Adamu Attah Is Dead: First Civilian Governor Of Kwara State Dies At Age 88
May 1st, 2014 – Adamu Attah Is Dead: 1st Civilian Governor Of Kwara State Dies At Age 88
2nd Republic and first civilian governor of old Kwara State, Alhaji Adamu Attah, is dead.
He was governor under the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) between 1979 and 1983.
Aged 88, he died at his residence in Abuja in the early hours of Thursday, after a protracted illness.
The family sources disclosed that the late Alhaji Attah would buried at his home town in Okene, Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State, according to the Muslim rites.
At the family residence in Okene, family members, friends and sympathisers were seen already waiting for the remains of the late ex-governor for final burial.
He was a member of the 1976 Constituent Assemby, but his impact as the governor was invaluable as, during his administration, secondary schools in Ebiraland rose from six to 38.
The Kogi State governor, Captain Idris Wada (retd), on Thursday, commiserated with the family of late elder statesman.
He stated this when he, alongside Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, received the body of the late former governor in Okene.
The governor, who was among the early callers to pay a condolence visit to the family of Alhaji Atta, said the late elder statesman epitomised sincerity, adding that his wise counsel would be greatly missed.
The governor said the statesman died at the time when the new breed politicians would want to tap from his wealth of experience in the state.
He prayed Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Momoh Jimoh Lawal, also described the deceased as “a great politician who has contributed to the development of Nigeria and old Kwara State where he was governor.”
Chairman of the Kogi State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Aloysius Okino, also described the death of Alhaji Attah as a great loss to Kogi State and Nigeria as a whole.
In a condolence message signed by the special adviser, media and strategy to ALGON, Ibrahim Obansa, he noted that the late statesman lived his entire life for his people and humanity.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and his predecessor, Senator Bukola Saraki, described as saddening, the death of Alhaji Attah.
Governor Ahmed, in a statement by his press secretary, Oba AbdulWahab, expressed shock over Attah’s death.
In a condolence message signed by his media aide, Bankole Omisore, Saraki described Attah as a statesman of repute, and a stakeholder in the Nigeria project, whose records and antecedent were clear in the history of Kwara and Nigerian politics.
“Though gone, the impact of Alhaji Attah cannot be underestimated in Kwara politics and apparently, his role and contributions in the administration of Kwara State.
I pray almighty Allah to comfort his family and may Allah grants the departed soul Aljana Fridaus,” he said.
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has sympathised with the Attah royal family of Okene and the people of Kogi State on the death of Alhaji Attah.
According to Fani-Kayode, the former governor inspired and encouraged him to get into politics in 1989.
Expressing his admiration for the deceased, he noted that the late Attah was one of the all-time greats in the political arena of our country.
[Reported by Tribune]