Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the death of one of the last set of the nation’s founding fathers, elder statesman, and a former minister of mines and petroleum in the first republic, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja,The Senate President said:
“Elder Monguno was a special breed who contributed immensely to the attainment of the nation’s Independence in 1960, became a parliamentarian in the First Republic and thereafter a Federal Minister. His disposition towards effective nation building remains unparalleled.
“He lived for the welfare and security of the common man. His passion about a better and safer society was exceptional. His steadfastness, commitment to the cause of one Nigeria and optimistic spirit towards national development will continue to inspire us both now and in the future.
“In his quest to mould the country in line with his lofty vision, late Monguno aspired to be President of Nigeria. Not minding that he did not realize his dream to become President, he continued to play exemplary leadership role as a philanthropist with special bias and support for the education of underprivileged children, especially the girl child.
“No doubt, late Monguno’s versatility and experience would have been of immense value to the present resettlement and rehabilitation efforts in his home state of Borno, the entire North East, as well as tackling the socio-economic challenges confronting the country at this time” he said.
Saraki also prayed that Almighty Allah should grant the late leader a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus.
“May Allah also grant members of his immediate family, the people and government of Borno State, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”
Shettima Ali Monguno, died at the age of 90, on Friday, July 8, at his home in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.