By AbdulRaheem Aodu
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condoled with the Dasuki family, the Sokoto Caliphate and the people of Sokoto state over the death of ex-Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki, describing him as “a seasoned administrator, detribalised resourceful royal father and wise counsellor.”
ACF, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, said the late Sultan Dasuki, who was deposed to Kaduna in 1996 by Gen. Sani Abacha’s administration, modernised the Sultanate, bringing elegance, while promoting the Sokoto Caliphate’s revered status to the admiration of Nigerians and the international community.
“Arewa Consultative Forum learnt with shock the passing on of Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki (CFR), the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, on Monday, 14th November, 2016, in Abuja. The late Sultan Dasuki was a seasoned administrator who started his civil service career at the Native Authority (NA) level in Sokoto to the regional government of the North.
“He was at one time Chairman, Northern Nigerian Marketing Board; Chairman of the Committee on Local Government Reforms of 1976; Chairman, Nigerian Railway Corporation and many others. The late Sultan Dasuki (93) was appointed the 18th Sultan of Sokoto in November 1988 after the death of Sultan Abubakar Saddique lll, but was deposed in 1996 and sent on exile.
“During his tenure as the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, he devoted his time, resources and uplifted the Caliphate to an enviable position. He also modernised royalty, brought in elegance and equally promoted the Sokoto Caliphate’s revered status to the admiration of Nigerians and the international community.
“Late Sultan Dasuki during his travails in and out of exile maintained his peaceful posture and humility and had continued to offer good counseling on how to move Nigeria forward. He would therefore be remembered for his immense contribution to the Sokoto Caliphate, the North and Nigeria in all areas of development.
“His resourcefulness, wise counseling and love for peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians irrespective of tribe and religion were unparalleled. The North and indeed Nigeria has lost a royal father and counselor.
“ACF commiserates with his immediate family, the government and people of Sokoto state over the death of Sultan Dasuki. May Allah (SWT) grant him eternal peace in Aljannah Firdaus.”