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Governor Inuwa Yahaya Mourns, As Gombe Elder Statesman, Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu Passes On At 94

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received with heavy hearts, the news of the demise of a remarkable elder statesman and renowned educationist, Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu (Santurakin Yamaltu) who died today in Abuja.

Reacting to the sad event. Governor Inuwa Yahaya said, “Today, we mourn the loss of a distinguished personality, renowned educationist, respected leader, and cherished father figure whose legacy will forever remain etched in our hearts”.

“The late Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu’s life was a shining example of dignity, integrity, and selflessness. As an educationist, he dedicated himself to building a brighter future for future generations. His contributions to education were profound and his philanthropic endeavours touched countless lives, providing hope and opportunity to those in need as evidenced by the Islamiyya schools he established, which continue to serve our communities”, the Governor said.

In a statement on Sunday, 7th April 2024 signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) Gombe Government House, Ismaila Uba Misilli, said that Governor Inuwa described the death of the nonagenarian as a great loss, not only for Gombe State but the nation at large.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hon. Commissioner of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Alhaji Nasiru Muhammad Aliyu, mni (Magajin Garin Gwani) and his siblings, including Major General Abdulrashid Muhammad Aliyu RTD (Sarkin Kudun Gombe); President of ZAVATI Group, Alhaji Abdulrahman Muhammad Aliyu (Majen Gombe) and other members of the bereaved family”.

Governor Inuwa urged the entire Muhammadu Aliyu’s family members to take solace in the knowledge that their late father’s legacy will endure through the lives he touched and the disciplined children he left behind, praying that his memory will continue to inspire them to strive for excellence and compassion that he exemplified.

The Governor prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased and reward his good deeds with Aljannat Firdaus.

Born in 1930 in Gombe, Alhaji Muhammadu Aliyu’s educational journey took him from Gombe Elementary School to Teachers College Toro. He furthered his studies at the University of Bristol, UK, where he obtained a Diploma in Primary Education, and later at the University of Cardiff Wales, where he earned a Degree in Education Administration. Throughout his career, he served in various capacities, including as Head Master in several schools across and as Inspector of Education.

Alhaji Aliyu was a permanent member of the Bauchi State Primary Education Board and later played a great role in the early management of the Gombe State Civil Service Commission following the state’s creation in 1996. His commitment to public service and his dedication to the advancement of education earned him respect and admiration throughout his career and beyond.

As announced by the family, the funeral prayer (Janazah) for the deceased elder statesman will take place tomorrow, Monday by 4:30 pm at the Emir’s Palace, Gombe.

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