KADUNA – Former military Governor of old Kaduna State, Group Captain Usman Jibrin, 69, is dead. His death was announced by his family in Keffi Nasarwa state yesterday, after a protracted illness. The death of the retired Air Force pilot was received by the Kaduna State Governor, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa with great shock, according to Government House statement in Kaduna.
Jibrin, was described by Yakowa as “a responsible elder statesman, who contributed immensely towards the development of Kaduna State in particular, the North and Nigeria in general,” adding that “his demise was a great loss to the north and the nation’’.
Government further said,’’his death at a time when the nation is passing through lots of security challenges, the wise counsel of people like him will be greatly missed. His contribution to national development cannot be over emphasized and this contribution will be greatly missed.
“While praying for God to grant his family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss, Governor Yakowa pray that God will grant his soul eternal rest.”
Also, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, on its part, said it has ‘’received the sad news of the sudden passing away of Group Captain Jibrin’’ and lamented that the deceased died at this point in time when his wise counsel was most needed in the country.
A statement by the National Publicicity Secretary of ACF, Anthony Sani read:
“Group Captain Usman Jibrin was the Former Governor of former Kaduna state ,was member of Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, under the watch of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and was a member of the Steering Committee of the Ahmadu Bello Foundation.
‘’In all these, the late Group Captain demonstrated easy grace, public intelligence and patriotic courage in his unwavering pursuit of peaceful coexistence and prosperity of Nigerians and the North in particular.
‘’His family, his friends, the people of the North and indeed the whole nation, would miss this man of conviction and integrity.
“We in the ACF would also miss his contributions and can only pray God to give all concerned the fortitude to endure what cannot be changed, since death would come when it would come. “The best way to remember Group Captain Jibrin, therefore, is to live up what he stood for common good. May his soul rest in peace”
Usman Jibrin joined the Nigerian Air force in 1963 and retired in 1978. He fought during the Nigerian Civil War and also participant in the July 1975 coup that brought General Murtala Muhammed to power. Jibrin was appointed as the military Governor of Kaduna in 1976 before he retired from the military in 1978, after a disagreement with General Olusegun Obasanjo over the taking over of the Ahmadu Bello University and the Radio Nigeria Kaduna by the Federal Government Apart fro being an Islamic Scholar, he was also into business before his death.