3rd January, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Alhaji Bashir Othman Daawakin Tofa, a Presidential Candidate in the 1993 election.
Buhari’s tribute was conveyed in a press release by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.
The President described Tofa as ”a politician of note, who was also a promoter of Islamic culture and civilization’.
According to him, the late Tofa is a true nationalist that would be difficult to replace.
”Late Tofa was noted for his untiring commitment to public enlightenment and was unafraid to speak the truth all the time that he lived.
”He set up the Bureau for Islamic Propagation, BIP, in the mid-80s that helped to unite Muslim Scholars in the Northern States, narrowing the differences that characterized their relationships. The BIP also published books and newspapers.
”Till the end, he was a patriot to the core. He envisaged a better Nigeria for all. We pray that this dream and collective aspiration and necessary commitment will not go with him. We owe it to his memory and the nation.”
Buhari prayed to Allah to repose his soul and grant fortitude to the bereaved family and friends, the Kano Emirate Council as well as the government and people of Kano State to bear the loss.