Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has mourned the death of Dr Junaid Muhammad.
He described the demise of the Second Republic member of the House of Representatives and good governance campaigner as a great shock.
A statement made available to PlatinumPost on Friday in Abuja and signed by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said Ganduje commesirated with the family and political associates of the deceased.
“It is with deepest sense of submission to Allah, that I am relaying the condolences of the government and people of Kano state, to the families, friends, political associates and even to Nigerian democracy, over the death of our own, Dr Junaidu Muhammad, who passed away when Nigeria needed him the most,” the statement quoted the governor to have said.
“The death is not only shocking and near unbearable to Nigerian democracy, the downtrodden, Kano state, his immediate families, but also, a great loss that can take decades before any other person can come closer to Dr Junaidu’s doggedness, genuine sacrifice and belief in social justice,” he added.
Governor Ganduje said, the deceased represented his constituency very well when he was a member of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic.
“One of the then federal legislators who didn’t mince words in taking the demands of his people to the federal legislature. Very firm and eloquent while raising issues related to his constituency and his party.
“Junaidu proved his mettle very well, when he was actively involved during the second republic. A firebrand as he was, he was a true hero for the masses. Who believes in the welfare of the poor people,” the statement said.
His death, according to the governor, creates a vacuum that is felt everywhere, adding that, “Dr Junaidu Muhammad was a very serious democrat and a nationalist, who believed in one Nigeria. His patriotism was without any spot of doubt. That was why he excelled amongst his contemporaries.”
PlatinumPost reports that Junaidu died on Thursday in Kano after a battle with an undisclosed illness.