From Ifedayo Sayo (Ado-Ekiti), Lawrence Njoku (Enugu) and Isa Abdusalami (Jos)
EKITI State Governor, Mr. Segun Oni and other eminent Nigerians have described the death of former governor of old Kano State, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi as painful and shocking.
In a statement yesterday, Oni said with the death of Rimi, "Nigeria has lost yet another committed patriot and outstanding statesman of impeccable integrity."
Governor Oni in the statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, said: "I received with shock the news of the death of Alhaji Abubakar Rimi and I still can't fathom why he had to die this time that patriots like him are needed to move the country forward."
Also, National Chairman of the Justice Party, Chief Ralph Obioha, yesterday described the death of Rimi as a national loss, stressing that it has opened another chapter in the security situation of the country.
He stated in Enugu that the development has made it imperative for a review of the country's police formation, stressing that it was unfortunate that a high class politician like Rimi could go the way he did from the action of a people he had always stood for.
He said: "Who knows the kind of harassment they gave to him that led to his blood pressure rising to the point that doctors could not manage his case. Although reports said he was not shot, personally, I believe he must have been mentally touched for him to have lost control and consciousness to the point of death.
"The leadership of this nation really needs to take a critical look at the Police formation of this country to save her best brains and future from hoodlums.
"The unfortunate demise of Rimi has become a serious sign post that issue of security of lives and property should be in the front burner of the development of this country. It must be treated as a national issue requiring active solution. It is sad that a vibrant and progressive politician, who spent the large chunk of his life fighting for the people could be messed up by the same people he was fighting for, in a most inhuman manner," he said.
Obioha spoke as a chieftain of the Action Congress (AC) in Plateau State and a political contemporary of the late Rimi, Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, said he felt very bad on hearing of his friend's death.
Kwande described Rimi as a very fantastic politician who was well celebrated, saying that he was a politician of honour and virtue who was also honest and whose intention was to help the ordinary man.