President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Nasarawa State over the death of former Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Dr Hassan Mohammed Lawal.
Buhari, in a condolence message through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu,described the death of Lawal as a personal loss.
The President commiserated with the family, friends and the Keffi Emirate, over the death of the former Minister.
“To PMB, this is a deep personal lost. It is loss of a very strong pillar in his politics in Nasarawa state and the entire North Central”.
“The late Dr Hassan had made huge sacrifices at various juncture in his political life. The president prays Allah to accept his soul and forgive his sins,” Shehu said.
On his part, governor Umaru Tanko Al- Makura of Nasarawa State, said that the death of the former minister was a great loss to the people of the state and Nigeria at large.
“Today is a day of grief for the people of Nasarawa state on the loss of one of our illustrious sons, Dr.Hassan Lawal, who had been a critical stakeholder in the state and also one of the prominent representatives at the national level”.
“This loss is irreplaceable and irreparable but our consolation lies in the fact that Dr.Hassan Lawal lived a worthwhile life that has benefited the people of Nasarawa state . May Allah grant his soul eternal rest in aljanat firdausi,” Al- Makura said
Lawal, died at the age of 64, after a protracted illness at the Turkish Nizamye Hospital in Abuja and was buried yesterday in his country home, Keffi.
Dignitaries at the well attended burial include: Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibrin, former Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu, former National Security Adviser General Aliyu Gusau, Sen Abdullahi Adamu, Gen.Abdullahi A. Aboki, Rep Abdulmumuni Jibrin, Rep.Jonathan GbewfiGaza, traditional and religious leaders among others.
The late Hassan also served as minister of Labour and Productivity and a covering minister of Health, between 2004 and 2008.
He also worked in various capacities as Magistrate, NNPC staff, chairman, Nigeria Shippers Council amongst others.