National hero Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar will get the honour he deserves, Plateau State governor Simon Lalong has said.
Abubakar, 83, is imam of Nghar village, Gashish District in the Barkin Ladi local government area. On June 24, he sheltered about 300 persons from suspected Fulani herdsmen who invaded about 15 communities in the Barkin Ladi and killed at least 200 people.
“I hid the women in my personal house and after that, I took the men into the mosque and hid them there,” Abubakar said.
When the attackers discovered he was hiding potential victims they told him to handover those who were Christians. The imam said he told them everyone in his custody was Muslim.
President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed Lalong to bring the 83-year-old to Abuja for “a handshake and national honour.”
“The President has told me to bring Imam Abdullahi Abubakar for a hand shake which will be followed by a national honour,” he said.
“I was also preparing what to do for this man. Although he is already in his old age, God knows why he did it at that age for us to study and also know how to maintain peace, not only in Plateau State but in Nigeria in general.
“What he did not only saved the people of Barkin Ladi LGA, not only Plateau State but I think the whole of this country because 300 lives is not a small number. So, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar, only God will reward you for what you have done.
“We are waiting for that process of meeting the President for a handshake and national honour. Having a handshake with Mr President at the age of 83, I think the man will be happy, even if he is going to his grave, that something has happened in his life,” the governor said.