A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abdullahi Ibrahim, died of COVID-19, on Sunday.
Mr Ibrahim, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who served as Minister of Transport and Aviation in the military regime of Muhammadu Buhari, was said to have died in an isolation centre in Abuja on Sunday.
A former top government official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak publicly on the matter ahead of the family, broke the news on Sunday.
He also served as AGF during the tenures of Sani Abacha and Abdulsalami Abubakar – both former military heads of state – between 1997 and 1999.
Ibrahim, who hailed from Kogi State, served as the minister of education, science and technology.
Reacting to Ibrahim’s death through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased.
He said the late Ibrahim was an “exemplary lawyer and statesman with impeccable integrity”, who will be remembered for his selfless service to the country.
“He was an extraordinary philanthropist who rendered legal services without charge to many who could not pay.
“As Minister in my government, Abdullahi Ibrahim will be remembered for doing so much to empower the girl child, including access to education.
“His work as member of the Nigerian team that negotiated the Maritime Boundary Treaty between Nigeria and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Unitization Agreement of the Zafiro/Ekanga Oil Fields has left an indelible mark on the trajectory of this country’s history and development. His accomplishments will continue to make us proud.”
Mr Ibrahim’s Wikipedia page was also updated on Sunday to reflect his demise.
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