The Niger Government has expressed sadness over the death of former Military Administrator of Benue and Kano States, retired Col. Aminu Isah Kontagora.
Mr Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the Government said this in a condolence message by his Information Officer, Mr Tanko Lawal, in Minna on Monday.
Solacebase reports that Aminu Isa Kontagora died on Sunday night at a hospital in Abuja over COVID-19 related complications.
The late 65-year-old Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora was Administrator of Benue State from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha, then Administrator of Kano State from September 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General AbdulSalami Abubakar, handing over power to elected executive governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on 29 May 1999.
Matane described the deceased as a complete gentleman.
He said that deceased would be remembered for his enduring commitment to the development of Benue and Kano states during his tenure as a military administrator in the states.
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“Kontagora was a respected officer who spent his life in the service of the state, country, and humanity,” he said.
He described Kontagora’s death as a great tragedy and a monumental loss to the state.
“On behalf of the government and people of the state, I want to convey my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of deceased, Sarkin Sudan, Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, people of Kontagora Emirate and the people of Niger as a whole on this huge loss,’’ he said.
He prayed that the Almighty Allah (SWT) will grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest, reward him with Jannah Firdausi and give the entire family the courage to bear the irreparable loss. (NAN)