By Oyigu Elijah.
The burial ceremony of Pa Abdullahi Husseini, the late broadcaster and biological father of Hon. Moses Abdullahi, was a solemn and dignified event that brought together family members, friends, dignitaries, and members of the community.
The event took place on Saturday at their ancestral home in Ojuko- Icheke, Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State and it would forever be etched in their memories.
The ceremony commenced with a funeral service anchored by his local church, the Deeper Life Bible Church, where the soothing melodies of hymns filled the air, creating an atmosphere of reverence and reflection. The officiating clergy delivered a heartfelt sermon, emphasizing the virtues exemplified by the late Abdullahi Husseini throughout his life and the urgent need for people to rededicate their lives to Christ.
Hon. Moses Abdullahi, standing strong despite his grief, delivered a moving eulogy that resonated with everyone present. He recounted cherished memories of his father, highlighting his unwavering support and the valuable life lessons he had imparted. Hon. Abdullahi expressed his gratitude for the invaluable guidance and love his father had shown him and pledged to carry forward his legacy.
Describing his father as a remarkable man, Hon. Moses Abdullahi highlighted his late father’s loyalty to his wife, children, friends, and the community. He emphasized that his father’s character was marked by truthfulness, caring, and honesty, and expressed his desire to live his life in the same manner.
Tributes from friends, colleagues, and community leaders followed, painting a vivid picture of a man who had touched the lives of many. They spoke of Abdullahi Husseini’s professionalism, his integrity, and his commitment to ensuring the dissemination of accurate and unbiased news during his time as a broadcaster. They fondly remembered his warm smile, his kind heart, and his willingness to help others.
Among those who shared their memories and paid tribute to the late Hussieni Abdullahi was Prof. Samson Shaibu, a close friend of the family. Prof. Shaibu described the deceased as a senior colleague and a faithful servant of God. He lauded Abdullahi’s integrity and dedication, particularly noting his unwavering commitment to honesty and faithfulness throughout his career as a broadcaster.
Also speaking at the event was Chief Sylvester Onoja Momoh who said that, in the realm of extraordinary individuals, there are those whose brilliance shines so brightly that they leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those around them. One such luminary was the late Hussein Abdullahi Abubakar, a renowned broadcaster, and a figure of exceptional intellect. Chief Onoja, who had the privilege of being his classmate, has come forward to share his awe-inspiring memories of Hussein’s intelligence, which earned him the affectionate nickname “Obe” among their peers. Obe, is an Igala word that translated as Knife.
Chief Onoja fondly recalled his time spent with Hussein Abdullahi Abubakar as classmates. According to him, from a young age, it was evident that Hussein possessed an extraordinary intellect that set him apart from his peers. His remarkable ability to grasp complex concepts swiftly and effortlessly was a source of admiration and amazement for those around him. Chief Onoja vividly remembered the many instances where Hussein’s exceptional brilliance shone through, leaving an indelible impression on everyone fortunate enough to witness it.
According to Chief Sylvester, The Birth of the Nickname “Obe”, as Hussein’s reputation for intellectual prowess grew, his classmates affectionately bestowed upon him the nickname “Obe.” This moniker was not born out of malice or intimidation, but rather as a testament to his sharp and incisive mind. Just as a knife possesses the ability to cut through obstacles, Hussein’s intelligence enabled him to dissect and comprehend complex subjects with astonishing precision. It was a fitting tribute to his exceptional mental acuity and his ability to make sense of the most intricate matters effortlessly.
Chief Sylvester Momoh Onoja’s reminiscences of his late classmate Hussein Abdullahi Abubakar, affectionately known as “Obe,” offer a glimpse into the extraordinary brilliance that defined the broadcaster’s life. His remarkable intellect, sharp analytical skills, and expansive knowledge made him a beacon of inspiration for all those fortunate enough to have known him. The nickname “Knife” serves as a testament to his exceptional mental acuity and serves as a lasting reminder of the immense impact he had on the lives of those around him. Hussein Abdullahi Abubakar will forever be remembered as a shining example
The burial procession made its way to the cemetery, where heartfelt prayers were offered, and final farewells were bid to the late broadcaster. The community stood together, unified in their grief but also celebrating the remarkable life that Pa Abdullahi Husseini had lived. Tears mingled with expressions of gratitude for the impact he had made on their lives.
Hon. Moses Abdullahi, deeply moved by the outpouring of support and love from the community, expressed his heartfelt appreciation for their presence during this difficult time. He pledged to carry forward his father’s values and continue the work that his father had begun, particularly in empowering the youth and serving the community.
The burial of Pa Abdullahi Husseini was a poignant reminder of the profound influence one individual can have on the lives of others. As the community reflected on his life and the legacy he left behind, they were inspired to live with integrity, kindness, and a commitment to serving others, just as he had done.
The memory of Pa Abdullahi Husseini would forever be cherished, and his impact would continue to resonate within the hearts and minds of those whose lives he touched.