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Finding the ultimate peace: A tribute to Dr Habib Musa Fagge

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Dr Habib Musa

Dr Muhammad Sulaiman Fagge

I can’t remember the last time I saw so many people, young and old, crying as a result of losing someone. Probably the nearest I can remember was during the demise of the famous Sheikh, Sheikh Ja’far Mahmud Adam, who was murdered while leading Subh prayer somewhere in 2007.

The death of Dr. Habib, an anaethesiologist and a medical consultant with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano Nigeria, has been a great tragedy which directly touched thousands of people.

Dr. Habib was born around 47 years ago. Born from the family of Alhaji Musan Kwalle in Fagge, Kano, he had his early Islamic education in Fagge, partly in Saqafah Islamiyya and in other places.

He attended Kwakwaci Secondary School and later proceeded and obtained his medical degree from University of Maiduguri. He became a medical doctor who worked with honesty, dedication and for the sake of Allah, Almighty. His qualifications didn’t in any way go into his head or made him feel superior to others.

Throughout the days of his academic struggles, Malam Dr. Habib was truly a hard working servant of Allah who devoted his time, energy, and meagre resources for the sake of humanity.

Dr. Habib Musa was a philanthropist per excellence. He never needed to know you personally before he offered his helping hand. As a government worker, he went the extra mile to help and assist anyone who came his way, and to the best of his ability.

I am a living witness to how he had assisted one of our students, who sought for his assistance. I heard many people narrating how he had also assisted them, paid for their medication and transport fare back home. This is incredible.

Sheikh Bin Usman, on returning to Nigeria from a foreign trip, directly branched at Fagge, Dr. Habib’s family house, to pay his condolence and pray for the deceased. It was there that he narrated and showed a text message which showed Dr. Habib donating more than a hundred thousand naira, just two weeks before his final exit.

People have mentioned a lot of good about him. Thousands of mouths described him as “mutumin kirki” – a righteous person. The mention is too much and too high. As I told his brother, Sheikh Musa Musa that, even his (Dr. Habib’s) family, will never know half of what Dr. Habib did to help others during his lifetime. With all the pouring revelations, these cannot reveal half of what he has done to those in need.

He was a doctor for all! He cared and prescribed cures for his family, friends, friends of his families, friends of friends of his families, and to even those who were not known to him personally. He helped all those who went to him accordingly.

On the 28th of September, 2019, as the President of Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Dr. Habib and many other doctors like him, celebrated the day and made it a duty upon themselves to sensitize and make people aware of simple and quick methods of saving lives.

They tagged and gave a theme of “LifeSavers” for the event internationally. Dr. Habib sacrificed the day and chose our two mosques, at Rijiyar Zaki (Assalam Juma’at Mosque) and Dambare (Darul Hamd Juma’at Mosque) for his personal demonstrations.

Dr. Habib was very cool, cute and calm. A right honourable gentle man! You will never see him in the middle of anything! He always chose to be at a side, hardly to be noticed by anyone. He didn’t want to be known unless where necessary. Someone may easily [mis]perceive him as an introvert, not knowing that he can overtake a whole crowd when there is need.

A day after his death, it was said that Lassa fever killed him. This is up to the authorities to confirm, however, Dr. was known to have an ailment which repeatedly put him to bed, almost every year.

“If Lassa fever was the culprit in Dr Habeeb’s death, then it was indeed merciless and evil. It took away the wrong person at the wrong time.”

It didn’t know the right person to be taken. We have no worries whatever as to the cause of his death. We are worried that Dr. Habeeb is no longer in our midst with his charming smile and soothing frame.

After he was buried, people stayed around the grave for a very long time. They just stayed and stared. They didn’t want to leave. I was there wondering and praying for him to answer his questions right! He has truly done that insha Allah. Finally, one his brothers, Malam Adamu Sarki, too weak and crying, stood up and said, “jama’a mu tafi”, and there we left!

His life is a life worth of lessons to be emulated. It was a life of a man who struggled from grass to grace and from the soil to the stars! May we copy and do more than what he did.

May the almighty Allah forgive him. May the almighty Allah make him to be among the dwellers of Jannatul Firdaus. May the almighty Allah make us to have more people like him and more! May almighty Allah give his family, friends, colleagues, all and sundry the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, amen! Allah Ya sa mu riske ku da alheri, amin. Ina yi wa ‘yan’uwa da kowa da kowa ta’aziyya.

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Danbatta, NCC boss, bags prestigious Zik Prize

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Garba Danbatta, has emerged the winner of the 2019 Zik Prize, in the professional leadership category.

Kano Focus reports that a member of the Advisory Board of the prestigious award Pat Utomi announced the winners in a webinar on Thursday.

Mr Utomi said Danbatta and Kennedy Uzoka, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa (UBA) are the winners in that category.

“Prof Umar Garba Danbatta is a square page in a square hole.

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“An academic professor, Danbatta has, through the NCC, led the charge to drive Nigeria’s industrial revolution and knowledge-based economy leveraging telecommunications.

“Telecommunications’ contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria has grown by 70 per cent from 2015 to 2020, whilst broadband penetration has leaped from 8 percent to 42 percent, in the same period.”

“His leadership has enhanced transparency and innovation in the sector, such that recently, NCC was acknowledged by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as one of Africa’s foremost regulator,” Mr Utomi observed.

In a letter of nomination in July 2020, which was jointly signed by the Chairman of the Board, Jubril Aminu, and Utomi, the NCC boss was described as “an outstanding public servant, whose initiatives and reforms had contributed to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) playing a leading role in the socio-economic development of Nigeria.”

The Zik Prize was set up in 1994 in honor of the first President of Nigeria, late Nnamdi Azikiwe, with a view to encouraging and nurturing leadership in Africa and the diaspora.

Among the past winners are: former President of Ghana, J. J. Rawligs (1995); Late Nelson Mandela, President Yonweri Muzeveni of Uganda and former Chairman of NCC’s Governing Board, Ahmed Joda, among other illustrious leaders of the continent.

This year’s winners include the Senate President, Ahmed Lawal and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustafa, who won in political leadership and public service categories, respectively.

Others are Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, his counterpart from Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Oyo State Governor, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde, who won in good governance category.

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Schools reopening: Kano SUBEB urges principals to obey Covid-19 protocols

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Danlami Hayyo

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The executive chairman, Kano State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), has urged primary school Head teachers and junior secondary schools principals to obey Covid-19 protocols whenever schools reopened.

Kano Focus reports that Danlami Hayyo made the call while declaring open a two day workshop on post Covid-19 measures.

Kano SUBEB spokesperson, Balarabe Danlami Jazuli said in a statement issued to Kano Focus that the theme of the workshop is ‘’safety measures in schools against Covid-19: developing skills during and after the pandemic. ‘’

According to the statement, Mr Hayyo said the training was organized by the Universal Basic Education Board Commission (UBEC) in conjunction with the SUBEB for State School Improvement team.

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He said the participants would step down the training to primary schools Head teachers and principals of junior secondary schools.

“The workshop is aimed at ensuring healthy and conducive learning environment for both teachers and pupils and also to prepare for full resumption of school children to protect them against the deadly disease – covid 19.” Mr. Hayyo said.

One  of the participants Ubale Garba, said they are ready to replicate the knowledge acquired during the training.

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Vice-chancellor: YUMSUK shortlists 8 candidates

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano (YUMSUK) has shortlisted eight professors for the post of vice-chancellor.

Kano Focus reports that YUMSUK spokesperson Abdullahi Abba Hassan said this in a statement issued on Thursday.

He said the  vice-chancellor selection board will interview the shortlisted candidates on  September 29 and 30.

“The process was delayed due to Covid-19 pandemic, while the tenure of the former Vice Chancellor came to an end on May 17, this year.” Mr Hassan said.

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He said all the eight candidates are Kano state indigenes from various institutions of learning.

They include Shehu Ma’aji, professor of Technology Education at Kano University of Science and Technology  (KUST) Wudil, Mukhtar Kurawa, professor of inorganic Chemistry and Rector Kano state Polytechnic, Bako El-Yakub Jibri, professor of Chemical Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, and Ali Tijjani Abdullahi, professor of special education at Bayero University Kano (BUK).

Others are Balarabe Jakada, professor of Business Management and Provost of Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies, Aliyu Musa, professor of Curriculum and Instruction at YUMSUK, Sadiq Abubakar, professor of Agricultural Engineering at ABU Zaria, and Lawal Alhassan Bichi, professor of Pharmacology at BUK.

Meanwhile the new pro-chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council of the YUMSUK, Muhammad Yahuza Bello has assumed duty.

Mr Bello, professor of Mathematics and immediate past vice-chancellor of BUK, pledged to serve the university diligently.

 

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