Former Deputy Governor of Kano State, Magaji Abdullahi is dead. Abdullahi reportedly died in the early hours of Sunday at age 69, after a protracted illness at his residence located at NNDC Quarters at Sharada area in Kano metropolis.
The former Press Secretary to the deceased, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kano.
Late Magaji Abdullahi had battled with illnesses for several years before his eventual death.
According to Ibrahim, his late boss was in India for medication about six months ago and has been to AKTH on several occasions for similar purpose before his death.
The deceased was a one-time commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport between 1989 and 1990, and later commissioner for Water Resources.
Mr. Abdullahi came into limelight when he contested for the governorship of Kano State under the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1991.
In 1999, he defeated Kabiru Gaya in the APP governorship primaries, but lost to Rabiu Kwankwaso of the PDP. He later became Ibrahim Shekarau’s running mate in 2003 and served as Deputy Governor under APP and later ANPP from 2003 to 2007.
The deceased has since been buried in accordance with Islamic rites at the Dandolo grave yard at Goron Dutse in Kano metropolis.
Among those who attended the funeral prayer were Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his Deputy, Hafiz Abubakar, as well as other top government officials and politicians from within and outside the state.
Magaji Abdullahi is survived by one wife, many children and grand children.
This is coming barely a week former Nigerian ambassador to Central African Republic, Amb. Yahaya Tabari, died in an auto-crash on Kaduna-Zaria expressway at the age of 64.
Tabari had worked with Nigerian Foreign Mission in several countries including Saudi Arabia, Benin Republic and Central Africa Republic among others.