The death has occurred of a former Deputy Governor of Kano State, Magaji Abdullahi.
Aged 69, Mr. Abdullahi died in the early hours of Sunday after a protracted illness at his residence located at NNDC Quarters at Sharada area in Kano metropolis.
Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the former Press Secretary to the deceased, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kano.
He said that Mr. Abdullahi is survived by one wife, many children and grand children.
According to him, the deceased was a one-time commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport between 1989 and 1990, and later commissioner for Water Resources.
Mr. Abdullahi came into limelight when he contested for the governorship of Kano State under the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1991.
In 1999, he defeated Kabiru Gaya in the APP governorship primaries, but lost to Rabiu Kwankwaso of the PDP.
He later became Ibrahim Shekarau’s running mate in 2003 and served as Deputy Governor under APP and later ANPP from 2003 to 2007.
The deceased had since been buried in accordance with Islamic rites at the Dandolo grave yard at Goron Dutse in Kano metropolis.
Among those who attended the funeral prayer were Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his Deputy, Hafiz Abubakar, as well as other top government officials and politicians from within and outside the state.