Sokoto lost an industrious son yesterday as the state’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdulkadir Jeli Abubakar III, died after a protracted illness. The deceased was a junior brother to the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
Meanwhile a faith-based human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commiserated with the Sultan on the loss of his brother. In a press release signed by the director of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC described the commissioner’s death as sunset at dawn.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of our leader’s junior brother, Alhaji Abdulkadir Jeli Abubakar III, the commissioner for Home Affairs in Sokoto State. Though it is sunset at dawn, we take solace in the inevitability of death as a major philosophy in Islam. We condole His Eminence the Sultan and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). Our thoughts are with him at this moment. Nigerian Muslims are in mourning mood.
“We share the pain of this huge loss with the entire members of the Abubakar family and the Sultanate. We also commiserate with the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, members of the state cabinet who were colleagues of the deceased and the good people of Sokoto State who will definitely miss him.
“May Almighty Allah overlook his trespasses, shower His divine mercy on him and count him among the inhabitants of Al-Jannah firdaus in the Hereafter. May Allah also give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.”