Buhari mourns as ex-minister, Mahmud Tukur, dies in Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed sadness over the demise of his close associate and Trade Minister during his tenure as Military Head of State, Dr. Mahmud Tukur.

Tukur, who was also the founding Vice Chancellor of the Bayero University, Kano, died yesterday in Abuja.

Buhari described the deceased as a true patriot and nationalist.

The President, in a condolence message through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said: “Dr. Mahmud Tukur’s service to the nation will be remembered by generations.

”He had a passion for a prosperous, economically strong and united Nigeria. He was a proud nationalist.”

He recalled that as Trade Minister during his first coming as Military Head of State, Dr. Tukur introduced a lot of schemes that revived the local industry.

He noted that the schemes also boosted exports and gave real meaning and effect to import substitution in regenerating the indigenous manufacturing sector of the economy.

He prayed to almighty Allah to accept Tukur in Aljannah Firdaus and give the family, friends, the Adamawa Emirate Council and the people of the state the strength to bear this grievous loss.

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