The foremost civil rights advocacy group-; HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has expressed shock at the death of the immediate past National chairman of the All progressive congress (APC) for North West , Barrister Inuwa Abdulkadir (SAN) just as the group said in his demise Nigeria has lost a phenomenal statesman who believes in Nigeria .
The Rights group said said the sudden death of this great Nigerian, we in the HUMAN RIGHTS community are reminded of how Benedict Spinoza, one of the best-known philosophers in our modern period saw death as a topic which mankind does not cherish to reflect on.
HURIWA recalled that the Philosopher Spinoza in a celebrated proposition of etica (Ethics), Spinoza affirmed thus: “Of no other thing does man have less thought of than of death; his wisdom remains not in the meditation of death, but of life, (home liber nulla reminus quam de morte cogitate. Et eius sapienta non mortis, sed vitae meditation est).
The Rights group also waxed philosophical said that due to the phenomenal goodness of Inuwa Abdulkadir during his highly successful leadership life time, we in the organised civil society community recalled what Battista Mondin said in his book “Philosophical Anthropology” that the above suggestion by Spinoza who is one of the fathers of philosophy and modern western culture has become the law for the adult’ ‘mature’, ‘free’ ‘secularized’ man of all times’.
HURIWA said:” Inuwa Abdulkadir was an icon who used his notable political offices as Attorney General of Sokoto State, Federal Minister of Youth and Sports and the National Vice Chairman of North West region of the All Progressives Congress dominated to positively and constructively improve the living conditions of millions of Nigerians and these achievements show why philosopher stated that the argument or discussion of death has become ‘taboo’ not only for convivial conversations, but also for the serious meditations of philosophers and men of letters of all clime and times.The French Anthropologist L. V. Thomas observed that: ‘Between the society of today and intellectuals, there exists a tacit understanding: I count on you “say the readers, as long as you furnish me with instruments with which to forget, disguise and negate death. If you do not perform the task I have given you, then you will be dismissed; that is, I will no longer read you’.Ironically, death has become not only the most immanent characteristic of human existence, it is also an actual event on absolute potentiality, and death is the fate of all human existence. For according to some philosophers the moment we are born, we already candidates for death and condemned to die.
HURIWA said the physical departure of the politician Imuwa Abdulkadir takes us to what Blaise Pascal, one of the best known French philosophers presented the fact of death in a very beautiful way when he wrote thus: “what we are speaking of ourselves and our all. The immortality of soul is something, which regards us so strongly, which touches us so profoundly that we need to completely lose our good sense to be indifferent to the knowledge of how things stand. All of our actions and thoughts must take very diverse directions according to whether there is (or not) an eternal life to hope for so that it is impossible to make a sensible and prudent choice without working from the solution of this problem which refers to our final end.”
In the media Statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to immortalise the memory of Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir by naming a national Institution such as the National Institute of Sports or a major Street in the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja after Inuwa Abdulkadir. “This gentleman happens to be one of the few true Statesmen who believes that all Nigerians are equal and should be treated with respect and dignity. He was a lover of Human Rights. We in HURIWA will induct him in the National Human rights hall of fame as a LEGEND OF HUMAN RIGHTS.