Tributes have begun to flood in for the Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto on Media and Publicity, Malam Imam Imam who passed on.
Imam died around 3.am at the Nziamye Turkish Hospital Abuja after a brief illness yesterday, April 27, 2018. Many described late Imam Dies Imam as a “good man”, “a complete gentleman” and a thoroughbred professional
Here is another tribute to the late father, husband, brother, and friend to many written by Abdullahi Kasimu Abubakar (@abubakar47i)
Good night, Imam Imam.
Since after the death of my father, I’ve never felt the pain of losing someone much as I do now. I knew Imam for as old as I am on earth — from childhood through adulthood — from family ties to friendship and till this moment, I have known his friends but never seen his foes.
Spoke with him last week Thursday that I’d be in Sokoto on Friday. By Friday, his line wasn’t connecting until the next day when I reached him on his family line, he said to me he’s not feeling fine, he cannot make it to the wedding. Never thought that’d be a terminal illness.
That same day, he left Sokoto for Abuja to receive a better treatment. By Wednesday, I got a call he was on life support. I had hoped to see Imam over the weekends only to receive a call on Friday morning after Subhi that Imam had passed away. I couldn’t believe it. For over an hour, I contemplated if it wasn’t a long comma. I couldn’t believe he would be gone this soon.
Imam was a brother I shared everything with; from family, to politics to personal development. He was a consummate and dedicated professional who has set a bar too high for his other colleagues.
I see your principal, Gov Tambuwal struggle to keep up from the shock but broke to tears and I have a fair idea the respect he had for you. I know it’s a mutual respect.
Imam had on a couple of times asked me to assist him pay his kiddies school fees and on the list were also names of his house helps. They attend the same school as his kids. He never differentiated. Such was the life of his late father, Inuwa Liman.
Whenever there was a plea for someone in need of medical help especially, Imam would always reach out to help. Those were the seeds he sowed.
‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar, narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “There is no Muslim who dies on a Friday or the night of Friday (which starts on Thursday after sunset) except that Allaah protects him from the punishment of the grave”. Verily, you have a good ending.
Indeed, good men live a short life.
Imam, as you return to your Creator, we pray He lightens up your grave, forgive your shortcomings, admit you into the highest ranks of jannah, guide and protect your kids and have mercy on your soul.