Magaji Nda’s mother dies at 105

By Mumini AbdulKareem

The Magaji Nda of Ilorin, Alhaji Soliu Woru Mohammed has lost his mother.

She died on Friday morning around 9am at the residence of the Magaji Nda inside the Emir of Ilorin palace after a brief illness.

The deceased, Alhaja Fatimah Adepeju Abio Woru Mohammed was 105 years old and survived by seven children.

The Janaza was conducted by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Shiekh Mohammed Bashir who who led other clerics, traditional rulers and sympathisers among others to the event.

She had since been buried at the Magaji Nda’s residence around 5:30pm according to Islamic injunctions.

The Fidau, according to the Magaji Nda, Alhaji Soliu Woru Mohammed, has been fixed for Friday 13th March, 2020 at 8:30am at the family’s residence which will be coordinated by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohamed Basheer Soliu.

Many of those who had contact with her during her life time eulogised her religious consciousness adding that for Allah to take her soul on Friday is indicative of her place in the hereafter as a Muslim.

Speaking shortly afterwards, the Magaji Nda and first son of the deceased, Alhaji Soliu Woru Mohammed thanked Almighty Allah (SWT) for the life and times of his late mother adding that she was an epitome of religious piety who ensured that the family stayed on the right course.

He revealed that the deceased had premonition of her death especially in the light of her actions in the days leading to her demise.

”About two days ago, we took her to a private hospital around Oja-Iya and she was attended to and discharged before she gave up the ghost this morning peacefully, he noted.

According to him, ”My mother had the premonition of her death. About two week ago, she trekked to the emir’s palace with the aid of a family member to pray for the former emir of Ilorin, Sheikh Abdulkadir for aiding her marriage to my father.

”Before then, she requested to be taken round town to meet with the family members as if she was bidding them farewell.

”She warned me not to take part in anything that will undermine the house and lineage of Alimi dynasty even if such was being orchestrated by an insider or family member.

‘My mother lived a good and meritorious life and the multitudes of people that graced her Janaza most of whom were not invited speaks volume. Despite her age, she never lost her eyesight or any of her teeth. Her job was to read the Holy Qur’an and she taught and graduated many of my children.

”I will miss her care and love as a great mother and epitome of peace and harmony and the presence of some Saudi citizens at her graveside who came to offer prayers without any invitation was very instructive about the kind of person she was.

”I have no regret but grateful to Almighty Allah for the life He allowed my mother to leave. The lesson from her death is for us to be good and extend goodness to others for us to end our life journey well”, he added.

Dignitaries that graced the event include former Grand Khadi of the Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, Justice Abdulkadir Orire (retd), Imam Imale of Ilorin, Alhaji Abdullahi AbdulHamid, daudus, alanguas, community leaders and people from all walks of life.

The former Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki sent a seven-man delegation to commiserate with the Magaji Nda led by Alhaji Abdulraheem Olesin.

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