Breaking: Students union leader dies

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TREASURER of the Students’Union (SU) of Usmanu Danfodiyo, Sokoto (UDUS) is dead. Hawau Garba Shehu, the  final year student of the Department of Microbiology, died at the National Hospital, Garki, Abuja, on Friday, after a protracted illness.

Campustive gathered that before her death, she launched a programme, tagged, Youth for Progress (YFP), aimed at upgrading  youths and moving the country to  greater height.

In an interview, one of her sisters, Maryam, expressed shock over Hawau’s death, saying the doctors could not diagnose her illness until she passed on.

“With a very great concern, I was shocked when I heard that she was dead. I cannot say or describe how I feel about the loss of my sweet sister. I never knew life was so cruel like this. I have never dreamt of saying a painful goodbye to my dear sister. She suffered a lot of pains for several days and she was kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) just receiving series of treatments for an unknown illness. It is really painful that she is dead,” said Maryam.

One of her brothers, Lawal, noted Hawau’s virtues, saying her death was a great loss to their family, especially her parents.

He said: “The demise of Hauwa’u is a huge blow to the entire family, friends and well-wishers alike. She was a young woman full of life and ambition, intellectually gifted and patient. The bond between her and her family, especially mum and dad, was the core of her sanity. Even though death had taken her, her life and death shall continue to be a lesson to us. And her name shall continue to be etched upon our memory until the end of time.”

Also, the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof Aminu Mode, described the deceased as a law-abiding and a very reliable student.

“In fact, it is very pathetic that a final year and a very brilliant girl like her passed away at this time. But then, everybody will taste death. She was very law-abiding and reliable. When she was alive, there was never a bad report about her,” he said.

SU President, Comrade Ibrahim Kalgo, who was also her course mate, described Hawa’u as very caring.

“Hawa’u Shehu was one of my course mates and a very close friend of mine. I had much respect for her because of her creativity and simplicity. She always encouraged me even when I wanted to quit,” he said.

He noted her immense contributions to the development of the union.

“She was one of the best comrades, if not the best. Her dedication and hard work are enormous. She contributed tremendously to the development of our administration.

‘’There’s no single project we carried without her contribution.” He explained.

The Students’ Union Public Relations Officer (PRO), Comrade Suleiman Abubakar, described the deceased as one of the hardworking and committed union executives.

“Sincerely, comrade Hauwa’u is kind, polite, courteous and hardworking. She took students’ welfarism as her first priority.

‘’We promised to do this job; we have to make sure that we discharge it effectively. We need to keep a tangible legacy for danfodites. “

He added that the deceased served the Union with all her efforts.

“She is well mannered and principled, but still has a sense of humour. She is as well wise and never relents in dropping one wise nugget or two. She used to believe that ‘The benefit of unionism is on recognition, and don’t anticipate anything besides it.

“She served the Union with all her time, strength and ability, she emphasised on many project in female hostels… As I knew, she died with the intention of ensuring positive welfarism of her female Danfodites.” He added.

The Public Relations Officer on behalf of the Union, however, commiserated with the family of the deceased and prayed for her to rest in peace.

“All I will say is we love her but Allah loves her most. I will not say anything, for it pleases Allah. Allah has given. Allah has taken.

Still, I implore Allah the Almighty to forgive her shortcomings and make Jannatul firdaus be her final abode.”

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