Late Yusuf Abubakar is a man with several identities as he means many things to many people. Having an encounter with this former General Manager, Harmony FM, Idonfian, Kwara State gives one a good story to tell and a character to emulate. Yusuf Abubakar, who is popularly called ‘Baba GM’ is generally described as being very pious Muslim, a Journalist per excellent, a very hard working personality, just and sincere person.
A visit to late Yusuf Abubakar on his sick bed at both Crescent hospital, Tanke Ilorin and when he was later transferred to the Emergency Unit of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital for better attention wished him quick recover because of his contributions to the society.
On his sick bed before his demise, he was recorded as suing for peace and tranquility among his colleagues, children, friends, and associates.
On Sunday, October 1st, 2017 when the whole of Nigeria, especially those in the city of Ilorin were waiting patiently to hear the President Muhammad Buhari 57th Anniversary broadcast, the news of the death of one of the elders and respected members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kwara State Council, Late Yusuf Abubakar was broken.
His death was a rude shock to many while many could not still come to terms with the news till he was lowered into the grave. Members of his constituency, Journalists, his family members, staff and management of his former office, Harmony FM Idanfian who remember his past efforts and his brilliant experiences from which they benefitted immensely.
Death is inevitable, the news of Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf came was a shock to every member of his household, his close associates, friends, both mate and junior colleagues.
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed described the former General Manager, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Idanfian, late Yusuf Abubakar as a distinguished and experienced journalist who was committed to Islam, Journalism, and humanity in his lifetime.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alhaji Mahmud Babatunde Ajeigbe who represented the Governor yesterday at the Fidau (burial prayer) organized for the repose of the late General Manager and former Chief Press Secretary in his Family house, Aweri compound ,Ilorin South Local Government Area of the state,said vacuum left by the deceased difficult to fill.
According to the Governor, late Abubakar contributed lot to journalism as a whole with his words of experience, but as we all know that death is inevitable.
In his sermon at the prayer, the Imam Imale of Ilorin, Sheikh Abdullahi Abdulhameed Who led the Muslim congregation, admonished Muslims to always embark on his good deeds, saying that “your good deed would save you from all forms of punishment in the grave”.
He added, ”your good work would always appear to you in your grave. The Angels, with God’s permission, would also visit you in your grave to give an account of all your deeds “.
The Kwara State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Abiodun Abdulkareem described the death of Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar as a colossal loss to the journalism profession.
The Chairman urged the bereaved family to take solace in God the Almighty who is the giver and taker of life saying his legacies will linger in the hearts of practitioners in the media industry, particularly in Kwara State.
Comrade Abdulkareem, noted that his footprints and marks remain indelible as media practitioners especially journalists are desirous of sustaining his vision of promoting peace and harmony across the country.
In his remarks, an Ilorin based Muslim scholar, Dr Abdulrasaq Eleyinla described late Abubakar Yusuf as a very distinct journalist who never used his positions to enriched himself.
He said, “I have been together with late Yusuf for many decades. In his life time, he always hereafter and project the good names of his family .
” He embarked on selfless services several times , he fought for welfare of journalists. “He fought for justice and equity among members”.
Also in an exclusive interview with The Herald at the venue of the prayer, the former Chairman, Moro Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Abdulraheem Adisa, described the deceased as a devoted Muslim who always love to everyone who come by.
Adisa, “late Yusuf is a very honest person and very reliable and he up hold the tenet of Journalism with all sence of sincerity “.
Others who spoke about the person of Alhaji Abubakar reiterated that he is a man of peace, who will never cheat on anyone adding that he preferred to spend his hard earned income in pleasing others than seeing others carry frowning faces in unhappiness.
In his appreciation at the end of the prayer, the General Manager who spoke on behalf of the family of the deceased and The Herald, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Adebayo thanked the State governor and the gathering of Muslim Clerics for their supports.
Alhaji Adebayo, also, thanked members of NUJ, politicians, academia’s, captain of industries, friends and other guests for their attendance
Until his death, Yusuf Abubakar, 65 was a member of the correspondents’ chapel as a veteran, having served as the pioneer General Manager of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRSC) Harmony Station, Idofian in Kwara state.
The late Yusuf Abubakar was a one-time Chairman of Correspondents’ Chapel of NUJ Ilorin before his untimely death during which he practiced as a thorough professional, a devout Muslim and rallying point for members over very key subjects no matter how controversial it might be.
He prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljanat Fridaous and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
The late Abubakar who is survived by a wife, children, and grandchildren, has since been buried according to Islamic rites at the Muslim cemetery.
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