Ganduje mourns Kano sickle cell activist, Shema’u Adam

Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has mourned the death of Sickle Cell activist, Shemau Adam Imam, who passed away on Friday night.

In a statement, on Saturday, Mr Ganduje described late Shema’u’s demise as a suffocation to the fight against sickle cell disease in Nigeria.

He said Ms Shema’u, a level 400 student of Microbiology at Bayero University, Kano (BUK), believed in total service to humanity.

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According to him, sickle cell disease did not slow Ms Shema’u’s absolute dedication and resilience in the struggle against the disease.

“It is pertinent to therefore, on behalf of the government and the good people of Kano state, extend our heartfelt and deep sadness condolence over this lost, while remembering the gap created by this death, to her families, Sickle Cell communities across the nation, friends and all other groups,” he said.

Late Shemau Adam while making presentation at Kano House of Assembly.

“We must encourage others to take a leaf from her many contributions when she was alive. As young as she was, she achieved many things in life. Things that were people-centred. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace,” Mr Ganduje said.

The governor also commiserated with Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR), Youth and Environment Development Assoxuation (YEDA), Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo Foundation, Sicke Cell Community orgaistaions, CITAD, Mufarka Youth Development Association, KANET, Kano Civil Sociery Forum and many more over the death of the activist.

Other activists pay tribute 

Meanwhile, many people, especially activists and advocates on Saturday took to their social media handles and profiles to mourn Ms Shema’u’s death.

They described her as a strong, brave, and courageous woman, whose activism cut across all parts of the country and even beyond.

Read some of their tributes below;

Akibu Hamisu

Shemau Adam Imam has gone forever. May Allah forgive her shortcomings and rewards her deeds with aljannah firdausi. We really missed a warrior in the struggle.
Shema as I used to call her is a courageous lady, humanitarian, strong and jovial who is passionate about general well being of the society. One day I met her at the Department of pure and applied chemistry of BUK asking her why is she here in our department not knowing that she is also a chemist like me studying industrial chemistry, since then i considered her as a close sister as we belong to two families (chemist and advocate).
She invested heavily in the fight against the spread of sickle cell diseases and engaged all stakeholders to ensure support for the patients. One of her significant milestone was provision of special budgetary allocation for sickle cell patients during the public hearing organized by state house of assembly, a presentation that draws the attention of the house thereby instantly allocated the sum of 20M or so for the procurement of free drugs for sickle cell patients and she wasn’t relent but go further and advocated for fund releases.
May your soul continues to remain in eternal rest.

Rabiu Shamma

Shemau Adam Imam, I have not seen a more brave woman, she was really an amazon that touched many lives positively.

Ibrahim Haruna

Innalillahi wa Inna IlaiHi Raajiuuna ,

Shemau Adam Imam, is one of the brave and courageous woman and had a struggling life been a sickle cell anaemic struggle with her own life while fighting to save the live of others what a big loose, i worked with her for two years she is one of the strongest woman i.have ever seen. Allah yajikanki yasa Aljannace Makoma Amin.
Samira Lawal Said
Innalillahi wa Inna ilahi rajiun.A Warrior is gone.she is member of sickle cell committee.She has Fought Many Battles in the awareness of sickle cell and in enlightening her co sicklers. Allah yasa qarshen wahalarki kenan
Dauda Gombe Muhammad
Innalilahi wainna ilaihi rajiun, May your soul rest in peace, Shemau Adam Imam. I am heartbroken to here about your demise. You were such a special person to me that I will forever remain greatful with our friendship. I remember the first time we meet at National Youth Reform Conference in Abuja together with Hadiza, Harira Abdulrahman Wakili, Mallam Yusuf Amoke and many other likeminds.
Murtala Kazaure
I lost a Warrior Sister Shemau Adam Imam, before her demise She was the Chairperson of Sickle Cell Community Kano. A brave young lady whom I met on the battlefield trying to break the Sickle Cycle, she was always at the forefront of creating awareness about Sickle Cell and helping our fellow Warriors.
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