The Death of an Elderly Man is Like a Burning Library: A Tribute to Nasiru Abdu Dangiri, SAN

By A.S. Gidan-Wankey, Esq.

“So live that people may speak well of thee at thy grave. The just needs no memorial, for his deeds are his monument”. This declaration by Halmud aptly captures my state of mind since learning of the sudden departure of Nasiru Abdu Dangiri, SAN.

Indeed, the heart of every lawyer in Kano State stirs and tenders in a state of melancholy by the gloomy story of the demise of one of the law principalities and doyen of the bar, Alh Nasiru Abdu Dangiri, SAN. The day, 9 of August, 2022 was a horror and consternation day for the Board of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (BOSAN), senior members of the Legal profession, as well as the entire members of NBA Kano branch. 

On August 10 2022, I woke up to a very sad message on our BUK class of 2017 WhatsApp portal, posted by our learned colleague, Abdulrahman Shuaibu Balarabe, “… the branch has lost one of its illustrious sons, Naseer Abdu Dangiri, SAN this evening in Abuja…”.                   

The impact of this message was severe and difficult to come to terms with, as it awakened our consciousness to the reality, finality and unpredictable nature of death, “a necessary end, which will come when it will come”- Shakespeare in Julius Caesar.

Available records culled briefly revealed that, Late Nasiru Abdu Dangiri, SAN was born on 12th February, 1967 at Wukari, Taraba State-Nigeria. He attended Nurul Islam Islamiyya and Primary School, Wukari from 1970 to 1972. He then proceeded to the Local Education Authority School, Ibi, from 1972 to 1976. Thereafter, he proceeded to Government Secondary School, Ibi from 1976 to 1981, where he obtained his General Certificate of Education (GCE). Late Dangiri also attended College of Preliminary Studies, Yola, Adamawa State, where he obtained his “A” Level in1983. Dangiri got admitted into the prestigious Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1983 and graduated in 1987. In his earnest effort to be qualified to be called to the Nigerian Bar, Mr Dangiri also went to NLS Lagos Campus for his one year vocational training in the practice of law from 1987 to 1987. Late Dangiri was called to the bar in 1988, and was conferred with the covetous title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2017.

Late Dangiri was a man with a high degree of moral credentials and a book of internal values. A man of honour and great courage decorated with high humility and candor. A first-class Senior Advocate of Nigeria within the terrain of Kano State and beyond. Yes, the time was short, but he made much more impact than he was aware of. Indeed, the Learned Silk did well to the greater number of people without counting the cost. Truthfully, Dangiri left a legacy of monument by training many lawyers who are season practitioners within and outside Kano State. Jurisprudentially, Dangiri’s research compendium become legal authorities of sorts and contributed largely to development of law in Nigeria.

Dangiri was a fine and noble gentleman with a confident aura and charming personality. He was indeed a rare gem in the legal profession. Dangiri was an epitome of humility and selflessness. He was a genius in company law and distinguished himself as a brilliant solicitor and advocate, having been firmly grounded in the renowned Law Firms of A. A. Alawaye & Co. and D. D. Dodo & Co. He was an intellectual pundit and a brilliant scholar per excellence, who lived a life of Goodness and Godliness until he breathed his last on August 9, 2022. Borrowing the words of the famous Play writer, William Shakespeare in his 1599 tragedy, Julius Caesar: “his life was gentle and the elements so well mixed in him, what nature might stand up and say to all the world, “This Was a Man!”.

Indeed, Dangiri’s demise is one of the greatest “life robbery” that ever happened to the legal profession. It robbed us of our mentor, sponsor, role model, boss, father and still stirs us is coming back after us. No wonder William Shakespeare in Hamlet had it that, “when sorrows come, they come not in single but in battalions.” A tremendous gap was created in our lives and that of many others on August 9, with his passing to eternal glory. Death brought to an end, unceremoniously, nearly 5years of mentorship that had blossomed into a father-son relationship. Learned Silk Sir, your demise hits me like a thunderbolt from the blues!

I am consoled by the most frequently quoted Hadith of the Holy Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him) about death: “when a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who will pray for him”. I beseech God almighty to accept the continues good deeds of Late Dangiri to wit, the beneficial knowledge he impacted in many lawyers, young and old. May He also deemed granted all the prayers of sons and daughters of the learned Silk.

I send my conscience-stricken and heartwarming condolences to the immediate family of the learned Silk, BOSAN, NBA Kano Branch, and his juniors in the office, especially my colleagues Fatima Zakari and Hafsat Mainasara as well as my good friend Ahmad Paki.

Dear Learned Silk, you fought a good fight, and you completed your earthly race on 9th of August, 2022. I pray to God in His infinite goodness to be merciful onto you and grant you crown of eternal life. It is well!

A.S. Gidan-Wankey, Esq. is a Kano based lawyer; social critic, political activist, prolific writer and policy analyst. He can be reached via abbashuaibu@18gmail.com-07035292696


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