By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Village Head of Matari West, Sabon Tasha in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna, Deacon Bawa Arege has died at the age of 70.
A family source, Engineer Samson Arege, disclosed this to the media on Tuesday.
Deacon Arege who was a career civil servant join the services of the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1967 as a Field Officer in the Department of Livestock and Pest Control Services.
He was also a Unionist who served as the General Secretary of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter, as well as the General Secretary of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Staff Association.
A devout Christian, Deacon Arege was a member of the Baptist Church Ungwar Baro now Nazareth Baptist Church, Ungwar Baro.
He is survived by a wife, Mrs Mary Bawa Arege, and five children among whom are; Engineer Samson Bawa Arege, Mrs. Juliana Bawa Arege, Mr. Emmanuel Bawa Arege, Mr. Lazarus Bawa Arege and Mrs. Dorcas Peter, and eleven grand children.
In a tribute the eldest son of the deceased, Engineer Samson Arege, described his late father as a complete gentleman who served humanity, noting that most times he was more concerned about other people’s problems than his own.
According to Engineer Arege, his late father loved peace and unity, and as an achiever, he taught his children hard work, perseverance and endurance; adding that nobody who had ever stayed under his father’s roof could be said to be lazy, and that the children have copied this attribute from him.
“He was a patient man as one could hardly discern when he is angry, because when Baba is angry, he talks to you calm and peacefully. As the first son, I have never seen my father at logger head with anyone as he has this ability to internalize whatever anger he had and diffused it internally without hurting a fly. He had a forging heart, and I learnt so much from him.
“Baba usually goes round from one family to another settling disputes. In fact his loss is not only to the family but many others. Indeed, I have lost an icon, a role model, friend and a man who loved children. He was a lovable personality and we enjoyed his love,” he said.
Similarly, a friend and neigbhour to late Arege, Deacon Bulus Adamu Boto, who said he moved to Matari West community in August 1992 and immediately struck a friendship with him, described the deceased as a gentleman to the core.
“If there were issues in my family and I contacted the Village Head, he would counsel me on what to do and the problem would be solved.
“Working with him in council, when there were doubts as it concerns administration of the community, particularly dealing with the youth, we discussed at his palace and solved such issue without necessarily taking the case to the police.”
Also speaking, the Youth Leader, Matari West community, Mr. Toyin Johnson, said the death of the Village Head was a rude shock to the community, as he was a true father and the community would missed him greatly.
According to him, as the Youth Leader who has work together with the deceased for over 15 years, confessed that the late village head had been very good, adding they have handled lots of cases at the palace to ensure peaceful coexistence in the community.
“Oftentimes we had problems with some people particularly the youth. And you know youth are the hyper active ones in any given community, Baba would called and plead with us.
“Whenever there was crisis, Baba would addressed the youth and urged us not to participate in it. He was indeed a peace lover and maker. That is why most youth in Matari West are not engaged in violence. So that was just Baba for you,” he revealed.