahim from the Centre of Democratic Studies (CDD), Abuja, in his opening remarks, welcomed the participants to the discussion and described the topic “Party Ideology and Supremacy: The Example of NEPU” as very apt and important.
Professor Jibrin lamented that “we have had 21 years of the 4th Republic and one of the very conclusions of the most keen political observers is that democracy is not deepening, it is not becoming more effective, and central to the underdevelopment of our democracy has been the underdevelopment of the parties that operate within the democratic spheres”.
Delivering his lecture, one of the panelists, Professor Habu Mohammed discussed extensively on the historical antecedence in the development of NEPU, how NEPU was formed and how it was able to provide the most important dedication for political education needed to contractile the Nigerian society at that time.
Professor Habu stated that it was clear that NEPU was a party that took different dimension from all others at the time and that served very well in ensuring that it captured the minds of the commoners because it was totally against the colonial and postcolonial domination of the Nigerian State as well as the exploitation of the commoners which actually started during the period of colonial masters in alliance with the Native Authority.
He lamented that today, Nigeria is in a serious political quagmire as a result of entrenching political culture for our own political parties. Therefore, one thing we need to do was to rally round for political parties on the basis of principles and ensure that the political parties are of good men and women who are striving hard to ensure that they emancipate people.