Buhari mourns as late ex-Presidential Candidate Bashir Tofa is burried in Kano

January 3, 2022
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January 03, (THEWILL) – Alhaji Bashir Tofa, candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), in the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, has been buried in kano.

THEWILL reports that the former presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, died at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in the early hours of Monday after a brief illness.

Tofa, whose death was announced by the family on Monday in Kano, was aged 74.

He was buried in accordance with Muslim rites between the graves of his parents at the Hajj Camp cemetery in Kano metropolis.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday described the late Tofa as a true nationalist that will be difficult to replace.

A statement issued on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said his Principal leads the nation in mourning Bashir Tofa, a politician of note, who once ran as Presidential Candidate in a two-horse race, who was also a promoter of Islamic culture and civilisation.

Buhari said the late Tofa was noted for his untiring commitment to public enlightenment and was unafraid to speak the truth all the time that he lived.

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 characterised their relationships. The BIP also published books and newspapers.

In a tribute to the deceased, President Buhari also described the late Tofa as a true nationalist that would be difficult to replace.

“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.

President Buhari 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.

Meanwhile, 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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