Following the death of former minister of transport, Umaru Dikko, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has extended his commiserations to the family of late politician, minister and elder statesman.
Umaru Dikko, who passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 served as campaign manager for Shehu Shagari during he second republic, serving as minister of transport in Shagari’s cabinet.
In a press statement by President Jonathan’s special adviser on media and publicity, Reuben Abati, the President consoles his loved ones saying his significant contributions, especially his life-long advocacy for stronger political parties.
“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with sadness, news of the passing away of prominent politician and elder statesman, Alhaji Umaru Dikko.
The President extends sincere commiserations to the family, friends and political associates of the former Minister of Transport during the Second Republic who also played a leading role in the National Party of Nigeria which controlled the Federal Government in that dispensation.
He joins them in mourning the renowned political leader who, in spite of advanced age, continued to actively contribute to the nurturing and strengthening of democracy in Nigeria until the end of his life.
President Jonathan firmly believes that Alhaji Umaru Dikko’s significant contributions, especially his life-long advocacy for stronger political parties, greater discipline within political parties and the supremacy of political parties have assured him of a place in the annals of Nigeria’s political development.
He prays that God Almighty will receive Alhaji Umaru Dikko’s soul and grant him eternal rest.”