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The Falling Iroko Tree: A Tribute to Professor Ibrahim Baba Yakubu (1965–2023)



Late Prof Ibrahim Baba Yakubu


Murtala Uba Mohammed (PhD)

My selection of the metaphor of iroko tree, a giant and strong to characterize Professor Ibrahim Baba Yakubu was not by accident. The decision was influenced by the fact that Professor Yakubu who is affectionately referred to by his acronym IBY, by students and colleagues, is an environment professor, an expert in plant geography and biogeography, and a passionate lover of trees and anything green. It takes little time to become enamored with Professor Yakubu’s unreserved and unparalleled passion for plants. It is not hyperbolic to say that IBY rarely speaks at any academic events without advocating for going green. These guided the selection of the tree for the commemoration of this gentle, beautiful soul who answered the call of His Lord on 11th November, 2023.

A graduate of geography and forestry, Professor Ibrahim Baba Yakubu taught in the Geography Department and later in the Environmental Management Department, all at Bayero University, Kano. He was the head of the research and technical department of Nigeria’s World Bank-Assisted Afforestation Program Coordinating Unit (APCU) when he joined his alma mater as an academic in 2004, after completing his PhD in geography with specialization in environmental management in 2003. Although his first degree was in geography, which he had obtained from Bayero University in 1988, IBY saw himself more as an environmental and plant scientist in a more passionate way above what a graduate or teacher of geography does. This may not be unconnected to the unique engagement with environment, having obtained his Masters degree in Forestry, which he bagged from the University of Ibadan, and his earlier training and experience in the agroforestry project. It is obvious that his relation with trees had made him developed features comparable to them. He stood firm and shade those around him.

The Writer Dr Murtala Uba Muhammad

The Writer Dr Murtala Uba Muhammad

I first noticed him when we went to Plateau State for the compulsory three-credit unit course titled Fieldwork (GEO 3301) in 2004. It is easier to notice him for three reasons. Firstly, apart from him and the other new lecturer, Dr. A.O. Adekia, all others were known to us as they taught us some courses in either the first semester or at the lower levels. The second is his usual dress, most especially the type of cap and shoe he wore, which were quite unique and fashionable. The third reason why IBY would hardly be unnoticeable was his eloquence and unique oration, excellent accent and effortless command of the English language.

My close association with him began when I joined the department in 2012. IBY was then the department’s coordinator for the newly introduced MSc. Geography.

Although the Bayero University Geography Department ran postgraduate programs, it was not until 2012 that the department introduced MSc. Geography under the headship of Professor A.I. Tanko. For more than thirty years, the department’s MSc programs were mainly in Land Resources, with two specialization: Development and Administration. With new MSc in Geography one can specialize in human geography, physical geography, environmental management,  or population and development.

In 2014, Bayero University created the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences (FEES). The Geography Department relocated from the Faculty of Social and Management Science (FSMS) to the new faculty; and five additional departments were created: Architecture, Estate Management, Quantity Surveying, Urban and Regional Planning (URP), and Environmental Management (EVM). URP and EVM were created with personnel from Geography Department. Only two of the old Geography Department staff, Dr. M.A. Liman and Late Mal. A.D. Maiwada, moved to the URP, while eight academic staff, including IBY and his two teachers, Dr. L.F. Buba and Late Professor Kabir Ahmed, joined the EVM. Thanks to this newly created faculty, it gave the apolitical scholar, IBY, the opportunity to serve as its sub-dean, deputy dean and immediate past dean of the faculty.
In connection with the creation of the FEES, I can vividly recall an incidence that happened during our maiden meeting cum retreat at Mumbaya House, which took place on the very day terrorists attacked Federal College of Education Kano. We were debating on who will remain in geography or move to another department. In his usual zeal to lure some of us to the EVM department, IBY made a statement that I still recall: that the future is in the new field of environmental management, which is an applied aspect of geography, and that “geography is losing its relevance and therefore is collapsing.” A response then came from Professor J.Afolabi Falola who responded to him saying that, let’s wait for the geography to collapse first; “we will all
move to the environmental management.” While IBY may be right that the new has a promising future considering the current global mantra, the older one is still relevant, with new fields such as GIS and Remote Sensing emerging out of it. I thought these differing opinions were caused by perspective. Despite being a geographer by trade, IBY’s education and early years had given him the greatest foundation in environmental management. Given the idea behind regional studies and the burgeoning science of GIS, geography will continue to play a significant role in regional planning and development, particularly in addressing challenges related to environment.
Despite that Professor Yakubu moved to the Department of Environmental Management, he never relinquished teaching and supervising researches in the Department of Geography. While still in the EVM, he supervised many MScs and PhDs in geography, such as that of my good friend, who incidentally bears his highest footprint, Dr. Muhammad Nurudeen Danjuma, and the most recent, which is that of Isa Adamu of the Federal Researcher Institute of Nigeria (FRIN).
Professor Ibrahim Yakubu was not only an academic person of repute, as testified by all those who write briefs for him; he was also a person of high principles and dedication to duty. Punctuality is one excellent trait that one would hardly have take away from him. To IBY, you never agreed on time and broke the agreement. His colleagues and students know this. I recall my time with Professor A.I. Tanko when it became obvious that we could not meet the deadline. Professor Tanko was so worried that he told me, “Murtala, I am afraid if one breaks IBY’s promises, he will only look at you and say not a word, but the look speaks more than what the mouth says.” This tree man, as Professor Yusuf Adamu once called him, was so rooted in his principles.
IBY was a man of integrity whose level of principle paradoxically endeared and infuriated many people. He kept time, which was very rare these days. Whoever IBY happened to be his supervisor, we used to joke, must be ready to bring his academic work in good time and keep to the agreed-upon timetable. I personally know one of the student he supervised that trembled whenever he missed the professor’s deadline!
In one of the elegy he composed for one of his patrons, Malam Habibu Fari, the Hausa master panegyric, Late Mamman Shata, describes the deceased with phrase fari yake mai farar aniya, which means that as his complexion is fair, so is his mind. Even though IBY may not have a fair complexion, at least half of his outfit is white, and the style is overwhelmingly straightforward. His habit and the style of his clothing were highly positively correlated. He rarely disagreed or engaged in argumentation, except when he observed a complete deviation from the truth. Accepting the truth from any party was his usual trait, even if that person is lower in rank. Although my teacher and by far my senior, on many occasions he asked for my opinion on statistics and GIS, and whatever I say, he insisted the student has to follow. This is quite uncommon in Nigeria’s academy, where ego and superiority are becoming the order of the day. IBY believed in specialization and accorded every person respect in his chosen field.
I may go on exploring many attributes that earned respect for Professor Yakubu among his student and colleagues, but for the space and the fact that this piece is not a biography of his. However, it is important to reiterate here that three qualities stand out in him that one combines. They are: the depth of his knowledge in his chosen field, which is unmatched by any of his contemporary; his simplicity in dress and habit; and finally, his principle of keeping to time and promise, which puts him far above many of us.
While acknowledging the fact that whatever Almighty does wisdom is enshrined in it, it is obvious that Malam IBY left at a time we needed him most. He died when the Nigerian academic community was battling with principles and in need of dedication and sacrifice of his kind. His good deeds will always be remembered, including his deep affection for his four children and his dearest wife, whom he lost just two months before his death. I sincerely pray for the Almighty to forgive his shortcomings and reward him with his beloved green, for Janna is glaringly the most evergreen of all spaces where iroko live.

Murtala teaches geography at Bayero University, Kano



Why Social Media Policies Fall Short in Addressing Online Violence Against Women




Rahima Dokaji, Kano.

Hafsat Bahara, a dedicated journalist, experienced a distressing ordeal of Online Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) on Facebook. Initially, she innocently shared a profile piece about a respected religious leader through her organization’s social media channels. To her surprise, followers of the religious leader responded with offensive comments, threats, and discussions about causing harm to Hafsat.

Recalling the traumatic incident, Hafsat Bahara shared, “Threats and intimidation flooded the comments section. Some individuals even tracked me down on other social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, persistently posting menacing threats of rape and violence towards me. It was an intense and deeply unsettling experience.”

The aftermath of this harrowing encounter had a profound impact on Hafsat’s life and mental well-being. Although she chose not to report the offenders to the social media platforms, they took it upon themselves to report her accounts, falsely accusing her and her organization of making offensive comments. The emotional toll extended to Hafsat’s family and loved ones, leaving her feeling violated and unfairly attacked.

A significant survey conducted by the International development and humanitarian organization Plan International revealed distressing revelations about the escalating online violence faced by girls and women. The survey highlighted that Facebook is the primary platform where these attacks are most commonly encountered, with 39% of respondents experiencing harassment, followed by Instagram (23%), WhatsApp (14%), Snapchat (10%), Twitter (9%), and TikTok (6%).

In the Northern Nigeria region, Facebook has emerged as a significant concern due to its association with abuse. The platform is often perceived as a hotspot for various forms of online mistreatment, including cyberbullying and hate speech. Its user-friendly interface has made it accessible to a wide range of individuals, including those with limited formal education or technological training.

NAPTIP advocates equal punishment for gravity of GBV Cases

The label of ‘the jungle’ reflects the perception that Facebook can sometimes resemble a chaotic and lawless virtual space, where users engage in aggressive behavior without considering the consequences. This characterization highlights the prevalence of abusive and harmful interactions, creating a hostile and distressing environment for many users, particularly women. Educated individuals often resort to alternative strategies, such as refraining from posting altogether or using English as a protective shield against local abuse and harassment.

Instagram, known for its platform catering to sophisticated and affluent individuals, has attracted a notable presence of high-profile celebrities. On the contrary, Twitter has gained a reputation as a space where individuals engage in playful banter and witty roasting. TikTok, on the other hand, has become a popular platform for creative skit makers, although it has also attracted users who may exhibit lower moral standards.

While social media platforms have implemented reporting mechanisms, community guidelines, and content moderation teams to address abusive and harmful content, Hafsat Bahara believes that current measures remain insufficient.

“In my opinion, social media platforms have strict policies on physical violence and other discriminatory acts involving children. However, their policy on sexual harassment and threats against women is not robust enough. Derogatory and mean-spirited content targeting women or cyberbullying often goes unflagged by these platforms as inappropriate, allowing perpetrators to go unpunished. On the other hand, if you were to post nudity or violence against animals, you would instantly be flagged,” she said.

However, Mrs. Bunmi Dipo Salami, a Gender Violence activist in Nigeria, emphasizes the crucial need for women to understand how social media protection settings work and how to effectively use them to ensure their safety on these platforms.

“We should all challenge harmful content by reporting material that perpetuates harmful stereotypes, victim-blaming, or supports Online Gender-Based Violence (OGBV). Promoting digital literacy and educating internet users about privacy settings, reporting mechanisms, and online safety is essential. Netizens must familiarize themselves with the different forms of OGBV and utilize their social media platforms to share accurate information, helpful resources, and support services,” Mrs. Salami asserts.

Section 24 of the Nigerian Cybercrime Act, enacted in 2015 by the National Assembly, addresses offenses related to OGBV through computer systems or networks, including transmitting communications involving bullying, threats, harassment, extortion, or harm to the reputation or property of any citizen. The act imposes penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment, with more severe consequences for communications inducing fear of death, violence, or bodily harm.

Alongside the existing legislation, Mrs. Salami urges the government to collaborate with non-governmental organizations and women’s rights groups to implement and monitor the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 effectively.

“I believe the issue lies not in creating another law when the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 already exists. The focus should be on engaging relevant stakeholders to understand the nuances of SGBV in the online space and identify challenges in enforcing the law. Furthermore, the government and civil society actors should collaborate to provide training for law enforcement personnel in dealing with digital evidence, allocating resources to law enforcement agencies for effective implementation and enforcement of the legislation. Public awareness campaigns should also be conducted to educate the public about the legislation, and specialized units within law enforcement agencies should be created to investigate online crimes, particularly SGBV cases on social media,” she adds.

Mrs. Salami also calls for synergy between traditional and new media outlets to raise awareness and effectively combat OGBV.

“To address OGBV, itis crucial to engage various stakeholders, including media organizations, to create awareness and promote responsible reporting. Traditional media outlets can play a significant role in shaping public opinion, challenging harmful narratives, and providing accurate information about online violence against women. Collaborations between traditional media and social media platforms can amplify the voices of survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and foster a safer online environment for women,” she suggests.

This publication was supported by the Baobab for Women’s Human Rights funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

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Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim: A Tribute to the First Civilian Governor of Yobe State



Late Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim


By AbdurRaheem Sa’ad Dembo

Death is inevitable and whenever a soul is taken, it is usually a reminder about the vanity and futility of this world.It is also an indication that no one will live forever on this planet, called earth. It was on the 4th February, 2024 when I read it online that the first civilian Governor of Yobe State, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim had passed on in Saudi Arabia. Innalillahi waina ilaihi rajiun!

He was an embodiment of humility and generosity. One cannot describe him enough, because of his progressive tenacity. You can’t talk about politics and progress in Yobe state without mentioning late Bukar Abba Ibrahim. He was a pacesetter and a pragmatic leader. Majority of the good people of Yobe State accepted him as a leader, because he was not autocratic but democratic and inclusive. It is a public knowledge whether under the sun or in the rain, and even across the length and breadth of Nigeria that he was the father of Yobe State politics.

Before dwelling so much on his personality and sagacity in the realm of politics, it is imperative to take a brief look at his early life.

Bukar Abba Ibrahim was born in 1949 but according to Wikipedia, the exact date is shrouded in uncertainty. This is not new because we have so many of our aged parents who did not know their exact dates of birth. In fact, in Ilorin, my city, some old people would only tell you they were born during the reign of a particular Emir of Ilorin and they use that as a standard and yardstick to know their age. He began his primary school education in 1957. Ibrahim proceeded to Government College in Maiduguri for his secondary education in 1965 and got admission into the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1972. He obtained his certificate from the department of Quantity Surveying in 1975. Bukar Abba Ibrahim proceeded to the United Kingdom to undergo post-graduate professional training between 1981 and 1982 and that qualified him to become a member of the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors. From 1985 to 1988, he worked as a civil servant in Borno State and eventually became Commissioner of Works.

*His Political Journey*

In December 1991 a few months after Yobe State was created, he contested and won the gubernatorial election under the banner of the Social Democratic party (SDP).He held the position until November 1993, when the military took control of the government. On 5th of August 1993 Governor Ibrahim split the four Emirates in the state to thirteen. Although the move was reversed by the military regime of General Sani Abacha, it however got re-implemented under the civilian governorship of Bukar Abba Ibrahim on 6 January, 2000.

As Nigeria transitioned from military to civilian rule beginning in late 1998, gubernatorial elections were conducted in January 1999 and Bukar Abba Ibrahim was again elected governor under the banner of the All People’s Party (APP), and sworn-in to office on 29 May, 1999. This was the same time Late Governor Muhammad Lawal also became Governor of Kwara state under the platform of All People’s Party. May Allah grant the duo his mercy.

The APP was later renamed All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) due to a factional division. Ibrahim was re-elected in 2003 for a second four-year term.

*Some of his achievements as a Governor*

Governor Bukar Abba Ibrahim administration established the following higher institutions of learning in Yobe State: Yobe State University, Damaturu, School of Nursing Damaturu, College of Health Sciences, Nguru,
College of Legal Studies Nguru, Yobe State Polytechnic, Geidam,
College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe mosque and Islamic center (Mosque & School),
Unimaid Remedial Satellite campus in Damaturu,
Best Centers and
Teaching Service Board,

As a Governor his administration constructed the following housing projects:
Abba Ibrahim Housing Estate Damaturu,
Zannah Zakariyya Housing Estate Damaturu,
Waziri Ibrahim Housing Estate Damaturu,
Don Etebet Housing Estate Damaturu,
Obasanjo Housing Estate Damaturu,
Nyanya Housing Estate Damaturu,
Buhari Housing Estate Damaturu,
250 Housing Estate Damaturu,
Ali Marami Housing Estate,
3Bedrooms and
Furniture loan for civil servants

In 2007 he was elected as a Senator representing Yobe East and got re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He wanted to go for another term in 2019 as a Senator representing Yobe East, here is the evidence as published by Vanguard Newspaper of 10 August, 2018 . Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim said “Insha-Allah I will be seeking re-election back to the senate in the forth coming election and I do not see anybody as a threat. I have no problem with my constituency and the electorate. I have not been recalled by those who voted me to represent them and I am physically and mentally fit.”

Essentially, in a video I had opportunity to watch recently, he said a leader must be ready to make sacrifices. That was how he withdrew for the then Governor Ibrahim Geidam to contest for Senate in 2019 under the platform of All Progressives Congress. Here is what he said in the video ahead of 2019 general elections.

“..So this is our incoming Governor insha Allah.This is our incoming Senator for Yobe East Senatorial District Insha Allah.This small man here continues to be the father of Yobe politics. As a father it is my responsibility to keep the family going and when you are keeping a family going, you are bound to make sacrifices and bound to talk to your family collectively.” He was referring to the current Governor of Yobe State, His Excellency Mai Mala Buni as the incoming Governor, while he was also referring to His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Geidam as the incoming Senator. The duo were with him in the video.

Professor P.L.O Lumumba when challenging long-term African Leaders said: “No matter how good you are, if you stay for too long you spoil it. A good dancer must know when to leave the stage.” I think this was in tandem with what Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim did as he left the stage then when the ovation was loud. It takes a courageous and selfless leader to take such a bold decision.

*His unwavering humility*

In the viral video I analysed earlier, the father of Yobe politics referred to himself as a small man.That is one of the traits of great men. They are synonymous with humility. When Vice President Kashim Shettima paid a condolence visit to the Governor of Yobe State at the instance of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he referred to late Bukar Abba Ibrahim as an icon of humility. Similarly, a retired Director in the Yobe State Civil Service who craved for anonymity opined thus,
“Governor Bukar Abba Ibrahim was a very humble person and pioneer Governor that started the owner occupier of government quarters in the state. We also benefitted from the scheme”

There is no perfect government anywhere in the world but the Yobe State that Bukar Abba Ibrahim was their leader during his life time is not fairing bad. I was on my way to Maiduguri in December, 2023 , few kilometers to Damaturu, if one’s needle fell down one can pick it instantly, because of proper lightning aided by streetlights. Such can only be found in Abuja and Lagos.The old Gujba road has also been dualized kitted with standard streetlights.

In terms of education, the late Bukar Abba Ibrahim’s administration introduced free education and foreign scholarships. I knew that for sure that the Yobe State Government sent some people abroad for post graduate studies even as at the time I was there as a corper.

His interest in hockey was huge
and was the President and Board of Nigeria Hockey Federation.The association in their condolence message described him thus: “Late Bukar Abba was an icon in the game of Hockey, a reputable man who contributed to the growth and development of Hockey in Nigeria. Our sincere prayer is, may Almighty Allah grant the family left behind fortitude to bear this great loss.”

I have never met late Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim and even the late Governor Mamman Ali but I have seen Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam once, the former Governor of Yobe State, who is now the current Minister of Police Affairs. In 2007 I was at the Damaturu Stadium during the passing out parade for Batch B 2006/2007 when Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam, the then deputy Governor represented Governor Mamman Ali. Being the News Editor of NYSC Editorial CDS group in Yobe State; it gave me and other members the opportunity to be at the podium during the event.

I have tremendous affinity with the good people of Yobe State, because I did my youth service with Yobe Broadcasting Corporation, YBC Damaturu between 2007/2008 and that gave me a vantage to know about Yobe State politics. I served as a newscaster and co-presenter of news magazine at the radio house and I made a lot of friends there. May Allah grant Late Hajiya Aishat Ardo, my producer then, aljannah firdaus. Being a Fulani man from Ilorin we shared superiority jokes between Kanuri and Fulani within the Broadcasting house without any ill feelings.It was a long time joke I have grown to witness in Ilorin, so when I got to Damaturu I realised that it transcended my state.

Furthermore, One significant thing I have learnt about the political voyage and life of late Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim was his consistency. He remained an opposition politician nationally until APC won presidential election in 2015. If you are not consistent you cannot go far in the realm of politics. The reason is simple, consistency breeds trust; once you don’t have it you lose monumental confidence to navigate across different political opinions and emancipation.

There are high profile opposition politicians like Adamu Maina Wazir,the former Minister of Police Affairs under President Good luck Jonathan’s administration and others in Yobe State, but despite their political calculations and permutations over the years they have never succeeded in dislodging Bukar Abba Ibrahim political party from Yobe State Government House. He died as a political tactician and champion in Yobe state, North East and in the entire Nigeria political landscape. There must be something special about him which may not be far from being resilient, patient, tolerant, generous, pragmatic, sagacious, inclusive and goal-oriented.

I should not forget the ever green statement made by late Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim and it kept regurgitating in my thought. He said “Almajiri system is unislamic”

He was married to three wives: Hajiya (Dr) Maryam Bukar Abba-Ibrahim, Hajiya Aishatu Bukar Abba- Ibrahim and Hajiya Khadija Bukar Abba -Ibrahim, a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Former member of House of Representatives under the platform of All Progressives Congress.

Most importantly,I appeal to His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni, Minister of Politice Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Geidam and other members of late Bukar Abba Ibrahim political family to sustain his legacy of good governance in the interest of the state and her good people. Dividends of democracy should continue to percolate and penetrate across the people in villages and towns of Yobe State. Good education, provision of road infrastructure, security and scholarships for the indigent students should continue.

Let me end this piece with a quote by Henry Wadsworth L. “Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time. Indeed, the father of Yobe State politics has left a footprint that will stand on the sands of time. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant him aljannah firdaus (ameen).

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Zubaida Muhammad Musa: The Industrious, Generous, and Research Connoisseur



Zubaida Muhammad Musa





True respect, genuine loyalty and unadulterated allegiance are some good qualities that are neither traded nor acquired by force and never buy with money, but rather acquired through honesty, good character, temperament, integrity and simplicity. This is quite rightly believed to be true and justified to a productive, energetic and self assertive woman ZUBAIDA MUHAMMAD MUSA, a daughter, a sister, a mother, a mentor to her students and a pride to vulnerable and needy people. Zubaida Muhammad is a Teacher, a counselor, a researcher and a facilitator in many human development programmes within and outside the country. A very responsible personality I know as far back as my childhood. One thing that makes me to write this piece is her total dedication in serving the humanity which in essence has influenced the welfare of many and touches lives of many souls in a positive way. Respect to elders and level headed to all irrespective of social status are what make her to stand and become prominent and enviable to many people that come to term with her particularly her students of the Department of Adult and Non Formal Education, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education Kano Nigeria, who always cherished her style and method of teaching and impacting knowledge, it is on this backdrop that number Non-governmental organizations and other corporate bodies recognized her as excellent and proficient facilitator/instructor/tutor in many advocacy, mobilization, workshop, seminar and sensitization programmes. As an experienced researcher who participated in many projects assessment in various sector, he served as a Research Assistant in the EDOREN Teachers Recruitment and Deployment Research which eventually led to the recruitment of 1,119 Female Teachers in Kano State by the immediate past administration after dissemination of her Research Findings (this is indeed an overwhelming and quite fascinating achievement)
Her commitment and steadfastness in education more especially her area of expertise, specializing in Adult and Non-Formal Education earned her so many National and International recognition where she obtained various educational certificates e.g B.Ed Adult Education and Community development, M.Ed Adult Education (Adult and Non-formal Education), Ph.D (in view) Adult Education (Adult and Non-formal Education) all from the prestigious Bayero University Kano. She also attended and obtained many Certificates from various institutions at home and abroad more importantly from University of Miami Florida USA and Julius Maximilian University Wurzburg, Germany.
Zubaida Muhammad Musa is now a comrade as she ventured into unionism as requested, he engaged in unionism as extra curriculum with the aim of contributing her inputs for the betterment and welfare of staff. She is currently the Secretary College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education Kano.

I can recollect some moments of childhood we share with Hajiya Zubaida (though she is a senior sister to me but we fall within the same age bracket), she was very kind and jovial to her younger ones, we used to respect her and she also respects us in reciprocal as ‘Yan Kanne (Juniors). This gesture and qualities are still with her as depicted by her contemporary lifestyle. This proved that her spirits of humanitarian and kindhearted dispositions are inalienable.
I write this piece to show my accolade to Hajiya Zubaida courtesy of her kindness, simplicity, benevolence and her generosity. I pray you will not relent in your efforts toward salvaging the general welfare of the needy especially women and children as well as your uphill struggle to deliver selfless service to humanity.

I wish you a very successful career in civil service and also a fruitful tenure as Secretary College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education Kano.

Mudassir Could be reached via mudassiray@gmail.com.

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