Late Saleh Michika
Former Vice President and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has expressed his condolences over the death of the pioneer civilian governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Abubakar Michika. In the same vein, President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death.
In a press statement released by his media office in Abuja on Sunday, the former Vice President recalled that the late Michika had the honour of pioneering Adamawa State into its democratic journey in 1992 as it’s first civilian governor under the then governing National Republican Convention (NRC) in the state.
Atiku Abubakar noted that Michika was a banker with the British Bank of West Africa, later worked with John Holt company before venturing into politics.
Atiku Abubakar condoles with the Michika family, people of Michika and the government and people of Adamawa State over the loss. He pays to Allah to grant him Jannatul Firdaus and fortitude to the family to bear the loss.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Governor as a hardworking and patriotic Nigerian who served his country both in the public and private sectors with merit during his lifetime.
“Alhaji Michika’s contribution to democratic governance and national development remains legendary. He will be sorely missed,” Saraki said.
He commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, the people and Government of Adamawa state over the irreparable loss.
Saraki also prayed God to count the soul of the departed among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus and grant his loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
Michika has since been buried according to Islamic rites.