Governor describes scholar’s death as a national loss.
The Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, on Sunday poured out his grief over the death of Muhammed Alkali, a former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri, who passed on Saturday in Maiduguri after a brief illness.
Mr. Shettima who was out of town when Mr. Alkali, a former Director General of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPPS, Kuru-Jos, died and was buried on Saturday, described the scholar’s death as the loss of a “priceless national asset”.
Expressing his grief and condolences via a statement by his chief spokesperson, Isa Gusau, Mr. Shettima said he received news about the death of the Professor, who was a delegate at the ongoing National Conference “with a very rude shock.”
“Professor was one of Borno’s showcase assets at the national level. He was a regular feature at many points the state had to present highly respected academics for national assignments that demanded Federal character representation.
“Professor Alkali got me admission into the university in 1985 for an undergraduate degree. He was one of my academic mentors and a guardian par excellence. I have made a personal losa in his natural demise like I have made in the gruesome deaths of many other precious sons and daughters of Borno in the last couple of days, who unlike Professor, where murdered through unfortunate attacks.
“May Allah admit the Professor and all other innocent sons and daughters of Borno that died, into Aljanna firdaus and May He grant us lasting peace in Borno and Nigeria as a whole.” Governor Shettima was quoted to have said in the statement.