Chief Imam of Borno dies at 90

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ya­haya Ibrahim & Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri

The chief imam of Borno, Imam Ibrahim Ahmed, died Wed­nes­day in an Egyp­tian hospi­tal af­ter a pro­tracted ill­ness, the fam­ily said yes­ter­day.

He will be buried to­day at 9:00am at his Li­manti res­i­dence in Maiduguri. He is sur­vived by three wives, many chil­dren, grand chil­dren and great grand chil­dren. The fam­ily said in a state­ment signed by Al­haji Zanna Laisu Imam that the late Imam who was born in 1924 in Yelwa (present day Maiduguri) started his ca­reer as act­ing chief imam of Borno from 1951 to 1956 be­fore be­ing ap­pointed the sub­stan­tive imam af­ter the death of his fa­ther.

He at­tended many cour­ses on the ap­pli­ca­tion of Sharia law at the Amadu Bello Univer­sity (ABU) Zaria in the 1960s. Imam Ibrahim be­came a court scribe in 1942 and was posted to Giedam in present day Yobe State by the Borno Na­tive Author­ity and later, Area Court judge in Yerwa where he rose to be­come the Chief Al­kali, now called chief judge. He was the long­est chief imam of Borno, serv­ing for 63 years.

Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima de­scribed him as one of the strong pil­lars of Borno who would be eter­nally missed, es­pe­cially at such a mo­ment of se­cu­rity chal­lenges. Shet­tima in a state­ment is­sued by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia, Isa Gusau, said the late imam was a ral­ly­ing point who helped in unit­ing Borno people through his spir­i­tual guid­ance and me­di­a­tion on re­li­gious mat­ters as some­one that led Mus­lim wor­shipers in con­gre­ga­tional prayers for over 50 years. Also, Min­is­ter of State for Power, Mo­hammed Wakil, also in a state­ment de­scribed the late chief imam as a great scholar and a de­vote Mus­lim, pray­ing Al­lah to grant him al­janatul fir­daus.

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