A former minister of commerce and industry during the military administration of Muhammed Buhari, and known to be his (Buhari) close associate, Mahmud Tukur has been reported dead on Friday in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory(FCT)
Penpushing reports the deceased who was also the first vice-chancellor of the Bayero University, Kano, is a businessman, who sat on the boards of many organisations and businesses.
The Nigerian President has expressed sadness over the demise of Tukur who he described as exceptional scholar, administrator, a true patriot and a nationalist, adding that his service to the nation will be remembered by generations.
Penpushing further reports that, Buhari in a condolence message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, recalled that as Minister of Trade in his first coming as military Head of State, he(Tukur) introduced a lot of schemes that revived the local industry
“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”,Buhari stated
The President 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 and 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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