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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Former Sultan Of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, Is Dead. He Died At The Age Of 93.


Former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, is
dead. He died at the age of 93.
Secretary to the Sultanate Council, Alhaji Faruk Ladan,
announced in a statement he issued in Hausa saying
that the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, Dasuki, died on Monday
night and that his funeral service would take place after
Zuhr prayer in the afternoon of Tuesday at the Sultan
Bello Mosque, Sokoto.
Although no further detail was provided by the
statement, a source in Sokoto stated that Dasuki died
in an Abuja hospital and would be brought to Sokoto
Tuesday morning for burial.
The former Sultan, who was father of former National
Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki currently
facing corruption charges, was deposed as Sultan in
1996 by the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
Born in Dogon Daji, Sokoto, the late Ibrahim Dasuki,
son of late Sarkin Yamma and district head of Dogon
Daji, Haliru Ibn Barau, started Qur’anic education in
1928.
In 1931, he attended Dogon Daji Elementary School
before proceeding to Sokoto Middle School in 1935. He
finished his secondary education at Barewa College,
Zaria, on a sponsorship from Sokoto Native Authority.
After finishing high school in 1943, he worked as a
clerk in the treasury office of the Sokoto Native
Authority as it was the tradition in Northern Nigeria for
grant recipients to work for their sponsors, their
respective Native Authorities.
He however, in 1945, took up appointment with
Gaskiya Corporation, a publishing house that published
the Hausa daily called Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo. In 1953,
heeding the call by Ahmadu Bello for Northern Nigeria
citizens to take up appointment in the regional civil
service, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki joined the service as an
executive officer.
A year after he became private secretary to Ahmadu
Bello. In 1957, he filled the position of regional
executive council deputy secretary and a year later was
sent to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as Nigeria’s pilgrimage
officer.
Between 1960 and 1961, he worked in the Nigerian
Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan and was later brought
back to Nigeria by Ahmadu Bello to work as resident in
Jos, from where he moved on to become the
permanent secretary in the regional Ministry of Local
Government. Dasuki later switched to the Ministry of
Commerce in 1965 as its permanent secretary.
From 1965 until he was crowned Sultan, Dasuki
concentrated largely on his business activities. In 1966,
he was chairman of the influential Northern Nigeria
Produce Marketing Board, anorganisation involved with
marketing the export of groundnut and in the
distribution of seeds and chemicals. From 1967 to
1977, he was director and later chairman of the
Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
From 1979 to 1989, he was co-founder and chairman
of the Nigerian branch of BCCI and was also a partner
of Nessim Gaon in APROFIM, the firm involved in
infrastructure investments, commodity production,
purchasing and export activities.
After the death of Abubakar Siddique, the 17th Sultan
of Sokoto on November 1, 1988 he became the 18th
Sultan of Sokoto but was deposed in 1996 by General
Sani Abacha through the military administrator of
Sokoto State, Col. Yakubu Muazu, for reason among
others such as causing enmity among the people and
among the royal family. He was immediately flown to
Yola and then taken to Jalingo where he was placed on
exile.
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