Justice Ahmed Lemu Dies At 91

First Shari’a Judge at the Court of Appeals in Sokoto, Niger, Sheikh Ahmed Lemu, is dead.

A member of the family identifies as Nurudeen Lemu, disclosed that the Islamic Scholar died early hours of this morning in Minna, Niger State.

The late Ahmed Lemu is expected to be buried today according to Islamic rites.

Brief profile of Sheik Ahmed Lemu

Born 21-December, 1929), as “Ahmad tijjani Abubakar” in Lemu Gbako, State Niger Northern Nigeria. Presently Niger state of Nigeria.

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His early education was in Quranic School in 1932-36 and then elementary school bida in 1939, then he moved to intermidiate school, currently now as Government College Lemu, there he obtained his intermediate school certificate year 1948.

He later attend the School of Shari’a Law, currently now School of Arabic Studies Lemu, which he obtained Middle 1950 and the High in 1952, then Teacher Certificate Level Two in Arabic Language, of Islamic Studies and Shari’a Jurisdiction and General Education. In 1954 he attended London University, At UK, The School of African and Oriental Studies.

He obtained the certificate of General Education Advanced Level in History, Arabic, Hausa and Persian Languages year 1961, then Bachelors Degree in African and Oriental Studies 1964, Dr. Lemu served almost entirely in education sector.

He was firstly teacher of Arabic language, English language and Islamic studies at Government Secondary School Bida year 1953-60. And later promoted as senior teacher of Arabic Language and Islamic Studies Education, also supervisor at the School of Arabic Studies Kano,[] Also he serves as Director of the school and Deputy Director of Government Secondary Education in 1965, Dean of Arabic Teachers College in 1966, Senior Inspector of Education in 1970 Chief Inspector Education of Sokoto, State in North Nigeria year 1971 – 73.

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Technical Director 1974-75, Director of Educational Planning 1975-76 in Niger State.

2009, he was appointed Consultant at Fountain University of Osogbo, Nigeria. Also major role in teaching education, Dr. Lemu also was Judiciary, first Shari’a judge at the Court of Appeals in Sokoto, Niger 1976 – 77 as Chief Shari’a Judge at the Court of Appeals in Niger State, 1976 – 1991.

His Eminence Dr. Shaikh Ahmed Lemu is a renowned Islamic scholar, known and respected by West African Muslims and throughout the Islamic world. He is a composed intellectual, a devout Muslim and an advocate of moderation, justice and open-mindedness. He is also a strong supporter of women’s rights.

His relentless efforts to advance Islamic education,
development and Da’wa (call to Islam) are evident from his publications, countless lectures, seminars and classes, and active participation in national, regional and international Islamic conferences and events. He is a member of several international Islamic organizations worldwide, and author or editor of many books and school references which aim, along with his lecturers and classes, to promote and re-enforce the proper understanding of Islam and expand knowledge of the Islamic creed. He is also known for his deep involvement in Islamic humanitarian activities. He is the Founder and President of the Islamic Education Trust in Nigeria and a member of several other humanitarian societies and endowments that serve Muslims in his country.

Dr. Shaikh Ahmed Lemu’s immense contributions have earned him several prizes and accolades, including, among others, the Prize of Merit from the Government of Niger State in 1991; the Nigerian National Order by former Nigerian President Abdulsalami AbuBakrr in 1999 and former Nigerian President Obasanjo in 2001; Honorary Doctorate Degree from Uthman Danfodiyo University (1996); Honorary Doctorate Degree from Osogbo University (2011) and Honorary Doctorate Degree from Al-Hilal University (2013).

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The King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam for this year 2014G (1435H), has been awarded to Shaikh Dr. Ahmed Lemu; Chairman of the Council of Trustees at the Islamic Relief Commission Office, for the following reasons:

  • Shaikh Dr. Ahmed Lemu is a composed intellectual, a devout Muslim, and an advocate of moderation and open-mindedness. He is a member of several international Islamic organizations worldwide.
  • His efforts towards education, development and call to Islam are evident from his hundreds of lectures, seminars and classes.
  • He has authored several Islamic books and school references which fulfilled a significant part of the needs of the Nigerian community and served as important resources for many Nigerian Muslim generations, helping them to understand Islam and expand their knowledge of the Islamic creed.
  • He established a number of societies, schools and endowments such as the Islamic Endowments Society, which became one the most important institutions collaborating with the Islamic Bank for Development in the field of study scholarships in Nigeria.
  • He played a significant role in defending Muslim women’s tights. His efforts culminated in the establishment of the Union of Muslim Women’s societies in Nigeria, promotion of peaceful co-existence and fight against sectarian violence in that country.
  • He also established the Islamic Da’awa (Call) Institute to combat extremism.
    He was awarded several national and international accolades and prizes for his services of Islam.
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