Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has described the demise of the Zanna Dujima of Borno State, Alhaji Bukar Mandara, as a huge loss to Borno State and the entire country.
The former governor described Mandara as a detribalised Nigerian who gave his all to the society just as he noted that his capacity for helping others was legendary.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, Kalu said: “Alhaji Mandara lived a good life worthy of emulation. He was a devoted Muslim who dedicated his life to the uplift of all and sundry in the society. He was noted for selfless and patriotic efforts in ensuring a just society.
While he described him a successful businessman, philanthropist and politician, who provided opportunities for people at all levels, he said Mandara was a detribalised Nigerian, “who built friendship across the length and breadth of the country.”
Kalu stated that the vacuum left behind by Mandara’s death would be difficult to fill, but “we should take solace in the fact that he contributed immensely to the growth and development of the nation in his lifetime.”
Commiserating with the Borno State Government, the Borno Emirate Council and the Mandara family, he prayed to God to grant the late elder statesman a blissful rest.