By Gerald Adewole
The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has described Late Alhaji Salen Rabo, the deceased President of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN)) as an outstanding Nigerian who contributed greatly to the development of Tourism, Arts and Culture in the country.
Runsewe who gave this remarks when he led a delegation of stakeholders and top management of his Council on a condolence visit to Rabo’s family house in Abuja said the deceased would be remembered for his hardwork, humility and professional diligence.
Runsewe regretted that Rabo died at a time his wealth of knowledge and experience were most needed for the development of the sector.
Consoling the family for the great loss, he urged them to take solace in the fact that Rabo died on a Friday and on the holy month of Ramadan. The implication of this according to the NCAC boss is that Allah will grant the deceased eternal rest in paradise.
Mallam Suleiman Yahaya who gave admonition during the condolence visit corroborated the position of Otunba Runsewe by stressing that the best thing that could happen to a Muslim faithful is to die on a Friday and during the holy month of Ramadan.
In the entourage of the NCAC boss were Mr. Ali Badaki, Deputy President of FTAN; Hajia Bilkisu Abdul, President of National Association of Tour Operators (NATOP); Mrs. Sussan Akporiaye, President of National Association of Travel Agencies (NANTA) and top management staff of NCAC.
Members of the entourage took their turn to condole with the family of the Late Rabo and to urge them to remain strong and be faithful to the Lord.
Responding on behalf of the family, Alh. Tahiru Kareen Rabo, Senior brother to Late Salen Rabo thanked Runsewe and his team for the visit, adding that it was a testimony of the love they had for the family.
Alh. Tahiru Rabo said that he was grateful to Almighty Allah for the life of service his late brother lived and noted with satisfaction, the numerous testimonies about the late brother from various circles.
“While the death of my brother is no doubt painful, we however surrender to the will of Almighty Allah” Tahiru concluded.