President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the passing of his close associate, whom he described as an exceptional scholar and administrator, Dr Mahmud Tukur.
Tukur died from an undisclosed ailment in the early hours of Friday, in Abuja.
A statement issued by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, described Tukur as a true patriot and a nationalist.
According to him, the deceased had a passion for a prosperous, economically strong and united Nigeria and was a proud nationalist.
He recalled that as Minister of Trade, Dr Tukur introduced a lot of schemes that revived the local industry, boosted exports and gave real meaning and effect to import substitution in regenerating the indigenous manufacturing sector of the economy.
He prayed that Almighty Allah accepts him in Aljannah Firdaus and give his family, friends, the strength to bear this grievous loss.