Muslim progressive Mallam Aminu Kano has not allowed things to continue as before. In politics, he fought against colonial rule from outside and contributed to Nigeria’s freedom. He also fought against internal oppression to put an end to the forced labor of the emirs and the slavery of local oppressors. Throughout his life he was also committed to the education of women and advocated for their complete political emancipation. Through his campaigns and propaganda, subsequent local government reforms removed traditional rulers from direct administration and control of local courts, local police, and prisons. Because women in northern Nigeria did not have the right to vote during the first republic, the 1979 constitution sponsored by Mallam Aminu guaranteed universal suffrage for all, regardless of gender, decades before the Beijing Women’s Declaration.

For almost four decades he challenged the colonial administration and the Emirati system. He championed the cause of ordinary people and women through teachers’ organizations and other existing structures and later chaired the largest opposition party, the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), from 1950 until the end of the First Republic. 1966. After a long period of military rule (1966-1979), during which he was the voice of national unity, he re-entered the political process as a member of the Constitutional Commission of the Second Polish Republic, then as chairman and candidate for President of the Popular Redemption Party (PRP), a genuine world socialist party. Kano was born into the family of an Islamic scholar, Mallam Yusuf of the Gyanawa-Fulani scholar clan, who was mufti of the Alkaline court of Kano.

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