Late Air vice Marshall Mukhtar Muhammad (rtd)
The death has occurred of Air vice Marshall Mukhtar Muhammad (rtd), a former military governor of old Kaduna State (1977-1978).
He died on Sunday night at the age of 73, according to reports the late Muhammad died in a hospital in London after a protracted illness.
The late AVM Muhammad was the Wazirin Dutse, Jigawa State and chairman of the first private FM station in Kano, Freedom Radio.
Late Muhammad was born on November 11, 1944 in Dutse, the present capital of Jigawa State. He attended primary school in Duste, started secondary school in Birnin Kudu and later went to Barewa College, from where he joined the Nigeria Air Force and rose to the rank of Air vice Marshall before he retired from the service.
Apart from serving as military administrator of the old Kaduna state, Muhammad was a member, Nigerian Military Supreme Council and a federal commissioner of works and housing.
He was until his death, the Pro-chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Deputy Leader of the Arewa Elders Forum.
AVM Mukhtar Muhammad is survived by a wife and seven children.
Meanwhile, in condolence message, President Muhammadu Buhari described the late Mukhtar Muhammad as one of the finest military officers he had ever known.
He said “AVM Mohammed was so passionately committed to his principles and beliefs that he had to leave his military career earlier than expected on account of those principles. Very few Nigerians are ready to lose their jobs or offices on account of their beliefs, but the late Mohammed was an exception to this ugly reality of Nigeria, a society where public office holders’ respect power more than principles.”
The president, had in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, also described the late Mohammed as a fountain of inspiration who loved the progress of Nigeria at all times, recalling “the significant role” played by the late Air Force officer in the realization of his people for the creation of the present Jigawa State.
On his part, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, said in a statement signed by his S.A Media & Publicity, Bello Zaki, said the late Mukhtar Muhammad was held in high regard by the military and the public because of his contribution in the service of his fatherland.
Governor Badaru urged members of the AVM Muhammad family and colleagues to be consoled that the deceased lived a fulfilled life of service to the nation and humanity and prayed that Allah (SWT) grant him Jannatul Firdausi.