Dan Iyan Lafia: Celebrated In Life, Abondoned In Death

o the ordinary people of Nasarawa state who appreciates good deeds and sacrifices even in death 27th febuary,2005 will forever remained one of the most darkest days in the history of the state when the people of Nasarawa state woke up with a sad news on the demised of one of the most patrotic illustrous son of the state sen.Haruna Abubakar of blessed memory who passed away after a portracted illness in far away London hospital .



His death have robbed Nasarawa state of its best brain and political hero who throught out his sojourn on Earth continued to served as a symbol of hope and emancipation .His demised have not only brought the state to a standstill but translates into National mourning with eminent personalities across the country and beyond trooped into the state in an unprecedented manner to commiserate with the people and paid their last respect to this distinguish Nigerian who lived an examplary life of services to god,country and humanity.


The pains and tears that floored across the length and breadth of the state and beyond over this irreplaceable lost can only be imagined rather than described a further confirmation of the impacts he has make on the lives of so many people across the country.it was indid a panful lost not only to his family,people of Nasarawa state or Nigerians but the entire humanity.



As painful as his death sounds the people of Nasarawa were forced to accept and lived with this painful reality of his death and the vacuum his absence has created as they take solace in the fact that, he lived a fulfilled and impactful life with so many legacies and footprints which will not be allowed to die with him.The expectations was that the state which he sacrificed so much for and those he brought to political limelight occupying various positions of power and authority will have a common courtesy to remember,honour and immortalised him.

Alas,they have all abondoned him in his grave without even a common public infrastructures named after him in his own state much more of sustaining his legacies even his immidiate community of lafia emirate where he holds the traditional tittle of “Dan iyan Lafia”when he was alive and known to have contributed greatly to it’s development did not deem it fit to stand with him even in his grave but instead joined the bandwagon of those who ditched him in death.

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What a wicked world! What a life of vanity,betrayal and a bad example of how not to treat this patrotic son of the state who brought honour,dignity and fame to the state ,in addition to glorifying the Name of Nasarawa state in the eyes of the world and brought it’s politics to National fame and attention

.where is our sence of reasoning and humanity?where is our conscience and reward for patrotism and sacrifices to our fatherland?,I weep for my state,I can feel his silence pains in grave despite what he did for the state and his people,I weep for his departed soul .may the blessed soul of sen.Haruna Abubakar continued to rest in peace with Allah,may Allah make it easy for him ,forgives his shortcomings and make Aljannatu fildausi his abode.


Unfortunately this is happening to him at a time when most of those holding various political offices from the state at all levels are mostly beneficiaries of his benevolence,sacrifices and influences and known to be either his political god son,associates or benefited in one way or the other from his generosity and broad politic shoulder to be where they are today and under their watchful eyes.

Our path never crossed when he was alive may be because by then,I never found myself in the journalism profession if I were journalist by then I knew that certainly I would have met with this brain box of knowdledge,humility and media delight but from a distance I admired his passion for Nasarawa development,his humane disposition,Patrotism,generosity couraged and political sagacity to free the people of the state from the bondage of their oppressors and autocratic rule of his time I will forever celebrate him as my political hero and the Messiah Nasarawa will never have again wheather he is death or alive.


Almost who is who in Nasarawa politics today with only few exceptions has either passed through his political school of thought or benefited from his magnanimity for instance,the political history of Abdullahi Adamu as governor in 1999,that of current SSG Mohammed Ubandoma Aliyu,Alh.yusuf Mohammed Agabi,Amb.musa ilu among other prominent politicians and personalities cannot be completely written without the contributions of Dan iyan lafia

Apart from shapened the political future of so many politicians he has also used
Privilaged positions of power and authority he occupied to torched the lives of the people of Nasarawa state especially when he served as the managing director petroleum pipeline marketing corporation (PPMC) and deputy senete president to assist Nasarawa state and its people and using his connections and god given resources to attract development to the state in addition to being a shoulder for various communities,groups and organisations to lean on making huge donations at public events mostly as chief luncher to the extend of becoming a rallying point for the people of the state across ethnic,tribal and religious beliefs.

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His large heartedness and love for humanity knows no bounds and proved himself to be a responsible family man with fear of god who distinguish himself as the most patrotic son of the son,reputable lawyer,business man and politician of reputes who put the interest of the state and its citizens above any other interest.He has also contributed greatly to the struggled that led to the Creation of Nasarawa state even when the state was created he never get tired in contributing his quota and deploying his god given resources and connections to fast track development in the state

The seed of opposition politics which changed Nasarawa under development Narrative actualised by Almakura and is being consolidated by Gov.sule was first planted by Haruna Abubakar of blessed memory.Dan iyan Lafia started his revolutionary movement in his native local government of Lafia when he single handetly brought an unknown opposition Grassroot Democratic movement (GDM) to take over power in lafia from the UNCP which brought the present SSG Mohammed Ubandoma Aliyu to power as lafia local government chairman in 1998.

With the restoration of democracy in 1999 , he identified with PDP and was instrumental to the emergenced of Abdullahi Adamu as the first executive governor of the state among other elected representatives and when the administration which he brought to power started to be insensitive to the plight of the people and subject them to untold hardships without any helper he cut off the bluff off the administration and sided with the masses.

Firstly he brought most Nasarawa stakeholder’s under one umbrella culminating into the formation of the then popular coalition for better and greater Nasarawa state and later took the struggled to the centred stage of Nasarawa politics where he succeeded to changed the politics landscape of the state and brought the then administration to their knees and removed their garments of arrogance and dictatorship giving them sleepless night and checkmated their excessives.

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Although he didn’t succeeded to affect a Regime changed in Nasarawa politics due to federal might and power of incumbency but he has proved to be a dogged fighter and lion hearted politician that cannot be messed with and the defender of the masses who also raised the bar of Nasarawa politics in the eyes of the world as of then.much more importantly he has succeeded to changed the political psychy of the electorates who came to the realization that dexterity,right steps,strategies and alliances defeating an incumbent is possible in Nasarawa politics


It is with this inspiration and new political thinking in mind bequeathed in Nasarawa politics by sen.Haruna Abubakar that the people of the state used as a moral booster to staged the first successful political revolution in the history of Nasarawa politics which swept away PDP led administration of EX Gov.Doma of blessed memory and ushered in CPC led administration of the immidiate past Gov.Tanko Almakura since then Nasarawa state never remained the same again politically and interms of infrastructural development.


It is therefore,pertinent at this juncture for the state and its elites especially those in authority and his closed political associates who rosed through his influences and sacrifices to become what they are today to turn a new leaf by honouring him and given him his deserving place of honour in the history of the state that’s the only way to appease him in his grave.

Those he mentored politically and brought to limelight who also benefited from his broad political shoulders can go extra miles to reciprocate these gestures by flouting a foundation in his name to sustain his legacies and continued from where he stopped interms of philanthropist services to humanity that is the only way to comfort him in his grave.

This should be a wake up call on Nasarawa state government led by Gov.Abdullahi sule and future administrations in the state,political elites,elected representatives and the entire people of Nasarawa on the need to embrace the culture of celebrating and honouring those who have given their all for the state ignoring their contributions and failing to celebrates them amount to dancing on top of their Graves and their spirit will continued to hunt us for the rest of our lives.

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