Ibrahim Dasuki, the deposed Sultan of Sokoto during the regime of General Sani Abacha, has died at the age 93 in Abuja. Alhaji Umar Faruk, Secretary Sultanate Council has confirmed his death.
The former Sultan was deposed in 1996, eight years after he ascended the throne. He succeeded Sultan Abubakar, the father of the current Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar.
Sultan Dasuki was a notable business man and was the father of Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser, now facing enquiries over the mismanagement of billions of dollars meant to procure arms during the Jonathan presidency.
Sultan Dasuki will be buried Today (Tuesday, 15th November) after the afternoon prayer at the Sultan Bello Mosque.
Dasuki was the 18th Sultan of Sokoto. Prior to becoming Sultan, he held the traditional title of Baraden Sokoto.
He was the first Sultan from the Buhari line of the house of Dan Fodio and he was a close associate of Ahmadu Bello, a friend of Abubakar Gumi and was influential in the founding of Jama’atu Nasril Islam.
After the death of Abubakar Siddique, the 17th Sultan of Sokoto on November 1, 1988, Dasuki was among the leading contenders to become the new Sultan.
Some of his opponents included Shehu Malami and Muhammadu Maccido, who later succeeded him..
Maccido was the son of Abubakar Siddique and he was popular among the populace in Sokoto.
But Mr Dasuki was close to the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida and on Dec. 6, 1988, he was announced as the new Sultan to the dismay of some in Sokoto.
The announcement led to five days of rioting in which 10 people died.