Dogara Speaker's biography reveals he spent 1-year in mother's womb

The book, ‘A Reed Made Flint’, authored by Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu, explained how the Yakubu family fared before, during and after the birth of Dogara.

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The biography of Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives has revealed he was in his mother, Saratu Yakubu's womb for 12 months as against the nine months.

The book, ‘A Reed Made Flint’, authored by Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu, explained how the Yakubu family fared before, during and after the birth of Dogara.

Momodu narrated: “It was a cold harmattan morning of December 26, in the year of our Lord 1967. Along the edge of a rustic but neatly paved road, in the picturesque town of Gwarangah in the then Tafawa Balewa District of old Bauchi Division of Nigeria, an elegant but modest bungalow was on the threshold of history. Saratu, the matriarch of the Yakubu Tukur Ganawuri household and veteran of five previous maternity days was on a gruelling journey to her sixth.

“The child she was expecting had prior to this fateful day sent dangerous prenatal signals: not only had the baby in the womb tarried more than three months longer than the natural nine-month pregnancy period – a veritable source of huge apprehension in its own right – the delayed birth had also triggered a kind of labour complication.

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“It is said that the birth of giants is often heralded by turbulent, uproarious awakenings. On this auspicious day, it was as if the elements were sending signals to the world that the birth of a star was imminent. Some six months earlier, the Nigerian Civil War, popularly known as the Nigeria-Biafra war, which eventually lasted from 6th July, 1967 – 15th January 1970 had set the country on fire. It was the season of war. The thunderous cacophonies of civil war rent the air some 800 kilometres away. Inside the household of Yakubu Tukur, patriarch of the Ganawuri family of Gwarangah, a family waged its own battle of fate.

According to Momodu, rumours soon spread around that something was spiritually, nay devilishly wrong with Saratu, Dogara’s mum as was common in those days.

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He wrote: “It was obvious that the strain of overdue pregnancy would take its toll. Saratu was in excruciating pain but she was not alone. Birth days of the previous five children had always been smooth and hitch-free but this very ordeal defied Yakubu’s imagination and tasked his usual calm in the face of stormy circumstances. Not only was his expected child in danger of the physical and mental complications a baby suffers due to delayed labour, Saratu was particularly too precious to lose to maternal mortality,” he wrote.

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“Indeed, the birth of a baby to his Zaar tribe was an unquantifiable endowment in their highly religious society. When a child comes, the Zaar rejoice. They considered it a huge blessing from the creator. It was a great calamity among this people to suffer a loss in such manner. Besides this, Yakubu had always looked forward to this child.

“Long before he was born, his parents had mixed premonitions that an unusual child was in the making. First was the shock of his delayed pregnancy which was like an emotional sledgehammer on the home. Saratu had never had a pregnancy so complicated. She was fighting the battle of her life. Her private moments were spent in apprehensive contemplation of this most unusual maternal ordeal.

“After all, she had had five children prior to this one and it had always been a smooth, timely delivery. Had she taken maternity too far? Had she sinned against God? Was there something she should have done that she neglected? And to worsen the nightmare, the rumour-mongers of Gwarangah had gone to town. Worst of all, friends were among the folks that deepened the ordeal.”

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