THE LABOURS OF OUR HEROES PAST
“We come to bury Caesar not to praise him the evils that men do live after them, the good is tied to their bones So let it be with Caesar”……
The above, quotation from the speech of one of the greatest orators of all times Mark Anthony sums up what the purpose of his title pamphlets is. It is not the intention to introduce a sort of hero worshipping in this narration. We are convinced that these heroes we wish to talk about are already receiving their reward in heaven for all their selfless services to humanity. DOWNLOAD THE FULL PAMPHLET HERETo see the pictures of these notable chrisitians, click the Hall of Fame Album
We decided to highlight their activities so that posterity will know their good works and try to imitate them. History is a very important eye opener for generation yet unborn. If the activities of these people are not written down, they may have been lost forever and the possibility of continuing from where they stopped could have been a mirage. For example, Isaac Newton brought about the idea of Electricity but he was not able to practicalize it to human beings, before he died, but because the records of how he began and how he ended were documented, others carried on the inventive processes and that is why we are able to get out electricity in this form. Some one of the aims of this booklet is to bring to light to the present generation the ideas of our pioneers so that we can benefit from those ideas and also leave the legacy to our children as well as our children’s children.
In this pamphlet, effort is made to tell the stories of our forefathers who as pioneer Christians labored in their time in Doko Area to lay the Christian foundation. This year 1994, marks the 50 Year in which the rewards of part of their labours manifested in the establishment of SAINT PETER’S SCHOOL DOKO. We their children and their children’s Children owe a duty to IMMORTALIZE the LABOURS OF OUR LEADERS PAST.
THE STORY OF THE 18 BRUTALIZED DOKO CHRISTIANS
This is the story of strong resentment to Fulani rule that resulted the arrest and the lashing weeping of Eighteen Christians of Doko.
Up till today our people are wondering how they managed to come under the rule of Hausa/Fulani Oligarchy. They had not been told by anybody been conquered by war by the Fulanis. They have not come across any legend that tells them of any useful agreement between their forefather and Fulanis that brings about such a domination. That is why they sometimes think that Fulani domination over them was illegal.
To crown it all, our people realized that Fulani rule, apart from the fact that it is undemocratic, it is also characterized with inhuman agitate in silence but are afraid to voice it out to the public for feat that they would be brutally reprimanded.
Suddenly, and before the people know that it was all about, an opportunity came for them to air their views and they made very good use of that opportunity.
The District Head of Zhima/Doko one day paid a three day working visit to the village of Doko . As soon as they arrived, his subjects started the usual acts of terror and brigandage. A Doko man was coming from the farm with a bundle of firewood to sell in order to get the money to pay his remaining tax of two shillings; he was sighted by these servants of the District head, who asked him to surrender the firewood he was carrying. The man almost went on his knees pleading that he would not have the money to pay his remaining tax, but before he could finish his words the bundle of fire wood was taken away from his head and in addition he was given a slap. This was “the last stroke that broke the calm’s back. “The poor Samuel Kolo of Takogi could not longer tolerate this humiliation. He rose after the Fulani Servant and a single blow from him sent the servant rolling on the flow. When the remaining Servants saw that was happening they ran to the spot to bear their victim, they did not know that a group of agitated fellows were sitting under a nearby tree. These Doko people rushed to the scene. And soon it was free for all fight and in a few moments the followers of the D. H. were seen running in all direction for their dear lives. They were defeated hand-down, and Baba Sam was able to go back home with his bundle of firewood.
As can be expected the District Head of Doko fled in the right because of the fear that they would be mobbed.
On the following morning a group of red uniformed ‘Dogaris’ were sent to Doko with a list of the following names to be arrested and taken to Bida for interrogation. They were:-
$11. Mr. Daniel Sokomba
$12. Mr. Solomon Gimba (Dazhi Woro)
$13. Mr. Peter Gara (Latiko)
$14. Mr. Elijah Yisa (Dzuko Misun)
$15. Mr. Samuel Kolo (The Rebel Leader)
$16. Mr. Abraham Gana (Emidaragi)
$17. Mr. Peter Makolo (Kpatako)
$18. Mr. John Taidi
$19. Mr. Philip Sala Tsado (Kuchitagi)
$110.Mr. Jacob Baba Kolo (Dinfo)
$111.Mr. Stephen Soje Gana
$112.Mr. Nathaniel Woziri Gana
$113.Mr. Peter Yisa (Edonin)
$114.Mr. Joshua Yisa (Ndagbodo)
$115.Mr. Abraham Gana (Emidaragi)
$116.Mr. Joshua Shiawoya (Dazhi woro)
$117.Mr. Stephen Salawu Gana
$118.Mr. Thomas Taidi
I want the reader to note here that (1) the list contain only Christian names though the fight was indiscriminately a mob action
(2) that the list was written from Zhima by people who were not even present in the scene of the event.
(3) that Mr. Peter Gara’s name was included only because he was the evangelist in charge of Doko Church not necessarily that he participated in the fight. Then the reader can conclude that this was jungle justice. An attempt to give a dog a bad name, in order to hang it. It was also a historic which hunting exercise against the Christian Community. The above named people were lined up and driven out of Doko similar to the way the slaves of 17th Century were being treated. Doko was in a sorbing mood, because many thought that were driven away like that in the past never came back. Before they reached Kuchi, a village about seven kilos from Doko, it was dark so the gang drivers decided that these victims of victimization should pass a night there before proceeding to Bida the following morning. At Kuchi, the Christian sort to say their prayers but they were prevented by the red guards. However as Gamaliel the Pharisee did in case of Peter one of the red guard pleaded with the rest that they should be allowed to serve their own God in their own way since God was one. After this precaution the guards agreed and the Christian concluded the prayer with the song “Abide with me….
The following morning they set for Bida. It is important here to note that these arrested men had not taken any food or water since they were arrested. Reaching Bida they were arraigned before the then Etsu Nupe Mallam Saidu. After investigation the Etsu found no fault with these people, and like Caiphas advised that they should only be warned and released. But like the jews some Doko Hero worshippers shouted “Crucify him Crucify him” and let their blood be upon us. When the pressure was too much for Etsu Saidu he retired into his Chamber and left the Eighteen persecuted men in the hands of those hypocrites. These men who connived to cause the arrest of the innocent defender soft their rights and faith, felt that if they allowed these men to go back to Doko without punishment, they would be laughed to scorn, so as the result of their insistence these victims were each given six strokes of ‘ Bulala’. While the enemies imagined that they had got at least part of what they wanted, they were thoroughly disappointed when a letter came from the white District Officer inviting all that were connected with the matter to his Office Rev. Alverez who was in charge of the Christian Communities in Nupeland wrote a letter to his brother white man the D. O and informed him about the matter and also demanded that the case be investigated. It was discovered after all the tax records were checked that the allegation of refusing to pay tax was totally false for there was no one in the whole of Doko that hadn’t paid, his tax at that time.
The matter turned upside down. At this juncture I would want to plead with my gentle readers to allow me to plug in a Hausa proverb here.
The Hausa man says “In zaka gina ramin muguta gina shi gajere” The men who set trap for these men of God had fallen into the same trap. The District officer directed that they be given double the number of strokes given to each of the Doko Christian. Then Alverez popularly known as Ndatinti intervened that alternative punishment and not ‘Bulala’ should be given to the conniver on the ground that Jesus himself was whipped without sin.
The alternative punishment was even harsher than the whipping for all the people in the office of the Native authority who were connected with the matter, from District head down to the scribe were all relieved of their posts.
As for the 18 victimized Christians they were taken home by Rev. Alverez where they remained for four days eating and nursing their wounds. At the end of their stay the Rev. gave each of them a Hymn Book and ordered them to go back to Doko to sing praises to God.
These Eighteen men became heroes when they set their feet at Doko. A crowd gathered to receive them back home, the whole of Doko was in joyous mood except for those few who were known to be hypocrites these were shading crocodile tears.
Among the spectacular events those book places after this incident were:-
$1(1) As many as ten girls were known to had disowned their non-Christians Suitors unless they would start to go to Church
$1(2) A large number of young men and women who had not been associating themselves with Christian activities came to Christ, as result of which an evening class was opened for the new converts learn how to read Bible In Nupe.
$1(3) Because of the courage and fortitude of these Eighteen gallant Christian soldiers the church became firmly established in Doko and as well the menace of the Fulani brutality was brought to a stand still at Doko. The gallant men had been able to kill two birds with one stone. Should all these their labours be allowed to go in vain?
Jesus saw Simon called Peter at the sea of Galilee and his brother Andrew and said to them, “Come follow me and I will make you fisher of men (Math. 4:19)
Peter and Andrew instantly left their profession and all they had and followed him.
Similarly when the first missionaries came to Doko they met a man called Shaba Lazhi a very good flutter and, told him, leave all that you are doing now and follow Jesus. He instantly obeyed left his profitable profession and all his relations and followed Jesus.
This man became the rock on which the Church of Doko – St Peter’s C. M. S Church Doko was built as early as the year 1929.
This man became the well known Daniel Lazhi Sokomba, and popularly known as Baba Dan.
One of the spectacular qualities of Baba Dan was that he exhibited Leadership by example. For example, before Baba Dan was converted to Christianity he got married to a woman who was not original his wife the expectation of the society was that he should try to get a girl to marry, this should have given Baba Dan, two wives, but because he believed in the bible’s instruction of “one man one wife he ignored the Societal norm by refusing to marry any other wife except the only one he had. This attitude caused him disaffection by all the members of the society because according to them he had not done the unusual thing. His brothers disowned him because he had abandoned the worship of idols since he became converted into Christianity.
In short, by his decision to follow Christ, Baba Dan came into confrontation with the society. The driving force in Baba Dan at that time was in the Bible quotation which says and I quote” For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul”
But by far what made Baba Dan popular among the people of Doko was his stand again some of the veils being perpetrated by the Hausa/Fulani overlords in Doko.
The two most outstanding among these evil were:-
$11. Domestic Slavery “Tsota”
$12. Indiscriminate conscription into forced labour camps “Keremi’
Perhaps it is necessary here that the two evils be explained
$11) Domestic slavery
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.
He was also among the 18 brutalized men. So Baba Dan, Elijah Yisa Jaman and other patriotic Doko elements raised formidable opposition to the aforementioned social evils in Doko at the climax of their struggle they decided to take the matter to the white District officer at Bida. In this process Baba Dan had one great obstacle namely, the language barrier. None of these rebels against the evil practice could speak the language of the white man or even that of his interpreter the languages were English and Hausa which none of them could speak.
These obstacle did not prevent Baba Dan and his group from struggling to see to the termination of all social evils in Doko.
One day Baba Dan was able to speak to the D. O through what we can describe as a miraculous coincidence.
As he and his group were waiting at a junction road in Bida thinking what to do, Suddenly they were spotted by a woman relation who came to meet them where they had been sitting for four consecutive days, this woman was said to have left Doko for a long period of time trading in Hausa Country. She could therefore speak Hausa fluently, as soon as this woman understood the mission of Baba Dan and his group, she volunteered to follow them to the D. O’S home to be the interpreter. This was the medium through which Baba Dan and his group were able to bring their case to the D. O. they made good use of this opportunity and told him all that was happening in Doko namely the magnitude of man’s inhumanity to man being perpetrated in Doko by the powers that be. The D. O in his side having got the clear picture of what was happening thanked the group and promised them that he would do something about it.
When Baba Dan and his group retuned to Doko they were hated by the ruling class whow called them many unpleasant names, but having satisfied themselves with the courage they had displayed in the District Officer office they did not care.
One day everybody including Baba Dan thought that the whole matter had been forgotten, news suddenly came that the District Officer was going to visit Gaba. He came he saw and he conquered. At Gaba, the D. O made the historic declaration that Domestic Economic Slavery – known as Tsofa and with all its ramifications was abolished and that any body being held for such reasons was relinquished. History had it that when the then Ndagaye – the Village Head of Gaba heard this declaration, he collapsed because he had a large number of such slaves working for him in his farm. Baba Dan’ Effort was rewarded with this historic abolishing of the Notorious Tsofa.
Baba Dan was known to be a highly disciplined Old man, since he received Christ, he had disassociated himself with all things that are unchristian. He became a disciple of all the ten Commandments. He was not sitting in the group of the scornful he was a leader by example and that is why he was highly respected by all that known him. He gave the world his selfless service so that you and I can today go about our lawful duties without hindrance and molestations.
May His labours not go in vain.
May his noble soul rest in perfect peace Amen.
THE HUMANITARIAN ACTIVTIES OF
“Let Your light so shine before men that they may See Your good Works and” glorify Your father who is in Heaven - Matthew 5:16
The life style of Mama Doko” The well known, Ramatu Egi Aliyu” Mrs Alice Angulu, has brought home to many people in Doko and indeed the whole Community, what should be a true Christian life her Frankness and Straight forwardness has earned her dignity and respect from all who came inc contact with her.
She calls a spade a spade instead of nick naming it an implement of husbandry. But perhaps what makes Mama Doko stand out among the crowd is how she is able to blend her character with humanitarianism benevolence and Philanthropy.
It is actually these her characteristics that give her the popularity which she had today.
When “Mama Alice came to Doko in 1947 to assume her duty as the wife of the Clergy in charge of Doko Church she noticed that the People of Doko and Surrounding Villages were desperately in need of health care. The small dispensary in Doko at that time was grossly inadequate to cope with the need of the people she quickly plunged herself into the Service of providing some Health care to the people with the small resources at her disposal. She used to trek to Bida – a distance of seventeen kilometers in order to collect assorted medicines for the people. Through this selfless service, Mama was able to establish a mini hospital at Doko and within a very short time ailments like Cough, Ulcers, Headaches and all types of fevers were being treated in the mission compound by Mama free of charge. Mama used to wake up very early in the Morning to boil water which she used sterilizing the equipments used to wash the wounds.
The services of Mama in this direction became so popular that the N. A dispensary at Doko was boycotted and people from all walks of life flocked to Mama for the treatment of their ailments. TI was surprising to all observers how Mama who had not been to any school of Nursing had become such a competent Midwife.
Definitely the driving force was Mama’s determination to render help to the poor and the afflicted. It was also interesting to note that in performing these services Mama did not discriminate against anybody and this is the secret of mama’s popularly namely that she was broadminded and accommodating.
Despite mama’s strong determination to render humanitarian services, herself she however had some obstacles in her way, some of these obstacles include, lack of proper place to do the treatment and lack of the knowledge of causes and symptoms of some complicated disease. Some of these diseases had to be diagnosed by Medical Experts. Mama quickly understood these obstacles but as the saying goes determination overcomes difficulties, so to overcome the problem of these inadequacies, Mama added another dimension to her services namely “Free Consultancy Services”
How did Mama do his?
Mama would collect the verbal history of such Diseases and would go to Bida to see the Medical Doctor at Bida. A day would be arranged when Doko people would come to see the Doctor. Before that day Mama would go and sleep at Bida. The Patients would leave Doko very early in the morning for Bida on foot. Before they arrive at the Hospital mama would make sure that she was in hospital. As soon as Doko people arrived Mama would introduce them to the Doctor and they would therefore be the first to be seen by the Doctor. They would be diagnosed and the treatment would begin after the ailment has been discovered.
Through this method the menace of many dangerous diseases that had been the killers of our people were overcome. Apart from this, number of women who were seemingly barren when Mama came to Doko were taken to the Doctor by her and through regular treatment and washing of the wombs these women now have children (the name of such women are now reserved).
Another dimension of Mama’s humanitarian service was Orphanage Mama had adopted a number of orphans who today have become successful Civil Servant most of these orphans came from none Christina families but as the result of humanitarian services many of these people and their parents and relatives are Christians today.
To sum up the many philanthropic activities of Mama Doko, perhaps it is necessary at this juncture to give two specific example of such services
Examples no. 1 The care of the Chief Musician of St. Peter’s Church Doko
The Chief Church musician was suddenly taken ill and was rushed to the hospital by his people Mama Doko was on that fateful day in Bida, she was quickly informed of this development and she herself quickly rushed to the hospital. Reaching the hospital Mama found him in a desperate condition because he was isolated and abandoned on the ground that this man was suffering from cerebral-Spinal meningitis
The assumption was made by an ordinary ward servant when Ramatu EgiAliyu came to know this, she became her usual self. She was bubbling with anger, she went to the ward servant to produce the result of the diagnosis when he could not, Mama reported to the Doctor and instantly the Doctor came and after examination discovered that it was not meningitis after all, he thereafter ordered that the man he admitted and treatment began immediately while the ward servant was firmly reprimanded. The name of this Chief Musical is Mr. Philip Yisa Kolo –Kpanifu Doko. Though this man did not survive the sickness the role played by Mama, was deeply appreciated by the relatives of this man as well as all who heard of the story.
Example No. 2
God says, leave the orphans and widows for me, I will take care of these.
A certain woman delivered a female child and after seven days the mother died very suddenly. In desperation the husband cried. “Where will See Mama Doko to take care of this orphan for me”. At that time Mama had travelled, when came back a week later, she was informed of this incidence, she quickly went to that house and when the husband saw her, he burst into another pitiable cry and repeated his wish that Mama should help him take care of the child. Mama repeated the bible verse with which I open this episode. She told the husband “It is not me that will take care of this baby but God and Jesus” saying this she took the baby and brought her home and bean to take care of her.
To day that baby is now a Mother of two children. She attended a School of Nursing a qualified nurse, she is happily married to a Senior Police Officer and both of them are living happily together. It should be noted that neither the dead Mother nor the widower of this girl was a Christian, and even though father of this girl is still a Moslem he is today reaping the fruit of the labour of Mama Doko who brought his daughter up through the inspiration of Jesus Christ.
Evidently a small booklet of this type is inadequate to contain all the Works of Mama Doko, so the idea is to provide the skeleton so that anybody who has the zeal an information and add the flesh.
From forgoing analysis one can see how this Woman had provided selfless service to humanity in her capacity as the wife of a Christian Clergy. We decided to write this brief history not because we want to praise Mama, for we know certainly that her reward is already waiting for her in heaven.
The aim is that we the Sons and daughters grandsons and granddaughters of Mama Alice Ramatu Angulu, should not allow the hard labour of this extra ordinary woman to go in vain.
“Choose Ye This Day whom Ye would serve – But for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24v15
This chapter in the Bible help to sum up the activities and aspirations of a great man who started form a very humble beginning and rose to the highest pinnacle of his glory. The man who dedicated his life and his possession in serving the Lord God of Host.
This man is the late Mr. Elisha Ndawusa Tela Sokomba Doko. The determination of Elisha was to see that the Church of Doko becomes the biggest and the first in Nupe. Today several years after Mr. Elisha Ndawusaa had died his aims and aspirations have been achieved for, Doko Church is the biggest and has the largest indigenous congregation.
At this juncture perhaps it is necessary to Pounder a while on some selected activities of this man of God. He was gifted with a sweet and melodious voice and he used this God given talent in singing, praises to the Lord. During Church Service on Sundays and every other day Elisha’s voice was always heard above other voices. He seemed to have memorized a number of Hymns because he used to sing without looking at the Hymn Book.
Because Mr. Elisha was a lover of pleasure – Dancing and singing, he carefully streamlined this habit towards the service of God on watch night Days. This man used to mobilize his age mates to go round every do the same today. The days of deeds are dawn my brother and sisters today fulfill your vow like Elisha, if you want to help your home Church and School don’t dream it, do it no!
The Labours of our heroes past should not be allowed to go in vain.
It is absolutely clear here that this man has put a selfless service which led to the rapid development of the Church Socially, economically and spiritually, it is also clear that Mr. Elisha had struggled during his lifetime to make the Church a better place than he found it. He had therefore established a good example for all o us to emulate. If Mr. Elisha Ndawusa Tela Sokoba could exhibit such and honourable and memorable characters during those difficult days certainly you and I can.
St. Peter’s CMS School Doko
A Child of Rebellion
Who are the rebels?
What do they rebel against?
What do they hope to achieve?
What have they actually achieved?
in the year 1943 a Native authority School was opened at Doko. This School was forced upon the people because they did not know the benefit of School. Every other profession is an act of laziness. Except farming and hunting. The method of conscription was that every omelet head must provide a child: male or female. Most of the children were their grandchildren.
Among the conscripted Children were Christian – boys and girls. The teaching staff comprised of one headmaster Mallam Saidu Bida and an Arabic teacher. There was no provision for the teaching of Christian Religion even though there were a number of Christian pupils in the school.
Perhaps it is necessary her to state that at that time in question most of the people of Doo follow traditional religion they were pagans. They worship idols. There were a few Christians and Moslem. This follow therefore that the people who were affected by the teaching of Arabic in the School were the Christian pupils.
Naturally, therefore the parents of these Christian pupils were not happy with this development. They thought and rightly so that by this development their children would be converted into Islam, since Arabic and Islam are Inseparable. Consequently the Christian parent reacted by threatening to withdraw their children from the School, unless a provision was made for teaching of Christian religion in the School. In their opinion what was good for Moslem geese was also good for the Christian genders.
Instead of the authorities to listen to their genuine complaints the threatened them with arrest and conscription into forced labour camps . The group of Christians immediately affected were:
$11. Mr. Daniel Sokomba, who was the leader of Christian Community in Doko and the following people who ahd their children in the School at that time. They are
$1(1) Elijah Yisa Dzukomisun
$1(2) Mr. Paul Kolo Takogi
$1(3) Abel Jiya Kpacinifu
$1(4) Nathaniel Gana Ekpamisun
This situation becomes aggravated when these parents noticed that their children were given Wooden Slate (Elo) with Arabic written on them to bring home. This was the last stroke that broke the Camels back these five aggrieved Christina parents marched gallantly to the village head (Etsu Dazhi Abu) and protected they were told to go and see the School authority. There they were told by the Headmaster that there was nothing they could do since they were working on instruction.
These people, not satisfied with what they were told decided to go to id to lay their complaints to the Highest Missionary authorities. They went to Rev. Daniel Sheshi who was the first indigenous Reverend in Nupe land, who took them to Rev. Mac, Rev. Nicle then took them to the , then District Officer in charge of Bida District. The District officer, a Whiteman saw the genuineness of their grievances and therefore directed the then Etsu Nupe (Mallam Muhammadu Ndayako) to look carefully into the possibility of given permission to the Christian Community to build their own School.
The Etsu, having the pros and cous of the matter decided to grant the D. O.s request on the ground that it was his father that granted permission to the earlier Missionaries to establish at Edogifu in Bida, by; granting this permission therefore he was only following his father’s footsteps. He therefore authorized the Christian to establish their own school. He also instructed that the Christian who wanted to withdraw their children from the N. A School should allowed o do so. And so, on the 27t March 1944 a teacher Mr. Nathaniel Ndakoro Jiya Kuchi was sent by the Missionary authority open St. peter C. M. S School Doo . consequently al the Christian Children conscripted into the N. A School were withdrawn and the y became the foundation pupils of the Said St. Peter C. M. S School Doko among these delivered and relinquished pupils were the Late Elijah Gana the late Silas Jiya, Mallam Ndagi Yisa etc.
Now that these Gallant men had won the battle it is necessary ponder a while here and discuss what is the real aim of these man. Actually they did not envisage al the beneficiaries we have realized through Education today namely luxurious cars beautiful Dress, and Mansions. All they were fighting for at that time was that Christianity al its ramifications must ne be exterminated.
In Saint Mathews Gospel Chapter 6Vs 33 – Jesus commanded and Quote:
But see first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you and today” all these things have been added unto us.
When however in 1963 all the Schools including St. Peters C. MS School Doko were taken over by the Government people thought that all hopes were lost as the Providence would have it however St. Peters CMS School Doko has Metamorphosed into Nursery/Primary and Secondary Institution that is why of course it has become our responsibility to nurture this young institution so that It would grow to a formidable maturity. Let us imitate these few, men who throughout their lives were, victimized intimated discriminated against not because of any criminal act but for fighting for liberty; and freedom so that you and I could enjoy all the good things of life which we are enjoying today Christian home in Doko, Singing, Drumming and Dancing from Sunset to Sunrise . His favourable song during these occasions used to be “While Shepherd watched their flock at Night all seated on the grass … “By this he helped to remind all and suddenly about the coming of Christ . Since the death of this gentleman of God watch night activities though not stopped has also the vigour and humor it used to have perhaps the following episode clearly epitomizes the zeal of Mr. Elisha Sokoba tha the Church of Doo should always take lead in everything) The episode of the Purchase of an invisible aircraft in early stages of harvest thanksgiving ceremonies two Churches used to compe very keenly with Doko the two churcheswere Katamba Bologi and Kutigi Mr. Elisha was very conscious of this. He made sure that the Harvest thanksgiving ceremony o these two Churches were done before that of Doko. The aim was to be able to map up strategies that Doko Church would get more money than the other two.
During a particular thanksgiving ceremony Mr. Elisha was at his wits end for after every item had been sold out during the bazaar he discovered that Katambabologi was twenty two shillings more than Doko. This was the situation Elisha could not tolerate. As he stood there thinking of what to do, an aero plane was passing across. Elisha, who was full of anxiety that Doko should take the lead, to the astonishment of everybody, priced the aircraft forty two shilling everybody thought this man was running mad; or was intoxicated for by the time he finished pricing the craft it had disappeared. Elisha suddenly dipped his hand into his pocket and brought out the among for which he bought the invisible aircraft and paid the money to the Church. He then directed that the money realized for the harvest should be counted. It was discovered that Doko Church took the lead. Elisha decided to maintain that Doko church should always take the lead in every aspect of its worldly competition and also that Doko Church Members should take the lead in their race to salvation, this story is named
“THE EPISODE OF THE PURCHASE OF INVISIBLE AIRCRAFT”
THE MIRACLE OF THE COLLAPSE OF KUCHI BRIDGE
Stories of accidents of various natures are heard almost every day, over the Radio through the Pages of Newspapers and other News media. Torrential rainfalls have been reported to have caused damages to houses and farm crops. These incidents are usually referred to as natural disasters. Why do the collapses of Kuchi Bridge, in 1965 due to rainfall then look like a miracle to Doko Christians?
The event that took place 14 days before the proposed visit to Doko of an August visitor made the Christians think that collapse of Kuchi bridge that took place a day before this August visitor was due to come was an act of God to save them from persecution.
Before that day the Christians were told that purpose of the August visitor to Doko was to Islamic everybody and anyone who refused to become a Muslim would be serious persecuted. To enlightened fellows these talks could be regards as unfounded rumors, because we are aware of a constitutional provision that allows freedom of worship to everybody. But a; number of events began to point to eh fact that Christians in Doko were not safe.
First, Christians were forced by the authorizes to abandon the service on a Sunday to come and prepare the shade in preparation for the occasion. Thy has to come to the field with their Bibles and other Holy Book to do this service before they began the work of making the shade
Secondly, The Christians were forced to violet the commandment which stimulated that Christians would not work on Sunday.
Third: The Christians were being harassed here and there and were being told by their Non-Christian counterparts that they would be killed on that day unless they changed their religion; Al these things gave the Christian the fear that they would be intimidated on that day or possibly they may lose their religion. These thought sent them to pray fervently to God to protect His people.
The August visitor in question was so powerful politically that an ordinary man on the street thought that he could do and undo everything without being challenged, he was also coming with a powerful politically that an ordinary man on the street thought that he could do and undo everything without being challenged, he was also coming with a powerful entourage. The Christians in Doko had every reason therefore to fear. Then suddenly something mysterious happed that prevented the August Visitor from reaching Doko after all.
Between Kuchi tsunyakpa and Kuchi woro, there is a small stream and a small wooden bridge over it. This bridge though very small formed the link between Bida and Doko, any damages to that bridge therefore will cause suspension of traffic between the two towns. On the day preceding the day of the visit of the August Visitor, cloud formed unexpectedly over the bridge and suddenly there was torrential rain, as the result of this, the whole bridge was washed away. Surprisingly the two villages which were about half a kilo away from both sides of the bridge did not witness the rain. The damage done to the bridge was so extensive that according to the engineer’s report it could not be successful repaired in a period of three months. If you were a Christian in Doko who witnessed the harassment in connection with this August visit what would you term this incident to be? To them this incidence was not a mere coincidence; it was actually God’s answer to their prayers.
So the August Visitor could not reach Doko but stopped at Kuchi Tsunyakppa. It was there that he was met by people who wished to be converted into Islam.
Socio Economic Life
The First Market of Doko
Before this time the seat of the only market in Doko District was at Zhima the headquarter to Zhima/Doko District. This is also the seat of the District Head and all the people in authority.
The peasants, market women did not feel free to go to that market because of the molestation by the men in authority. Consequently the popular opinion at that time was that a market should site at Doko. This idea was firmly resented by the Fulani heads who saw the move as an instrument to plug their access. Secondly – Doko was an important trade centre. Agaie, Lapai and Abuja used Doko as a trade route to Patigi, and the South and Doko therefore became suitable for the establishment of a market. A railway line was proposed to o through this proposal want put-off because the Fulani authority thought the such a railway would pave way for oppressed subjects to escape.
The facilities available in Doko prompted Evangelist Daniel to suggest that a market should be established in Doko. The Entire population of Doko including the village Head welcomed the idea.
However a Fulani representative in Doko know as Kpotun Aliyu kicked against it. The feat was that the popularity of Doko with a number of Xtian converts was bound to overshadow zhima which was the seat of the Fulani Authorities.
Evangelist Daniel Corporation of Doko people cleared an area for the market, but when Kpotun Aliyu – the Junior Brother of Etsu Muhammadu, who based at Doko at that time heard about the move he sent that the proposal should be discarded with immediate effect.
Daniel, who was resolute that the market should be established visited him to discuss the issue with him. He disagreed, but Daniel vowed that in the name of Jesus of Nazareth the market would start in five days, saying that, he went through the village and told everybody to bring his/her goods to the market on the appointed date He then loaded his double barrel and went to the junction road between Zhima and Doko and sat there waiting for any eventually. Before that day and did not come back. So the market was attended by a large number of people without any hitch. And from that day, Doko market became firmly established and is being attended every five days up till today.
The irony of the whole episode is that though the architect of this important sector of economy is a Christian, the benefit of it slipped into the hands of the Moslems and aristocrats, the very people who fought ceremony if Eid- Kabir and Eid Fitri is approaching and it is market day is usually shifted backwards in order to allow the Moslems to change of this kind is never made in case of Christian festivals, of Christmas and Easter. A market can even fall on Christmas or Easer days and it would be attended. Perhaps this happens because the brought about this important renovation in the society. Apart from the annoying is that the post of the manager of market affairs does not only fall wrongly in the hands of the Moslems, but the appointment of the manager is usually done without consultation with the Xian’s Communities. Perhaps if a record the activities of Evangelist Daniel was kept earlier the Christians could have known their right and would have challenged the ordersity of the Moslems to reap where they had not sowing.
Another important aspect of this episode is the place where that first market was situated was formerly the seat of many idols being worshipped by the none Christians members of the community. It was evangelist Danile that destroyed these idols including the Chief of them (sokoto) in order to prepare the place for the market. The people expected that the spirits of these idols would soon destroy Daniel. They waited in vain o see when he would be harmed but nothing happened to him. It was from the demonstration of this spectacular courage and fortitude by Evangelist Daniel that brought about the realization of the worthlessness of those gods. They were toothless bull dogs who could only bark but could not bite. This realization in turn brought about the worship of one and the only God, namely, the God of the Xian’s.
In recent days the market instituted by Daniel had to be moved from its original place to the present position because of the movement of the people from the foot of the mountain to the present position but in sitting the market, serious thought was not given to population explosion as the result of this lack of foresight, the market is now chocked up and there is no room for expansion. A move was therefore made to shift the market to a new and more open space so that it could have the facilities commensurate with the importance of such an institution. This move was unanimously adopted. Consequent to this a new site was chosen and incidentally another Christian happened to be counselor for works in the local government. He was therefore instructed to affect the building of the new market. Contract was then awarded and some market stalls were erect. To everybody surprise however this modern market was rejected by a group of people who can rightly be described as the enemies of progress they rejected the market for no reason other than it was built through the instruction by a Christian.
I decided to bring up his point for the following reasons:-
(a) That history was trying to repeat itself on the ground that a Christian opened the first market in 1928 and another Christian had the opportunity to establish a modern one in 1984.
(b) I intend to point out how public money is being wasted nowadays because of unnecessary and unattainable artificial differences in religious. A lot of money has already been expended on this project only to be abandoned because of selfish reasons. A thick bush has now grown around that market and in the event of outbreak of fire these shall be burnt to ashes and through that, a large amount of public money would be wasted. This is one of the problems facing the country today namely the problem of shortage conflicting with the problem of Wastage. We always complain that we have not got enough money to raise the standard of the living of the common man but at the same time we have enough money to build market stalls only to be gutted by fire.
OUR PROJECTS (THE HISTORY OF ST. PETERS NURSERY/PRIMARY SCHOOL DOKO
To honor the activities of our heroes past St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Doko, Women Wing resolved to revive the Missionary School, which had been taken over by the Government. So, they initiated a Nursery/Primary School and asked Mr. Solomon A. Sheshi a retired School Principal who is himself a member of Church and Mr. Philip Gana a Zonal school Inspector at Kutigi who is also a member of the Church, to help them in the venture.
So after fulfilling all the conditions set by the State Government, the School was opened in a temporary building attached to the Church in the year 1990 with two grade II teacher both of them Non-Native. The enthusiasm which the opening of this school generated in the hands of the people was epitomized by the rush people made to bring their children to the school. At the moment the school has four classes, nurseries one and two, and primaries on and two. The effort of the organizers of the school has already been commended following the successful take off and the process already recorded in the school academic performances.
At the moment the only sources of money we have are:
(1) The School fees paid by the pupils
(2) Donations made during the launching of the School
(3) Donations coming from time to time from interested individuals and co-operate groups. As can be envisaged form our zeal to expand the school to meet the growing demands of the people these sources are neither dependable nor adequate to meet our target. We should have more permanent source of revenue and this is one of the issue we intend to discuss during our meeting scheduled for April 4.
The greatest obstacle to the progress of this project is money.
Recently we managed to acquire a piece of land through the generosity of Dazhi. This land need to be developed quickly if our Nursery/Primary school not comes to a standstill. Right now, we have field all the buildings we have in the temporary site as such there is no room for admission of new pupils. This would go counter to our original aim of continuous admission. Baba Dan and other had fought that this school should not only exist but that it would grow from strength to strength. The ball is therefore now at our scot Right now we need eight classrooms two toilets and a Games field at the newly acquired permanent site. In addition to these, we need Headmasters office and furniture as well as a Store House.