The Magajin Garin Sokoto, Alhaji Hassan Danbaba, who died yesterday, has been laid to rest in a glorious ceremony at the Hubaran Shehu in Sokoto, the Sokoto state Capital.
Danbaba died at the age of 51, barely 22 months after he lost his mother, A’ishatu, the eldest daughter of the late Premier of Northern Region.
Until his sudden death, late Alhaji Hassan Danbaba was the board chairman of the Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority (SRRBDA).
The late grandson of the late Premier of Northern Region and Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, reportedly slumped in his hotel in Kaduna on Saturday, and died on his way to the hospital.
A close source to the deceased said “Magajin came to Kaduna on Thursday to condole with General Gusau, on the death of his brother.
“As usual of him, he lodged in his hotel, Stonehedge in Kaduna metropolis.
“Both Gusau and Magajin had prepared to make a joint return trip from Kaduna to Abuja on Saturday. After having his bath at 11 a.m., he dressed up to go and join General Gusau in his house.
“When he was about to leave, he slumped. His aides rallied around him and rushed him to a hospital. But on the way, he gave up the ghost.”
“By virtue of his position as the head of the kingmakers of Sokoto Caliphate, there is a reserved cemetery, Hubbaren Shehu, where royal leaders are usually buried in Sokoto,” the source added.
Until his death, he was one of those behind the Rice Revolution of President Muhammadu Buhari being championed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
He played a key role in the last Rice Pyramid fair in Abuja by the RIFAN.
Magajin Garin Sokoto was part of the eminent Nigerians who converged on Lagos last weekend to find solutions to the challenges confronting the country ahead of the 2023 elections.
He left behind three wives and six children.