The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) says Northerners will not forget former Nigerian presidential candidate, Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa for his mentorship and guidance.
Naija News earlier reported that the Kano State-born politician died in the early hours of Monday after battling an undisclosed illness.
Recall that Tofa was MKO Abiola’s major challenger in the controversial June 12, 1993, presidential election, annulled by the Ibrahim Babangida military government.
The CNG in a condolence message issued on Monday by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the youths would always remember Tofa for his leadership, sacrifice and patriotism.
According to the groups, the late politician’s commitment to the issues facing the Northern region and the country as a whole will never be forgotten.
It expressed shock over the demise of the Kano State-born politician, noting his life and works have been a source of inspiration for many youths in the region.
He said, “We mourn the passing of this great man from whose life and works we have drawn inspiration and we must strive, in all we do, to live by the personal and social values and standards he lived and set for himself.”
“The late Tofa was a passionate believer of the organic links between generations who was always available for young people.”
“The North certainly lost a great statesman, but the youth lost a mentor, a guardian, a living history and an embodiment of all the exemplary qualities young Northerners should strive to achieve.
“We pray the Almighty Allah to overlook his shortcomings, forgive his gentle soul, admit him to Jannah and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”