Obasanjo pays trib­ute to Shinkafi, Monguno

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

For­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo has de­scribed the late pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Al­haji Umaru Shinkafi as a con­stant politi­cian in Nige­ria’s po­lit­i­cal scene and avid chron­i­cler of the coun­try’s evo­lu­tion.

Also, Obasanjo de­scribed the late Al­haji Shet­tima Ali Monguno as an epit­ome of self­less ser­vice and to­tal loy­alty to the com­mon good, declar­ing that he was unar­guably one of those most pas­sion­ate in pro­mot­ing the Nige­rian agenda.

The for­mer pres­i­dent in sep­a­rate con­do­lence letters to the fam­i­lies of the two late elder states­men, said their demise was a deep loss to him and the coun­try.

On Monguno, the for­mer Pres­i­dent said, “The news of the death of one of the finest elder-states­men and po­lit­i­cal actors Nige­ria ever had, Al­haji Shet­tima Ali Monguno, has brought a deep sense of loss to me and mil­lions of his com­pa­tri­ots who ad­mired him for his stead­fast com­mit­ment to the pub­lic good. It was with a deep sense of per­sonal loss that I write to com­mis­er­ate with the de­ceased en­tire fam­ily and the good peo­ple of Borno State on the pass­ing of this em­i­nent Nige­rian.”

On Shinkafi, Obasanjo wrote, “As a politi­cian, it is, in­deed, note­wor­thy that he was con­stant on Nige­ria’s po­lit­i­cal scene for the bet­ter part of the past two decades. He con­tested for the pres­i­den­tial ticket of the cen­tre-right Na­tional Repub­li­can Con­ven­tion (NRC) in 1992. He also emerged as one of the top lead­ers of the All Peo­ples Party (APP), un­der which he con­tested, in al­liance with AD, as run­ning mate to Chief Olu Falae in 1999. Late Shinkafi was in­deed, an avid chron­i­cler of our evo­lu­tion as a peo­ple and a na­tion. This em­i­nent Nige­rian has left us at a cru­cial stage in our na­tion’s his­tory and he will be sorely missed.”

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