President Muhammadu Buhari has described late Hajiya Fadimatu Ganduje, mother of the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as a woman of virtue and vision who brought up her children with a strong sense of public service.
In a condolence message read on his behalf by a government delegation of ministers he sent to represent him at the burial ceremony at Ganduje village near Kano on Friday, President Buhari said the deceased was a matriarch who watched over the affairs of her household with care and diligence.
“She was a personification of humility and decency. Decency was one of her magnetic and inspiring virtues. Nigerian parents should emulate her sterling character in their conducts,” the President said.
He prayed Allah to accept her good deeds and forgive her sins.
The President urged Governor Ganduje, his family and the people of Kano state to bear the loss with fortitude.
The delegation was led by the Minister Internal Affairs, Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau and it included the the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami,SAN, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu.
The President also paid tribute to renowned scholar and elder statesman, Professor Eskor Toyo, describing him as a role model whose guiding principle was to live for the good of less privileged people.
As Prof. Toyo is laid to rest tomorrow, Saturday” President Buhari believes that he will be long remembered as a fearless advocate who never stopped confronting the problems of social injustice, discrimination and poverty in Nigeria.” Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina quotes the president as saying in a statement
President Buhari affirmed that with his tireless efforts and advocacy on many issues central to the prosperity of Nigeria, including social justice, human rights and the war against corruption, Prof. Toyo has left a most worthy and commendable legacy for other patriotic Nigerians to build upon.
The President said that Prof. Toyo would be eternally honoured and celebrated for his life-long commitment to a better Nigeria and Africa, and as a fountain of knowledge who was a great mentor and role model to his students and admirers.
President Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to Prof. Toyo’s family, the government and people of Akwa Ibom state.
He prays that God will grant Prof. Toyo’s soul eternal rest and comfort his family, friends and admirers.
Professor Toyo before his death, was a lecturer at the University of Calabar and a social critic who never spared any government in power