Former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki, has died aged 93.
He’s the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, and the first Sultan of Sokoto to be deposed.
Alhaji Dasuki died in a private hospital in Abuja on Monday night, and he’d be buried according to Islamic rites on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, family sources say.
The deceased is the father to former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who is currently detention for corruption charges.
Prior to becoming Sultan, he held the traditional title of Baraden Sokoto.
Dasuki was the first Sultan from the Buhari line of the house of Uthman Dan Fodio.
Mr. Dasuki was a close associate of Ahmadu Bello, the late Sardauna of Sokoto, and was also a friend to late Islamic scholar, Abubakar Gumi.
Mr. Dasuki was also influential in the founding of Jama’atu Nasril Islam,JNI.
In 1984, he was appointed chairman of the Committee for the Review of Local Government Administration in Nigeria.
The government was tasked with the objective of recommending ideas on how to curb the machinations of state governments in local government affairs and how local governments can encourage rural development.
One of the major recommendations of the committee was the establishment of a national local government commission.
However, the idea was rejected by the government.
Dasuki was also an influential figure in the 1988 Constituent Assembly, he was a nominated member of the assembly and was seen as a rallying point for the core north.
He provided impetus for a loose association known as the consensus/democrat group in the Constituent Assembly but when Shehu Musa Yar’Adua an influential backer pulled out of the group, the group was weakened.
How Ibrahim Dasuki was deposed by Sanni Abacha
In 1996, Dasuki was called into the office of the military administrator of Sokoto, Yakubu Muazu, and was told he was deposed as the Sultan.
He was flown to Yola and then taken to Jalingo where he was placed in exile.
Muazu gave some reasons for the banishment such as Dasuki was causing enmity among the people and among the royal family, ignoring government directives and traveling outside his domain without approval or notice from the government.