Nigerian lawmaker Junaid Mohammed dies at 71

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Mohammed was a member of House of Representatives in the Second Republic and the vice presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Nigeria’s last presidential elections.

An eldest son to the desease, Sulaimon Junaid Mohammad confirmed his father died at his residence in Kano after a brief illness.

He will be buried Friday morning at Farm center Cementry in Turaini, a family source said.

The Northern Elders’ Forum, in a condolence message signed by its spokesperson, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, showered encomiums on the deceased.

The forum described Mohammed as an outstanding medical doctor who carved an irreplaceable path as a politician who combined principled activism with ideological politics.

“He had been a key player in the nation’s political fortunes and was always involved in nurturing the democratic process,” Baba-Ahmed said. “He had served in the House of Representatives in the Second Republic.

“His outstanding intellect was always available to the North and Nigeria, and he died at a moment when he was deeply involved in the search for a new of life for our country.”

The Death of frontline political activist Junaid Mohammed comes almost the same time former Customs boss Inde Dkko died.

Junaid Mohammed was one of the founding members of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) in 1976 under the leadership of the late Aminu Kano.

He also served as the national deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the north-west.

In October 2018, he was selected as running mate to Donald Duke, presidential candidate of the SDP.

Recall that Junaid Mohammed last January in reaction to Bishop Mathew Kukah’s Christmas Day Sermon criticized President Buhari for nepotism, alleging that 99 percent of Buhari’s appointments were not on merit.

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