Yobe state Governor and Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, has condoled the family of Late Alh. Othman Bashir Tofa, the government and people of Kano state.
Tofa, who was a former presidential candidate, died in the early hours of Monday at the age of 74 after a protracted illness.
Governor Buni said “it is with deep sorrow and sadness that l received the news of the passage of late Alh. Othman Bashir Tofa.
“He was an iconic politician who shares the values of politics as a call to service, to promote good governance and to improve the lives of the electorates.
“Late Tofa was a fine gentleman, a true democrat and a nationalist with a definition of politics as a tool for service delivery,” Buni said.
The governor said Nigeria lost the late politician at a time when the country’s democracy needs his wise counselling.
He prayed Allah (SWT) to grant him eternal rest in Aljannatur Firdausi and to grant his family, associates and the people of Kano state the fortitude to bear the loss.
The deceased was the presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in the June 12, 1993 election considered one of Nigeria’s freest elections.
Born in Kano on June 20, 1947, Mr Tofa had his primary education at Shahuci Junior Primary, Kano and continued at City Senior Primary School in Kano. From 1962 to 1966, he attended Provincial College, Kano.
After completing his studies at the Provincial school, he worked for Royal Exchange Insurance company from 1967 to 1968. From 1970 to 1973, he attended City of London College.
Tofa’s sojourn into politics started in 1976 when he was a councillor of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council. In 1977, he was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly.