Leader of the Tijjaniyya Movement in Africa, Sheik Isyaku Rabiu is dead. He died at the age of 90.
The death was confirmed by a son of the late philanthropist, Abdulmalik Isyaku at a private hospital in London on Tuesday evening after a protracted illness .Rabiu who spoke to Solacebase from London.
He said arrangement is in top gear to bring back the remains of the late Islamic Cleric.
Sheik Isyaku Rabiu was born in 1928 in Kano a successful businessman and Islamic scholar
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, Rabiu’s 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.
In 1949, Sheik Isyaku Rabiu was an independent teacher of Arabic and the Quran who had among his audience Ibrahim Musa Gashahash. In the early 1950s while still a teacher, Rabiu began to engage in private enterprise and established Isyaku Rabiu & Sons in 1952. Originally the firm acted as an agent of UAC and was trading in sewing machines, religious books and bicycles.
In 1958, the firm had a breakthrough when Kaduna Textile Limited was established and it became one of the early distributors. Rabiu emerged as the leading distributor of the company in Northern Nigeria.
In 1963, he joined a consortium of businessmen from Kano who came together to form the Kano Merchants Trading Company.
Solacebase reports that the establishments continued to survive withstanding competition from foreign products. In 1970, he established a suit and packing factory.
He is survived by Chairman of BUA Group of Companies, Alhaji Abdulsamad and Chairman of IRS Airlines, Alhaji Isyaku Rabiu Karami.