Ex Bauchi Deputy Governor buried in Azare

Osita Okechukwu

A former Deputy Governor of Bauchi state, Alhaji Garba Gadi has been buried in Azare town north east of the country with calls that his exemplary and incorruptible life style should be emulated by Nigerians.

Before his death, he had appealed to Nigerians not to allow people with questionable characters to rule the country again.

Teeming sympathisers from all spheres of life thronged the town to witness the burial of the politician described as a rare gem which took place over the weekend.

The Grandson of the late politician, Ghazali Mohammed who all the while was by the bedside of the late deputy governor recalled the appeal he made that Nigerians should support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari especially in the fight against corruption, the very bane of the nation’s development.

He recalled how the grandfather “admonished Nigerians and in particular the APC not to allow rogue elements to rule Nigeria again. If nothing else, President Muhammadu Buhari has instituted policies designed to plug the leakages of our public finance forever. With transparency instituted, everything will fall in place. This is why these rogue elements at every turn are putting obstacles on the anti-graft war being waged by President Buhari. They are also obstructing Buhari’s foreign loans meant to develop the country’s deficit infrastructure. They don’t want Buhari to succeed and shine”.
The late Deputy governor was sacked from his post by the then governor Isa Yuguda for allegedly not decamping from the then ruling People’s Democratic Party with his principal to the then opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress, now in government.

Corruption charges were then proffered against him the case of which is still at the Supreme Court and he continued to deny any wrong doing up to when he died.

Soon after the burial, Ghazali Mohammed told reporters shortly before the demise of his grandfather, he had forgiven all those who prosecuted him, “he had put it behind him and was only grateful to the lawyers who waged pro bono legal war for him on this regard – Abubakar Malami,SAN, Okoi Obono Obla Esq and Femi Falana, SAN. His sole worry before he died was corruption which he reasoned is at the root of Nigeria’s underdevelopment, the emergence of Boko Haram and gross unemployment” Ghazali quipped.

The Late Deputy Governor a former Managing Director, Nigeria Bank for Commerce and Industry was also a co-chairman of the historic 2013 All Progressives Congress Merger Committee, and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of Federal University Kashere, Gombe State.

Alhaji Garba Gadi who died of cancer had been off and on in hospitals abroad in the past two years battling with the illness and finally died in Delhi, India.

In attendance at the burial were dignitaries like the Governor of Bauchi, His Excellency, Abubakar Mohammed, Yayale Alhmed, Former Head of Service,  Buba Galadima, a chieftain of the APC,  Adamu Adamu, Min9ster of Education, Osagie Ehanire, Osita Okechukwu,Director General Voice of Nigeria,  Engineer Ada Obi, Emir of Misau, Captain Bala Jibrin, Emeka Enechi, Waziri Bulama, Pastor Longe and host of others.