‘It Was My Worst Expertise’


The commissioner misplaced three brothers the identical day

Dr Aishatu Maigari, the Gombe State Commissioner for Science, Expertise and Innovation, has spoken on the loss of life of her three brothers.

The commissioner tells CHIMA AZUBUIKE how her household has been dealing with the loss of life of three of their family members who died in an auto crash on October 31, 2020

This interval have to be actually troublesome for you. How are you coping?

Alhamdulillah. I’m attempting my finest and with God on my aspect, I do know I can overcome it.

How did you hear in regards to the loss of life of your three relations?

We tried reaching them on the telephone however to no avail till we have been in a position to join with considered one of their telephones and we have been informed that they’d an accident. My dad referred to as me to tell me that we misplaced all of them.

How did it occur?

No person informed us as a result of none of them survived. And by time we bought to the scene, nobody was there to inform the story.

What was your first response and the place have been you?

The response was to depart all the things within the arms of Allah. I simply mentioned Innalilahi wa inna illaihir rajiuuun (to Allah, we come from and to him we might return), and that’s what any good Muslim is meant to do in occasions of calamity. So, we depart all the things within the arms of the Almighty. He’s the one which blessed us with these boys and he’s the one which has taken them on the time he felt it was the fitting time for them to go.

As a serving commissioner, how have you ever managed to remain centered?

When you permit all the things within the arms of the Almighty, he finds a method for you past your personal energy. Folks have been very supportive to our rapid household, everyone you’ll be able to consider, all around the nation and in Gombe State. The folks, the federal government and everyone that heard about that incident have been actually sympathetic. Even people who by no means knew us have been very sympathetic after which lots of testimonies coming from their associates and from neighbours present that they (deceased brothers) have lived an excellent life, particularly in these laborious occasions when youths are draining and aren’t discovering jobs. However these guys had good jobs and the one which was unemployed was on his personal and he was making it. So, a lot of individuals prayed with us, stood with us and gave us the energy to keep on.

When was the final time you noticed them alive?

It was a day earlier than they’d the accident.

Are you able to keep in mind the final conversations you had with them?

We had an excellent dialog on that Friday (October 30, 2020) after the Jumaat prayer. we mentioned lots of issues however there was no signal that that was imagined to be our final dialog. However, as traditional, they have been superb and really obedient. They got here to bid me farewell as their eldest sister in Gombe and so they requested me whether or not I had any message for them to take residence. I mentioned I had nothing however I simply prayed for them to have a superb and protected transit again residence. I prayed primarily for his or her security again residence. My brother and cousin have been working in Kano whereas the different one was occurring vacation. So, it was a traditional goodbye and protected journey and prayers for them.


They have been mentioned to be grasp’s diploma holders. Are you able to speak about that?

They all had their grasp’s levels in numerous fields. Usman was a chemist. We had thought  of a fellowship of the Chemical Society of Nigeria; we had talked about him becoming a member of the society and the Institute of Chartered Chemists. We had talked about going for my fellowship later within the month to Abuja. He promised he was going to be there by God’s grace. After which for Abdulkadir, he was going residence on vacation so I informed him I had some messages that he was going to come back again with them for me when his holidays have been over in two weeks or three weeks time. So, you see, it was a brilliant future forward of all of them. Usman was 30 and Abdulkadiri was 28.

What a part of Nigeria have been they going to?

They have been going to Kano.

What sort of individuals have been they individually?

They have been superb people. As a journalist, I’m positive you need to have heard testimonies about these younger boys. They have been very obedient brothers, very laborious working, very resourceful, very insightful and really good. I don’t even know find out how to categorical it now however they have been good boys.  And right now and age when younger males are going astray, these boys have been actually on track. No person can say that they’d ever fought with both of them or quarrelled or that they disobeyed them or that they have been requested  to do a favour for them and so they declined and so they informed you that they (deceased) received’t do it. They have been the most effective anyone might ask for as brothers or children or sons or something.

Sure I had lots of commitments lined up for that week (when the accident occured). Like I mentioned, if you rely upon Allah, Allah paves the best way for you, finds a solution to make you sturdy and he did that by blessing us with lots of people who’ve stood by us. You’ll be able to see the state governor, the deputy governor, the Speaker and members of  the Home of Meeting, the commissioners, everyone standing by us. So, folks stood by us and gave us the energy to hold on. So, we relied on Allah and Allah gave us folks to face by us.

What recollections of them come to your thoughts anytime you keep in mind them?

Every of them smiled and bade me farewell, that they have been going residence the following day, enthusiastically trying ahead to seeing their mother and father.

Had been they married?

No. My two brothers weren’t married however my cousin was married with a two-month-old child. However I didn’t see him for like two weeks now. His spouse is a younger lady, I believe only a second yr scholar. So, you see that coping shall be very troublesome and the wedding was simply 10 months previous. You’ll be able to think about the sort of devastation the lady could be going by way of however she has been very sturdy. Her in-laws have been very sturdy and supportive; lots of people have been supporting us.

Would you describe the tragedy because the worst expertise for you?

For now, that is the worst expertise, sincerely. As a result of that is the primary time I’m shedding my brothers. That is the primary time I’m shedding grownup brothers, so to say. They have been very shut and I used to be trying ahead to them getting married, beginning up their households and succeeding in life.

Are you able to keep in mind any expertise or fond recollections of them if you have been all youthful?

We referred to as Usman ‘Usee the chemist, after which for Abdulkadir, he was an agricultural engineer. We used to name him ‘Engineer PP’ or meals engineer, since he was an agric engineer. There are such a lot of recollections that they’ve left behind. I want to thank everyone. I’d prefer to thank Allah for blessing us with these boys and letting us see their lives from the start to an finish, despite the fact that it was a tragic finish. But it surely was a sworn statement of how good my mother and father had introduced them up. And the way it’s that on this life, we don’t know something as human beings, we’re simply nothing. We’ve to rely upon Allah for all the things. I’d additionally like to understand the folks and authorities of Gombe State and all our family and friends who’ve stood by us on this attempting second.

What would you inform anybody passing by way of the same problem?

The very first thing is that they need to rely upon their lord, both Muslims or Christians. Relying in your lord makes issues so much simpler, then you definately ought to make a community of associates. Each time we’re passing by way of life, we must always endeavour to make an impression positively in order that after we depart this world, we’ll depart solely good recollections and never unhealthy recollections. So, we ought to, at the very least, depart good legacies at each second in our lives as a result of this incident has proven us that, you’ll be able to simply die at any second, whether or not you’re sick or not, whether or not you’re younger or previous, whether or not you’ve gotten achieved or you haven’t achieved.


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