…calls on govt to investigate Rimi’s death
By Henry Umoru
ABUJAâ€”THE Northern Union, NU, said yesterday that the state of insecurity in the country today was no longer acceptable, just as it stressed that with the death of former Kano State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, death has robbed the north and indeed Nigeria one of its brightest.
In a statement by the Unionâ€™s Eldersâ€™ Council Chairman, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki in Abuja yesterday, the Northern Union, however, called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency investigate the attack, as well as the need to address these concerns early.
Saraki who described late Rimi as a colorful and focused political leader who spent a greater part of his life fighting on behalf of the masses, said, â€œon behalf of the Northern Union, I hereby express our heartfelt grief on the passing away of the first Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi. The death of Alhaji Rimi has come to us as a rude shock at a critical period of national stress which requires interventions from patriotic citizens like him, to chart the way forward.
â€œAs Executive Governor of Kano State in the Second Republic, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi gave a good account of himself as a leader with vision, who raised the living standard of his people through grassroots oriented development projects.
â€œFor several years after living office, the high standard of governance that Alhaji Rimi left behind continued to serve as a reference point for administrations that came after him. It is therefore a great tragedy that Alhaji Rimi, who is well loved by his people and respected across the country has suddenly passed to the great beyond.
â€œAs we mourn the demise of this great son of Nigeria, we join the people and government of Kano, his family and political associates in praying for the repose of his soul.
â€œThe death of this great Nigerian political leader due to an armed robbery attack, raises two issues:
One, the state of insecurity in Nigeria today is unacceptable. Two, we restate the need to investigate the attack. Government needs to address these concerns early.