Like every year, death did not leave Nigerians alone in 2023, without separating them from some famous people. These includes but not limited to politicians, religious scholars, filmmakers, singers, soldiers, worshipers, and even journalists were lost in the year - which came with various issues.
The death of scholars like Sheikh Giro Argungun, poet Mohbad, more than 36 soldiers, and those who celebrated the birthday in Kaduna, are at the forefront of the problems that have devastated the people of the country.

 This post looks back on some of the deaths that shocked the lives of Nigerians.

Sheikh Giro Argungu

 On Wednesday, the 6th of September, God took away the prominent Islamic teacher in Nigeria, Sheikh Abubakar Giro Argungu.

 The funeral of the teacher was held on Wednesday after his death at the Federal Medical Centre  in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state in the northwest of the country.

 Sheikh Giro left behind four wives, 20 children and many grandchildren.

Sheikh Abubakar Giro Argungu

 His death shocked Nigerians because of his fame especially in telling the truth to those in power.  Among those who mourned his death was the President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu.

 "His death is a great loss to the country and the entire Muslim community," Tinubu said.


 Another death that attracted attention and debate is that of singer Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad in Lagos state in southern Nigeria.

 The singer died on September 12 and was buried the next day in Ikorodu area of ​​Lagos.

 However, his death has spent a long time causing a heated debate, especially about the cause of his death, where the police later identified a nurse as the one who is suspected of giving the deceased injection that lead to his death.


 The Lagos Police Force said that Mohbad was injured during an argument with his friend Primeboy, after which a friend of his, Ayobami Sadiq, called a nurse named Feyisayo Ogedengbe and she gave him three injections.

 The name Mohbad is among the most popular Nigerians on social media in 2023, especially on the X platform - which has been renamed from Twitter.

The nurse is the main suspect in Mohbad's death according to the police.

 Aminu S. Bono

If there is a death that will shock Kannywood industry in 2023, it is that of Aminu S. Bono, a producer and director of movies and songs.

 The popular commando died suddenly on Monday, November 20 at his home after he collapsed shortly after returning home from work.

 A source told media that he called his servant to come and take him to the hospital, but he died before the servant arrived.

Aminu S. Bono

 His funeral was held on Tuesday at around 8:00 in the morning in Dandago area in Kano city.

 Until the time of compiling this report, his colleagues have not stopped offering condolences and praying for him in their films.

 36 Nigerian soldiers killed in Niger state

 On Thursday, August 17, the Nigerian Army confirmed that 36 of its soldiers died in Niger state in the middle of the country as a result of an attack by bandits and a plane crash.

 The death of some officers in the incidence was the biggest loss of the Nigerian army in 2023, which included the downing of its MI-171 helicopter.

Nigerian army 

 The army's media officer, Major General Edward Buba, said the plane crashed on August 14 when it was carrying dead bodies of 14 soldiers and seven others who were injured during an attack by bandits in Shiroro.

 Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

 Nigerians - especially the people of Ondo state - in the southern part of the country are yet to finish mourning the death of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who passed away on Wednesday, December 27.

 However, one thing that cannot be forgotten is the kind of struggle for power that took place in the state government house after he was hospitalized.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

 The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the governor died in Germany.

 He died at the age of 67, and the state government said in a statement that he died of bladder cancer after a long illness.

 His death comes about two weeks after he wrote a letter of medical leave, handing over the reins of the state to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Ghali Umar Na'Abba

While waving goodbye to the year 2023, Nigerians, especially people of Kano, lost the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Naabba.

Hon. Ghali Umar Na'abba

 Information obtained by media confirmed the death of the former speaker at a hospital in Abuja, the capital of the country as published in BBC news Hausa.

 His family confirmed to the BBC that he died on the morning of Wednesday, December 27.

 His funeral was held that afternoon at the South Gate of the Palace of the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

Ismail Maihanci

 The death of the new member of the Nigerian House of Representatives from Taraba state, Ismaila Maihanci, shocked politicians and residents of the state in April.

 He passed away on Friday, April 21, a few weeks before he was sworn in to the 10th House of Assembly as the representative of Jalingo/Yorro/Zing constituency after a short illness in Abuja.

Hon. Ismail Maihanci

 A close relative of the elected member of parliament told the BBC that the death has left his family and loved ones devastated.

 If not because of his death, it will be the first time Isma'ila Maihanci, a member of PDP, will go to the federal parliament after defeating the incumbent, Kasimu Bello Maigari of APC.

Binta Ola Katsina

In Kannwood, it can be said that the second biggest loss is that of the elder Binta Ola Katsina, who passed away on Thursday night (October of 2023).

Actress Binta Ola Katsina 

 She died after a short illness at her home in Katsina. Binta Ola spent many years performing in dramas including radio and television shows, before she started appearing in Kannywood movies.

 According to the information obtained, the old woman had completed preparations for the Mawludi celebration on Wednesday, but she fell ill in the middle of the night, before her death.

 The family of the deceased said they are not sure of her real age.

 Senator Bello Maitama

 The deceased was a lawyer who served as a minister in the second republic and became a senator in the fourth republic.

 He died at the age of 76 after a short illness. Aminiya newspaper said he left behind two wives and 10 children - five boys, five girls.

Senator Bello Maitama Yusuf 

 Oladipo Diya

 On the part of the Nigerian Army, the former Chief of the Nigerian Army during the reign of General Sani Abacha, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, died on March 26.

 General Diya, who was the second highest ranking person during the Abacha regime, was about to turn 79 in April when he died. General Diya was born in Odogbolu town of Ogun state in the south-west of Nigeria, and he was one of the forces that fought in the civil war before he became the army chief in 1993.

Oladipo Diya

 He also held the position of Deputy Chairman of the National Military Council in 1994.

Famous actor Samanja

Popular actor Usman Baba Pategi, better known as Samanja Mazan Fama, died at the age of 81, as his family told the BBC.

 The former player died on Sunday, the 13th in Kaduna town after undergoing treatment.

 The deceased's son, Mohammed Usman, told Daily Trust that his father left behind two wives and 12 children.

Actor Samanja

 Samanja was famous in NTA television movies in the 1980s and 1990s, where he played the role of a soldier.

 Journalist Aisha Mustapha

 On the part of fellow journalists, Aisha Bello Mustapha, a popular news anchor on NTA TV owned by the Nigerian government, was also a lost.

Journalist Aisha Mustapha

 Aisha was born in the city of Yola in the northern part of the country and a familiar face to millions of people in Nigeria after years of presenting news. She has retired in 2022.

 Her funeral was held on Monday, December 11 in Abuja.
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