Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has mourned the passing away of a former governor of Niger State, Engr. Abdulkadir Kure, describing him as “a committed and principled democrat”.
Similarly, a former Vice President of the West African nation, Atiku Abubakar, while morning the demise of Kure, described the late politician as “a dignified politician”.
In an emailed statement issued by Jonathan’s media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, on Monday, Jonathan, who commiserated with Kure’s family and the Government of Niger State, also described Kure, who died on Sunday, as a dedicated Muslim.
“I am deeply saddened by the passage to eternal glory, of the former Governor of Niger State, Engr. Abdulkadir Kure, who died yesterday at the age of 60.
“Kure distinguished himself in public service before joining politics where his candor and selflessness set him apart.
“He was in deed a committed and highly principled democrat and an exemplary devotee who was true to his belief, both in worship and appeal.
“He will be missed by the Government and good people of Niger State, his political associates and the rest of the country.
“May the Almighty grant him al Jannah Firdaus,” the statement read.
In his condolence message, Atiku, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the death of Kure has robbed Nigerian democracy of one of its finest, decent and peace loving politicians of our time.
According to the message, the former Vice President explained that: “It was impossible to encounter the late Kure without respecting and admiring him ever more for his humility, gentleness, patience and peace loving nature.”
Atiku also added that: “Kure looked at power as an opportunity to serve his people without keeping a ledger of ill will towards anybody, whether you supported him or not.”
He said the exemplary life of Kure was good evidence that there are gentlemen in politics, despite the widespread negative perceptions of politicians in the country.
The Turakin Adamawa also stated that he valued every moment he shared with the late Kure because “you couldn’t help admiring his wisdom, experience, patience and knowledge.”
Atiku Abubakar prayed to Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest in peace and abundant blessings in paradise.
He also expressed his condolences to the government, family and the entire people of Niger State over the demise of the late Governor Kure.