Adieu!, Yasmin El Rufai as former Minister's daughter is buried in Abuja


Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai fouth back tears on Friday as his departed daughter, Yasmin  was laid to rest in a quiet cemetery in Abuja .

So broken and inconsolable, the former Minister fought back tears as he was surrounded by sympathisers who milled round to share from the grief as Yasmin was  interred.

The atmosphere was itself bleeding with lots of grief struck sympathisers many of who wept uncontrollably, seeing off Yasmin in such a pitiable way.

She died  who died in London last Sunday evening after she was said to have suffered from Neurological aided ailment, having slumped as she reached for her medications. She was home alone.

Her father,  El-Rufai fought back tears surrounded by his son, Sani and friend, Pat Ezekwesili, with other  other family members at the graveside to give the promising  humanitarian worker a dignified farewell. If emotions and tears were a price to buy back a soul, Yasmin would have retreated from her current state as sympathy drawn friends, associates and mates displayed love, extreme love for their lovely Yasmin.

A well read education-loving future politician, the late daughter of the much loved  CPC chieftain, according to a source, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics as well as a Law degree from the University of London.

Ministering at the graveside, Alfa Mohammed Kabir, reminded that for all living souls, death remains inevitability.

“Death is inevitable and we should all be prepared for it; the only exception is that we don’t know when and where it is going to happen,” Kabir said in his sgort but touchy sermon.

He prayed to God to grant the late Yasmin Aljanat Firdaus and give the family the strength to bear the loss.

Yasmin was lowered into the grave in line with Islamic traditions at about 10.30 am at the Gwarimpa Muslim Cemetery, Abuja.

However, the death of the young El Rufai brought together many who is who in Nigeria;s political, economic and religious sphere.
A horde of political dignitaries and associates from across the country had filed in to join  the El-Rufai’s in his Asokoro residence early in the morning to commiserate with the family and pray for God to repose her soul.

Among the dignitaries at the mourning ground were former  Military Head of State Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari who was also the presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Party in the last general election. Buhari  attended the service at the central mosque and was at the cemetery.

Also in attendance was the former chairman of anti graft agency, EFFC as well as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the last general election, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. He was accompanied by his vice presidential candidate, Mr. Fola Adeola.

Others were the former Governor of Bauchi State, Ahmed Muazu; ex Governor Danjuma Goje of Gombe State; former Chief of Army Staff, General Adbulrahman Danbazzau (rtd); former Defence Minister and Secretary to Federal Government, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed; former Minister of Police Affairs, Waziri Mahmoud and former Minister of FCT Moddibo Aliyu.

Also at the occasion were former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode; business mogul Alhaji Isyaku Rabiu; former Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Mr Keem Bello-Osagie; businessman, Risqat Murtala Mohammed and Principal Secretary to the President, Ambassador Hassan Tukur.

While speaking with reporters, Ribadu and Fani-Kayode, described Yasmin’s passage as a painful loss. They both thanked the people for the outpouring of love for El- Rufai.

Ribadu recalled last seeing the deceased in June in London, describing her as a very “precious girl”.

“She was a good girl, a gift of God – the first daughter of El- Rufai. It‘s a painful loss, but that is how Allah wished and that is how Allah wanted because He takes and gives and we can’t say anything other than to say thank you for the good life.”

Yasmin’s body  arrived Nigeria on Thursday from London, where she was found dead in her house last Sunday.