The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed grief over the death of former Inspector General of Police and Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum, Ibrahim Coomasie.
Mr Coomasie died at the age of 76 on Thursday after battling protracted ailment.
In a condolence message, Mr Dogara described the late Sardaunan Katsina as an illustrious Nigerian and eminent statesman who served the country meritoriously and dutifully, both in his career in the Nigerian police and in retirement.
“This is indeed a huge loss, especially at this trying time of security challenges when the country is in dire need of professional advice and elderly guidance from people of the ex-IGP’s calibre. But we must take solace in the fact that the late Coomasie left a legacy of professionalism and selfless service to the country and humanity and will continue to be remembered for his outstanding courage, discipline and exemplary leadership, both in service as the police helmsman and in retirement.
“My sincere condolences to his immediate family, the government and people of Katsina State over this great loss.”
Similarly, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has expressed profound sadness over the death of the former IGP.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Abdu Malumfashi, Mr Masari said Nigeria has lost one of “its last standing patriots who served the nation with distinction”.
The official described the former IGP as a highly patriotic, disciplined, reliable and committed Nigerian whose invaluable counsel would seriously be missed by both Katsina State, Northern Nigeria and the nation in general.
“Katsina State has lost a son that everybody was proud to be associated with. He was a true patriot who had little time for anything other the pursuit of advancing the interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever assignments he was given he pursued them with a messianic zeal that would only abate with success.
“Alhaji Ibrahim Commassie has left a vacuum that will take time to fill. It is my sincere hope that other leaders will strive to emulate him”
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai also in a statement by Samuel Aruwan, his Senior Special Assistant on Media said the late Coomasie made his mark as a public servant, and a respected leader.
“Ibrahim Coomassie was a patriot and a distinguished Nigerian, who gave his all to foster peace, unity and progress of the country.
“We are grateful to him for his public service and the leadership he provided outside government. We recall with fondness his sterling role in the successful durbar that was held in December 2017 to mark the centenary of Kaduna city.”
Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) expressed shock over the death of Mr Coomasie who until his death, was the the forum chairman.
This was contained in a statement signed by the forum’s Publicity Secretary, Muhammed Ibrahim Biu on Thursday.
Mr Biu in the statement described his death as a loss to Nigeria and indeed the North.
“He was a fine officer and gentleman who left an indelible mark in the police service. His love and promotion of Northern values which the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardaunan Sokoto practiced and died for was legendary.
“He was an administrator per excellence, a patriot, a bridge builder who lived a fulfilled life in the service of Nigeria.
“Nigeria and indeed the North have loss a great elder statesman, who endeared himself to all by upholding the values most Northerners share which include justice, liberty, common decency and equal opportunity for all.
“He would have been happier if the values he cherished and died for were being put into practice. ACF therefore calls upon Nigerians to emulate and live up his legacy in our daily lives.”
The deceased was the 9th Inspector Generalof Police who served between 1993 to 1999. He will be buried today in Katsina after Jummaat prayers.