By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The remains of Flight Lieutenant Ibrahim Adamu Abubakar, Pilot of the Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Jet that crashed in Niger State has been laid to rest.
He was buried in Zaria, Kaduna State, after a prayer conducted at Haruna Danja Jumma’at mosque Tudun Wada, Zaria Today.
The prayer was led by the Chief Imam of the mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Sani Gumi and it was attended by family members and hundreds of mourners from all walks of life.
The family of the late pilot had earlier performed a proxy funeral prayer (Salatul Gha’ib) for the deceased at Tudun Jukun, Zaria.
In an interview with the elder brother of the deceased, Abubakar Adamu explained that the family had earlier performed a proxy funeral prayer in absentia for the deceased when they could not receive the corpse of their late brother who was a Pilot.
“Such prayer in Islam is called Salatul Gha’ib and it is observed when the corpse of a deceased is not found.
“Therefore, as relatives, we have a religious burden to perform the prayer with or without the corpse,” he said.
Adamu said, “now that the corpse has been discovered, it is also mandatory on us to perform another funeral prayer for the deceased which is not out of place.”
He added that the family was in serious shock and grief but later became optimistic that the late pilot was blessed with Shahada that could fetch him Aljanna (heaven) in the hereafter as he died in the cause to liberate his people and the country as a whole.
On her part, the mother of the late pilot, Hajiya A’ishatu Adams, said her son was a “Hafiz” ( one who memorized the Holy Qur’an) and was always calm and quite.
“He was very gentle, generous and friendly as he was always guided by the doctrine of his religion.
“Ibrahim was one of the 27th child of the family and was so loved by all due to his good character.
“He often called me on phone while at work and asked me to pray for him and he never joked in seeking the blessings of his parents whenever he had the chance to called.
“My prayer is to seek for Allah’s mercy on him to repose his soul in Jannatul Firdausi.”