President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep shock over the death of British author and educator, Aisha Ahmed Lemu.
In a statement to Our Correspoindence by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari described her as “a repository of knowledge whose depth of scholarship was overwhelming and enviable.”
Aisha Lemu was a British-born author and religious educator who converted to Islam in 1961 and lived most of her life in Nigeria. She died on 5th January, 2019 in Minna, Niger State.
According to Buhari, “she admirably dedicated her life to scholarship and moral uplifting of her society, producing massive literature on religious education during her remarkable life on earth.”
President Buhari explained that “as a Western woman who converted to Islam, Mrs. Lemu had demonstrated that knowledge was not about inheritance, but about curiosity, enthusiasm and dedication to expand our intellectual horizons.”
The President recalled that she wrote many books on Islamic education which had impacted positively and greatly on her community and the larger society.
He added that her immeasurable contributions to learning would not be forgotten for years to come because those contributions would live after her.
While praying to Allah to bless her soul and reward her good deeds abundantly with paradise, President Buhari extended his condolences to Sheikh Ahmed Lemu and his family well as the Niger State government over this great loss.
He prayed to Allah to grant the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss of a great woman scholar