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A BEACON OF LIGHT: GONE FROM THE WORLD, ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS

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This was meant to be a tribute to mark ten years since the passing of my father. However, on the 24th of September, I lost the closest person I had to a father in this year’s Hajj stampede, which prompted me having to put the original idea on hold.In every family, there is that one special individual who can best be described as the center of the universe or the life of the party. This remarkable individual is usually the glue or one of the strongest unifying factors that hold the family together. He is a peacemaker, a guide, a guardian, a pillar of strength & support and a beacon of light. In our family, that individual was Justice Abubakar Abdulkadir Jega.
Baba, Baba Justice or Uncle Justice as he was fondly called, was an amazing individual. You could employ various high sounding words to describe him; kind, generous, amiable, wise. The best word, which in my humble opinion sums up his character, which is what most people who came to commiserate with the family all seem to agree…