‘I wish you were here with me’: Adnan Mukhtar pens touching tribute to his late dad

Mukhtar Adamu Abubakar
Alh. Mukhtar Adamu Abubakar

In Memory of Mukhtar Adamu Abubakar: A Tribute by Adnan Mukhtar

“From Allah we are and unto Him shall we return”, it was exactly 25th April 1993 that you left us in this world, today marks exactly 24 years of your departure, I am always thinking and proud of you, I wish you were here with me.

I am writing this tribute on this medium for the fifth time since 2013 not for any reason but for your “prayers”, yes prayer! It is the best gift to the dead. My hope and prayer is for this kind of tribute by my son or daughter in my honour after I demise.

I am in lost of words to describe you father, you are everything to me, had it been you are alive you could have been My counsellor, teacher, cheerleader, caretaker, best friend and my most ardent supporter, life without you has been challenging. A generous, kind, loving, caring, religious, brave, strong, thoughtful, hopeful and selfless, Daddy you possessed all these qualities which a good father is expected.

I was told by Mum on how religious and incorruptible you were, she cited many places where you denied to take bribes in order to favour some accused in judgement, you bought three copies of the Noble Qur’an for your three children to read not knowing that you were about to leave this world. Alhamdulillah that there are always in use, I always read that copy of the Qur’an so that Allah SWT will give you the reward of a good deed.

Before the death of your mum Hajiya Hauwa, she told us about you in tears that you were a good son she is always proud of, she always pray for the repose of your soul. When I go through your certificates, I feel proud and honored for having you as a father, there gave me a lot of courage and inspirations.

You left a good track record that I am always following as the saying goes “Kyan Da Yagaji Ubansa” yes Baba, I will follow your footsteps insha Allah. Last year I was holding your picture that you snapped at the popular Yubena photos at Dendeli quarters in fagge, I came across my maternal uncle which after I greet him, he introduced me to some of your friends whom were Alhaji Mukhtari Yau kura and Alhajina Judge, that time nothing came out of their mouth other than your kindness and intelligence. According to them; you were a man with qualities of patience, you hardly fight and you always came first during the terminal exams at the prestigious Tudunwada special primary school.

At last, they pray for the repose of your soul, you are indeed a very good gentle man that always help the weaker ones, your death was one of the shocking one in the history of Tudunwada community; you died at a time the community need you must, at your 30’s; the future in you was very brighter, the community was hopeful that their son is growing bigger and becoming influential but it is the will of Allah; He wants it that way, we love you but Allah the Beneficent and the Merciful love you must.

Mukhtari Adamu would be remembered as always for his good works, accomodative posture of parents, elder guests and neighbours a like amongst other individual virtues synonymous to him. It is my prayer to Allah to forgive his shortcomings and multiply his good deeds while his grave and that of the Ummah be lightened up with the endless life of Jannatul Firdaus.

M A Abubakar popularly known as Tanko Barrister or Tanko Comrade was born and brought up in Tudunwada quarters of Nassarawa Local Government on 21st August 1958 to the family of Malam Adamu and Hajiya Hauwa today in history marks the 24 years anniversary of his death but he is still in our minds.

A hardworking and intelligent gentleman started his distinguished legal career as a legal officer with the Kano state ministry of justice in 1982. He was between 1983 and 1987 a state counsel in Kwara and Kano states. He was appointed senior magistrate Grade II in the Kano state judiciary in November 1988. He was at different times a senior magistrate grade I and chief magistrate grade II all in the Kano state judiciary.

An articulate advocate of social justice, the former Student Leader attended Tudunwada Special Primary School between 1965-1971, Lautai Government Secondary School Gumel where he exhibited qualities of good conduct and held the position of House Captain between 1971-1976, CAS Zaria and the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University,
Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor of Law degree in 1982. He was called to the Bar at the Nigerian Law School Lagos in 1983, he holds the certificates of legal drafting, and advanced practice and procedure, both of the Nigerian institute of advance legal studies.

The social justice advocate was a member of many professional and social organisations including the commonwealth Association of Nigeria and was the National Publicity Secretary of the magistrate Association of Nigeria. He was also the National Secretary of his Alma mater, Lautai Government Secondary School Gumel.

He served as Secretary General Student Union Government of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria between 1979/1980, also as Speaker of the Students Representative council of the university in the 18th Kongo Republic Parliament as stated in his certificates of Honour signed by the President of the union Comrade Hassan B Salisu, the parliamentary Secretary of the SRC Ignatius I Chive, Director Institute of Administration and Patron of the Union Professor A.Y Aliyu and Dr Ango Abdullahi then Vice Chancellor of the university and patron of the union.

He was a Honorary Member of the World federation of mental health, an Associate member of the Nigerian institute of management, he was appointed Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice by then governor of Kano state Arc. Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya. Before his death, he was serving with the Nigerian Hotels Limited as company/secretary legal adviser.

When you passed on, some good people came to our aid, i cannot forget the magnanimity of Former Kano State Chief Judge Hon.Justice Shehu Atiku, Alhaji Rabiu Garba, Engr Hussaini El-Yakub, Alhaji Suleiman Yahaya, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Umar and many others too numerous to mention have both assisted the family.

Malam Mukhtari died as a result of a ghastly motor accident on his way from Bauchi to Kano along with his friend Mallam Yusuf Karachi Tudunwada; the accident which claimed the lives of 10 was a terrible one. He was survived by his aged Mother Late Hajiya Hauwa Adamu, wife Malama Amina Usman Tudunwada and three children.

Father, your immediate descendants are the beginning of your progeny. The children you left behind are in their primes.

You have gone but will never ever be forgotten, to friends, he was the life and soul of the party and a true friend to them, and them to him, a friend for life. Baba you cannot believe how very proud I feel to be able to call you my Dad, I love you Baba, you will forever be in my heart. Always in our hearts and you are a Father Like No Other, May your gentle soul, that of your Friend Alhaji Yusuf Karachi Tudunwada and all the departed rest in jannatil firdaus.

Adnan Mukhtar Tudunwada is an associate editor with youths’ digest.
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