President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday condoled with the government and people of Jigawa State over the death of a former governor of Kano State, retired Air Vice Marshal Hamza Abdullahi.
In a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja, Buhari commiserated with family and friends of the deceased and Hadejia community.
The President said the sacrifices and good-heartedness of the former governor would always be remembered, most remarkably in revitalising the Expanded Programme of Immunisation for women and children in Kano State.
He said that late Abdullahi, who also served the country as Minister of Works and Housing and Minister of Federal Capital Territory, had worked assiduously to ensure successful movement of the nation’s capital city from Lagos to Abuja.
The former military governor died in the early hours of Thursday in Germany after a brief illness. He was aged 76 years.
A cousin of the deceased, Alhaji Kawu Yaro, said that Abdullahi took ill while performing Umrah (the lesser Hajj) and was flown to a hospital in Germany where he died.
Yaro told the News Agency of Nigeria that the former military governor was survived by three wives, 17 children, adding that details of his funeral would be announced subsequently by the family.
Born in Hadejia in Jigawa State, Abdullahi served as military governor in 1984 under the regime of Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State and was appointed Minister of FCT by General Ibrahim Babangida.