- The people of Azare community in Bauchi state have been plunged into grief
- This is as the Sarkin Dawakin Katagum, Alhaji Lele Mukhtar, passed away
- The former federal permanent secretary died on Tuesday, with President Muhammadu Buhari describing him as a "man of exemplary character"
The people of Azare community in Bauchi state have been plunged into mourning following the death of Sarkin Dawakin Katagum, Alhaji Muhammad Lele Mukhtar.
Mukhtar, a former federal permanent secretary, was said to have died on Tuesday, December 22.
The deceased traditional ruler had served as national commissioner, National Planning Commission (NPLC) and a member of the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
In a reaction to his death, President Muhammadu Buhari described Mukhtar as a "man of exemplary character who mentored several subordinates" at all the positions he served.
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The president, who spoke through a statement by his senior media and publicity aide Malam Garba Shehu, also commiserated with the people of Bauchi state, especially the friends and associates of the deceased.
He prayed God to "comfort all those who mourn Alhaji Mukhtar, reward his good deeds and grant his soul peaceful rest.
Part of the condolence message read:
"President Buhari notes that Alhaji Mukhtar was a man of exemplary character who mentored several subordinates wherever he served, and contributed significantly to the development of not only his state, but also his hometown, Azare."
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that Usman Faruk, first military governor of the northwestern state, died, plunging the people of Gombe into mourning.
The former military governor died on Friday, December 18. He served as the northwestern state military governor from 1967 to 1975 after it was split off from the old northern region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.
Reacting to his demise, President Buhari described Faruq as an upright patriot who dedicated his life to the unity of the nation.
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Domkat Bali, former minister of defence, passed away at the age of 80, plunging his family and close associates into tears and grief.
The octogenarian died on Friday, December 4. Bali was joint chief of staff between 1984 and 1985 when President Muhammadu Buhari was head of state.
He retired as a decorated military officer in 1990 and later emerged as Ponzhi Tarok, the paramount ruler of the Langtang in Plateau state, in December 2010.
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