By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.
The Secretariat of the National Conference has expressed grief over the death of Professor Muhammad Nur Alkali, who was one of the six delegates representing the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA) at the 2014 National Conference in Abuja.
Professor Alkali died in his residence in Maiduguri on the night of Friday, August 1, 2014 at the age of 68.
A Professor of History and two-term Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri (1985 – 1992), the late Alkali was Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) and Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee under the administration of General Sani Abacha.
More recently, he was a member of the Committee on Insecurity in the North East (The Boko Haram Committee) He will be buried later today, Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Maiduguri.
Conference Chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi, said he is deeply distressed by the sad development and on behalf of the Conference Secretariat and Delegates, expressed his deep condolences to the family of the late Professor, and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, the platform which Alkali represented at the Conference.
Justice Kutigi, in a condolence message, “prays the Almighty receives his spirit and grants his soul sweet repose.”
Professor Alkali’s death was preceded by those of Barrister Hamma Misau (a delegate on the platform of the Retired Police officers), from Bauchi State, on Thursday, March 27, 2014; Dr Mohammed Jumare (A delegate from Kaduna State) who died on Monday May 5, 2014 and Professor Dora Akunyili (a delegate who represented Anambra State) on June 7, 2014.