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President Buhari Commiserates with Govt, Family of Adamawa First Executive Gov, Michika


President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Adamawa State on the passing away of the first civilian governor, Alhaji Abubakar Saleh Michika, on Saturday.
In a condolence message signed Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina on Sunday, Buhari commiserated with the family, friends and professional colleagues of the late politician.
Buhari described Michika as astute administrator, political strategist and community developer, who worked variously with reputable international organisations before bringing his experience and skills to contribute to the development of Nigeria.
He commended Alhaji Michika’s strong sense of patriotism and commitment to national development which he said prompted him to alter his career path from the private sector, and take up public office by contesting and winning the gubernatorial elections in 1992.
He believes the country will miss the wise counsel, visionary leadership and disciplined lifestyle of the former Adamawa State Governor.
The President, who according to the statement has sent a Federal Government delegation led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha to commiserate with the family, prayed that the almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest, and comfort his family.
The former Governor died on Saturday.
One of his sons, Hafiz Saleh Michika, had been complaining to the state authorities that his father needed to go for medical check-up. He said the state government had also refused to pay his pension.
Hafiz said Governor Mohammed Jibrilla visited his father on Saturday, promising to do something. He, however, stated that “even when he visited us, time was running out on the former Governor if he must live.”
Michika, born in 1941, was the first civilian governor of Adamawa State, from January 2, 1992 to November 17, 1993. He was a member of the then governing National Republican Convention (NRC) in the state.
He worked with the British Bank of West Africa from 1966, then John Holt company before joining the politics.
He was born in Michika, headquarters of the Michika Local Government Area in Adamawa where he did his primary school before moving on to Yola Middle School (now known as the General Murtala Mohammed College Yola) for his secondary education.
He had four wives and is a father to 38 children – 17 boys and 21 girls – 99 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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