*Buhari, Saraki pay last respects; Okowa mourns, Senate, NUJ extol late gov
More condolence messages have continued to pour in over the death of the former governor of Niger State, Abdulkadir Kure, who died in a German hospital on Sunday with President Muhammadu Buhari, the senate President, Bukola Saraki, Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and the former Senate President, David Mark, among others, commiserating with Niger State government and the family over their loss.
President Buhari in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by Mr Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, commiserated with the wife of the deceased, Sen. Zaynab Kure, her children, all the Kure family and the Nupe people on the demise of their illustrious son.
“The President joins them in mourning the two-term governor and vibrant political leader, who was a great promoter of peaceful co-existence, development and the unity of the Nigerian state throughout his life,” the statement read.
Buhari paid tribute to Kure’s unselfish dedication to the progress of his state, symbolised by his selfless services to his community even after leaving office.
He prayed Allah to receive Kure’s soul and comfort all who mourned him.
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, while expressing shock over the death of Abdulkadir Kure, described Kure as a man who sacrificed all he had for nation building.
He said that the death of Kure had left a vacuum that would not be filled in a hurry.
The Senate President also commiserated with the family of the late Kure, most especially his wife, Sen. Zainab Kure, who had also served the country as a senator.
Gov. Okowa mourns
While commiserating with the government and people of Niger State yesterday, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State said: “The sudden demise of Kure is a big blow to the family and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State.”
Okowa’s condolence was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, in Asaba.
He said: “Kure was a staunch PDP chieftain whose contributions to the growth of the party in Niger State will remain memorable for a long time.”
For former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, the death of the two-time govenor of Niger State was devastating.
Lamenting the demise, Senator Mark stressed that he was an accomplished public servant and quintessential politician .
In a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, former Senate President Mark said that the death of Kure at this time was a devastating blow to the political class, especially the PDP family.
Senator Mark noted that late Kure was a vibrant and dynamic governor of Niger State, who embarked on aggressive transformation of the state.
Late Kure redefined governance in Niger – Senate
The Senate Spokesman, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, has described the demise of former governor Abdukadir Kure of Niger as a huge loss to the state and the country as a whole.
Reacting to the death of Kure, the Senate spokesman said in Abuja that the deceased redefined governance in Niger while he was governor.
He gave priority to people’s welfare — NUJ
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger State Council, described the late former governor of the state, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kure, as a man who gave priority to the welfare of the people.
The Chairman of the council, Malam Mohammed Mohammed, said: “The late former governor was a complete gentleman who took the welfare of the people serious.
“He empowered civil servants, citizens and non-citizens of the state in various ways.
“So, the news of his demise was a great shock and a loss to the people of the state and the country, because he worked for his people.“