Uzaifa Halilu Modachi, son of a Sokoto lawmaker, has died two weeks after returning to Sokoto State, Nigeria from war-torn Ukraine.
The deceased was the son of Honourable Habibu Haliru Modachi, a serving member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly.
The late Uzaifa was a final year student of Zaporizhzhia State Medical University, Ukraine and was preparing for his final year examination which will qualify him to be a medical doctor when Russian troops invaded the country.
Russia sent her troops into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, in an alleged effort to degrade the military capability of its Southern neighbour and root out those it called dangerous nationalists.
According to Modachi, his son was in Ukraine for three years without returning home for vacation.
When the war broke out in Ukraine, the Sokoto State Government through the Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine arranged for the evacuation of its students, Huzaifa inclusive, to return home.
The father said, “Alhamdu Lilah, God gives and takes away life, and that’s how he wanted it to happen, there is no doubt about it.
"Had it been he died in Ukraine so many things would be said about him, that he was either killed by the Russian bombardment or had an accident or even accidentally shot and killed by the Ukrainian Army”
“We are grateful to God for having him die before us, we also thank the Nigerian government particularly Sokoto state for taking a hasty decision to evacuate them before the full escalation of the War in Ukraine.”