Gov.Abubakar Sani Bello
Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, has described the death of Prof. Shehu Bida, as a monumental loss to Northern Nigeria in particular, and the country in general.
Gov. Sani Bello said this in a condolence message to the family of the deceased signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mary Noel-Berje.
The governor said that the Prof’s demise was not just a loss to the North, but the country at large as he was a rare gem that contributed immensely to the development of Northern region.
He commiserated with the deceased family, Etsu Nupe, HRH Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, and the entire Bida Emirate over the death of Prof. Shehu.
Prof. Shehu Bida
The governor said that the late prof’s wise counsel would be greatly missed.
“Death is inevitable; every living soul must test it. Prof Bida lived an accomplished life and has left an indelible mark that he will always be remembered for.
“Therefore, all that we have left is to pray to Allah to forgive him his shortcomings and grant him Aljannah Firdausi,” he said.
The governor prayed God to give the immediate family, close associates and Bida Emirate the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and accept his death as an act of Allah.
Born in 1934, the deceased was the first professor of veterinary medicine in Northern Nigeria.
Until his death, he was the Marafan Nupe, a traditional title in the Bida Emirate.