Northern Nigeria mourns demise of co-founder of Arewa Consultative Forum

Northern Nigeria mourns demise of co-founder of Arewa Consultative Forum

- Muhammadu Buhari says the north has lost a major figure who played active role in the creation of Jigawa state

- Buhari says the late AVM Mukthtari Mohammed loved Nigeria's unity till death

- Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state also describes the death of Mohammed as shocking

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other northerners in the country as they mourn the demise of a top leader from the region, retired Air Vice Marshal Mukhtari Mohammed.

The death of Mohammed, a former military administrator of Kaduna state and chairman of Freedom Radio Kano, was announced earlier on Monday, October 2.

Buhari described Mohammed as one of the finest, most principled, patriotic and loyal military officers he had ever known and respected.

“AVM Mohammed was so passionately committed to his principles and beliefs that he had to leave his military career earlier than expected on account of those principles.

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“Very few Nigerians are ready to lose their jobs or offices on account of their beliefs, but the late Mohammed was an exception to this ugly reality of Nigeria, a society where public office holders respect power more than principles,” Buhari said in a statement by Femi Adesina, his media aide.

President Buhari said Mohammed was a fountain of inspiration who loved the progress of Nigeria at all times.

Buhari further noted the significant role played by Mohammed in creation of the present Jigawa state.

“He extended his condolences to the government, the family and people of Jigawa and Kano states over the loss of this illustrious public figure,” the statement said.

On his part, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state expressed shock at the incident.

The governor said: “This is shocking. Coming few months after the death of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, the demise of AVM Mukhtar Muhammad is yet another big loss to the northern voice.

“AVM was a sound and eloquent statesman who cared about the competitiveness of the north in all affairs of the country.

“It was out of his genuine passion for northern Nigeria that he invested in the establishment of freedom radio even when radio broadcasting is not known to be a lucrative business but rather a social service.

“He wanted to open a station in Maiduguri inspite of our challenges.

“He was in Borno on different occasions to either lead or be part of delegations on issues relating to the challenges posed by Boko Haram and other issues concerning northern Nigeria.

“He always around whenever issues relating to the stability and progress of the north were in the front burner.

“He was even at the Borno lodge early last month when we had meetings with representatives of northern elders and the coalition of northern groups over issues of national unity and he contributed positively to that meeting.

“He even offered to be available anytime there was need to bring together retired military officers to contribute in whatever ways in efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

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“He cared for the north, invested selflessly for the north and represented the north so efficiently in many respects."

AVM Mukhtar Muhammed served as housing and urban development minister, member of the Supreme Military Council (SMC), and was one of the representatives of northern Nigeria at the 2014 constitutional conference. reported recently how vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, mourned late Maitama Sule that went to the great beyond in the earlier hours on Monday, July 3.

Osinbajo said the late Alhaji Sule was an orator, elder-statesman, distinguished diplomat and the Danmasinin Kano.

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