Former military governor of Kano State and one-time minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Air Vice Marshal Hamza Abdullahi is dead. He died at the age of 74.
Abdullahi was confirmed dead at a German hospital after suffering from a brief illness on Wednesday.
Abdullahi was born on 2 March 1945, at Hadejia, Jigawa State.
He attended the Nigeria Air Force Tactical Training Wing, Kaduna in 1964. He completed the Aircraft Technical Officer’s Course in West Germany (1964–1966), and studied at the Royal Military Training Centre in Chichester, England in 1974.
Abdullahi was appointed the Governor of Kano State in January 1984, he announced in January 1985 that his government was revitalizing the Expanded Program on Immunization, targeting children and pregnant women at risk from preventable diseases.
As Minister of Federal Capital Territory from 1986 to 1989, Abdullahi oversaw the construction of Phase 1 of Abuja.
His goal was to have 75% of the ministries in Abuja by 1990, the target date for the official transfer of the capital from Lagos.
He described the new city as “a symbol of our unity”.
Abdullahi was promoted air vice-marshal in October 1988 and retired from the Nigerian Air Force two months later.
He was survived by three wives and many children.
His death was confirmed by the Hadejia emirate council public relations officer Mohammed Garba Talaki.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday condoled with the government and people of Jigawa over the death of former Governor of Kano State, retired Air Vice Marshal Hamza Abdullahi.
In a statement by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja, Buhari commiserated with family and friends of the deceased and Hadejia community.
The president said the sacrifices and good heartedness of the former governor would always be remembered, most remarkably in revitalizing the Expanded Programme of Immunization for women and children in Kano State.
He said that late Abdullahi, who also served the country as Minister of Works and Housing and Minister of Federal Capital Territory, had worked assiduously to ensure successful movement of the nation’s capital city from Lagos to Abuja.
He also said that the deceased, as a military officer, was disciplined, focused and fully committed to the unity and progress of Nigeria.
The president prayed that God would comfort his family and grant him eternal rest.
“Innalillahi wa inna’ilahirraju’un It is with sadness that we share the news that AVM. Hamza Abdullahi, yesterday died in Germany. We pray Almighty Allah forgive him, grant him maghfira, illuminated his grave, and enter him in to janna and may he forgive us when our time comes,” the president said.