Former Sultan of Sokoto dies at 93
A Former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, is dead. The respected ruler died yesterday and has been buried in accordance with the Muslim rites.
The late Sultan Dasuki, who was the 18th Sultan of Sokoto and the father of ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was deposed in 1996 by the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, having been installed by Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, in 1988. His reign on the throne as sultan lasted for eight years before his deposition and banishment to Zing, in Taraba State by the Abacha regime.
He was a close associate of Ahmadu Bello and held the traditional title of Baraden Sokoto before becoming Sultan and the first Sultan from the Buhari line of the House of Dan Fodio.
The late Sultan had his primary education at Dogondaji Elementary School before proceeding to Sokoto Middle School in 1935. He finished his secondary education at Barewa College on sponsorship from Sokoto Native Authority.
He worked as a clerk in the treasury office of the Sokoto Native Authority after finishing high school in 1943. He later took up appointment with Gaskiya Corporation, a publishing house that published the Hausa daily, Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo in 1945.
He joined the civil service as an executive officer and rose to become the private secretary to Ahmadu Bello.
Between 1960 and 1961, he worked in the Nigerian embassy in Khartoum, Sudan and was brought back to Nigeria by Ahmadu Bello to work in Jos. He became the permanent secretary in the regional Ministry of Local Government.
Since his death broke out, prominent Nigerians including President buhari have eulogized the late Sultan.