President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness over the death of Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, the Deputy Governor of Borno State, who died on Saturday in Yola, Adamawa State.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, in a statement issued on Saturday, said the president, who described the deputy governor’s death as a huge loss to the state and the nation, commiserated with the government and people of Borno over the death.
The statement said that Buhari urged the state governor, Kashim Shettima, the deceased’s family and the entire people of Borno to bear the loss with fortitude.
Also, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, said that he shared in the sorrow of his Borno counterpart, over the demise of his deputy.
Ambode said: “As a brother Governor, I feel completely overwhelmed just imagining the depth of your pain and anguish at the death of a most loyal, dependable and diligent deputy, which you had in Alhaji Mustapha.”
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed deep shock and sadness at the sudden death of the late Deputy Governor.
The party, in a statement issued on Saturday by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, its National Publicity Secretary, described Zannah’s death as a huge loss to his family, his party, his State and indeed, Nigeria.
”The suddenness of Alhaji’s Zannah’s passing has deepened the pain caused by his death. We pray that God will comfort his family and give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the party said.
The deceased deputy governor was reported to have died in his hotel room while representing the state government at the convocation of Modibbo Adamawa University of Science and Technology, Yola.
The Street Journal reports that the late Mustapha, a retired Naval officer and two-time deputy governor of the state, passed on at the age of 49, and is survived by a wife and three children.
His remains was buried in Maiduguri in accordance with Islamic rites.