BREAKING: Former Adamawa governor dies At 77
Michika was rushed to hospital on Saturday, March 10 but died in early of Sunday – He would be buried according to Islamic rites on Sunday, March 11 afternoon
– He was Adamawa governor from January 2, 1992 to November 17, 1993 on the platform of the NRC
– President Buhari penned a touching message to the family of late Michika and also sent a federal delegation led by SGF Boss Mustapha to them A former governor of Adamawa state in northern Nigeria Saleh Michika has died. Michika, the first civilian governor of the state, was reported to have died at the age of 77 years old in the early hours of Sunday, March 11 after being rushed to the hospital for medical attention. Channels television quoted a statement from one of Michika’s family members Aminu Iyawa as saying that the ex-governor was brought to the hospital on Saturday, March 10.
He said: “Michika was rushed to Federal Medical Centre on Saturday afternoon for medical attention by family members.” Yohanna Mathias, the Chief Press Secretary to the current Adamawa state governor Mohammed Jibrilla, has also confirmed the incident. He noted that Governor Jibrilla visited the sick former governor in hospital and will also cut short his visit to Mubi in order to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Sunday afternoon according to Islamic rites. Channels reports that Abubakar Saleh Michika was born 1941 and he was the first civilian governor of Adamawa from January 2, 1992 to November 17, 1993.
He was a member of the then ruling National Republican Convention (NRC). Michika’s death comes just days after another former governor of Nasarawa state Aliyu Akwe-Doma also died. According to his nephew, Ahmed Bako, Akwe-Doma, the immediate former governor of Nasarawa, died on the evening of Tuesday, March 6, in a foreign hospital in Israel after a brief illness. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences messages to the government and people of Adamawa state on the passing away of its first civilian governor, Alhaji Abubakar Saleh Michika.
Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity Femi Adesina said in a statement late on Sunday that the Nigerian leader “commiserated with the family, friends and professional colleagues of the 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.”
The President also commended Alhaji Michika’s “strong sense of patriotism and commitment to national development which 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 also noted that “the country will sorely miss the wise counsels, visionary leadership and disciplined lifestyle of the former Adamawa State governor.” Adesina also revealed that President Buhari has sent a Federal Government delegation led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha to commiserate with the family of the late governor.