Buhari Mourns Tofa, Dispatches Condolence Delegation To Kano State

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the death of Kano politician and former Presidential candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa.

The President in a statement on Monday said the late Tofa was not afraid to speak the truth at all times and was committed to public enlightenment.

Naija News recalls Tofa died in the early hours of Monday after battling an undisclosed illness.

Reacting in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President described the late Kano politician as a true nationalist that would be difficult to replace.

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He described Tofa as a “politician of note, who once ran as Presidential Candidate in a two-horse race, who was also a promoter of Islamic culture and civilization.”

“He set up the Bureau for Islamic Propagation, BIP in the mid-80s that helped to unite Muslim Scholars in the Northern States, narrowing the differences that characterized their relationships. The BIP also published books and newspapers.

“He was, till the end, a patriot to the core. He envisaged a better Nigeria for all. We pray that this dream and collective aspiration and necessary commitment will not go with him. We owe it to his memory and to the nation,” said the President.

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Also, the President prayed to Allah to repose his soul and grant fortitude to the bereaved family and friends, the Kano Emirate Council as well as the government and people of Kano State to bear the loss.

In a related development, Naija News reports the President has dispatched a delegation to Kano with a condolence letter to the State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The team is made up of the Ministers of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd) and Water Resources, Engineer Sulaiman Adamu accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu and the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

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