President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Niger State on the passing of former Governor of Katsina State, Col. John Yahaya Madaki.
Madaki, 70, died on Monday at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness.
Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday, extended his condolences to professional colleagues, family and friends of the distinguished career soldier and sportsman.
He extolled Madaki’s courageous and meritorious service to the nation, which he said had continued even after his retirement from the army.
According to him, Madaki’s contribution to the development of the nation will always be remembered and appreciated by posterity.
The President prayed that the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.
Madaki was appointed military governor of Katsina State by the defunct military regime of retired President Ibrahim Babangida in December, 1989.
Madaki, who retired after serving the country as a former military governor, Commanding Officer of the 123 Guards Battalion and Commandant of the Brigade of Guards, was onetime Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
He also served as Special Adviser on Security to the Federal Capital Territory.