The first civilian governor of Yobe State, North Central Nigeria, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, has died.
Ibrahim, 73, passed away in Saudi-Germ Hospital in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, after a protracted illness. He was governor of Yobe from January 1992 to November 1993, during the Third Republic.
He was re-elected and sworn in on May 29, 1999, and served for two-term under the All-Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP)
He later emerged as Senator representing Yobe East in 2007, a position he occupied until 2019, when he stepped down for the current Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Geidam.
Ibrahim will be buried in Saudi Arabia. He leaves behind two wives, 17 children, and grandchildren.
Mamman Muhammad, Director-General, Press and Media Affairs to Governor Mai Mala Buni, said in a statement that the governor had directed all other aspects of the funeral and condolences to be taken over by the state government to accord the late governor a state burial and honour.