Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has described the late 18th Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki, as a pioneer reformist who deployed his wide knowledge of Islam and vast experience as a technocrat to make profound impact on his family, community and the nation at large.
Tambuwal said this in a message of condolence on Tuesday in Sokoto by his.
”At every stage of his life, Sultan Dasuki gave his all to ensure communal harmony and educational development of the citizenry.
“For the eight years he spent on the throne as Sultan of Sokoto, he gave priority attention to the educational development of our people by promoting adult and women literacy in all parts of Sokoto.
” He equally paid attention to the revitalisation of religious education, especially among Imams of various mosques in the Caliphate.
“In addition, he will be remembered for formulating workable framework for the prevention and management of inter-communal clashes in Nigeria.
“His untiring effort in ending the Tiv, Jukun and Fulani skirmish in Taraba State particularly stands out.
“In his later years, Sultan Dasuki dedicated his life to mentoring young Nigerians on aspect of leadership, public administration and community service.
” He became a repository of knowledge always willing to share his experience with whoever sought it.
“He will be greatly missed.”
While praying to Almighty Allah to grant Sultan Dasuki paradise, Tambuwal said the people and government of Sokoto State will continue to cherish the deceased’s contributions to the development of the Caliphate and the state at large.
The governor sent his commiserations to Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and late Sultan Dasuki’s family over the painful loss.
Dasuki who died on Monday at 93 years would be buried on today Nov. 15 according to Muslim rites.
He was the first Sultan from the Buhari line of the house of Dan Fodio and he was a close associate of Ahmadu Bello, a friend of Abubakar Gumi and was influential in the founding of Jama’atu Nasril Islam.