Former Kaduna lawmaker, Yakubu Bityong dies

Former Kaduna lawmaker, Yakubu Bityong dies

- Kaduna state has lost one of her prominent sons

- Dr Yakubu Bityong's death came after he was rushed to the hospital but no doctor was on duty

- Bityong died at the age of 56

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Dr Yakubu Bityong, a former member of the Kaduna state House of Assembly, is dead.

Bityong who represented Kaura constituency in the Assembly from 2011 to 2019, died on Friday night in Kaduna at the age of 56.

A political associate of the deceased, Yakubu Umaru-Spider, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kaduna.

Umaru-Spider, a former secretary of Kaura local government, said that Bityong was two weeks ago diagnosed with lungs complications and placed on treatment.

“He became normal and continued with his life until yesterday (Friday) when he became ill again.

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“He was taken to General hospital Unguwan Boro, around 8:30 p.m. but there was no doctor on seat and just minutes after 11 p.m. he gave up the ghost,” he said.

Bityong was born on July 6, 1963, in Matuak Rimi, Moro’a Chiefdom in Kaura local government Area.

He held a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Health Education from University of Maiduguri, and Master’s and doctorate degrees in Sport Management from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He was a board member, Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority from 1999 to 2003.

He was also a commissioner in the ministries of youths and sports; Non-Governmental Organisation; and Special Duties between 2003 and 2010.

NAN correspondent, who visited the deceased’s residence at No 5, Jema’a close, Unguwan Boro, Kaduna, reports that it was filled with family members, politicians, and other sympathisers.

Meanwhile, had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said he is committed to putting an end to all issues that bring sorrow to Nigerians.

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The Nigerian president was said to have made the statement on Thursday, May 14, during a closed-door meeting with members of the national security council.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, told reporters after the meeting that Buhari promised to improve efforts in ensuring the safety of lives and properties of citizens.

“He (Buhari) is also committed to spending whatever resources he has at his disposal to bring to a quick end to all the issues affecting Nigerians and bringing a lot of sorrows to Nigerians. That is the most important takeaway from today’s meeting,” Moguno said.

According to Vanguard newspaper, the national security adviser said the president reassured Nigerians that he will redouble his effort in ensuring that the primary responsibility of the government to ensure the safety of lives and property is realised.

Babagana Monguno disclosed that the security meeting focused on possible areas where the nation needs urgent attention and possible solutions.

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