Remembering Ibrahim Ayagi

Professor Ibrahim Alkali Ayagi was a man of many talents and immense impact. Born on 25th February 1940 in Ayagi, Kano state, he dedicated his life to education and service to humanity. From his early days as a student at Barewa College, Zaria, to his time as a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, and later commissioner, banker, and chairman of national committees, Ayagi was constantly seeking ways to uplift others.

One of his achievements was the establishment of Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Secondary Schools in Kano. The school aimed to provide both western and Islamic education to students, and prepare them for higher education and leadership roles in the society. Ayagi believed that knowledge of Islam and western education were not mutually exclusive, and that a holistic approach was needed to address the challenges facing Nigerian students.

The school thrived and produced several notable alumni, many of whom went on to pursue further studies and successful careers in various fields. Ayagi was passionate about education and ensured the students received the best possible education, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances. He introduced innovative programs such as Operation Credits Only, which enabled students to meet the five-credit threshold for university admission, and gave them a chance to excel academically.

Ayagi was renowned economist. He was commissioner for finance and economic planning in Kano state from 1987 to 1988, and later worked at FSB International Bank as a consultant. He was a member of several national committees, including the National Economic Intelligence Committee under the Obasanjo administration.

Ayagi was a mentor, father, and role model to many, including myself. As a former student of his school, I can attest to his kindness, wisdom, and dedication to our success. Even after we graduated, he continued to support and encourage us. His impact on our lives will never be forgotten.

On 25th April 2020, Ayagi passed away at the age of 80, leaving a legacy that will continue to inspire generations. His contributions to education, economics, and public service have left an indelible mark on Nigeria and the world. We celebrate his life and the good work to humanity, and pray that Allah grants him jannah (paradise).

Mukhtar Jarmajo,

Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.