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President Muhammadu Buhari in Japan’s Yokohama (Image courtesy: Nigerian Presidency)

President Muhammadu Buhari is saddened by the death of veteran broadcaster Bashir Ismaila Ahmed, Concise News reports.

Ahmed died on Saturday morning in Zaria after a protracted illness. He passed on in his home adjacent to Babban Dodo in the ancient city of Zaria at about 10:30am.

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He had since been laid to rest in Zaria on the same day, also.

Reacting to the death of Ahmed, Buhari described it as a great loss to Nigeria, saying the veteran journalist was “one of Nigeria’s finest journalists that I have ever known.”

“I am greatly saddened by the demise of this great and widely respected broadcaster who had distinguished himself in his chosen profession,” Buhari said.

“The late Bashir had made a mark for himself which is one of the greatest achievements a man can be remembered for.

“He was the darling of FRCN listeners in many Nigerian homes around the country because he did his job so well with insight and brilliance that others wanted to be like him.

“I was not therefore surprised the late Bashir became a role model for many young men and women aspiring to be broadcasters.”

Also, president Buhari prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest

Nigerian Leader Consoles NIA

Buhari had also consoled the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, following the death of his sister, Fatima Aliyu.

In a message through a delegation to the bereaved family, and to the government and people of Katsina State, the President, speaking through the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari expressed sadness over the loss of a valued citizen.

Kyari said: ‘‘Hajiya Aliyu will be missed by many for her compassionate side, helping fellow countrymen and women in distress anywhere she came across them.”

He prayed to Allah to repose the soul of the deceased and grant fortitude to her beloved family members and friends to bear the loss.

In his remarks, the DG NIA thanked the President for sending the condolence team to Katsina and prayed for his safe return from Japan.

The delegation, which included a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and the Ambassador-Designate to Chad, Ambassador Babagana Zanna also visited the Government House Katsina, where the President’s message to the government and people of the State was delivered to Governor Bello Masari.