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Ambassador Shehu Malami laid to rest in Sokoto

Former Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Shehu Malami

The remains of Sokoto caliphate prince and a former Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Shehu Malami has been laid to rest .

The funeral prayer for the deceased ambassador was led by Chief Imam of Sultan Bello mosque, Sheikh Malami Akware, after which his body was buried at the historic Hubbare cemetery in Sokoto state.

The funeral was attended by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, the Sultan of Sokoto, his eminence Muhammad Saad Abubakar, among other dignitaries.

Late Ambassador Malami, 85, died on December 19 while receiving treatment in Egypt. His body was returned home to  Sokoto on Thursday.

An accomplished banker and industrialist, Ambassador Malami’s many admirers say his footprints will remain visible on the national and  international landscape for many years to come.

He was a descendant of the Sokoto Sultanate, and once held the traditional title of Sarkin Sudan of Wurno, the traditional head of Wurno Local Government Area.

He was also vastly educated and referred to as “the Oxford man”.

He begun his early education in Sokoto, and later at basic schools in Bida and Katsina.

The young Prince obtained a degree in law from the Middle Temple, London, and was a visiting scholar at Wolfecon College, Cambridge, and was also an Associate Member of St Anthony’s College, Oxford.

Shehu Malami worked as Private Secretary and then as Special Assistant to Sultan Saddiq Abubakar III.

He also had a stint at the BBC as a presenter.

Reporting by Nasir Malali; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor