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Borno Confirms Death Of Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha

By Agabus Pwanagba – The Borno State Government has formally announced the passing away Saturday, in Adamawa, of the State’s former Deputy Governor (DG), Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha.

The announcement was contained in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SGF), Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa and made available to journalists.

Mustapha died in his sleep Saturday morning in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, where he was to represent Borno Government at the convocation ceremony of Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology, Yola.

He was also scheduled to follow up on his earlier visit to Yola, in connection with the welfare of the State’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), owing to the insurgents’ deadly attack.

His remains is expected arrive the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno capital, for funeral at 4pm today.

The statement indicated that Governor Kashim Shettima, expressed heartfelt condolence to the family of the late DG and the entire people of Borno State for the irreparable loss while appealed for prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased.


Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed shock and regret over the death.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while reacting to the development, in a statement issued in Lagos described Mustapha’s passage as a huge loss to his family, the ruling party, his State and Nigeria in general.

“We pray that God will comfort his family and give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss” APC stated.


The party also commiserated with the people and government of Borno over the s death, and prayed that God would grant repose to his soul.


Buhari Expresses Sadness On Borno DG Demise, Condoles Family, State

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the death of the Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha, describing the exit as depressing.


In a statement issued by his SA on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said he received the news with shock and immense sadness, thus extended condolences to the deceased’s family and friends on behalf of himself and the Federal Government.

Buhari also commiserated with the State Governor Kashim Shettima and the people of the state on the loss of Zannah, who died on an official assignment in Yola, Adamawa State.

The statement said: “President Buhari joins Governor Shettima, members of Alhaji Zannah’s family, his friends, political associates and colleagues in the Borno State Government, constituents and supporters in praying that Almighty Allah will receive his soul and grant him eternal rest.”


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday expressed deep pain over the passage of the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha, describing the unfortunate incident as a tragic loss.

Mr. Mustapha died in his sleep Saturday morning while visiting Yola, the Adamawa State capital, to attend the convocation ceremony of Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology, Yola.

In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, Governor Ambode, who said he shares in the sorrow of his brother Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, over the sad event, noted that the late Mustapha was a loyal, diligent and dedicated Deputy Governor.

“As a brother Governor, I feel completely overwhelmed just imagining the depth of your pain and anguish at the death of a most loyal, dependable and diligent deputy which you had in Alhaji Mustapha”, the Governor said.

Praying to Almighty God to grant the soul of the departed Deputy Governor peaceful repose, the Governor on behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State also prayed that God abides with his family, the Government, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria and the people of Borno State at this difficult time.



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