Malam Nuhu Ribadu, National Security Adviser, led the Federal Government delegation to the burial of Wazirin Fika, Alhaji Adamu Fika, who died on Tuesday at the age of 90.
The elder statesman was buried, according to Islamic rites, at Unguwar Sarki cemetery in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Daily Trust observed that hundreds of people, including top government officials, both serving and former, attended the funeral prayer led by Kaduna-based Islamic Scholar, Dr. Ahmad Gumi, around 4:15 p.m. at Sultan Bello Central Mosque.
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingebe, and the NAHCON Chairman, Jalal Arabi, were also part of the FG team, among others.
Others included government officials from Yobe State, former National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Chairman Barrister Abdullahi Muktar, traditional rulers from Yobe State and Kaduna, and other respected scholars, to mention but a few.
Gumi described the late Malam Adamu Fika as a gentle soul worthy of emulation.
He said such a fellow is difficult to find among the crop of leaders in the country, as he was very patient and God-fearing.
“We pray to Allah to forgive his shortcomings and grant him Jannatul Firdaus. He will be remembered as a northern elder worthy of emulation because such elders are rare in society due to his good leadership,” he said.
Ribadu described the late Fika as a Titanic figure and one of the northern heroes in terms of public service.
He also said Late Fika was a wonderful Nigerian who had a fulfilled life and contributed immensely to what we have as government of the country.
“We are here on behalf of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in our team, including Ambassador Babagana Kingebe and the Pilgrims Commission chairman. It is a big loss, and we celebrate his fulfilled life. The country is grateful for his service, and we pray that Allah forgives him and grants him paradise,” he said.