Senator Usman Albishir’s death in a car crash along Kano-Zaria Road cast a mourning mood across the nation especially in the Senate, Yobe his home state and neighbouring Borno.
The late senator was buried in Kano at a well-attended funeral.
Among those at the funeral prayer were former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Kano State governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former Kano State governor Ibrahim Shekarau, former secretary to the government of the federation Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, former deputy governor of Yobe State Alhaji Saleh Bayare, several former and serving senators and politicians.
Senate President David Mark in a condolence message noted that the late Albishir was a patriotic Nigerian who stood to be counted when it mattered, especially when it concerned the wellbeing of Nigerians.
Mark recalled that the late Albishir was in very high spirit a fortnight ago exchanging banters with colleagues at a public function in Abuja.
“He was a nice man, a fine politician who played politics without bitterness. As a senator, he distinguished himself a statesman who stood for the truth no matter whose ox was gored. The nation was his constituency.
“All we need to do is uphold the legacy of selfless service, humility, patriotism, honesty and fairness which Albishir stood for,” Mark maintained.
Borno State governor Kashim Shettima also condoled with the family of Albishir and described his death as a huge loss to the people of Borno State. He recalled that as a citizen of the state before Yobe State was created, Albishir lived peacefully in Maiduguri and impacted on the lives of many people.
The Borno State governor said: “The late Senator was a humble elder statesman who preached peace and acted it. There was hardly a time the late Albishir was seen without a cheerful face. The late senator created hundreds of employment opportunities for many Nigerians through his successful entrepreneurship drive. He, no doubt, contributed to the economic and political development of Nigeria through his activities.
“Albishir died at a time he was needed most to add his wealth of experience in the desperate quest for peace and stability in the North in particular and other parts of Nigeria. His death is indeed a big loss.”
He is survived by several children and a wife. Until his death, he remained a rallying point in Yobe politics, just as he was a successful businessman with interests in vast enterprises, including the defunct Savannah Airlines.
A statement issued by the special adviser on press affairs and information to Yobe State governor, Abdullahi Bego, said: “Governor Ibrahim Gaidam received with shock the sad news of the untimely death of Senator Albishir in a ghastly motor accident.
“The thoughts and sympathies of His Excellency Governor Gaidam are with the family of the late Senator at this time of great loss
“As a philanthropist, Senator Albishir positively touched the lives of thousands of people not just in Yobe State, but across the country. And as a politician, the late Senator left an indelible mark in terms of promotion and sustenance of democracy.”
The accident occurred when a Volkwagen Golf car crashed into the Senator’s Range Rover. His driver Yakubu and orderly Danladi survived the crash with severe injuries. Senator Albishi is survived by several children and a wife.