Nigeria Govt Mourns As Former Military Administrator dies of COVID-19

Aminu Isa Kontagora, a former Military Administrator of Kano and Benue states, passed away on Sunday night. 

 A close family member of Kontagora, who announced the passing, said he died of COVID-19 related complications. 

 According to the family source, he will be buried today, Monday in line with the Islamic injunction. Born in 1956, Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora was Administrator of Benue State, from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. 

 He was also the Administrator of Kano State from September 1998 to May 1999, under the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar. 

 He handed over power to the then elected executive governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on 29 May 1999.

The Niger Government has expressed sadness over his death. 

 Mr Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the Government said this in a condolence message by his Information Officer, Mr Tanko Lawal, in Minna on Monday.

 Mutane described the deceased as a complete gentleman. He said that deceased would be remembered for his enduring commitment to the development of Benue and Kano states during his tenure as military administrator in the states. 

 “Kontagora was a respected officer who spent his life in the service of the state, country, and humanity,” he said. 

 He described Kontagora’s death as a great tragedy and a monumental loss to the state. 

 “On behalf of the government and people of the state, I want to convey my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of deceased, Sarkin Sudan, Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, people of Kontagora Emirate and the people of Niger as a whole on this huge loss,’’ he said. 

 He prayed that the Almighty Allah (SWT) will grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest, reward him with Jannah Firdausi and give the entire family the courage to bear the irreparable loss. 


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