LAGOS: PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shock over the news of the passing away of prominent politician and elder statesman, Alhaji Umaru Dikko.
The President in a statement on Tuesday extended his sincere commiserations to the family, friends and political associates of the former Minister of Transport during the Second Republic.
He joined 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.
Jonathan said he firmly believes that Dikko’s significant contributions, especially his life-long advocacy for stronger political parties, greater discipline within political parties and the supremacy of political parties had assured him of a place in the annals of Nigeria’s political development.
He prayed that God Almighty would receive Dikko’s soul and grant him eternal rest.
The deceased passed away on Tuesday morning in the United Kingdom aged 78.
He had been ill for some time.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY