By Musa Diso
Innalillahi wa inna ilahi raji’uun! From Almighty Allah all flesh come and to him we will return. Death is a debt all of us have to pay. Once time is up, one has to answer the call.
The demise of Alhaji Yahaya Ibrahim Zimit on Friday, March 5, 2021, equivalent to Rajaab 21, 1442AH, was painful, shocking and has created a wide vacuum that will be hard to fill, not only in Kano State, but the nation in general.
The deceased was an icon worthy of emulation and he was a true definition of what a family should be like. He was a man like no other and an embodiment of humility.
He built a prodigious reputation at home and abroad. His character attribute and community contribution earned him the respect and honour of whoever comes in contact with him all over the world.
He brought so much happiness to many hearts he touched. He was always kind, caring and understanding towards people and if help was ever needed, then it came so freely from him. He was a blessing and God gift to everyone he came across and brought so much joy to us.
For all the time he was alive, Alhaji Zimit was the perfect example to emulate, a loving and an inimitable father, a leader who channeled all his time and resources to the development of the community.
He was a man who combined nobility of character and stellar intellectual ability. As a devoted Muslim, he was described in glowing terms by many as an embodiment of excellence in knowledge as well as one with great capacity to disseminate Islamic knowledge.
Not many people that they have lived to the age of 75 and have led their entire lives without deviating from their designated goals, especially when the goals involve human services and development that will bring about positive impact to the community and humanity.
He was one of the few Nigerians that have achieved success in his lifetime. He was a rare gem, and elder statement, a leader and icon whose vacuum may not be filled for a very long time, a gentleman of note, dignified and gracious, a philanthropist, man of many parts and dynamism.
It is in record that during his lifetime, he was one time national president of Rumfa Old Student Association (RUMFOBA).
He was also first city branch manager of the defunct Bank of the North; member, board of trustee to many associations and institutions, a founding member of Gwale Local Government Area, Safinatul Khairi Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustee of Muryar Marayu and others.
With his death, the local government and Kano State have lost another standard bearer whose enterprises opened a new career vista for succeeding generations to exploit.
Our community will ever remain indebted to the like of late Alhaji Zimit for his commitment and concern, especially during the creation of Gwale Local Government Area.
Whenever the history of Gwale is written, Alhaji Zimit would be remembered as one of the true icons.
Born in 1947, he was the third son of Alhaji Ibrahim Zimit (Sarkin Fadar Kano).
He started his early education at Malam Sadauki Kabara School in 1950 and Dandago Primary School from 1957 to 1960.
He later enrolled to Gwale Junior Secondary School from 1961 to 1968. Thereafter he proceeded to Kaduna Polytechnic Staff Development Centre, where he obtained his school leaving certificate after completion.
He worked at Multipurpose Traders Cooperative and Bell Plastic. He was one of the pioneer staff of the defunct Bank of the North City Branch.
He is survived three wives, 22 children, many grandchildren and relatives.
Among his relatives include Alhaji Ahmad Zimit, former banker; late Engr. Mukhtari Zimit, former Federal Commissioner at NCC; Alhaji Bello Zimit, former Senior Lecturer at Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education; Alhaji Shehu Zimit, former Secretary of Kano State Scholarship Board; late Ali Zimit, late Sadik Zimit and Alhaji Umar Zimit of Dangote Industries and lastly, Sani Zimit, a leturer at Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil respectively.
May Aljanna Firdausi be his abode of peace.