Nothern groups shift security summit to honour Tofa

Nothern groups shift security summit to honour Tofa

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Following the sudden death of 1993 presidential candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, the coalition of 52 Northern Groups, CNG, has rescheduled its planned security summit.

Tofa died in the early hours of Monday after suffering chronic illness.

The CNG’s national coordinator, Balarabe Rufai, disclosed the postponement of its planned Pan Northern Security Summit scheduled for January 5 and 6, 2022, while briefing journalists in Abuja on Monday.

According to him, It was a mark of honour for the late politician.

He stated that Tofa’s death came as a huge shock, Rufai said, “On behalf of the entire CNG family and affiliates, we express a deep sense of sorrow over the death of this elder statesman and mentor, who was a one-time presidential candidate.

He said, “It is with a heavy heart and deep sense of sorrow and resignation to the will of the Almighty God that the Coalition of Northern Groups announces the death of His Excellency, Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, following a brief illness on Monday, January 3.

“On behalf of the entire CNG family and affiliates, we hereby express a deep sense of sorrow over the death of this great elder statesman and one time Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, who has been a great statesman and mentor.

“The CNG owes immeasurable gratitude to the late Bashir Tofa whose leadership, sacrifice, statesmanship, patriotism and unwavering commitment to the interests of the people of Northern Nigeria, and citizens of Nigeria as a whole has few parallels.

“As a mark of respect and with a grieving heart we wish to announce the inadvertent postponement of the planned Pan Northern Security Summit scheduled for January 5 and 6 to a date to be announced soon.


“We mourn the passing of this man from whose life and works we have drawn inspiration and we must strive, in all we do, to live by the personal and social values and standards he lived and set for himself.

“The late Tofa was a passionate believer of the organic links between generations who were always available for young people.

“The CNG in particular, the North and Nigeria generally have certainly lost a great statesman, but the youth lost a mentor, guardian, a living history and an embodiment of all the exemplary qualities young Northerners should strive to achieve.

“The CNG also acknowledges the immeasurable contribution of the late Tofa in stabilising the North and Nigeria as a whole. We pray the Almighty Allah to overlook his shortcomings, forgive his gentle soul, admit him to Jannah and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss

“We also wish to condole the convener of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi; Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, Chief Audu Ogbeh; CNG BOT Chairman, Dr. Nastura Ashir Sharrif and the entire CNG family over the loss of this great man.”

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