Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described the death of Khalifa Isiyaku Rabi’u as a great loss to the nation, particularly the Muslim community.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he received the news of the death of the late Islamic cleric with sadness.
“The death of this outstanding religious leader and an icon of entrepreneurship, philanthropy and humility is a great loss to the nation.
“As leader of Tijaniyya sect in West Africa, the late Khalifah made huge sacrifices in the promotion of Islam and Islamic scholarship”, he stated.
While condoling with the immediate family of the deceased, the government and people of Kano state and the Muslim community, Saraki prayed to the Almighty Allah to grant the late Khalifa a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah firdaus.
Also, former Governor of Kaduna State, has expressed sadness over the death of the Kano business mogul.
Markarfi in a statement by his spokesman, Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo said, ”Khalifa Ishaq Rabiu was an industrialist, a philanthropist per excellence and a renowned religious scholar and spiritual leader. He was a quintessential good man and always a voice of reason whose interventions had had a soothing and calming effect on issues that needed wise counselling.
“Khalifa’s death at this time when moderating voices such as his are sorely needed, is indeed painful, but Senator Makarfi derives solace from the fact that he lived a good life; doing what he wanted to do best, which was deploying his all in the service of Allah.
“His very good legacies will eke his memory in the sands of time such that even generations yet unborn will pray to Allah for the repose of his soul.”