Aminu Koguna (1965 to 2021): The legacy of a good name – By Farouq Koguna
To many, the name Aminu Koguna is unfamiliar but for those who are associated with the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria, the name is a very familiar one. Aminu was born in 1965, to the family of Usman koguna of Banu Ladan clan of Tsohuwar Kasuwa, Katsina. He was a graduate of pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (1990) and bagged an MSc in pharmaceutical biochemistry (2004) from the same institution.
Aminu joined the service of the katsina state government immediately after completion of one year compulsory service. He rose to become the director of pharmaceutical services in the Ministry of Health making him the dominant factor in the drug management in the state. He was a one-time katsina state Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union(JOHESU); under his stewardship, the union enjoyed relative peace and achieved an upward review of salaries for all healthcare workers. Furthermore, he led the Anti-Drug Abuse Task Force during the first term of governor Aminu Bello Masari; many drug kingpins were arrested during the time. Despite the risky nature of this kind of assignment, my brother never budged. Due to his sterling track record in service, the government of Aminu Bello Masari in 2019 appointed him as the pioneer executive secretary of Katsina Drugs and Medical Supplies Agency. During his short stint, free delivery kits were reintroduced in all the public hospitals in katsina. Free anti-malarial drugs, as well as some free drugs for children, were made available. He was a recipient of a distinguished service award from the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria among other numerous awards.
To his friends and associates, Aminu was humble, soft-spoken, and cool-headed gentleman. Aminu was not ambitious, his only ambition was to uplift others. He was a trusted friend, who never revealed other people’s secrets and was never envious of anyone. To his co-workers, Aminu was a mentor, a powerful team player, a good listener, and a selfless leader who led from the front. To the community, my brother was a role model, a philanthropist, bridge builder and a father to many orphans.
Aminu stepped in to fill the void left after the demise of our father in 2015. He was there for us every second of every minute; treated us as equals without having a favorite but to us – Aminu was the favorite of all. Aminu never shies away from his responsibilities; he was an excellent husband to his wife and a loving and caring father to his kids.
He was many things to different people, to me, he was my big brother, my truest confident and my role model. He was the most emotionally intelligent person I’ve ever known. I was fortunate to be by his side when he breathed last, being a healthcare personal myself I’ve never seen a more glorious death than his. That was our Aminu, he embedded values, qualities and characters that makes humanity great. He left for us the best legacy a father can leave to his children, a brother can leave to his siblings – The legacy of a good name and selfless service. Adieu brother. Till we meet again.
Aminu koguna died on the early hours of 2nd April, 2021 after a brief illness. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and admit him to the highest rank of Jannah.