The year 2021 we are bidding farewell to is full of the deaths of many famous individuals.
Some people die in plane crashes, some in gun attacks, some with cholera, some in car accidents – and so on.
I look back on some of the biggest deaths of 2021.
Chief of Army Staff General Ibrahim Attahiru
Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, a former chief of staff of the Nigerian Army, died in a plane crash near Kaduna International Airport in May.
He died along with 10 other military officers in the accident which occurred as a result of bad weather, according to the military.
It happened just four months after he was appointed national army chief.
Before the May 21 attack, General Attahiru was active in the fight against jihadists, visiting Borno State regularly and distinguishing his activities from those of his predecessors.
A commission of inquiry has been set up to determine the exact cause of his death. He was buried at the National Friday Mosque in Abuja.
Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram
Shortly after the military chief’s death, the news of the death of the leader of the outlawed Ahlus Sunnah group Lil Da’awati Wal Jihad – or Boko Haram – Abubakar Shekau.
Shekau reportedly blew himself up as a result of a skirmish between militants loyal to him and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).
ISWAP, a splinter group of Boko Haram, confirmed Shekau’s death, which was later claimed by Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Lucky Irabor.
The news of Shekau’s death has received mixed reactions. While some rejoice, others say his death underscores ISWAP’s power in northeastern Nigeria.
In the end, Shekau’s death, which had been reported several times in the past, came true.
The death of TB Joshua has taken Nigerians by surprise
Another death that has taken Nigerians by surprise is Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly known as TB Joshua.
Archbishop and leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
The famous preacher inside and outside Nigeria passed away on June 5 at the age of 57.
In 2014, the pastor made a name for himself in the media following the collapse of a building at his church headquarters, killing at least 115 people, most of them foreigners.
Kano recruited people from all over Nigeria in November to attend the funeral and condolences of Aliko Dangote – Africa’s richest man.
The funeral of the late Sani Dangote was held at the packed palace of the Emir of Kano.
Before his death on Monday, November 15, he was the Vice President of Dangote Group.
Two days later the body of the deceased was brought from the United States accompanied by his family. He is buried in Alasawa Cemetery in Koki area of Kano.
Sarkin Ban Kano
The most recent death in December was that of the Emir of Ban Kano Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan.
He was one of the electorates of the Emir of Kano who alone nominated four Emirs of Kano namely: Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa, Ado Bayero, Muhammadu Sanusi II, Aminu Ado Bayero.
He died at the age of 95 in the world.
One of his children, Baba Ado, told the BBC he died in the early hours of Friday 3 December at the UMC Zahir Hospital in Jan Bulo after a long illness.
He was buried after Friday prayers at the Dambatta Grand Mosque in Kano State.
The death of politician Barrister Ahmed Gulak has sparked outrage in Nigeria over the alleged involvement of the IPOB militant group in the May massacre.
“He left the hotel unaccompanied by a security guard and his car followed an unusual route to the airport, where he was stopped by six gunmen and shot dead. Ahmed Gulak, “according to Imo State police.
Gulak once held the presidency of the opposition PDP in Nigeria before joining the ruling APC.
He also served as the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly.
On Thursday, February 18, a source told BBC Hausa that Dikko Inde, the former chairman of the Nigeria Customs Service, had passed away.
He retired while President Muhammadu Buhari was consolidating his position on the Nigerian throne during his first term before being replaced by Colonel Hamid Ali.
The deceased, a native of Musawa, Katsina State, died in Abuja at the age of 60 after a long illness.
He became head of the Customs Service in August 2009, stepping down in August 2015.
In the Zazzau Emirate of Kaduna State, the early morning of 2021 was marked by the news of the death of one of the royal candidates, Iyan Zazzau Bashir Aminu.
His family told BBC Hausa that he died in Lagos after a short illness.
Iyan Zazzau was one of those who sought the throne of the King of Zazzau after the death of the late King Shehu Idris in September 2020.
The deceased also had diabetes, as confirmed by his family.
He died while a court in Kaduna was hearing a case challenging the appointment of Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the new emir of Zazzau.
Former Secretary-General of the Nigerian Armed Forces Ahmad Joda has died at the age of 88.
One of his children, Asma’u Joda, told BBC Hausa that their father died in Yola, Adamawa State on Friday, August 13.
He chaired the Muhammadu Buhari Transitional Council after winning the 2015 elections. He died at the age of 91.
He has worked in various capacities in the Northern Province and later held various positions in the federal government.
He was one of the so-called Super Permanent Secretaries, in General, Yakubu Gowon’s military government.
Former Nigerian Women Minister Hajiya Aisha Alhassan also dies in 2021.
She died at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, on May 7 after a short illness.
The late popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’ is a former senator representing Taraba North.
She ran for governor of the state in the 2015 elections and then again for the UDP in the 2019 elections.
Aisha Al-Hassan was born on September 16, 1959, in Jalingo, Taraba State.
Former Chief of Army Staff General Muhammadu Inuwa Wushishi passed away on December 5.
The general died at the age of 81 in London, where he had been ill for some time.
General Wushishi was born in Wushishi, Niger State on January 1, 1940, and served as the Chief of Army Staff during the reign of President Shehu Shagari until 1984.
Abba Sayyadi Ruma
Former Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Dr Abba Sayyadi Ruma passed away in October.
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Ruma died at a London hospital.
He served as a minister under Umaru Musa Yar’Adua from 2007 to 2009.