By Aminu Ahmed Garko
Minna – Former military President Ibrahim Babangida on Monday visited and condoled the family of late Governor of Niger, Abdulkadir Kure, who died on Jan. 8 in Germany at the age of 60 years.
“I have known Abdulkadir for over three decades. I first knew him as a young engineer and an administrator.
“He later became a political leader. His trajectory was one of a steady rise.
“He grew to become my friend and a confidant. He was of course always a brother,” Babangida said during the visit.
The former president described the late Kure as “simple, humble, honest, brilliant, dexterous and unflinchingly loyal”.
“Personally, I learnt a lot from him and thought he would continue to be an inspiration in more years to come. But his demise has come as a big, sad blow to me.
He will be tremendously missed. I hope and pray the healing from the enormous pain caused by this sad event will come from Allah.
“This is my solace. I am consoled also by the very comforting testament of the life he lived and led.”
Babangida said that several people had testified that he lived a righteous life and “when we are before Allah, the testimony he got following his death, we hope, will earn him Allah’s mercy, Insha Allah”.
“May Allah forgive his all shortcomings; reward his good deeds and admit him into Aljannat firdaus.”
NAN reported that Babangida was accompanied on the visit by his son and daughter, Muhammad and Aisha and was received on the visit by Alhaji Umar Kure, the son of the late governor.