Kaduna ….Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has described the death of the foremost industrialist, Khalifa Ishaq Rabiu, who died at the age of 90 in a London Hospital on Tuesday, as “sad and a great loss to the good people of Kano state and Nigeria in general “.
In a press statement signed by his spokesman Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo says Senator Makarfi ”convey his most heartfelt condolences to his families, Emir of Kano, Government and the good people of Kano State and all Nigerians”.
According to the press statement, “Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has received with pain, but also total submission to the will of Allah, news of the death of Khalifa Ishaq Rabiu in London earlier today. Khalifa Ishaq Rabiu’ s death is a loss to, not only his immediate family or Kano, but the entire country.
“An industrialist, a philanthropist per excellence and a renowned religious scholar and spiritual leader, Khalifa Ishaq Rabiu was a quintessential good man and always a voice of reason, whose interventions had had a soothing and calming effect on issues that needed Wuse counselling.
“Khalifa’s death at this time when moderating voices such as his are sorely needed, is indeed painful, but Senator Makarfi derives solace from the fact that he lived a good life well spent; doing what he wanted to do best, which was deploying his all in the service of Allah. His ver good legacies will eke his memory in the sands of time such that even generations yet unborn will pray to Allah for the repose of his soul.
“Senator Makarfi conveys his most heartfelt condolences to his family, Emir of Kano, Government and people of Kano, all Nigerians and indeed all adherents of the Tijjaniyyah Brotherhood over this irreparable loss. He earnestly prays to Allah to grant Khalifah Ishaq Rabiu eternal rest in Jannatul Firdaus, and all of us the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”.