Katsina Senator buried in Daura, Buhari, APC mourn

The remains of Senator Mustapha Bukar have been buried in Daura, Katsina State, on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bukar’s body was committed to earth at the Daura central cemetery at 6.14 p.m.

The state Governor, Aminu Masari, who led people at the burial, described the death of the senator as an “act of God.”

Late Bukar’s colleagues at the Senate, who attend the funeral,, included Ahmed Lawan, Aliyu Wammako, Abu Ibrahim and Umar Kurfi.

Other dignitaries at the burial were Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Manir Yakubu; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abubakar Kusada, who led members of the House; and Sain Katsina, Ahmadu Nafuntuwa.

The Emir of Katsina, Abdul Mumuni Kabir, was represented by Sain Katsina, Nafuntuwa.

The funeral prayer was performed by the Chief Imam of Daura, Malam Salisu Rabe, at the Emir’s palace.

Bukar, who represented Katsina North Senatorial District, died at 63 in a private hospital in Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have commiserated with the government and people of Katsina State and the National Assembly on the passing away of Senator Mustapha Bukar.

The president described his death as a “great loss to Nigeria’s democracy and the engineering profession.’’

President Buhari sent his condolences to the family members, friends and professional colleagues of the legislator, who distinguished himself as an engineer before vying for political office to serve his people.

The president recalled that as a young engineer the deceased used his ingenuity to proffer a lasting solution to the perennial water crisis in Katsina, working variously as a General Manager of the Water Board, Director of National Water Rehabilitation Project and Director, Water Supply at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

“Senator Bukar was so dedicated to his responsibilities and hardworking that he got an appointment with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, where he also demonstrated the same dedication and passion for service,’’ the president said.

President Buhari adds that: “I am always touched by the death of dedicated and creative public servants like Sen. Bukar. We should emulate such rare and hardworking Nigerians for the progress of our country.’’

The president prays that Allah will bless and forgive the soul of the deceased.

Also, the APC in a statement signed by Mallam Bolaji expressed shock on the demise of the senator.

The party said, “Although, a first-time federal lawmaker, the late Senator Bukar made his mark in the Senate through his progressive and pro-people legislative interventions, particularly through his Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Capital Market.

“At Party level, we have indeed lost a dependable and loyal Party man who contributed immensely to the growth and strength of our great Party.

“We extend deep condolences to his family, constituents, National Assembly, particularly the Senate, President Muhammadu Buhari and the government and people of Katsina State over the sad and painful loss. It is our prayer that the Almighty Allah grants the late Senator Aljannah Firdaus.”

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