ABUJA (NAN) ― The National Conference on Saturday announced the death of another delegate, Prof. Muhammad Nur-Alkali, a delegate representing the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
A statement issued by James Akpandem, the conference Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications on Saturday in Abuja, said Nur-Alkali died in his residence on Friday night.
Akpandem said the Chairman of the conference, Retired Justice Idris Kutigi, was deeply distressed by the development and expressed deep condolences to the family of the deceased,
“The Secretariat of the National Conference on Saturday morning received with great grief the sad news of the demise of Prof Muhammad Nur-Alkali.
“Nur-Alkali was one of the six delegates representing the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs at the 2014 National Conference in Abuja.
“He died in his residence in Maiduguri on the night of Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at the age of 68 years.
“Justice Kutigi prays the Almighty receives his spirit and grants his soul eternal rest,’’ he said.
He had since been buried in Maiduguri according to Islamic rites.
Nur-Alkali’s death brought to four the delegates who had died since the inauguration of the conference in March.
His death came after that of Hamma Misau, a delegate on the platform of Retired Police officers from Bauchi State on March 27.
Dr Mohammed Jumare, a delegate from Kaduna State died on May 5, and Prof. Dora Akunyili, a delegate who represented Anambra, died on June 7.
Late Nur-Alkali was a professor of history and two-term vice chancellor of University of Maiduguri from 1985 to 1992.
He was also a former Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, near Jos, Plateau.
He was the Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee under the administration of Gen. Sani Abacha.
More recently, he was a member of the Committee on Insecurity in the North East, the Boko Haram Committee.
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