Adamawa State Governor, Rt.Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has expressed shock and sadness over the demise of Dr Mamud Tukur.
Dr Tukur, the first Vice Chancellor of the Bayero University Kano and former Nigeria’s Minister of Commerce and Industry and a recipient of the Elizabeth Morris Memorial Prize passed away on Friday in Abuja at 82.
A statement by Humwashi Wonosikou, Fintiri’s press secretary said, the governor described the deceased, “as one of finest academic and technocrats Adamawa has produced.”
The governor said the death of Tukur comes as a shock, especially at a time his wisdom and wealth of experience are needed in addressing the challenges of development in Adamawa and Nigeria.
The Governor recalled the contributions of Tukur in the development of the education sector and his tireless efforts in the peace building process and socio-economic development of the State.
“We’ve lost a rare gem, an academic and great author, who had served this nation meritoriously. Our prayer is that Allah forgive his sins and grant him Jannatul Firdaus,” Fintiri said.
While commiserating with the family of late Dr Tukur, Fintiri urged them to uphold the ideals he stood for and preserve the legacies which would continue to serve as an inspiration for generations to come.
He urged Alhaji Bamanga Tukur former Governor of the defunct Gongola State and former National Chair of the PDP and elder brother to the deceased to take heart over the sad loss and prayed Allah to grant him and the entire family the fortitude to bear the loss.
“On behalf of the good people of Adamawa State, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to elderstatesman Alhaji Bamanga Mohammed Tukur and the entire family of the deceased, the people of Adamawa State and Nigeria on this sad loss”, Governor Fintiri said.
While describing the death of Dr Mamud Tukur as a celebration of a life well lived, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said, “We’ve Lost a great leader. He exemplified the best of Adamawa State”.