< By: Francis Okoye People who dismiss the Sultan as nothing, do not understand what power is all about. The capturing of State power entails building of social forces with the relevant capacity for social action. Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki was born at Dogondaji in Sokoto State on 31st December 1923 of the Uthman Dan Fodio Ruling family. He attended Quaranic school at Dogondagi from 1928 to 1931 Sokoto Central Elementary School 1931-1935, and Sokoto middle School in 1935-1940. He was at Barewa College 1940-1945, clerk to District Officer in charge of Sokoto Native treasury 1945-1946, cashier of Gaskiya corporation from 1947-1953 when he resigned to joined the Northern civil service. From this position, he became private secretary to the late first prime minster of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar. He was at Oxford University in 1955 to attend the ‘colonial service course. He came back and rose to Deputy Secretary in the former Northern Nigeria executive council, becoming permanent secretary in 1962. He was appointed to head/chairman various government organs like the Nigeria Railway Corporation and the Northern Nigeria Marketing Board. He also became the chairman of Bank of Credit and Commerce International, and the ambassador to Saudi Arabia. In 1965, he was conferred with Commander of the Order of Niger (CON) by the federal government and turbaned the Barade of Sokoto 8 years later. The battle for the Sultan of Sokoto kicked off in 1982. The candidates began to campaign and the academicians in the state took sides; the then university of Sokoto (now uthman dan fodio university) and the prestigious federal government college sokoto were in favor of Dasuki then. Religious tension was high in the country due to political and other factors and a reliable peace maker was needed. Babangida could not have made Dasuki Sultan of Sokoto because Niger State citizen cannot install an unpopular candidates in Sokoto. His years of public service work had exactly expose him, He was the choice of the king makers, who had the say in the issue, which is then passed to the Governor for approval and announcement. At the end of the day, Dasuki was selected. The Dasuki private power structure. Alh. Ibrahim Dasuki as chairman of the prestigious Federal Government College Sokoto for over 10 years before he became Sultan of Sokoto was able to meet the whole political elites of the North who had their children in the school then and others from the South-some of them include the Adewusi, Fawehinmi’s Abubakar Rimi etc. it was here that he first demonstrated his effectiveness in mobilization and implementation. The school was pronounced last year as the ‘Best Secondary School in Nigeria’ overall by Federal Ministry of Education. He consolidated it by personally being involved in putting over 1000 Nigerians, about 400 in senior jobs all over Nigeria when he was not yet a Sultan, ‘He confessed that he put in only 700 and 200 people in senior jobs in a magazine interview in 1986. He also assisted in building and establishing industries for up to 1000 others and still doing so now as a Sultan. Infact Dasuki invested in people, while his rivals mostly invested in private property. He believes that “if people understand themselves, we will have a stable country. His problem with Abiola certainly is all about communication as they have been misunderstanding each other over issues. Sultan Dasuki revealed his guiding principle ‘that in any organization, no matter the extent of familiarity or cordial relationship , the rules must equally apply to all staff, that the subordinate should not expect special treatment or favours?” He has even demonstrated this with his children who while at F.G.C Sokoto never got any special treatment. Things you never knew about him • Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki was a pioneer trade unionist, he led the first ever Northern trade union to fight against oppression by colonial masters in his work place-first at Sokoto Native Authority and later at Gaskiya Corporation where he started with others the Gaskiya Africa staff union for better work conditions. He still remains till today the royal father trade unionists in the North and was the one who spear headed the end of “ASUU strike and the opening of universities during the Babangida years. • His greatest ambition was to become journalist so that he could change and influence society positively. He still says occasionally; ‘Journalism was in my blood’. • The Sultan could be relied upon for justice but is also blunt. He had said in past that it was against the tenets of islam for Abiola, the un official winner of the June 12 poll to tour foreign countries crusading for sanctions against Nigeria to force the upholding of the elections. • Recently Sultan Dasuki became the only royal father to have declared that Nigeria has experienced 34 years of misrule and mismanagement, which is the cause of her troubles today. • The needs of the South had been long seen by Dasuki as he knew they would make a bid for power. During the elections that ended on June 12th-Sokoto State did not present any candidate for the first time in history. Abiola also became the first Southern candidate to win up to 10% of all votes cast in Sokoto. • • Note: Sultan Dasuki was later removed as sultan of sokoto by the Gen Sani Abacha government.