By Dr Mikail Barau


In epistemology, the concept of ‘dialectic process’ refers to the tension in the dynamic and progressive nature of knowledge.

 It happens when you have the first assumption (THESIS), then a completely opposite thought emerges (ANTI-THESIS) then comes another thought that integrates and accommodates both the first and the second (SYNTHESIS). 

In the history of the development of knowledge, Descartes’s rationalism is considered as a thesis, Humes’s empiricism as anti-thesis and Kant’s integration of both as synthesis.

In the last three months or so since I had reason to extol the uncountable virtues of former Governor Yari, I received feedback from a number of people that I truly respect on why should I do that with all the perceptions (yes, they are truly perceptions) about him and my previous take on his government. 

Many are concerned about the need to avoid wrong association and the need for consistency. The perspective about dynamic nature of knowledge and thought process explained above is one reason that I find consoling from academic view point in my passive or active response to those kind colleagues. In other words, it is not in academic to take dynamic positions so far objectivity remains in the centre of the process.

But I have even better reasons. In our group of comrades that made challenging Yari and his Government our business then are people who affiliated to the present government by kinship, position or both and decided not to see any fault in the many ills of the government and the Governor! In the activities of those former comrades one sees active specie of political nepotism.

 People who relate at personal level with Former Governor Yari and the present Governor will tell you that there is no basis for comparison between the two in terms of patriotism and forthrightness with Yari having much greater edge.

 It takes a look at their political nicknames (Shehi and Dodo) to understand. Often when I see the government of the day challenging Yari, the famous Hausa expression of “Kare ya kashe ragon layya” (a dog killing the sacrificial lamb of Eid) comes to mind. 

At the level of Governance, Yari achieved in infrastructure within two years what this Government can hardly achieve in eight years should it have the opportunity -God forbids. 
Another stronger reason that motivated my uncompromising resolve to support Yari is the examination of the landscape of people opposing him; I cannot help concluding that it is  a class thing by commission or omission.

 Some people want to be God and imagine who should be what from the narrow prisms of their experience. Yari’s rise to fame defy common knowledge and becomes a source of envy; yet, it takes coming close to him to understand that he worked for and is worth whatever he became. 

As a matter of strategy, Yari had little option but to respond to his traducers in a superior way that he did as a Governor which was different from what we knew him to be before and even after leaving the position -he upset the average judgment when seen serving people with food during the last Ramadan. 

A familial insight also is that Yari is a very shy person who rather avoids you than tell one to their face that he can’t help them -who else does not know that most of the advances to Chief Executives are about personal interests. 

Historically, former Governor Bafarawa and President Abacha dealt with people in the same way as Yari to assert their positions and influence to doubting Thomases.

In December 2019, I visited Yari’s residence with my family. One of the discussion points was around the likelihood of joining partisan politics but not sure which party. I made an appeal, that should I find myself in the opposition, let us all display maturity and manage our relationships as family members and politicians. 

I am so pleased that the natural process of consultation and engagement pushed me to a political camp (it is beyond a party) that has Senator Kabiru Marafa as a mentor and His Excellency Yari as a leader. The convenience for me is just too much -it is both political and familial. And to my best moral judgment, leaders of our camp have better stuff as persons than our main opposition group. Justification to this will continue to manifest in our engagements.

My concluding paragraph is born out of empathy to those kind persons who feel that I am doing Yari too much for the reasons given in this piece because I truly know that I will do more.

It is a question of indebtedness that has been favoured by the discovery of Yari as the most viable politician in our zone that we can rally round to bring infrastructural reform similar to the one he gave to Zamfara State and use that to bolster the economic prosperity of our people.

I am speaking from personal engagements with him that took into account the alignment of human and capital development in any opportunity that comes our way. I found in Yari the will and heart to alleviate human suffering and wish to join and support in my humble way.
Happy Democracy Day!

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