An elder statesman and former minister in the second republic, Alhaji Magaji Mu’azu (Ubandoman Gombe) has passed on late Sunday evening, May 5, at the age of 80.
According to Daily Trust, he died after a protracted illness at the Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH), Gombe where he was receiving treatment for some months.
Family sources whon spoke to the newspaper said the funeral prayer will be conducted today, Monday, May 6 at the palace of the Emir of Gombe at 4pm.
Born in Gombe on March 14, 1939, he trained as auditor in both Nigeria and the United States of America.
He worked with the defunct government of Northern Nigeria and served as senior and principal auditor from 1960 to 1968.
He was also the auditor general of the defunct northeastern state, the present Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states from 1968 to 1976.
In 1977, he succeeded his father, late Mu’azu Halilu as Ubandoman Gombe and a ranking member of the Gombe Emirate Council.
He was chairman of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) from 1979 to 1980 during the second republic.
In 1980, he was appointed and posted to the defunct Gongola state as the Presidential Liaison Officer (PLO) by President Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari.
In 1983 when President Shagari won his re-election, Mu’azu was appointed as a federal minister of establishments and training.
The federal government conferred on him the national honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON).
Until his death, he was the member of the Gombe Emirate Council and chairman of Kingmakers’ Council that selected the current emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III in 2014.
He is survived by a wife, 16 children and several brothers and sisters. Among his brothers are; AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (Rtd), a national commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and CP Zubairu Mu’azu, Commissioner of Police, Lagos state command.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari expressed deep sorrow over the death of members of the Boys and Girls Brigade in Gombe state at their funeral on Saturday, April 27.
Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday night, said Buhari made his feelings known in a message to the families and friends of the victims at their funeral.
Nine of the youths being buried were killed following a dispute between members of the brigade and a security operative while on a procession to mark Easter.
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