Kano businessman and Islamic scholar, Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu is dead.
Isiyaku, 90, passed away after a brief illness in the United Kingdom.
Rabiu will be buried according to Islamic rites as
soon as his body arrives Nigeria.
Sheikh Isyaku founded a major family operated holding company with a
history of investment in manufacturing, insurance,
banking and real estate.
In the 1970s, the group invested in manufacturing with its
first investment being the Kano Suit and
Packing Cases company, a factory producing suit
cases and handbags.
The firm was a joint venture with Lebanese investors.
In 1972, he formed the Bagauda Textile Mill,
manufacturing woven cloths for uniforms.
The deceased also established a series of ventures in
different segments of the economy including frozen
food service, real estate, sugar and a motor vehicle
and parts distribution company
specialized in Daihatsu products.
He is survived by many children and grandchildren,
including his first son Nafiu Rabiu;
influential Nigerian businessmen Abdulsamad Rabiu,
Chairman of BUA Group; Rabiu Rabiu, owner of IRS Airlines,
Naziru Rabiu, Quraish I Rabiu, Makiu Rabiu, Abdullahi Rabiu,
Muhammad Rabiu and Daha Rabiu among others.