President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the death of a former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, as a great loss not only to Katsina and Kaduna states but to the entire nation.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described late Kaita as a courageous, experienced and consummate politician, who was always frank in his views and honest in his political activities.
“I consider the death of Alhaji Kaita as a personal loss to me and my family considering his long mutual and beneficial relationship with my late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, which he graciously extended to me.
“As a father, I benefitted immensely from his wise counsel and support at different times. His death has robbed the nation of a gentleman, fearless and honest politician who thrived on building good relationships for the purpose of better serving his people”, he stated.
Saraki extended his condolences to the immediate family of the late politician, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Emir of Katsina and the people and government of Katsina and Kaduna States. He also prayed the almighty Allah to grant the late elder statesman a place in Aljannah firdaus.
Similarly, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has described late former governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Lawal Kaita as “a quintessential leader and patriot”.
El-Rufai in a condolence message issued by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan said the deceased had exhibited courage in leadership and patriotism in all his political engagements during his life time.
“Alhaji Lawal Kaita was a quintessential and courageous leader who served the old Kaduna State with dedication and commitment in the course of his leadership in 1983.
“As an elected governor of the old Kaduna State, he contributed immensely to the development, unity and progress of the old Kaduna state.
“Alhaji Kaita was a patriot and a role model for present and future leaders.’’
Also Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, has expressed sadness over the passing of the former governor of the defunct Kaduna State, late Alhaji Lawal Kaita.
Tambuwal, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said, Kaita made invaluable contributions to the development of the country.
The statement reads, “He was an acclaimed pacesetter who, along with other patriotic Nigerians of his generation, fought for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria at the turn of the century. His life is an example in dedication and commitment to democratic norms and values.
“Nigeria will remember the deceased as a man who gave his best years towards the development of multi-party politics. His contributions have enriched governance process at state and federal levels,” he added.
While praying to Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the loss, Tambuwal appealed to both the Kaduna and Katsina state governments to immortalize the deceased for the benefit of future generation.
Also, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said it received the news of the death of Kaita, one of its foundation members with shock, adding that the deceased was a bridge-builder.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, ACF said,“Late Kaita will be remembered for his humility, commitment to national unity and peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians.
“Nigeria has lost one of its illustrious elder statesmen, a bridge builder and democrat, may Allah grant his soul eternal peace in Aljanna Firdaus.”