Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Maiduguri eulogised the late Deputy Governor of Borno, Zannah Mustapha, extolling his exemplary commitment to excellence and service.
A statement issued by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the president stated this in a tribute to Mustapha, read on his behalf by the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno.
It said that Monguno led a Presidential delegation to condole the government and people of Borno on the Deputy Governor’s death.
President Buhari said that the young, hardworking politician would be greatly missed.
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"His was a life of service and excellence as attested to by many people who interacted closely with him," he said.
The President prayed that Almighty Allah would comfort members of late Mustapha’s family as well as the government and people of Borno, over his sudden death, and grant him peaceful rest.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno, who received the delegation in the company of the Shehu Borno, Abubakar Ibn-Garbai El-Kanemi, described the late Deputy Governor as a perfect deputy who was “simply irreplaceable".
Shettima thanked the president for his sympathy and the solidarity of the Federal Government with the government and people of Borno as they mourn Alhaji Zannah.
The Governor also expressed the people of Borno’s appreciation for the intensified effort by the military to end the Boko Haram insurgency which, he said, was already yielding positive results.
Other members of the Presidential delegation were Alhaji Bukar Goni, the Permanent Secretary, General Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on House Hold Matters, Mohammed Sarki Abba and the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.