2 Aug 2017

Former Deputy Governor Dies as President Buhari Mourns from London

President Muhammadu Buhari who has been in London for over 80 days now, has mourned the death of an influential APC chieftain and former Nigerian deputy governor who just passed on.
Former Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Garba Muhammad-Gadi. (Photo: Guardian Newspaper)

70-year-old Garba Muhammad-Gadi, a former Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, has died, a family source said on Tuesday.

Abdurrahman Nuhu-Bayero, who is a close relative to the deceased, disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria in Zaria that Muhammad-Gadi died in an India hospital on Tuesday.

The deceased's relative who revealed that the late politician was survived by three wives and 15 children, also said arrangements were at an advanced stage to transport the body home for burial.

Muhammad-Gadi, who is the Danburan Katagum, served as deputy governor under the administration of Isa Yuguda from 2007 to 2011. He was also the National Chairman, Merger Committee which supervised the fusing of CPC with other political parties that gave birth to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari in his reaction on hearing the politician's demise, said the death of Gadi has robbed Nigeria of one of its “finest men of principle and integrity who set an enviable standard worthy of emulation.”

In a condolence statement issued in Abuja on Monday on his behalf by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that, “despite the negative perception of politicians, there are still honourable men among such as Alhaji Garba Gadi.”

President Buhari said loyalty to a principle was one of Gadi’s greatest quality, and recalled that the deceased was impeached because he rejected opportunism for the sake of principle, a quality he said, was uncommon among our politicians.

Buhari said he held Gadi in the highest esteem for standing by his principles, in spite of the risks in doing so, and prayed to Allah to forgive the sins of the late Deputy Governor, and condoled his family, the government and people of Bauchi State and the APC.

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