By Philip Clement, Abuja
Northern Elders Forum (NEF) have expressed sadness over the death of Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa .
In a statement by Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed,
Director, Publicity and Advocacy,
Northern Elders Forum, the Forum describe his death as a collosal loss to northern Nigeria and the country at large.
“The North has lost an indefatigable defender of its dignity and values. Nigeria has lost an illustrious son, a consummate politician who was denied the opportunity to provide leadership with the annulment of the Presidential elections In 1992. The Forum lost a loyal founding member, a firm believer in responsible and visionary leadership.
“Alhaji Bashir was the embodiment of the best combination of private enterprise and unparalleled philanthropy. His landmarks in Kano and the national economy will match the best. History will record that Alhaji Bashir’s life was well spent in the service of God and fellow humans, and he will continue to be an inspiration to many generations of Nigerians.
“The Forum also condoles the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, the people of Kano and Nigerian Muslims over the demise of Dr Datti Ahmad.It prays that Allah (SWA) will reward him for his pioneering service to his community with Aljannah Firdausi,” the Forum added.