President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has described the late Senator Zanna Ahmed from Borno State as a remarkable human rights activist who had frequently spoken in defence of oppressed people.
In a message of condolence issued in Abuja by his media team, Buhari said he was marvelled by Zanna’s tenacity in defence of his opinions over the issues affecting the interest of the people of Borno State.
According to Buhari, the late Zanna was an “extraordinarily courageous politician who constantly stood by his convictions.”
The President-elect noted that Zanna was not a typically selfish Nigerian politician who put his interest before those of his people.
Buhari said the deceased will always be remembered for these rare virtues among Nigerian politicians, adding that other leaders should emulate his selflessness. The President-elect also extended his condolences to the family of the late Senator, the government and the people of Borno State.
On his part, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said the late Senator Zanna Ahmed of Borno State was one of the greatest grassroots politicians he had ever met in the course of his interactions with leaders.
The former Vice President, who was reacting to the death in a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, Sunday, said he was amazed by the level of zeal and sincerity with which Senator Zanna had represented his people at the National Assembly.
Atiku, who recalled his personal closeness to the deceased, said even Zanna’s worst enemies won’t deny the incredible passion with which he had served his people actively as a Senator.
The former Vice President regretted that the Senator died at a critical point when the APC needed his valuable experience and advice in the course of implementing its change agenda to restore hopes to Nigerians.
According to Atiku, the late Zanna came across as a man purely motivated by the desire to serve the people rather than a man looking for power for the sake of personal glory and selfish advantages. He prayed to God to forgive his gentle soul, and grant his family the fortitude to bear this great loss.