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Abdulkadir Kure, a former governor of Niger State, has died in a German hospital at the age of 69.
The politician died on Sunday, January 8, 2016 after losing the battle with a liver disease.
“It is true, he died in Germany, the family has already began making moves to return his body back to Nigeria for funeral rites,” a friend of the governor confirmed to an online newspaper.
Kure was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, under whose platform he served as governor of Niger State from 1999 to 2007.
His wife, Zainab Kure, is former senator of the federal republic of Nigeria.
He was from Lapai in Niger State.
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has described former Governor Abdulkadir Kure as a leader who plays politics without bitterness, a statement issued by Jibrin Baba Ndace, the chief press secretary to the governor said.
Governor Sani Bello said Late Kure was a peacemaker and bridge builder who was concerned about progress and development of the state adding that he instituted good governance and started various developmental projects that were focused on the people.
The governor stated this during a condolence visit to the deceased residence in Minna on Monday, January 9, 2016.
The governor said he had good understanding and cordial relationship with him noting that Late Governor Abulkadir Kure was an example of God –fearing gentleman who understood that there was time for politics and time for governance.
“Governor Abdulkadir Kure is a leader who has always given me wise counsel about how to provide purposeful leadership for the state.
The news of his demise came with a shock because I spoke with him four days ago and he was doing reasonably OK. In fact I was hoping to go and see him soon but it appears that after my phone conversation with him, the situation went out of hand”.
“We will surely miss him. Personally I will miss his counselling despite the differences in party. As a former Governor and leader I enjoyed a lot of counseling from him in matters that affect the state. ”
He never relate with me as someone from a different political platform.”
He said despite party differences late Abdulkadir Kure has been a leader and statesman by offering him useful advice that would move the state forward.
“Late Governor Kure had on several occasion send or personally visited me to advise me on important issues concerning the state. Of recent he intervened on the labour-government crisis” the governor stated.
Governor Sani Bello who said, late Kure has executed developmental projects across and promised to complete some of the laudable projects started by his administration. He disclosed that government under his watch has completed the water project in Gawu started by Kure’s administration adding that work would soon commence in Katcha and Agaie water projects initiated by Kure but abandoned by last administration
The governor prayed Allah to grant late former governor aljana fidausi and the family and entire people of the state the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“The passing away of Alhaji Abdullahi Kure, is a tragedy to the State and the Nation at large, his demise at this critical and crucial moment of our country has created a big vacuum. We have lost a rare gem and repository of wisdom.”
Late Abdulkadir Kure was the 12th Governor of the state and 3rd Civilian Governor and first in the current political dispensation. He was governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP from 1999-2007.