- Nigeria has been thrown into a national mourning as the pioneer executive secretary of the Universal Basic Education Council, Prof. Gidado Tahir, died
- Tahir, who was the chairman, board of National Commission for Nonadic Education (NCNE) died on Thursday, January 13, aged 73
- The deceased who lectured at the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and the University of Abuja, hailed from Adamawa state
Professor Gidado Tahir, the Universal Basic Education Council (UBEC) pioneer executive secretary is dead.
Daily Trust reports that Tahir passed away on Thursday, January 13, at the age of 73 years old.
Though details of his death are still quite sketchy as of the time of filing this report, the deceased is survived by his wife, Hajiya Asma’u Gidado Tahir, children and grand children.
Born in Toungo town in Adamawa State, on December 29, 1949, he was the Chairman, Board of National Commission for Nonadic Education (NCNE).
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He lectured at at the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and the University of Abuja, where he rose to the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor before retiring.
In another report by The Punch, President Muhammadu Buhari, described Tahir, who was also the Chairman, Board of National Commission of Nomadic Education, as a “well-respected” scholar.
The Nigerian leader in reaction tp Tahir's death noted that the late professor made tremendous innovation and contributions to basic education and teacher training in the country.
Buhari's statement was contained in a condolence message by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Thursday in Abuja.
The president believed that Tahir left the scene when Nigeria needed his wise counsel, expertise and patriotic services most.
He stated that the nation would continue to treasure and build on the successful skill set, research and policy development, deposited in his students, professional networks, journals and publications.
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Ahmad Muhammad Ahmad, one of the scholar’s sons, announced the cleric’s death.
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Tofa's family confirmed his death on Monday, January 3, after rumours had spread on social media that the strong politician passed away three days ago.
The confirmation was shared on Monday, by one of Tofa's daughters who had earlier debunked claims of his father's death on social media three days ago.