Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno state has on Saturday received former President Olusegun Obasanjo who arrived the state to condole the family and the people of Borno over the death of Alh. (Dr). Shettima Ali Monguno.
After receiving the former President and his entourage at the Maiduguri International Airport, the governor and former President then proceeded to the Shehu’s palace and then to deceased’s family resident where he condoled with them.
President Obasanjo described deceased who was his former colleague as epitome of gentility.
“There are those we call founding father of Nigeria at independence, Shettima Ali Monguno is one of them so from the truthful point of view, we have lost one of the architect of Nigeria at independence. We lost a great citizen not only of this state but of Nigeria” Obasanjo stated.
I have the opportunity to served with him in the administration of Yakubu Gowon. He was a complete gentle man. An epitome of gentility in all the ramification of the word. We was a lover of Nigeria because any issue that is of national interest you will found Shettima clinging solidly to it” Obasanjo added.
“He was neither parochial nor napotic. Our consolation is that he leaved his life for his family, his people and his country and our prayer is may his gentle soul be with Allah” Obasanjo further added.
The Shehu of Borno Alhaji Dr Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-kanemi thanked the former President for coming to condole the family and the people of the state and he also remideded him that deceased was a man of the people who served as a Councillor, Chairman of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, member of the National Assembly, a minister in several ministries and he represented Nigeria in several national and international events.