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Atiku, ACF mourn Babalakin, Wushishi

By Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna) and Bala Yahaya (Minna)
06 December 2021   |   4:05 am
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has mourned Justice Bolarinwa Babalakin and Gen. Muhammed Wushishi (rtd) who passed away at the weekend.

Atiku. Photo/Facebook/Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has mourned Justice Bolarinwa Babalakin and Gen. Muhammed Wushishi (rtd) who passed away at the weekend.

Atiku, in a statement signed by his media office, yesterday, said that the death of the two great Nigerians was a great loss to the country.

He described Babalakin, as someone who contributed immensely to the law profession in Nigeria, both at the Bar and Bench and that the legacies he left behind would remain indelible for a long time to come.

He also said that Wushishi had an outstanding military career, lived a worthy life and carried himself with dignity as an ambassador and icon of the great people of Wushishi in Niger State.

SIMILARLY, Arewa leaders, under the aegis of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), who also mourned Wushishi, said he was one of the pillars of the North.

A statement by the ACF spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe, stated: “General Wushishi is considered a pillar of strength in the ACF because of his love and services for the North, Nigeria and humanity generally.” Yawe said Wushishi was a detribalised Nigerian and an unwavering believer in democracy.

IN another development, the family of the late Gen. Mamman Jiya Vatsa (rtd), who was executed over an alleged coup of 1983, has donated Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub and 20,000 exercise books to Day Secondary School, Gulu, in Lapai Local Council of Niger State as part of activities to mark the late General’s 83rd post-humous birthday and 35 years after his execution.

The activities marking the occasion kicked off last Friday, December 3, 2021,with special prayers in Abuja.
Chairperson, Nigerian Writers Association, Abuja chapter, Hajiya Halima Usman, performed the commissioning of the ICT hub.

A family source said that the donation of the ICT hub was part of their contribution to the educational development of the community to keep the legacy and vision for education of their late father while alive, describing the late General as writer and a poet.