- David Attah, the spokesperson of former head of state Sani Abacha, has died at the age of 72 in a health facility in Plateau state
- Attah, before his retirement, also served former head of state General Abdulsalami Abubakar
David Attah, the chief press secretary to late Nigerian head of state Sani Abacha, is dead.
Premium Times reports that Attah died in a private hospital in Jos, Plateau state, where he was being treated.
Though details of his ailment have not been known, Attah reportedly died on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 according to his son, Emmanuel.
The late Attah is reported to have also served former military ruler, Abdulsalami Abubakar, who succeeded Abacha.
When he was 62, Attah had confessed that military rule cannot be compared with a democratic government.
In an interview, he called military rule dictatorship saying even though he worked for the former, he would always prefer the civilian rule.
“They may try to build roads, bridges and so on because they don’t have anybody restraining their authority and influence.
“Decision making under the military rule is faster. The civilian is held by checks and balances.
“So, you can’t afford to draw parallel between the military rule and the democratic rule. They are not comparable.
“As I said, they are different in nature and character and by their uniqueness, they produce different results.
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“The Nigerian situation is what I am looking at. Go to Ghana, the civilian regime has done very well there.
“Go to South Africa; go to other parts of Africa. And that is why we are crying that we have got what it takes to have good governance and efficient delivery system,” he said in the interview.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported earlier that the Kano state government on Monday July 3 declared tomorrow (Tuesday) July 4 public holiday to mourn the passing away of its illustrious son, Alhaji Maitama Sule, (Danmasanin Kano), who joined his ancestors at the early hours of today at an undisclosed hospital in Cairo, where he was rushed to for medical attention.
In a terse statement, issued and signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Mallam Mohammed Garba, who confirmed the death to newsmen in Kano, disclosed that he died in Cairo during a protracted illness.
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