Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal 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.
In a message of condolence issued Tuesday in Sokoto by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said at every stage of his life, Sultan Dasuki gave his all to ensure communal harmony and educational development of the citizenry.
“The history of local government reform in Nigeria will not be complete without the mention of the important role Sultan Dasuki and his colleagues played in giving the country the present structure we are enjoying at the third tier of government.
“For the eight years Dasuki 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 revitalization of religious education especially among Imams of various mosques in the Caliphate.
“He dedicated time, energy and resources in promoting religious harmony especially between Muslims in the North and South West of the country. So also is his efforts at promoting peaceful coexistence between and among various religious groups within the country and beyong.
“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.
“As a person who rose to the pinnacle of civil service and retired as a Federal Permanent Secretary, Sultan Dasuki dedicated his later years to mentoring young Nigerians on aspect of leadership, public administration and community service. He became a repository of knowledge and was always willing to share his experience with whoever sought it.
“He will be greatly missed,” Tambuwal added.
While praying to Almighty Allah to grant Sultan Dasuki jannatul-firdaus, Tambuwal said the people and government of Sokoto will continue to cherish the deceased’s contributions to the development of the Caliphate and the state at large.
The Governor equally sent his commiserations to Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and late Sultan Dasuki’s family over the painful loss.