The Senate President, Bukola Saraki says the death of Umaru Shinkafi came at a time when Nigeria needs his experience, frank disposition, wise counsel and political sagacity.
Saraki described Shinkafi as a leading political light who contributed so much to the political programmes that led to the birth of the present republic.
An accomplished politician
In a statement, Senator Saraki also said “the late Shinkafi, who held the traditional title of Marafan Sokoto, was an accomplished public servant and an outstanding professional who did well as a legal practitioner as well a former Minister of Internal Affairs and head of the nation’s former secret service, then known as Nigeria Security Organisation (NSO).”
“The Marafan Sokoto was a consummate politician who had large followership across the country, a bridge builder, highly revered by his supporters and opponents and a man who will always say the truth at every point,” he stated.
“The late Shinkafi helped in mentoring many political office holders now occupying top positions in government at various levels.
“He was also a man who embodied the tradition of his people and that is why he held the important title of Marafa in the Sultan’s council,” the Senate explained.
Senator Saraki further stated that, “with his diverse and extensive experience in the area of security, his advice would have been useful in tackling the different security issues confronting our country at this point. Incidentally, late Shinkafi was not a man who shield away from contributing to issues of national development.”
“His absence will be sorely missed by all and sundry. I pray that Almighty Allah grant him a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus. May Allah also grant members of his immediate family, his political family, the people and government of Zamfara and Sokoto States the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” he added.