President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late former Minister of Mines, Power and Petroleum, Alhaji Shettima Monguno, as “one of the finest statesmen and political actors Nigeria ever had.’’
This is contained in a statement signed by Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja.
The statement said that the president condoled Borno Government and people in a condolence message conveyed by a Federal Government delegation led by retired Major General Babagana Munguno to the funeral of the late elder statesman in Maiduguri on Saturday.
The statement quoted Buhari as saying that the deceased would “always remain fountain of inspiration in life and death’’.
According to the president, the late elder statesman from Borno, ranked among the most respected public figures in Nigeria while in office and while in retirement life.
He recalled that in the course of his public service as a Parliamentarian and a Federal Minister of Internal Affairs in the First Republic, late Monguno “left behind a legacy of untainted and unblemished career’’.
He said such virtues should be emulated by Nigerian leaders at all levels.
“Man’s greatest pride is to leave behind a good name and the late Monguno achieved that desire,’’ he added.
Buhari, who said that it would take volumes to narrate Monguno’s sterling virtues, extended his condolences to the family, government and the people of Borno over the loss.
He prayed Almighty God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest.
The government delegation, according to the statement, included the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.
In a related development, the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, in Sokoto, condoled with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the family of late Marafan Sokoto, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi.
Speaking at the palace of the Sultan, Mrs Buhari described the death of Shinkafi as a great loss to Nigeria.
The wife of the president also prayed God to repose the soul of the deceased.
Responding, the Sultan thanked the president’s wife for the visit and for assisting the less privileged ones in the country.
Similarly, the former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, paid a condolence visit to the Shinkafi family in Sokoto and prayed God to grant him Aljanna Firdaus.
He also prayed that Allah would grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Other personalities who paid condolence visit to the family include former Defence Minister, Gen. Aliyu Gusau and PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.
Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo were also among those who paid condolence visit to the late Shinkafi family.
Born on Jan. 19, 1937 elder-statesman, businessman and retired policeman, Shinkafi died in a hospital in London on July 6.
Shinkafi, who held the traditional title of Marafan Sokoto, was a native of Zamfara.
He was a Federal Commissioner of Internal Affairs and a presidential aspirant in the third Republic and had an extensive career in military intelligence. He went to Nigerian Law School and University of Lagos.
His body was flown back to Nigeria on July 7 and buried at Abubakar III burial ground in Sokoto.