Father of former Governor of Borno State, and a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Ali modu Sheriff, has died in a fire incident.
A source close to the family confirmed that Late Galadima Sheriff died in the early hours of Thursday in a fire incident that engulfed his home along Damboa road in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. The deceased was the Galadima of Borno Emirate until his passing on.
Another sources from the family said the aged patriarch of the Sheriffs, who had been managing an advanced-age related ailment, could not make it out of the fire that occurred around 3 a.m.
It will recalled Maiduguri and other parts of Borno State were a few hours into a 14 days COVID-19 lockdown when the fire incident happened at the former governor’s family home.
Our reporter said the cause of the fire is yet to be established, although the family has not issued any statement concerning the passing on of the deceased,
Also no official condolence message from the state government yet.
According to the special adviser of the State Governor on media, Isa Gusau, he described the passing of Mr Sheriff as a huge loss to the state.
Mr Gusau said the deaths of late Abba Kyari, former chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari who died after contracting the coronavirus, and that of Mr Sheriff who died in a fire incident were, according to Islamic belief, “Acts of Martyrdom.”
In a statement he posted on Facebook, Mr Gusau said the two prominent Borno personalities died as a result of disasters which he said are signs of absolution by God.
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“There is one lesson the wise must learn from the deaths, in one week, of Malam Abba Kyari and Galadima Modu Sheriff, both prominent personalities from Borno State,” he said.
“Now, as many of Muslims already know, deaths by plague (epidemic and pandemic) and by fires, are amongst the seven classifications of deaths by shahada (martyrdom), as taught from hadith of our noble Prophet,” he stated.