Alhaji Jibril Halilu Dukku, an elder statesman and iconic administrator, passed away on Friday at the age of 91 in Gombe, and Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has expressed deep sorrow over the loss.

The governor eulogized the deceased as an experienced administrator and educator who was widely respected for his academic contributions, administrative prowess, and charitable work.

This was announced by Gombe’s Director-General of Press Affairs, Ismaila Uba Misilli, at the Government House.

The elder statesman, he said, left an indelible mark on Gombe State and beyond during his illustrious career and after his retirement thanks to his many contributions and the people he touched.

Death of Alhaji Jibril Dukku, he said, “leaves a profound void in our hearts, marking the end of an era characterized by exceptional service, wisdom, devotion, and commitment to the advancement of the people, community, and nation at large.”

According to Governor Yahaya, the people of Gombe State have lost a renowned elder statesman who did great work for both their home state and the country as a whole.

Aishatu Jibril Dukku, the governor’s sister and the deceased’s daughter, passed away recently. “On behalf of the government and the people of Gombe State, I extend my heartfelt condolences to my dear sister and daughter of the deceased, Rt. Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku and the entire family members on the passing of this iconic personality,” he said.

Before his voluntary retirement in 1985, the late Alhaji Jibril Halilu Dukku served with distinction as Permanent Secretary-designate at the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Permanent Secretary in the Bauchi Ministry of Education, Commissioner for Health, and Commissioner for Works and Transport in the former Bauchi State.

He is survived by two wives and several children; notable among them are Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku, a former member of the House of Representatives and Professor Sani Jibril Dukku, a professor at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.

Earlier, Governor Inuwa had dispatched a team to the burial prayer held at the Emir’s Palace in Gombe, Nigeria. The group was led by Deputy Governor Manassah Daniel Jatau.

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