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Yakubu Adamu Geshere writes a tribute to late Professor Ahmed M. Falaki, Executive Director of IAR, ABU, Zaria who was killed in a saddening circumstance

It was with a deep sense of sadness and shock that we greeted the news of the demise of Professor Ahmad M. Falaki, the Executive Director of the Institute for Agriculture Research (IAR) of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. The news spread slowly but painfully across family members, staff of ABU and the general public; Professor Falaki is no more.  

The incidence occurred in the evening of Saturday 14th February, 2015 as narrated by Falaki's younger brother, Abbas Mustapha Falaki. They were returning from a trip to Bauchi with the Professor and his driver when they had a flat tyre near Fala, a village in Tudun Wada local government area of Kano state. Unfortunately for them, they were ahead of fleeing Boko Haram members after a shootout with the police in Kibiya. On reaching them the insurgents demanded for their Toyota Hilux, snatched it and fled in it, leaving them stranded but unharmed.

The late Professor then decided they should proceed to Fala village on foot and get another vehicle to Kano. As fate would have it, instead of the villagers to sympathize with them and help them, they became suspicious of them, mistaking them for accomplices to the very militants that snatched their vehicle.
The Professor requested them to help them get a vehicle to Kano. The villagers probably went to invite the police from Kibiya while the professor was waiting for the vehicle. As the police were approaching, the villagers started to attack the Professor. He pleaded with the police to prevail on the villagers, saying that he is a lecturer and not a terrorist, but all to no avail. The pen has been lifted after writing this fate by God, and the scrolls have dried up. He died from the injuries inflicted on him. Abbas too sustained some injuries from stabs on his body, but he survived. The Professor's driver too survived the incidence.

The late Professor Ahmed M. Falaki was born on the 13th of June, 1951 at Daneji quarters in Kano city. He had written 70 journal articles and 13 technical papers. He was a core scientist for the release of four wheat varieties and three barley varieties. He was a consultant and adviser to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. He was a consultant agronomist to the National Fadama Development Project of the federal government of Nigeria. This project is so successful that it has been copied in many countries all over the world. He was the country coordinator for Sasakawa in Nigeria.

Professor Falaki is survived by three wives and 18 children. He will be greatly missed not only by his family members, but also by the entire IAR and ABU community.

 IAR is one of the oldest agriculture research institutes in Africa, having been established as far back as 1922. Among the feats achieved by IAR is drought tolerant maize variety DTM, which can survive a higher level of drought than the normal maize seeds. It is also tolerant of the much dreaded wuta-wuta or striger plant that kills maize plants. There is also a special maize variety for diabetic people, which has very low sugar content.

Last modified on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:39
Yakubu Adamu Geshere

Yakubu Adamu Geshere, a seasoned writer is also a consultant in solar related issues. He writes in from Zaria, Kaduna state.

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