As Yakowa Is Laid To Rest; Our Tears May Never Dry!

Kaduna-Stae-Governor-Patrick-Yakowa-360x269The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time!
It is a trite that death whenever it chooses to knock on ones door is never timely but in the case of Patrick Yakowa this is something more than untimely. How can one fix the edges this death has ruined to debris? Will this vacuum ever be filled again? Whose legs will fill this shoe that is left unattended? The entire tribe of kagoma may never have another you but I hope I am wrong.
15th of December, 2012 stands already as a dark Saturday in the history of this nation. It will forever be remembered as the fateful day, Nigeria lost two of its finest officials in what could be described as a tragic air mishap. I am yet to get over the shock, I never believed it happened for real until my two blinds laid siege to the coffin wrapped in the national colors of this great divide. What more can one do but to put pen to paper in eulogies for a rare gem and a politician par excellence, thanking God for the gift of a life well spent even though unfortunately lost in oblivion.
I never had the singular opportunity of meeting you personally, not even those days when you were at the ministry of finance nor when the hands of fate brought you to the government house as an assistant servant nor was that wish fulfilled when you became the first citizen of the flat lands of Kaduna state as the governor but all these years, the media as the fourth estate of the realm brought you to the limelight not as a result of mediocre but as a reward for excellence and service delivery from those days at the ministry of finance to the last office you occupied as the executive governor of Kaduna state.
You were an ambassador of peace, ethnic or religious politics was never your thing, you refused to take sides with any because you understood that he who craves for equality among others attains freedom, equality, and peace among other things. Despite the great responsibility you were saddled with as the governor of a state known to be a beehive of ethno-religious crisis, you were never deterred but was able to put words to action in the actualization of a peaceful Kaduna state where indigenes irrespective of their tribe or religious ethnocentrism, lived together as one. This task was one almost achieved until those cold hands of death out of the blue chose to rob us of the dividends of your governance and fruits yet to be plucked.
Testimonies to this are today made with the mammoth of crowd that thronged the burial site and the unanimity with which the entire people of Kaduna state have come out to mourn your demise. In you, they found a man whose leadership qualities has never been seen, a man whose commitment to service delivery was rare, an iroko sunk in the tribe of kagoma but whose branches and roots stretched as far as the entire nation, unfortunately enough, their tears, our tears and those of whom you left behind may never dry.
Once again I ask; who will occupy this void created? You were innocent in every sense of the word. Your name was never synonymous with any controversy, you had no love for materialism, private jets and fleets of vehicles was never your thing, a devoted Christian you were, and despite not being your son, there is no need saying the fact that you were a rare father to the whole of your children.
Today as you transcend to another dimension, as you are laid in the vault where the flesh has no say, all of us at informationnigeria wish you the safest of journey to eternity. Our tear ducts are dried, how we crave for more tears to shed but they will never come. Your life was a masterpiece, a thing that should be emulated by every other politician.
This is not a place to discuss what was really the cause of the disaster that robbed you of the gains of life, whatever was the reason, whether the act of the enemy or not, we do not want to know anymore as they will never bring you back else, we would rise and shout to the height of our voices until you are back among us. I many a time since after that black Saturday, try to figure out what your mood was like before the inevitable became clear. Pale? Bittererd? Tears? Oh! Only God knows but whatever it was, we say adieu! Adieu!! Adieu!!!
To your widow, Amina Yakowa whom you’ve left behind albeit not premeditated may God give her the fortitude to bear this great loss. She rued not praying with you before you took that last flight to Okoroba how she craved for a moment of prayer with you before you left. But can one ask God why? I doubt if anyone can. Humans alone we are, robbed of the intelligences superior to our reasoning. To the entire family and the people of kagoma, cry no further. Death is one debt we don’t want to pay but which we must certainly pay. A good life no doubt he had, a life lived without fear of the eventuality of death. One more time, may you find a place in your heart to rue the death but take more heed to the great legacies he has left behind, I am sure no better honor will supersede that. He was a man of peace, sentiments, greed and ethnicity were words not found in his dictionary and the only honor we can give to him is to lead lives that meet those rare qualities.
To the incumbent governor, Ramalan yero, may God give you the leadership qualities conferred on your late boss. While the race for the second citizen in the state rages on, let’s not forget that we have a death in our hands and as such play politics with respect for the dead.
On a final note, to all those who died in that ill-fated crash, Andrew Owoye Azzazi, Dauda Tsoho, Mohammed Kamal, Murtala Dabba, and Adeyemi Sowole may God give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and may Al-jannah Firdausi be their last abaode. Adieu! Adieu!! Adieu!!!
Yungsilky is a level 300 student of the faculty of Law in one of Nigeria’s federal univeraities. He blogs for informationnigeria and runs his personal blog follow him on twitter @yung_silky


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