Mukhtari Professor: Tribute to a father like no other- Adnan Mukhtar Tudunwada
By Adnan Mukhtar Tudunwada
25th April 1993 was one of the darkest days to the Mukhtari Adamu’s, a day when a committed family man, a loyal son to his parents, loyal husband to his wife, very kind to his neighbors and magnanimous to his friends left this sinful world at the youthful age of 36.
It is 29 years today, he could have been 64 this coming August.
A fine lawyer, ex banker, students’ leader and literary mind died after a ghastly motor accident in Bauchi State.
As a baby then, I’m now a grown up child living, working and happily married through the favours of My Lord.
I shall tell Muhammad, your grandson, of a fine lawyer and mentor that left a legacy that will continue to guide and motivate us forever.
The Life and Times of Mukhtari Professor (1958-1993)
M A Abubakar popularly known as Tanko Barrister, Tanko Comrade or Professor by friends and associates was born and brought up in Tudun Wada Quarters of Nassarawa Local Government on the 21st of August 1958 to the family of Malam Adamu and Hajiya Hauwa.
A hardworking and intelligent gentleman started his distinguished legal career as a legal officer with the Kano state Ministry of Justice in 1982. He was between 1983 and 1987 a state counsel in Kwara and Kano states.
He was appointed senior magistrate Grade II in the Kano state judiciary in November 1988. He was at different times a Senior Magistrate Grade I and Chief Magistrate Grade II all in the Kano State Judiciary.
An articulate advocate of social justice, the former Student Leader attended Tudunwada Special Primary School between 1965-1971, Lautai Government Secondary School Gumel where he exhibited qualities of good conduct and held the position of House Captain between 1971-1976, SBRS Funtua and the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Bachelors of Law degree in 1982.
He was called to the Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School Lagos in 1983. He holds the certificates of legal drafting, and advanced practice and procedure both of the Nigerian institute of advance legal studies.
The social justice advocate was a member of many professional and social organisations including the commonwealth Association of Nigeria and was the National Publicity Secretary of the magistrate Association of Nigeria.
He was also the National Secretary of his Alma mater, Lautai Government Secondary School Gumel.
He served as Secretary General Student Union Government of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria between 1979/1980, also as Speaker of the Students Representative Council of the university in the 18th Kongo Republic Parliament as stated in his certificates of Honour signed by the President of the union Comrade Hassan B Salisu, the parliamentary Secretary of the SRC Ignatius I Chive, Director Institute of Administration and Patron of the Union Professor A.Y Aliyu and Dr Ango Abdullahi then Vice Chancellor of the university and patron of the union.
He was an honorary member of the World federation of mental health, an Associate member of the Nigerian institute of management.
Before his death, he was serving with the Nigerian Hotels Limited as Company/Secretary Legal Adviser.
He died as a result of a ghastly motor accident on his way from Bauchi to Kano along with his friend Malam Yusuf Muhammad Karachi Tudunwada; the accident which claimed the lives of 10 was a terrible one. He was survived by his aged Mother Late Hajiya Hauwa Adamu, Wife Hajiya Amina Usman Tudunwada and three children.
May Allah forgive my father, his loyal friend Mallam Yusuf Karachi and all the departed souls.
May Allah grant them Aljannatil Firdaus.
Sleep well My Comrade, the Mukhtari Professor that I would love to have met.