- Another prominent Nigerian has reportedly died of COVID-19 complications
- President Muhammadu Buhari is unhappy over the death of Abdullahi Ibrahim, a former minister of Justice
- The president disclosed why Ibrahim will be missed by Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Abdullahi Ibrahim, a former attorney-general of the federation and minister of Justice.
Ibrahim reportedly died of COVID-19 complications at a hospital in Abuja, on Sunday, January 24, according to Daily Trust.
A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari has communicated his condolences to the bereaved family over the demise of the former minister.
The president was reported to have described the late minister as an exemplary lawyer and statesman.
According to Premium Times, he said Ibrahim will be remembered for his selfless service to the country.
The statement from the presidency read in part:
“His work as member of the Nigerian team that negotiated the Maritime Boundary Treaty between Nigeria and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Unitisation Agreement of the Zafiro/Ekanga Oil Fields has left an indelible mark on the trajectory of this country’s history and development. His accomplishments will continue to make us proud.”
The late lawyer served as attorney-general of the federation and minister of Justice of Nigeria between 1997 and 1999 in the regime of the military head of state, Abdusalami Abubakar.
Before then, he held the position of minister of education, science and technology and later as minister of transportation under the earlier military regime of Buhari as head of state from 1984 to 1985.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded 1,633 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic as Lagos and Plateau had 498 and 214 respectively.
Legit.ng reports that the news was broken on Saturday, January 23, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded 176 cases while it was followed by Rivers state which had 99.
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