From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba and Tobias Lengnam
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has commiserated with Governor Abdulrahman Abdul-Razaq of Kwara State over the demise of his father and elder statesman, AbdulGaniyu Abdul-Razaq (SAN), who died Saturday at almost 93, according to a statement by his media officer, Isa Gusau.
Governor Zulum, in a condolence message released by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, said the late elder statesman was a legend on the good side of history.
“Our late father, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Folorunsho Abdul-Razaq was a legend and even in death, he still is, especially with his all-time record of being Northern Nigeria’s first lawyer, first Commissioner of Finance in Kwara State during the 70s, a former Nigerian ambassador, and at different times, President and Vice President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Late Baba’s lifetime was of huge impact to so many. He was a mentor and role model to generations. He will always be remembered for the good things he did and the good ways he lived. I commiserate with my brother and colleague, His Excellency, Governor Abdul-Rahman Abdul-Razaq and his family; I commiserate with our elders, brothers and sisters in Kwara State, northern Nigeria and other parts of our dear country. May Allah grant our late father His endless mercy, admit him into aljanna, and give the immediate family and all of us, the fortitude to bear the exit of a statesman, to whose memory, is eternal honour, respect and the gratitude of many Nigerians” Zulum was quoted to have said.
Also, Delta Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, has sent condolences to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara on the passing away of his father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq.
The late Abdulrasaq reportedly died on Saturday July 25 ,in Lagos at 92 years. He was reputed to be the first lawyer of Northern Nigeria extraction.
In a condolence message to Gov. Abdulrasaq, contained in a statement by Mr Olisa Ifeajika, his Chief Press Secretary, in Asaba, Okowa said Abdulrasaq’s death was a big loss not only to people of Kwara but the nation in general, given his invaluable contributions to nation-building.
The governor joined the Abdulrasaq family, the people and Government of Kwara to mourn the departed patriarch and elder statesman.
He noted that Alhaji Abdulrasaq lived a life of impact and urged the family to be consoled by the legacies left behind by their late iconic father.
Okowa paid glowing tribute to the deceased for being a good father, and urged the family to take solace in the fact that the late patriarch lived to witness the enormous successes achieved by his children, including the emergence of Mr Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq as Governor of Kwara.
“We received the news of the demise of your beloved father with sadness, but we are consoled by the fact that he lived a life of dedicated service to the nation and humanity.
“We share in your sorrow and pains at this period and we pray that God will grant you the courage to bear the loss as we pray for the repose of the soul of your departed father.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with you, my brother Governor, Abdulrasaq, on the unfortunate demise of your beloved father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Folorunsho Abdulrasaq, SAN.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the entire people of Kwara. May Allah forgive his sins and grant him aljana firdaus,” he said.