Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has said northern leaders will not allow its leaders who were killed during the 1966 coup to be discredited.
Speaking during the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first and only Premier of the Northern region, he said although Nigerians have moved on, history should not be rewritten.
He said while the north was interested in peace, unity and development of the nation, it will insist on being respected by all Nigerians.
“Friday marks exactly 50 years of the incident in the history of this country in which a number of leaders were killed. Sir Ahmadu Bello was one, Sir Tafawa Balewa was another, Chief Akintola, Chief Okotie Eboh and a number of generals that hailed from this part of the country as well as the Western part of this country.
“These have happened, though sad, we have forgotten about them and moved on as a nation. But 50 years later, before our very eyes, this history is being rewritten and those who killed are claiming to be the victims.
“It is important that we keep history truthful and even if we forgive and forget, we must never allow history to be rewritten because what is happening in Nigeria today is a new narrative.
“Sardauna was not a victim, Tafawa Balewa was not a victim, neither were they the cause of the problem. We cannot accept this. We do not want people to reopen old wounds because everyone has been hurt, everyone has been offended, everyone has lost people, everyone has been marginalized, everyone has tasted power, everyone has produced good and corrupt leaders.
“No one has monopoly of power or corruption or oppression. So, why don’t we, as one country learn from our history because history cannot be forgotten.”