Confab delegate, Magaji Dambatta, who wants corrupt officials executed, dies at 83

A member of the just-concluded National Conference, Magaji Dambatta is dead, a statement by Conference secretariat said on Wednesday.

He died a few hours ago at Garki General Hospital, Abuja, where he was taken to after an unsuccessful medical trip.

Mr. Dambatta becomes the fifth delegate to the Conference, which ended last Thursday, that have died.

The others who died while the Conference lasted were Hamma Misau (a delegate on the platform of the Retired Police officers from Bauchi State), on Thursday, March 27; Mohammed Jumare (a delegate from Kaduna State) who died on Monday May 5; Dora Akunyili (a delegate who represented Anambra State) on June 7; and Mohammad Nur Alkali (a delegate from Borno State) on August 1.

An indigene of Kano State, Mr. Dambatta, 83, attended the Conference on the platform of Socio-political/Cultural and Ethnic Nationality Groups, from the North West Zone.

He was also a member of the 2005 National Political Reform Conference, NPRC, convoked by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He came on the ticket of Kano State.

In the 2014 National Conference, he served in the Committee on Devolution of Power co-chaired by a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah and a former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coommassie.

During the debate, the late elder statesman proposed a radical suggestion on how to curb corruption in Nigeria. He suggested that the Chinese experiment where any sabotage is met with firing squad should be introduced in Nigeria.

He attended the Bayero University in Kano and worked as a Senior Reporter and Northern Regional Editor of the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

He was a Senior Information Officer in the Northern Nigerian Government and an Information and Public Relations Officer in the Regions Agent General’s office in 1961.

Mr. Dambatta was also a Chief Information Officer in the Northern Region and a reporter and editor of the Daily Comet in Kano between 1950 and 1953.

He was a Minister in the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC between 1973 and 1978 and later a Board member of Daily Times.

A seasoned media guru, the late delegate worked with the Kano State Broadcasting Corporation, Triumph Publishing Company, Federal Housing Authority and Nagarta Radio.

He was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Arewa Consultative Forum, founding member, Northern Elements Progressive Union; recipient of Medal of Merit of the Government of Egypt (1961); and member of the Presidential Advisory Council (2010).

According to the statement signed by the Assistant Secretary of the Conference, Akpandem James, its Chairman, Idris Kutigi, in his tribute said he was depressed “by this sad development.”

On behalf of the Conference Secretariat, Mr. Kutigi expressed his deep condolences to the family of Mr. Dambatta and prayed that the Almighty God would receive his spirit and grants his soul sweet repose.

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