- A notable son of northern Nigeria, Dr. Mahmud Tukur, has been announced dead
- Tukur was a big-time player in the Nigerian corporate world and a former minister
- The deceased was also said to be a close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari
A former minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Mahmud Tukur, has been declared dead.
Daily Trust reports that he died in the early hours of Friday, April 9.
He was the first Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, and also a former director of Cadbury Nigeria.
Sources quoted in the report said he died from an undisclosed ailment after he was rushed to a hospital in Abuja from his base in Kaduna, last night.
The death of Tukur comes weeks after Chidi Izuwah, director-general of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), was declared dead.
Izuwah died on Tuesday morning, March 16 after a protracted illness which he had been receiving treatment in South Africa since 2020.
Reacting to his death, President Buhari offered his condolences to the family and friends of Izuwah as well the management and staff of the ICRC.
The president described the deceased as a very dedicated public servant, reform-oriented, and highly skilled.
He acknowledged that the deceased played very important roles in advancing infrastructure financing in Nigeria with special emphasis on Public-Private Partnerships.
Recall that a former Lagos state governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande died about a month ago throwing the nation into mourning.
Alhaji Jakande was a former journalist who became governor of Lagos state in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, and later was minister of works under the Late Sani Abacha military regime.
He is noted for introducing housing and educational programmes targeted at the poor, building new neighbourhood primary and secondary schools, and providing free primary and secondary education.