For the first time in three years, since the inception of the Inspiring Leadership Reflection Interactive Series (ILERIS), the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has today hosted a traditional leader, Alh. Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, the District Head of Rogo and Bauran Kano as Guest Speaker of August 2019, ILERIS. In his opening remarks, Engr. YZ, Ya’u, the Executive Director of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) said that CITAD used in the history of ILERIS to host people from academia, civil servants, entrepreneurs etc to the monthly lecture series to provide youth with skills, ideas and inspiration but today and for the first time in the history of this event we are hosting a traditional leader. According to him, people with robust experience in life are not only restricted in the academic environment or from the civil servants. He then said that you can stimulate youth by either providing them with skills to build their life or to bring somebody to encourage them and learn from his own life style.
In his speech, Alh Muhammad Mahraz said that he was born in Karaye town in 1954 and attended Karaye primary school. He then proceeded to Birnin Kudu secondary school in 1969. Going to Birnin Kudu those days according to Bauran Kano is far journey because of the difficulties attached to the journey and remoteness of the area but he managed as a royalist to attend the school. After accomplishment of the secondary school he secured admission in Zaria, Kano and Ogoja. He wished to study in Ogoja but was advised by Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta, late Alh Bello Dandago to study at home town. He studied NCE in History/Education in 1974. At that time NCE students undertook National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), he served together with present senator and former governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau at Higher School Ececeni, Umo Dike, Imo State. He was discouraged by the family members not to go due to the growing tension of the civil war then, but successfully completed the scheme together with Malam Ibrahim Shekarau.
Bauran Kano said that he has four wives and 16 children. He was employed first at Kumbotso Teachers Collage in 1978 after establishment of the school. He also served as Vice Principal at Harbo Junior Secondary School, Jahun Jigawa State. He was Assistant Chief Inspection Officer of Education in charge of Hadejia Local Education Authority, Assistant Director, National Primary of Education, Kaduna and once a Team Leader in Ondo State. He was turbaned as Barden Karaye and District Head of Karaye by late Alhaji Ado Bayero emir of Kano in 1996. He said that he is a farmer who used to harvest about 70 to 150 bags in a year. “I used to hire a land for farming in my own district area, I never own a land to maintain my dignity”, he said.
He finally decried about the state of insecurity in the entire north. He decried about the problems of kidnapping, drug abuse, robbery, cultism, cattle rustling, prostitutions, homosexual and spread of fake news and rumors and finally attributed them to the problems of corruption. The lecture ended with CITAD publications presentation to Alh Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, by CITAD’s Program Coordinator Malam Isyaku Garba.
Sagiru Ado Abubakar