Andah John with agency reports

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The late 18th Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki, has been described as a pious and committed leader.

That is according to a Senior Counselor in the Sultanate Council of Sokoto, Hassan Danbaba.

Dasuki passed away Monday, after a protracted illness. He was 93 years old.

And following his death, Danbaba said the late former Sultan was a man of peace within and outside Nigeria. He called his death a great loss to the country.

”He had worked meritoriously to ensure national development and cohesion. His death is a great loss not only to his family, Sokoto State, but Nigeria as a whole.”

Meanwhile, the former Governor of Sokoto State, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, has described Dasuki as, ”a gentleman who lived a life of total service to humanity.”

Wamakko said: ”He was a man of God and a man of Peace.”

In a similarly vein, another Senior Counselor in the Sultanate and Galadiman Gari Aliyu Attahiru said the death of Dasuki was a great loss to his family, the Muslim Ummah and the entire nation.

The Secretary of the Sultanate, Alhaji Umar Faruk, who confirmed the death of the former Sultan in a statement, said that, the remains of Dasuki would be buried in Sokoto after the afternoon prayer (Zuhr) on Tuesday.

Late Dasuki was deposed as Sultan in 1996 during the military regime of late Gen. Sani Abacha.

Prior to becoming Sultan, he held the traditional title of Baraden Sokoto and was the first Sultan from the Buhari lineage of the descendants of Sheik Usmanu Dan Fodio.

Dasuki, who was born on 31 December, 1923, was a close associate of the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello and a friend of the Late Islamic scholar, Malam Abubakar Gumi.