Family members of Sa’idu Abdullahi, a 95-year old were shocked to the marrow when they sighted him for the first time in many decades.
Abdullahi, was said to have left home when he was just 26 years old in search for greener pastures in southwestern Nigeria, returned home as an old man, after his family members thought he is already dead.
Born in Dakatsalle town of Bebeji Local Government area of Kano state, Abdullahi said he had wished to return home since before Nigeria’s independence in 1960.
Abdullahi, who can barely walk, said he left home as an agile young man during the reign of Emir of Kano, Abdullahi Bayero, the grandfather of late Emir Ado Bayero, 1926-1953.
He said he was prompted to leave home at 26 years of age in search of his uncle and engage in kolanut business, adding that he lived in many towns in Southwest and met some prominent persons in Nigeria, including the mother of late Obafemi Awolowo.
PLATINUM POST reports that Abdullahi’s immediate family members had all died, leaving him with nephews and grandchildren, who trooped to the house, where he is now residing, to catch the glimpse of their grandfather, whom they heard the story about but never met.
This newspaper gathered that family members and residents of the town are still trooping to see the aged man with awe.
It was also gathered that after he ventured into kolanut business, Abdullahi, who had no single child, worked in the farm belonging to one family in ekpele, Ondo State.
It was also gathered that his return to Kano was facilitated by the family whom he worked for many years in their farm, just as they are now building a room and toilet in the community in Dakatsalle for him to settle down for the rest of his life.
The family member in Ondo, Mayewa, said they might establish a rice milling factory in the community for Abdullahi, who he described as honest and good man.