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Late Bukar Abba Ibrahim
By our reporter, Damaturu
The passing away of the first civilian Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji (Dr) Bukar Abba Ibrahim is a big loss not only to Yobe State but to Nigeria as a whole politically.
Governor Bukar Abba Ibrahim died Sunday 4, February in the Holy City of Mecca after a protracted illness at the age 74.
His former Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Jirgi, made the remarks in a statement made available to journalists in Damaturu, Yobe state capital.
According to the statement, “We received a shocking news of his demise this evening from a family source.”
He described late Bukar Abba Ibrahim as the most humble leader-politician he has ever seen and worked with. “Very level-headed, down to us a very good political character,” Jirgi added.
He said the former governor died at a time when Nigerian political system is looking for such a brain who gave his entire life to grassroot politicking.
Late Bukar Ibrahim was Commissioner of Works and Housing in the old Borno State and became first civilian governor of Yobe State from 1991-1993, then elected under a new political dispensation from 1999-2007 under APP/ANPP ticket.
He was in the Senate for two terms from 2007-2015. He left behind two wives and fifteen children and many grand children. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.