By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Daud Olatunji
Abuja—The Nigeria Police yesterday announced the death of a former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Muhammadu Dikko Yusuf.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President, David Mark, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and other eminent Nigerians have mourned the death of the former police boss.
Jonathan consoles family
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati said the President commiserated with Alhaji Yusuf’s family as well as the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on the demise of the respected leader of the cultural and political association.
According to the statement, “the President shares their grief as they mourn the eminent Nigerian who served his country dutifully throughout his successful career in the Nigerian Police, and later on, as a political leader and elder statesman.
The President believes that MD Yusuf, as he was fondly called by his friends and associates, will long be remembered for his outstanding political courage and exemplary determination during Nigeria’s transition to democracy after years of military rule.
President Jonathan recalls that as leader of the Grassroots Democratic Movement at that time, the late MD Yusuf embodied some of the best values of bravery and patriotism.
He was a bridge builder, says Mark
Senate president, David Mark in his own condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, described the late Yusuf as an exemplary police officer, who promoted professionalism and discipline during his stint as the helmsman in the force.
Senator Mark said, “Late Yusuf was one police boss who ensured the protection of lives and property of all citizens without compromise. He was a pan-Nigerian who built bridges of peace and unity. He believed and worked for the indivisibility of one Nigeria where all citizens are treated as equals.”
The Senate President said the late elder statesman was a forthright nationalist who took the entire nation as his constituency, pointing out that he was in the forefront in the struggle for the return of democracy in the present political dispensation.
OBJ eulogizes late top cop
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo described late Dikko as a remarkable man who served the nation with devotion and diligence.
In a letter of condolence, addressed to Alhaji Lamis Dikko, the eldest son of the late politician, Obasanjo said the late IG had contributed in no small measure to the upliftment of ethical standard in the Nigeria Police.
‘He was an epitome of humility and dignity’
Obasanjo in the letter said, “Our nation has lost a remarkable man who served the nation with devotion and diligence in his chosen profession. His service in the Nigeria Police Force was distinguished by high ethical and professional standard. He was an epitome of humility and quiet dignity both in service and retirement, even though he rose to the highest rank of the Force.
He brought renewed activism, verve and resourcefulness to bear on the security situation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria within the period he held the fort as Inspector-General of Police. Before then, he did the same as the head of Intelligence.
“Indeed, throughout his entire career in the Police, he demonstrated rare qualities of commitment and courage, always upholding the cherished traditions of the Public Service.”
, and left behind a name that was thoroughly bathed in honour and dignity. He was a true, honest and sincere Nigerian.”
, the Nigeria Police Force and the country as a whole will miss this patriotic officer, who was a major arrow-head of our reform efforts in the organisation in the 70s.
“As a politician, MD Yusuf will be remembered for his doggedness during the Abacha days when five political parties adopted Abacha. Indeed, MD stood firmly in Maiduguri Convention as the Presidential Candidate of Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM).
Late Yusuf was the third indigenous Inspector-General of Police and served between 1975 and 1979.
He was seconded to the force as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in 1962 and rose to the position of Inspector-General of Police on July 30, 1975.
The late I-G obtained his Elementary, Middle Schools and higher educational qualifications at Katsina Provincial School, School for Arabic Studies, Kano, 1947 and Institute of Administration, Zaria, between 1952 and 1953.
He also attended the Christ Church College (Oxford University).
After his retirement from the police, he held various national appointments.
He was appointed Chairman of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (NLNG) in 1994, and Chairman, Central Working Committee, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a northern cultural and Socio-political association in 2001.
Late Yusuf was a Presidential candidate on the platform of the Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM) and Movement for Democracy and Justice (MDJ) in Nigeria, respectively.
He was also the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Nigeria Police Force reform.
The deceased is survived by a wife, children and grand children.
Meanwhile, condolence registers had been opened at the foyers of the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters Abuja and Kam Salem House, Force Headquarters Annex, Moloney Street, Lagos.
Ben Agande, Abuja.