…as Buhari, IBB, Atiku pay condolence visit
By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO â€” Tens of thousands of sympathisers that trooped to attend the three days prayer (Fidau) of the late former civilian Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, went home disappointed, yesterday as it was cancelled by his family.
This happened on a day two former Heads of State, Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida as well as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar commiserated with the Rimi family.
The cancellation, according to his son, Abubakar Rimi Abubakar, was in line with their late fatherâ€™s directives who never organised one for any member of his family during his life time.
Practice, strange to Islamâ€”Son
Abubakar Rimi Abubakar said the practice was considered by their late father as strange to Islam and prophetic teaching, stressing that organised prayers for the departed souls have no foundation in Islam.
Rimi Junior explained that individuals are allowed to commiserate and pray for the repose of a departed soul, pointing out that members of the family were compelled to stand by the principle of their late father.
“Our late father had never organised Fidau prayers for any departing members of the family during his lifetime, and it will be unfair to organise one for him since he never subscribed to it,â€™ Abubakar popularly known as Alhaji Karami explained.
Heavy security presence
There was heavy security presence at the Durbin Katsina residence of late RimiÂ as early callers hadÂ rough time with the security agencies who did not prevent the multitude from gaining entrance into the modest apartment butÂ screened every individual that was allowed access.
The chief mourner and Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido who arrived the residence by 10.00 a.m. expressed deep anger over security checks and subsequently directed the police to flung open the gate for uninterrupted access to sympathizers.
Lamido said Rimi lived and died for the downtrodden, stressing that any attempt to disconnect the common man from his residence will be a disservice to the departed soul.
Buhari, IBB, Atiku, others visit
Meanwhile, Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida, as well as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, commiserated with the family of the late Kano politician.
The trio who came in one after the other saw the Katsina-born General arriving first in company of loyalists by 9.08am and spent 18 minutes before departing.
General Babangida, who came next along side top members of his Armed Forces Ruling Council, was received by Alhaji Lamido and met briefly with family members before leaving the residence by noon.
General Babangidaâ€™s exit from the residence coincided with the arrival of Atiku Abubakar who also came in company of his political associates that included Lawal Kaita, Adinoyi Ojo and hosts of others.
The long list of distinguished Nigerian that turned up at the Rimiâ€™s residence included the Chief of Army Staff,Â General AbdulRahaman Dambazau, former Kogi Governor, Prince Abubakar Audu, Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Shehu Malami and host of others.