A Retired Major-General and owner of popular events centre, Mauve 21, Ibadan, Abdullahi Iyanda Muraina has reportedly died at a private hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The 64-year-old former Chief of Accounts and Budget, Nigerian Army Headquarters, was confirmed dead in a statement issued by the Acting Registrar, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Jude Iheanacho.
Although his death was confirmed, there was no cause of death explained in the statement.
Until his death, Muraina was the 23rd President and Chairman of the Council of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).
He attended the Islamic Mission School, Odoye, Ibadan, for his primary education before proceeding to the Nigerian Military School, Zaria, for his secondary education between 1972 and 1976.
Between 1976 and 1978, he was at the Polytechnic Ibadan for his Advanced Level course. Then went to the University of Lagos for a BSC and the later University of Ilorin for a Master’s degree program.
Muraina held several positions, staff and instructional appointments. These include the Nigerian Army training and Assistance Group in The Gambia and served as Head of the Gambian National Army Finance and Records; a role he performed creditably in the quest for repositioning that country’s Army’s Finance.
Amongst other honours, he held include, the General Service Medal of Honour, Command Medal of Honour and Field Command Medal of Honour.
While in the service of the Nigerian Army, Muraina was decorated with Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS) Distinguished Service Star (DSS) and Grand Service Star (GSS).
Iheanacho, in a statement, said “Muraina, who joined the Institute in 2003 as a Member and elevated to the prestigious and highest professional membership grade of Fellow in 2011, served the Institute in various capacities at different times.
“He was elected to the Institute’s Council in 2014 and became the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Institute between 2015 and 2017.
“Due to his consistent support of the Institute’s programmes over the years, he was conferred with the Institute’s Presidential Award in 2014.
“He became the National Treasurer in 2017, and Deputy President in 2020, before being elected the 23rd President and Chairman of Council in 2021.
“Apart from being a Fellow of the Institute, Major General Muraina was a fellow, Certified National Accountants and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; member, Institute of Directors Nigeria and the National Institute being an alumnus of the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
“His pedigree as a thoroughbred, seasoned and tested professional manager and a military officer was never in doubt as he distinguished himself creditably in every assignment he was saddled with”, he added.