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May 30, 2024
Opinion

Honoring the Legacy of Late Rt. Hon. Yusuf Falgore: A Selfless Leader and Loving Father

Rt. Hon. Yusuf Abdullahi Falgore, a man of remarkable integrity and selflessness, was born seventy years ago in the heart of Falgore ward, Rogo Local Government Area, Kano State, in 1953. His life’s journey was marked by dedication to education, public service, and love for his family, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and uplift those who knew him.

Education played a significant role in shaping Hon. Falgore’s life. He attended Falgore Central and Gwarzo Senior Primary School from 1963 to 1969, laying the foundation for his academic pursuits. In 1970, he took the next step in his educational journey, enrolling at Bichi Teachers College, where he honed his teaching skills and graduated in 1974. Fuelled by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Hon. Falgore pursued further studies at the esteemed Advance Teachers College, Zaria, earning a National Certificate in Education (NCE) from 1975 to 1978. His pursuit of academic excellence did not end there, as he went on to obtain a degree in Education from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1981 and 1983.

While education was his foundation, public service was his calling. With a heart dedicated to uplifting his community, Hon. Falgore ventured into local politics, where he was elected Local Government Chairman on a non-party basis. Later, he served as Caretaker Chairman not once but twice, from 1991 to 1993 and then again from 2002 to 2003. The trust and admiration he garnered from his constituents were evident in his subsequent election to the State House of Assembly, where he served two terms, from 2011 to 2015 and 2015 to 2019, earning the position of Speaker. Before his political career, Hon. Falgore contributed to the State Ministry of Education as a staff member, exemplifying his commitment to nurturing future generations through education.

Beyond his political achievements, Hon. Falgore will be fondly remembered for his benevolence and kindheartedness. His generosity knew no bounds, as he consistently sought opportunities to assist those in need. He was a selfless giver, always prioritizing the welfare and happiness of others above his own. Within his family circle, he was a devoted husband to his wives, a caring father to his children, and a loyal friend to relatives and acquaintances alike. His wisdom and teachings have left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him.

On the morning of July 16, 2023, the world lost an exceptional soul. The news of Hon. Falgore’s passing spread like wildfire, leaving those who knew him in tears and mourning. To lose a beloved one is to endure unbearable pain, and in these moments, we come to realize the true depths of the care and compassion held by our friends and acquaintances. May the Almighty Allah grant us the strength to bear this profound loss, and may we find solace in the knowledge that he now rests peacefully in the arms of the divine. Ameen Yaa Hayyu Yaa Qayyum.

Baba lived a life of fulfillment, marked by his unwavering commitment to making the world a better place. He has left a legacy of love, compassion, and integrity that will continue to guide and inspire us. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to him for the knowledge and values he imparted to us, which have enriched our lives immeasurably. As we bid him farewell, we pray that Allah, in His infinite mercy, grants him a place in the highest abode of Jannah, where he may find eternal peace, joy, and contentment. We beseech the Almighty to grant patience, consolation, and enduring strength to those he has left behind, as they navigate this period of grief and adjustment.

Indeed, the early morning of Sunday saw thousands of people gathering to pay their last respects to this extraordinary man, echoing the sentiment that they had lost a rare gem. Hon. Yusuf Falgore’s presence in our lives was a blessing, and his departure has left a void that will not easily be filled. He lived, he loved, and now he has left us, but the love and fond memories we hold will forever keep his spirit alive.

Baba, your light will continue to shine brightly in our hearts. We love you, and we miss you dearly. And as we bid you farewell, we take comfort in knowing that Allah loves you the most.

Aliyu Yusuf Falgore, writing from Kano, pays tribute to his late father, Hon. Yusuf Falgore, whose legacy will forever be cherished.

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