Former SGF Gidado Idris buried in Abuja amid tears

Former Secretary to the Government of Federation , Alhaji Gidado Idris , who died on Friday night in Abuja , was buried at Gudu Cemetery in the FCT on Saturday amid tears and prayers from families and the Muslim community .

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former SGF died in Abuja at the age of 82 after a brief illness .

The burial, which was concluded at around 3pm , was attended by the Secretary to the Government of Federation , Mr Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, among others.

Other dignitaries included the former Deputy President of Senate , Sen . Ibrahim Mantu, former FCT Minister , Alhaji Aliyu Modibbo , former SGF, Babagana Kingibe , the Executive Secretary , Abuja National Mosque, Alhaji Ibrahim Jega .

Also at the burial were Maj . Hamza Almustapha, former Chief Security Officer ( CSO ) to late Military Head of State , Gen . Sani Abacha and former Gov . Babangida Aliyu of Niger.

SGF Boss Mustapha said the deceased was among the brilliant technocrats produced by the country over the years .
He described him as “an embodiment of generous spirit, hard work and an experienced public servant. ”

He said the late former SGF was endowed with institutional memory of the things that happened in the course of Nigeria ’s journey to nationhood .
He also described late Gidado as humble , thorough and simple man who was very accessible to whomever stepped into his office as SGF.

“I believe he was endowed with institutional memory of the things that happened in the course of Nigeria ’s growth as nation .
“The death was a huge lose to the family and the nation at large. ”

Former Nigeria ’s Ambassador to the UK , Amb . Sarki Tafida , who expressed shock over the sudden death of Gidado , also said it was a huge lose to the nation .

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