Amid tears and the gathering of prominent Nigerians in Kano, the remains of late Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Moukhtar Mohammed, a retired senior Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officer and co-founder of the Arewa Consultative Forum, have been laid to rest.
Mohammed died in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2017.
Alhaji Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, led the federal government delegation to the burial ceremony.
Mohammed’s body was flown in from London aboard a private jet, which landed at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano and was received by a mammoth crowd.
The corpse was immediately driven in a NAF ambulance to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, where prayers were said for the repose of Mohammed's soul before the interment.
The Nigerian Air Force described the late AVM Moukhtar Mohammed as “a rare gem, an articulate and eloquent speaker as well as an astute administrator, who laid a solid foundation for administration in the NAF.
“It is to his credit that after leaving the service, the late senior officer continued to contribute to the growth of the NAF through adequate inputs.
“He was also involved in national service as a member of the 2014 National Conference.”
Other members in the team from the presidency include: Mansur Dan-Ali, the defence minister, his colleague in the interior ministry, Abdulrahman Dambazau, as well as that in charge of aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika.
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The education minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, were also in attendance.
The governors of Jigawa and Kano states as well as top military officers in the country attended the ceremony.
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