Jonathan mourns late Mamman Kontagora

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Jonathan says the nation will always honour the late Kontagora.

President Goodluck Jonathan has extended his sincere condolences, on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, to the family of former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mamman Kontagora, who died on Wednesday.

A statement by the president’s spokesperson, Rueben Abati, said that Mr. Jonathan received with shock and immense sadness the news of the death of Mr. Kontagora. The president also extended his condolences to the Kontagora Emirate Council and the governor and people of Niger State- from where Mr. Kontagora hails.

“The President joins them in mourning the illustrious and indefatigable former Minister of Works and the Federal Capital Territory who, even in retirement, continued to serve his fatherland with zeal, vigour and enthusiasm whenever he was called upon to do so,” Mr. Abati said in his statement.

The statement also added that Mr. Jonathan believes that the nation will always honour the memory of the late Army Engineer for having served Nigeria with commendable patriotism and distinction during an excellent career in the Armed Forces and in various other capacities in the public service including Federal Minister; Sole Administrator of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Development of National Stadia for the World Youth Soccer Championship in 1995 and; before his death, Deputy Chairman of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P.

Mr. Jonathan also prayed for the eternal rest for the deceased’s soul.

The president will be represented at Mr. Kontagora’s interment by a delegation led by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, and includes the Minister of State for Power, Zainab Kuchi; and the Chairman of Sure-P, Christopher Kolade.

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