Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has described the death of Professor Shehu Bida as a monumental loss to Northern Nigeria and the country.
Governor Sani Bello disclosed this in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mary Noel-Berje.
The Governor said that the Professor’s demise was not just a loss to the North but the country at large as he was a rare gem that contributed immensely to the development of the Northern region.
He commiserated with the deceased family, Etsu Nupe, HRH Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar and the entire Bida Emirate over the death of Professor Shehu.
The Governor said that the Late Professor’s wise counsel would be greatly missed.
“Death is inevitable; every living soul must test it. Prof Bida lived an accomplished life and has left an indelible mark that he will always be remembered for.
“Therefore, all that we have left is to pray to Allah to forgive him his shortcomings and grant him Aljannah Firdausi”, he said.
The Governor prayed God to give the immediate family, close associates and Bida Emirate the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and accept his death as an act of Allah.
Born in 1934, the deceased was the first Professor of Veterinary Medicine in Northern Nigeria.
Until his death, he was the Marafan Nupe, a traditional title in the Bida Emirate.