President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief over the loss of his dear friend and former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, retired Air Vice Marshal Mukhtar Mohammed.
He made his feelings known in a letter he wrote to the governments of Jigawa and Kano States, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu stated.
Buhari revealed how close he and the late military administrator were, saying Mukhtar was a friend in peace and in war. He also described the late former governor as a patriotic Nigerian with qualities worth emulating.
President Buhari said, “Late Mukhtar was my friend in war and in peace. He was a brilliant Air Force officer, a good administrator and a patriot.
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”All those who came in contact with him have recognized him as a brave man of vision and energy. These qualities he brought to bear in his service to Nigeria.
Speaking on Mukhtar’s impact in Nigerian politics, Buhari described his friend as one who worked tirelessly to ensure good governance and “establish democracy.”
”In politics, he was dogged and determined to enthrone a good government, to clean up government business and establish democracy and rule of law.
”The late Waziri was a highly intelligent person and very brave in the face of challenges. He was prepared, and did leave his post on a point of honor and principle. He was a worthy and a true son of Nigeria.”