- An outstanding academic, administrator and politician, Dr Shettima Mustapha, has died at the age of 83
- Mustapha who served as minister of agriculture and natural resources, minister of defence and later minister of interior
- The All Farmers Association of Nigeria describes his death as an irreparable loss to the agricultural sector and the country
His former aide in the ministry of defence who confirmed his demise, noted that his remains would be flown to the northeast for burial.
Similarly, a statement issued on Thursday, November 17 by the national president of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Arc. Kabir Ibrahim said the farmers’ umbrella body considers his death as an irreparable loss.
Part of the statement read:
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“It is with a sense of loss and great pain that I announce the death of our Board of Trustee (BoT) member, Dr Shettima Mustafa, which took place a few minutes ago.
“Preparations to take his body to Maiduguri for Islamic funeral rites are underway at the moment.
“AFAN considers the death of one of its founders as an irreparable loss.
“The sacrifice he made in the agriculture space will forever be remembered and cherished.
“AFAN prays for the repose of his soul and prays to Allah to grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Allah ya jikan, Dr Shettima Mustapha. Ameen.”
Profile of Late Dr Shettima in politics
Dr Shettima Mustapha CFR was minister of agriculture (1990–1992), and in 2007 was appointed minister of defence in the cabinet of President Umaru Musa Yaradua.
Later he was made minister of interior. He left office in March 2010 when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved the cabinet.
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Months before his death, Amechi led some Igbo elders to Aso Rock to make case for the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
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