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Famous Islamic Cleric, Khalifa Isyaku Rabiu, Dies At 90



A famous Islamic cleric, Isyaku Rabiu, is dead.

The late Rabiu died in the United Kingdom, yesterday, after a brief illness.

He was aged 90 years. The decease was the leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria. He was born to the family of Muhammadu Rabiu Dan Tinki, a Quranic preacher from the Bichi area of Kano State who led his own Quranic school.

From 1936 to 1942, the late Isyaku Rabiu attended his father’s school learning the Quran and Arabic. He then moved to Maiduguri, Borno for further Islamic education.

After spending 4 years in Maiduguri, he returned to Kano prepared to be an Islamic scholar.  He is survived by a large family of many children and grandchildren, including his first son Nafiu Rabiu; influential Nigerian businessmen Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman of BUA Group; Rabiu Rabiu, owner of IRS Airlines; Naziru Rabiu, Quraish I Rabiu, Makiu Rabiu, Abdullahi Rabiu, Muhammad Rabiu and Daha Rabiu among others.

Isyaku founded a family business, Isyaku Rabiu & Sons, a history of investment in manufacturing, insurance, banking and real estate.

In the 1970s, the group invested in manufacturing with its first investment being the Kano Suit and Packing Cases Company, a factory producing suit cases and handbags, the firm was a joint venture with Lebanese investors.

In 1972, he formed the Bagauda Textile Mill, manufacturing woven cloths for uniforms.



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