Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has expressed sadness over the demise of Emeritus Professor and Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Institute of Virology, Umar Shehu.
TORI reported that Umar died after a brief illness at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, at the age of 92.
In a statement via X, Peter Obi, stated that Shehu made considerable contributions to the health and education sector.
While commiserating with Shehu’s family and the people of Borno state, the former governor of Anambra State prayed God would grant the deceased eternal rest.
He wrote: “I have just read the sad nicki swift of the passing on of Professor Umaru Shehu, an Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, from 1978 to 1980. He made immense contributions to our governance, health and education sectors.
“I sincerely commiserate with his family, the government and the people of Borno State, where he hails from; the Borno Elders Forum, which he co-founded, and the Kanem Borno Historical and Cultural Foundation, which, according to reports, he founded.
“As he goes back to his maker, God Almighty, may He forgive his sins, grant him eternal rest; and grant his family, and all who mourn him, the fortitude to bear his loss.”