Danbatta was a gem of integrity – Atiku

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the death of foremost statesman, Alhaji Magaji Danbatta as one of the greatest losses the nation has experienced in its political history.

In a tribute to Danbatta, who was a delegate to the recently concluded national conference, the former Vice President said in a statement issued by his media office, that Danbatta was one of the progressive politicians the North and Nigeria at large had ever produced.

According to him, Danbatta was a remarkable politician, who at 19 years of age co-founded the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) along with the late Malam Aminu Kano during the First Republic.

He said the late Danbatta's patriotism and broad-mindedness was always noticeable in the roles he played in his public career.

He recalled that, as a Journalist, the late Danbatta worked as the Hausa editor of the Comet newspaper, founded by the late independence nationalist, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe before becoming the editor of the  New Nigerian Newspaper during the First Republic.

The former Vice President also observed that Danbatta was the tallest remaining figure in Nigeria's progressive politics of his generation, adding that he spent his entire life identifying with the aspirations of the ordinary people.

Atiku Abubakar also paid glowing tribute to Danbatta's integrity, adding “the deceased led a simple, fulfilled life, untainted by political opportunism of licking the boots of those in power for favours.”

He said these virtues are rare among our today's politicians, explaining that the late Danbatta was a fountain of inspiration for selfless service to the people.

The Turaki Adamawa prayed to God to grant the deceased a gentle rest in peace and reward his good deeds with paradise.

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