A week after the students of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto were thrown into mourning following the death of a female student of the university, Abdulrauf Motunrayo Zainab, the death of a lecturer of the institution, Dr Muhammad Awwal Musa, sent students back into mourning on Thursday the 12th of August, 2020.
Until his death, Dr Muhammad Musa was a lecturer at the Department of Human Anatomy, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, and a member of the Anatomical Society of Nigeria (ASN).
According to Yusuf Usman, a 200 level student of the College of Health Science, Dr Muhammad Musa was a role model, very gentle, religious and humble when he was alive.
“Dr Muhammad was a role model, a very respected respectful individual and religious person. He was so humble during his life,” Usman described.
He also, expressed his feelings towards the demise of his lecturer as he stated his hobby and the unforgettable moments he had with him during his life.
Usman continued: ” I feel so sad, receiving the news about the death of such a loving and moderate lecturer. He was a PhD holder but you wouldn’t see him wearing expensive dresses, he was always moderate.
“He loved studying the Wonders of the Human Body through anatomy. His enthusiasm peaked that he even got to take a picture with the renowned Australian Anatomist, Professor Late Dr Keith Moore.
“Among the unforgettable memories I had with Dr was that once, in class, he told us that he would prefer a student call him “Malam Musa” to “Doctor Musa.” Some days later, a colleague and I met him at the Faculty’s entrance, the first word my colleague uttered was “MALLAM Musa,” and to my surprise, he answered and greeted us.”
Usman also prayed for the late Dr to find peace in heaven and for his family to bear the loss.
“I pray may Allah forgive his shortcoming, grant him Al Jannat and grant his family and friends including colleagues the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.
Imrana Buhari, 300 level student of Human Medicine also described the late Dr Muhammad Musa as a mentor and a humble, easy-going man when he was alive.
“The late Dr was a teacher to me, and a mentor. He was a very humble, religious and simple man when he was alive,” he described.
He shared fond memories of the Dr, despite only just meeting him.
Buhari stated: “I was shocked when I heard about his demise, and was thinking of the day I too will answer the call. I met him, not less than a year ago and I loved his company with his students. The hours we spent in class, receiving his lectures are more of advice, guidance and counselling.
“Late Dr Muhammad Musa was a very humble and kind-hearted man. I can never forget the day we met at UDUTH mosque, we both greeted each other and I can’t even tell who greeted who first, between him and I. To my surprise, he extended a handshake towards me and we both shook hands.”
Buhari also expressed his condolence to the deceased’ family and prayed for Al Jannat to be his final table.
“I extend my condolence to the family, friends and colleagues of my mentor, late Dr Muhammad Must. May Allah grant them the fortitude to bear the loss and grant our late Dr Al Jannat Firdaus,” he prayed.
Another student of the Usmanu Danfodiyo, University College of Health Science, Issa Mustapha Tosin also described late Dr Muhammad as his humble friend and lecturer who never wore the dresses of pride while on earth but always make himself available for the help of his colleagues.
“Dr Muhammad Awwal Musa was my humble friend and lecturer. Even though, he preferred being called ‘Mallam Musa’, he was a kind, dedicated and compassionate man who was always ready to make himself available to support any of his colleagues, friends and students,” he explained.
Mustapha mourned the demise of his lecturer, commiserated with his family, colleagues and friends. He also prayed for him to meet his Lord in good faith.
“I felt devastated to receive the sad news of the demise of my friend. With his loving and kind attitude, he won the heart of many of us. I commiserate with his family, friends, Colleagues, Department of Human Anatomy, CHS Sokoto, the entire Anatomical Society of Nigeria(ASN), and the entire UDUMSA over this great irreparable loss. May Allah grant us the fortitude to bear this loss.
“I pray that May Almighty Allah forgives his sins and grant him the highest place in Aljannah Firdaus.”
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