He was the most vibrant politician of his time â€”AC
The Action Congress, AC, has blamed the sudden death of Alhaji Abubakar Rimi on the rising insecurity in the country, saying the best tribute that can be paid to him is for governments at all levels to ensure the security of lives and property.
In a statement issued yesterdayby its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said had armed robbers not waylaid the vehicle in which Rimi was travelling, he would not have suffered the shock and the health complications that terminated his life.
It said while Rimiâ€™s death made headline news because of the personality involved, many ordinary Nigerians are either killed or maimed on a daily basis by rampaging armed robbers and hoodlums across the country.
AC said amid indications that the nationâ€™s centralised police have lost the initiative to these criminals, it is time to re-visit the issue of state police to enhance the security of Nigerians.
â€œWe cannot continue to pretend that all is well with the security system in our country, where armed robbers seem to be having a field day. It is therefore time to look at other options, especially a decentralised policing system, that can bring security closer to the people and ensure that policemen and women are well equipped and motivated
â€œFortunately, Lagos State has shown what can be achieved when the police are provided with adequate resources and are well motivated. Thanks to the ingenuity and commitment to safety by the authorities in Lagos, the state today boasts of the best motivated, best equipped and best mobilised policemen in the country.
â€œThat has in turn enhanced the security of the residents of the state and driven armed robbers and other criminals away. This is a foretaste of what can be achieved if the present centralised policing system gives way to state police, which is even in line with true federalism,â€ the party said.
AC said it was shocked and saddened by the circumstances of the death of Rimi, whom it described as a most vibrant politician of his time, one who never lost touch with the ordinary people despite holding several top positions in his lifetime
AC prayed that God will grant repose to Rimiâ€™s soul and comfort those he left behind.
He played politics of honesty â€” Mark”
The nation has lost a political icon. His death at this point in time has robbed the nation of his wealth of experience, most needed to navigate the murky political water.
“Rimi will be remembered for his positive contributions to the political development of Nigeria. He was a politician of inestimable value. He played politics of honesty, integrity and without bitterness.
“He was an advocate of equity, respect for human rights, rule of law and upheld democratic principles at all times. His death is a tragedy.
“We shall miss his frank disposition to national issues, knowledge and political sagacity. He combined the rare attribute of conservative and liberal political theories to achieve results.
“He was a good ambassador of the political class. He left his positive footprint on the sand of time.â€
….Monumental loss â€”Gov Saraki
Governor Bukola Saraki ofÂ Kwara State has described the death of Rimi, as a rude shock and monumental loss to the entire country.
In a condolence message to the deceased family, the government and people of Kano State, by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Masâ€™ud Adebimpe, Gov. Saraki said the death of the great politician came at a time the country needed his wealth of experience to help strengthened our democracy.
“The former Governor had served his fatherland diligently to the best of his ability during his life time and had contributed immensely to the socio-political development of Nigeria.
“No doubt, his death has created another big vacuum that would be difficult to fill in a hurry,” Saraki said.
He prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the deceased his sins and reward his repose with Aljanat-Fridaoz.
Saraki also prayed God to grant the entire family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
He was a great humane politician â€” Bafarawa
“I received news of the death of Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi with shock and grieve, because he was one of the great humane politician that I have respect and recognition over his political standing and conviction to the progressive change in the country.
“We will surely miss his generous statement and conviction toward sustaining one indispensable country dispersed from political intimidation and abused of privileges to the betterment of citizens.
“The late Abubakar Rimi died an accomplished and genius political statesman that has sacrificed his life toward ensuring equity and unity in our democracy. He was an embodiment of peaceful resolution in democratic understanding.
“He was to us a role model in the struggle of masses rights, by ensuring the provision of social amenities to the door step of the masses, more especially during his tenure as Governor of Kano state.
“Surely, Nigerian political class has loss a great leader, articulate, intelligent and fearless politician in the service to humanity, who did not shy away from his responsibility of assuring that he contributed to the nation building through sharing of views and participating, no matter what it takes.
“He has endangered his political ambition and life to ensure the survival of democracy in our country. Late Rimi, will forever be remembered as a pillar and guide toward nation building and unity, as he never found engaged in any acts capable of creating disunity to our country.
“His death now remains a political tragedy to our dear nation, as we will greatly miss his genuine views and comments toward sustaining of our nationâ€™s nascent democracy and rule of law. May Allah grant his soul eternal rest.”
….He was warm, friendly â€” Atiku
â€œRimi was just the latest victim of the now pervasive senseless violent crimes in the country. We have worked closely together as politicians and I found him to be warm, friendly and frank. His death is a big loss to Nigeria. He was a fighter for democracy and rule of law. May his soul rest in peace.â€
He was my friend for 33 years â€” Bisi Akande, AC chairman
“I am shocked that Rimi had to die the way he did. Abubakar Rimi had been my friend for 33 years, we met at the Constituent Assembly in 1977. We wrote the 1979 constitution together. We lived together in Satellite Town for one year.
“He later became the governor of Kano State and our relationship became stronger.
“In 2006, we formed the Action Congress together but he later left the Action Congress because he was not happy that we did not join the Government of National Unity.
“I saw him last on 25 February 2010 at the launching of Abel Guobadiaâ€™s book, he was full of life, we shared a lot of jokes together.
“Heâ€™s a sociable person and heâ€™s a politician of high charisma. His death should remind all of us remaining that the armed robbers and assassins are now paroling in the sanctuary of the mighty and the powerful.
“His death should continue to remind us that centralized police will eventually destroy Nigeria. Until the police authorities are decentralized, Nigeria will know no peace.
“If you look at Lagos, where Police has virtually taken over, peace is gradually returning into the place and criminal are running out of Lagos.
“To agree that police will supervise the police from Abuja, the way it is being done now, will quickly spell the collapse of this country. May Abubakar Rimiâ€™s soul rest in perfect peace.”
“It was a shock. All we can do now is to pray for him and his soul. I remember him for his combatant politics he played since
…set the path of massive devt in Kano â€” Oshiomhole
â€œOur hearts are heavy with grief to hear the shocking news of the death of one of the most prominent and flamboyant politicians that made the defunct Second Republic tick.
â€œIt is to his eternal glory that Rimi never shied away from joining issues on critical national discourses and always spoke with forthrightness and candour. We shall miss his rich, robust, divergent and lively intervention to national debates. We shall miss the candour of a man not given to express his views only according to the blur of the moment.”
His death, unfortunate and tragic â€” Falae
In his reaction, Chief Olu Falae said Rimi was his good friend, adding: â€œHis death was unfortunate and tragic. I was shocked when I heard of this demise. It is a great loss not only to Kano State but to Nigeria in general.
â€œRimi was one of the most disciplined and principled politicians of the Second Republic. He was progressive and the nation would miss him a lot.
â€œHis death has again showed to us that we have a country where nothing is working. We have a country where there is no security. We have a country where there is no job; we have a country where we do not know the whereabouts of our president. What sort of country is that?â€
…was a dogged fighter â€” Yakasai
“The death of Rimi was a big loss not only to his family but to the entire Nigerian people. He was dogged fighter and fearless who dedicated his life to the unity of the nation and enthronement of everlasting democracy in the country.
“By his death, Nigeria has lost one of its pillars who stood firm in the struggle for the restoration of true democracy not only in Nigeria but in the entire African continent.”
Iâ€™ll remember him for his combatant politics â€”Â Balarabe Musa
“It was a shock. All we can do now is to pray for him and his soul. I remember him for his combatant politics he played since the Second Republic and also for the good works that he did when he was governor of Kano State.
“This was shown in the large turn out of people of Kano State who attended his burial. It shows they really appreciated him.”