President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of the late Prof. Idris Abdulkadir, describing him as a scholar par excellence and a towering statesman.
The late Abdulkadir was Professor of Veterinary Surgery and Medicine and former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC).
In a condolence message by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu on Monday in Abuja, Buhari said that the deceased “was a versatile personality and a great scholar”.
He added that the late Abdulkadir was “blessed with a wealth of scientific knowledge, and was extremely articulate as well as witty.”
Buhari commended the late Abdulkadir for his role in strengthening the country’s university system and the role he played in preserving his alma mater, Barewa College, Zaria.
According to him, Abdulkadir leaves behind an indelible mark on the development trajectory of the nation.
“His wise counsel on key policy matters in education, science and technology will never be forgotten,” the president assured.
Buhari prayed for the repose of his soul and the courage for his family, the government and people of Kaduna State to bear the loss. (NAN).