Atiku eulogises late Head of State, Murtala Muhammed 46 years after


Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday eulogised the late Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed,  46 years after his death.

Muhammed was assassinated on February 13, 1976 in a bloody coup.

In a statement titled ‘A requiem for one of the best Nigeria ever produced,’ Atiku regretted that Nigeria lost a real hero in the 1976 event.”

The statement read, “46 years ago, we lost a real Nigerian hero; a man who gave so much to this nation, and paid the supreme price for the love of Nigeria. I remember the great pride and patriotism Nigerians had after his ‘Africa Has Come of Age’ speech at the extraordinary meeting of the organisation of African Unity in Addis Ababa, on Sunday, January 11, 1976. He saw the future that he never got to live in.

“Murtala Mohammed was in a hurry to develop Nigeria and in his determined progressivism, he planted trees, whose shades he never lived to enjoy, including the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the indigenisation policy, which increased the participation of Nigerians in their own economy, and the purest, objective and most effective fight against corruption that this clime has ever seen.

“In the end, this pan-African, and pan Nigerian symbol of hope renewed our commitment to the unity of Nigeria, and our zeal for a better tomorrow, via the charisma and single-minded vision that he brought into governance. Today, I remember him as always.”



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