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Published On: Tue, Jul 1st, 2014

. . . Jonathan bemoans ex NPN man’s demise

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By Taofeek Lawal

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said he received with sadness, news of the passing away of prominent politician and elder statesman, Alhaji Umaru Dikko.

In a statement, signed Dr. Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity and made available to newsmen in Abuja, he said the President extends his sincere commiserations to the family, friends and political associates of the former Minister of Transport during the Second Republic who he said “played a leading role in the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) which controlled the Federal Government in that dispensation.”

“He joins them in mourning the renowned political leader who, in spite of advanced age, continued to actively contribute to the nurturing and strengthening of democracy in Nigeria until the end of his life.”

“President Jonathan firmly believes that Alhaji Umaru Dikko’s significant contributions, especially his life-long advocacy for stronger political parties, greater discipline within political parties and the supremacy of political parties have assured him of a place in the annals of Nigeria’s political development.”

“He prays that God Almighty will receive Alhaji Umaru Dikko’s soul and grant him eternal rest.”

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