EX EDUCATION MINISTER DIES AT 79, BURIED

Success Nwogu, Ilorin

A former Minister of  State for  Education, Alhaji Saka Sa’adu,  who died in the early hours of Monday, has been buried according to Islamic rites.

The ex-minister died at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara State  at the age of 79, according to his son, Abdulkadir.

Sa’adu was also a former Secretary to the Kwara State Government.

Abdulkadir,  who confirmed the death of  his father during an interview with our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, stated that the ex-minister died of  natural cause.

Abdulkadir  said, “My father died this morning (Monday). He died of natural cause. He was aged 79. He is from Okekere in Ilorin. He was a co-author of  a book, ‘Nigeria Secondary School Science Project,’ published in 1971. He was an alumnus of the University of Ibadan.”

A statement by the spokesman for the Sa’adu family of Aseleke compound, Okekere, Ilorin , Alhaji Bolaji Sa’adu, also confirmed the demise of the ex-minister.

Meanwhile the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed;  the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari; and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Kawu Baraje,  have eulogised the late ex-minister.

They stated that he lived a life worthy of emulation and left indelible legacies for the present and future generations.

According to them, the deceased was  a practising Muslim, a patient and a contented  man as well as a lover of peace and his community.

They stated that the deceased contributed immensely to the development of Ilorin, Kwara State and the country in general.

They added that he was  a bridge builder whose death would leave an irreparable vacuum.

Scores of sympathisers and Muslim faithful, who attended the burial of the ex-minister at his GRA residence, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Ilorin;  described the deceased as a trustworthy person, a compassionate leader and an astute administrator.

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