A Former Minister of Transportation during the Second Republic, Umaru Dikko, is dead. He died in the early hours of Tuesday in a London Hospital at the age of 78. He was said to have died in a London hospital according to family sources.
Dikko, until his death, was the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
Chief Ebenezer Babatope, had been the one briefing journalists about the committee as a result of Dikko’s ill health.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with sadness, news of the passing away of prominent politician and elder statesman, Alhaji Umaru Dikko.
The President extends sincere commiserations to the family, friends and political associates of the a man who played a leading role in the National Party of Nigeria which controlled the Federal Government in that dispensation.
He joins them in mourning the renowned political leader who, in spite of advanced age, continued to actively contribute to the nurturing and strengthening of democracy in Nigeria until the end of his life.
President Jonathan firmly believes that Alhaji Umaru Dikko’s significant contributions, especially his life-long advocacy for stronger political parties, greater discipline within political parties and the supremacy of political parties have assured him of a place in the annals of Nigeria’s political development.
He prays that God Almighty will receive Alhaji Umaru Dikko’s soul and grant him eternal rest.