The death of a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Alhaji Hussaini Zanwa Akwanga, has been announced.
Naija News reports that Akwanga died on Friday at the age of 77 after a brief illness and has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
It was learned that the former minister died at his residence in his home town of Akwangain Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Recall that the former Minister became a minister in 2003 but was sacked by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In 2017, Akwanga was kidnapped on his farm in Kurmin Tagwaye village but was later released after a ransom was paid.
Speaking to reporters, Deputy Chairman of Akwanga LGA, Safiyanu Isa, said the former minister died of a protracted illness and will be remembered as a great leader.
Akwanga’s death follows the demise of a minister under the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, Engr Bunu Sheriff Musa.
Musa died on Sunday, December 6, 2021, at the age of 74.
Bunu served as a minister in various ministries, including Mines, Power and Steel Development. He was also Nigeria’s ambassador to France.
Confirming Musa’s death, the secretary of the Borno Elders’ Forum, Dr Bulama Mali Gubio, said it was devastating.
“We’re deeply pained by his departure. He was a good man. We were with him two days ago at the palace of Shehu of Borno and there was no inkling that his final days were near. Innalillahi Wa’Inna Ilaihi Rajiun.
“His death came shortly after that of another elder statesman Alhaji Tijjani Bolori. It’s a great loss to Borno and Nigeria. May Allah accept their souls and reward them with aljannah for the wonderful things they did,” Gubio said.
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