It was a gathering of crème de la crème at Aloji, Ofu LGA, Kogi State, yesterday as former Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Capt. Idris Ichalla Wada, Sen. Jibrin Isah Echocho, senator representing Kogi East Prince Ishaq and the Director General National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba, political leaders graced the 8 Day prayers for the mother of a Kogi political leader,Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman Ocholi’,late Hajia Hawa Hassan.
Recall that Hajia Hawa, also known as Mama Ocholi, died last week. Among those present where executive chairman of Dekina Local Government, Director General National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba represented by Director Ground Station and Mission Control Engr Dr Halidu Danjuma Ibrahim, Hon. John Urah Ikani S.A to Governor on Project Monitoring, Alhaji Friday Idachaba, Kogi East Political Jagaban, Hon Abu Odoma, Executive Chairman Idah Local Government; Hon. Muhammed Nasiru Alfa, Zonal Chairman APC Kogi East.
Others include, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kogi State, Hon. Onogwu Isah Muhammed, Mukhadam Asiwaju Idris Asiru, Commissioner for finance Kogi State, Dr. Zakari Alhaji Usman Commissioner for health, Auditor General Kogi State Hon. Okala, Rector Kogi State Polytechnic Dr. Usman Ogbo, Provost Kogi State College of Education Ankpa Dr. Kabir Ibrahim, Registrar Kogi State University Anyigba Dr. Nuhu Ahmed, representative of the Governor of kogi state, Chief Pharmacist Peter Iduh and othe top dignitaries.
Earlier on,the former Governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada prayed that Almighty Allah grant the soul of late mother Aljanat Firdaus and consoled his adopted son, Dr Ocholi, over the painful loss. He Prayed that God Almighty grant him the fortitude to bear the loss.
Addressing the gathering, different speakers spoke about the qualities of Hajia Hawa Hassan and the reflection of the character in her son Dr. Ocholi Hassan and prayed that Dr Ocholi will continue to uphold the virtues.
The Chief Mourner, Dr. Hassan Ocholi stated in a brief press adress that his mother’s sudden death was the most devastating moment of his life. He noted that his mother led an exemplary life and that she would be deeply missed. He prayed Almighty Allah grant her Aljannat Firdaus and thanked all the people who trooped out for the fidau.
The Kogi political leader also thanked everyone who has supported him since his mother’s death, as well as everyone who braved the rains to attend the internment and the 8 Days Prayer.
While praying for his late mother’s soul to rest in the bosom of the Lord, he revealed that the bereaved family has received immeasurable support from Kogites and people from across the country, adding that the love shown to them in these trying times will not be taken for granted.
In particular, he praised Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Deputy Governor Chief Edward Onoja, Captain Idris Wada, DG NASRDA Dr Halilu A. Shaba and the management, Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho, and Prince Ishaq, among others for standing by the family this far.
The Fidau Prayers is an Islamic rite for the repose of the departed. Numerous sympathizers in their thousands attended the Prayers in Aloji.