The Secretariat of the National Conference on Saturday announced the death of a delegate, Prof. Muhammad Nur Alkali.
He was one of the six delegates representing the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs at the 2014 National Conference in Abuja.
A statement by the Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications of the conference, Mr. Akpandem James said Alkali died in his residence in Maiduguri on Friday night 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.
James said that the Chairman of conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, was “deeply distressed by this sad development and on behalf of the Conference Secretariat and Delegates, has 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.”
He said that kutigi also prayed the Almighty receives his spirit and grants his soul sweet repose.
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.