Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the immediate past president of Nigeria, received a most unexpected kind of welcome from Sokoto youths on Thursday, November 17, when he traveled to the state to pay a condolence visit to the family of late Ibrahim Dasuki, former Sultan of Sokoto.
The deceased Sultan who is also the father of Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, died on the evening of Monday, November 14, at the National Hospital in Abuja.
Although Jonathan had earlier condoled with the family through a message on his Facebook page, describing the former Sultan as a bridge builder and father figure who was always committed to promoting oneness in Nigeria, he still followed it up with a personal visit. Jonathan wrote in his message:
“I remember His Eminence, former Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki, as a bridge builder and father figure who was ever committed to fostering unity in Nigeria. He lived a long and purposeful life and will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family. May the Almighty grant him al Jannah Firdaus. GEJ.”
The former president, however, was greeted with an unexpected hero’s welcome from Sokoto youths who carried placards praising Jonathan enthusiastically and asking him to return as Nigeria’s president.
Even though they were kept at a distance by security details, Sokoto youths continued chanting songs in honour of the former president.
The former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki has been buried according to Islamic principles in Sokoto.
Dasuki who was the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, was dethroned in 1996 during the military government of late general Sani Abacha. Before ascending the throne as Sultan, he was Baraden Sokoto. He was also the first Sultan from the Buhari line of the house of Dan Fodio and a close associate of Ahmadu Bello.