Under this system a person who wants to marry or do other things like paying tax and had no money would go to someone who had and borrow that money. For the period he was indebted to the person who loan him the money he would retire to his farm and continue to work for the creditor until such a time he was able to pay back, that means that he got back his money and at same time the free labour of his debtor. He had eaten his cake and had it again. To people like Baba Dan, this system was cheating which should not be allowed to continue.
Definitely “You could not eat your cake and have it” But this method of lending money was bringing such financial favour to the rich and aristocratic class that anyone who dared criticize it at that time would be in trouble.
2. CONSCRIPTION INTO FORCED LABOUR CAMPS
At that period the construction of railway lines from Baro to Minna and from Zungeru to Minna was in progress. Also in progress was the tin mining in Plateau State. These labour Camps provided opportunity for the aristocratic class to get rid of those they don’t want in the society. So called tax evaders stubborn people and other criminals were usually drafted to such camps to serve a kind of punishment. But this situation was being grossly abused. The overlords used this as a privilege to victimize anybody thought to have formed a hindrance to their wills. For instance a young man who had just married a beautiful damsel was quickly conscripted into such camps so that they could have free access to his newly married bride.
To Baba Dan, this type of man’s inhumanity to man must be discarded; Because this type of obnoxious practice was forcing a large number of people to migrate from Doko to places where they would be out of the reach of their tormentors example a village called. – Sokingi in the present Kwara State was established by such immigrants from Doko.
To oppose these types of habits at that time needed a man of great fortitude and courage. Baba Dan in trying to mobilized some aggrieved people to fight the social evils, found himself headlong in the local politics of Doko. One other man whom Baba Dan was able to mobilize at that time as known as Mr. Elijah Yisa Dzuko Misun, popularly known as (Etsu Yisa Jama) meaning Etsu Yisa of Nazi Germany. He was given this name because of what the authorities term his rebellious nature. This man was one of the five people who protected against the teaching of Arabic to the Christian pupil in Doko N. A. School in 1943.