President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed
deep pain and sorrow over the death of the former Military
Administrator of Kaduna State, retired Air Vice Marshal Mukhtar
The President’s Senior Special Assistant
on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president made his
feelings known in a letter he wrote to the governments of Jigawa and
He said the letter was handed to Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa by a Federal Government delegation on Thursday.
In the letter, President Buhari revealed
the intimate nature of the relationship between him and the deceased
military top brass, saying he had lost a friend in peace and in war.
“The delegation, which was led by the
Chief of Staff in the Presidency, Abba Kyari with four ministers and
three presidential aides, was in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital where a
similar letter of condolence signed by the President was handed over to
the Emir, Dr Muhammadu Sunusi,’’ the statement said.
The presidential aide said the team was
also in Kano where they met both the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and the Emir
Muhammadu Sunusi II before participating in the funeral prayers which
took place at night due to the late arrival of the body from United
President Buhari’s condolence letter
said, “Late Mukhtar was my friend in war and in peace. He was a
brilliant Air Force officer, a good administrator and a patriot.
“”All those who came in contact with him
have recognized him as a brave man of vision and energy. These
qualities he brought to bear in his service to Nigeria.
““In politics, he was dogged and
determined to enthrone a good government, to clean up government
business and establish democracy and rule of law.
“”The late Waziri was a highly
intelligent person and very brave in the face of challenges. He was
prepared, and did leave his post on a point of honor and principle. He
was a worthy and a true son of Nigeria.’’
The two state Governors and the Emirs
praised the the exemplary qualities the late military officer and
thanked the President for standing by their people in their hour of
The federal government delegation
included the Ministers of Interior, retired Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau;
Defence, retired Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali; Education, Adamu Adamu and
the Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
Others were the Chief of Air Staff, Air
Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on
Media, Garba Shehu, that of Special Duties, Ya’u Darazo, Sha’aban
Sharada and Musa Daura, a nephew of the President.
Late Muhammad, who was the Wazirin Dutse in Jigawa, died on Sunday in a London hospital after a protracted illness.