For his outstanding show of bravery and limitless sacrifice, the memories of Yakubu Muhammed Fannami have been extolled four years after saving "lives of hundreds" and consequently losing his to a terrorist attack.
According to Shehu Sani who posted about the "unsung hero" in a tweet on Monday, January 25, Fannami rushed to stop a suici'de bomber after ensuring that others were kept saved in a mosque.
The former senator representing Kaduna Central said Fannami, while trying to stop the su'icide bomber, lost his life. The incident happened in 2017.
"On this day in 2017, this young man Yakubu Muhammed Fannami saved the lives of hundreds of people in a mosque by rushing and stoping a su'icide bomber. He lost his life. An unsung hero. May his soul Rest In Peace. Amin," the former lawmker said.
Over a decade, Nigeria has been battling with the atrocities of dare-devil Boko Haram terrorists who have killed and displaced thousands not only in Nigeria, but also in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.
The group, which was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf, has proven to be a thorn in the flesh of peace of the northwest and northeast regions of Nigeria.
Since becoming a full-blown terrorist organisation, Boko Haram has contributed to regional food crises and famines, destroyed villages, markets and killed vulnerable using suici'de bombing tactics on large gatherings like mosque and churches.
Imam who saved over 300 Christians in Plateau recognised by US
Meanwhile, in a related development Nigerians have been urged by the United States Embassy to emulate a septuagenarian Imam Abdullahi Abubakar who saved about 300 Christians from attackers in Nghar Yelwa village of Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state.
The call was made by the embassy on Tuesday, July 31, through its charge de affaires, David Young, during a three-day peace and security conference organised by the Plateau State Peace Building Agency holding at Crest hotel in Jos.
Young stated that he had seen people who worked for peace, but didn’t see somebody who put his life on the line to protect others in their communities like what Imam did by protecting the 300 Christians.