Umaru Shinkafi Is Dead, Buhari, Dogara Mourn
Third Republic presidential aspirant on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC), former intelligence chief and former Federal Commissioner of Internal Affairs, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, the Marafan Sokoto, died in London on Wednesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Sokoto State on the passing away of one of their illustrious sons, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi.
Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said the president described the departed politician, administrator and technocrat, as an expert whose contributions to the development of the security architecture of Nigeria remained indelible.
Buhari recalled that the former Federal Commissioner of Internal Affairs and boss of the National Security Organisation (NSO), played frontline roles in the activities leading to the eventual return and enthronement of democracy in the country.
He called on family members, friends and associates of the departed community leader, who held the Marafan Sokoto traditional title, to take solace in the fact that the late Umaru Shinkafi played the parts assigned to him diligently, conscientiously and patriotically, enjoining them to emulate the good virtues that he left behind.
Also describing the late Shinkafi as a democrat, the House of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, said his death was a huge loss to the nation.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, the speaker said "Shinkafi was a true democrat who contributed immensely towards the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999.
"In all his years in the public service, Shinkafi distinguished himself as a patriot, committed and dedicated Nigerian.
"He served the nation with distinction as a lawyer, Police officer, federal commissioner of Internal Affairs and intelligence chief in the National Security Organisation before joining politics," he added.
The speaker said the late Shinkafi was a bridge-builder, cosmopolitan and he lived exemplary live worthy of emulation.