By Kamal Ololade Ahmed
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) and the Network for Democracy and Development (NDD) have commiserated with the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on the death of its Director of Administration, Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha who died on Wednesday in a ghastly motor accident at Okene, Kogi State while on his way to Owerri to mark the Eid-el Kabir festival. Two other people lost their lives in the accident.
MURIC in a statement on Thursday by its Director, Professor Lakin Akintola described Yusuf Nwoha’s death as shocking and debilitating.
According to MURIC, “The death of our highly respected and much beloved brother, Alhaj Yusuf Nwoha, was announced yesterday. He died in a motor accident which occurred at Okene. It is shocking, debilitating. We are devastated.
“An indigene of Owerri in Imo State, Yusuf graduated from Bayero University, Kano. He embraced Islam in the early 80s and has since been very passionate about the faith. He was the Director of the Owerri-based Islamic Propagation Center before he joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He retired from INEC a few months ago. He was 60 years old.
“Yusuf’s sterling qualities of total commitment, efficiency and trustworthiness were so well known that the NSCIA quickly employed him as its Director of Administration immediately after his retirement. He was a humanist, very transparent and kind. The Ummah will miss him.
“MURIC condoles His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the NSCIA over this great loss. By the same token, we commiserate with the entire Nigerian Muslim community who have grown to love this sun that set at noon.
“We pray that Allah will forgive his trespasses and repose his gentle soul in Al-Jannah Firdaus. May Allah give his family and close friends the fortitude to bear the loss.”
On its part, the Muslim Public Affairs Centre said “The sudden announcement of Alhaji Nwoha”s death hit us at MPAC with special pain and sense of loss.
“Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha was the Director of Administration in #NSCIA before he died in a motor accident in Okene yesterday on his way to #Owerri to observe the Eid. Alhaji Yusuf has been described by some of his close friends as one of the best, pious, knowledgeable, humble and hardworking. He accepted Islam in the early 80’s and “acquired the knowledge of Islam with the speed of sound.” We commiserate with his family, the #NSCIA and the entire Muslim community, as we mourn his tragic loss in the light of the following Quranic verse:
“Give glad tidings to those who patiently endure, who say when afflicted with a calamity: “To Allah we belong and to Him we return.” They are those on whom (descend) blessings and mercy from their Lord, and they are the ones who receive guidance.” (Qur’an Surah Baqarah; 2:155-157).
The NDD in a statement signed by Tajudeen Alabede, National Coordinator and Dr. Abdul-Wasi Babatunde Moshood, Director of Public Affairs said “The Network for Democracy and Development (NDD) commiserates with the leadership of the Muslim Community in Nigeria over the death of Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha, Director of Administration at the Headquarters of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) in Abuja. Alhaji Nwoha died yesterday, Wednesday, July 29, 2020 as a result of motor accident on his way to join his family in the Eastern part of the country for the Eid al-Adha celebration.
“Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha, an amiable personality who reverted to Islam almost forty years ago, was a dedicated and respected Muslim leader. He was one of the shining stars of the Muslim Community in Nigeria from the Eastern part of the country. He was a big plus for the Igbo Muslim Community and a pillar of the South East Muslim Organisation (SEMO).
“Alhaji Nwoha was a detribalised Nigerian who was at ease and worked genuinely with people from other parts of the country. He was a dedicated public servant who upon retirement was engaged as the Director of Administration by the leadership of NSCIA.
“We send our sincere condolences to the family of our beloved departed brother, our Leader, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, mni, CFR, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of NSCIA, the leadership of NSCIA and SEMO and indeed all Muslims in Nigeria.
“May Allah be pleased with Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha and grant him al-Jannah. May He comfort and strengthen the family that he left behind.”