By Abdullahi Latino FRCN
President Muhammadu Buhari has described late late Bashir Tofa as a true nationalist that would be difficult to replace.
In a tribute to Alhaji Bashir, who once ran as Presidential Candidate in a two-horse race, President Buhari notes that the deceased was also a promoter of Islamic culture and civilization.
The President says the late Tofa was noted for his untiring commitment to public enlightenment and was unafraid to speak the truth all the time that he lived.
The President observes that Alhaji Tofa set up the Bureau for Islamic Propagation, BIP, in the mid-80s that helped to unite Muslim Scholars in the North, narrowing the differences that characterised their relationships.
President Buhari says Alhaji Tofa was, till the end, a patriot to the core, who envisaged a better Nigeria.
He prays that his dream and collective aspiration and necessary commitment will not go with him, stressing that Nigeria owes it to his memory.
He further prays Allah to repose his soul and grants fortitude to the bereaved family and friends, the Kano Emirate Council, as well as the government and people of Kano State to bear the loss.
Meanwhile, the President has dispatched a delegation to Kano with a condolence letter to the State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The team is made up of the Ministers of Defence, retired Major-General Bashir Magashi, and Water Resources, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu, accompanied by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, and the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris.