Northern Governors mourn Umaru Diko

Former Minister of Transportation, Umaru Dikko

The governors urge youth to fill vacuum created by death of leaders‎.


The Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, has described the death of Umaru Diko as a further depletion in the ranks of Northern state leaders. The forum added that it is time for sober reflection and a time for the region and the nation to remain committed to building leadership inspired by service.

The Chairman of the forum and governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu who spoke on behalf of the forum in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije, said the growing number of prominent Nigerians dying only suggests that the younger generation must step into the shoes of departed leaders.

Mr. Aliyu said the nation will sorely miss the late Mr. Diko especially in the direction of his wealth of experience as a politician which would have been a veritable resource for national discuss now that the country is passing through difficult times.

“This is indeed another sad episode to the already challenging times Nigeria is passing through as a country. The death of Umaru Diko and a few prominent Nigerians in less than two months is a reminder that the present generation of Nigerians must grow up mentally, morally with collective objective towards a common developmental destination within the confines of appropriate leadership tenets.

“The demise of our leaders, should remind us that the place of the youths is now, not tomorrow. The youths of today must therefore show signs of leadership by eschewing violence, steering clear of sentiments and avoid ethno-religious balkanization of the country so that we can grow Nigeria to attain its position in the committee of nations.”

The Chairman of the forum, therefore, called on Nigerians to immortalize past leaders by ensuring that the continuous existence of the country is not compromised and the developmental aspiration cardinal adding that that’s all Nigerians owe the dead as the country journey through its turbulent route towards a better and greater nation.

He urged Nigerians to always work within the principles and practice of good service, good moral, and patriotism adding that at the end, people will be remembered based on how they lived.

The forum chairman, therefore, prayed that Allah (SWT) grants the late Umaru Diko Aljannah Firdausi. He also prayed Allah grants his family and the nation the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.


Israel A. Ebije

Chief Press Secretary to the Niger state Governor


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    In Africa we elugise the dead, even if they were worse than satan during that life time. A very wicked form of hypocrisy

    • solomon

      Please stop insulting SATAN Northerners politicians are worst than SATAN INCLUDING THIS DEAD BASTARD

  • Citizen

    Umar Dikko as a prominent northern politician. No wonder the people are backward and hopelessly hopeless.

  • Emmanuel Ukpe

    How can the youths of today show signs of leadership, when the Nigerian Methuselah’s and
    Recycled politicians never give the youth a chance? By the way, did Umaru Dikko ever return the £1.2 Billion Pound Sterling he embezzled during President Sheu Shagari administration as Minister of Transportation? Remember the kidnapping saga in London Heathrow…yeah that money, what happen to all that loot? How can people like him rest in peace considering what they did to this country? How ironic, all that loot could not save his soul…this should be a lesson for the rest of you…how do you want to be remembered? As a good man with wonderful legacy or as a thief?