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M. D. Yusuf was an indomitable democrat – Buhari

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The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday in Abuja described the death of former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammadu Dikko Yusuf, as a great loss to Nigeria’s democratic struggle.

Reacting to the demise of Yusuf in a statement, Buhari noted with deep regret that Yusuf died at a point his valuable advice was badly needed by Nigerian leaders.

The statement signed by Malam Garba Shehu, the Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, recalled the role of Yusuf in Nigeria’s democratic struggle during the military politics of self-succession.

It said Yusuf’s struggle brought to the fore his courage to speak even if he was standing alone.

“In spite of the constriction of the democratic space, late Yusuf was the only politician who established his own political party to challenge a military self-succession agenda.

“Only an indomitable democrat like the late Yusuf could have taken that personal risk. We pray to Allah to forgive Yusuf’s shortcomings and reward his good deeds with a place in Paradise,” the statement read.

Also, in a condolence message, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar extolled the “extraordinary courage of the late former Inspector-General of Police”.

“The late senior police officer was one of the most courageous Nigerian politicians I ever encountered. His sacrifices for democracy will not be forgotten in a hurry.

“I was impressed by the late Yusuf’s courage of conviction, challenging a self-succession agenda when the democratic space was shut against contrary voices,” the statement said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the late politician died on April 1 aged 84.


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