Katsina @30: Masari to confide Yar’Adua, IBB, Wada Nas, other important dignitaries with awards
Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, former military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), late Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Wada Nas, former Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sani Zangon Daura, and a former National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar, are among several other prominent persons slated to receive awards, on Friday, as part of activities marking the 30th anniversary celebrations of the creation of the state.
The Federal Government, under Gen. Babandiga, created Katsina State on September 23, 1987, along with Akwa-Ibom State.
The Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed Inuwa, who briefed the press, on Wednesday evening, said that the Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, would also be in Katsina, on Friday, for a polo tournament in his honour while a delegation from Katsina will also visit Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom State capital.
Inuwa explained that apart from being governor between 1999 and 2007, Yar’Adua was being honoured along with Nas and 15 others for their efforts which culminated in the creation of Katsina State while Muktar was the pioneer military governor who served between 1987 and August 1988.
On the list of awardees are also all former military governors of the state, the pioneer civilian governor, Alhaji Saidu Barda, indigenes of Katsina who had served as governors of other states, former Nigeria’s security chiefs of Katsina origin including the late Inspector-General of Police, M.D. Yusuf, late Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Bello, as well as former President, Federal Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, among others.
Inuwa said that Prof. Ismailia Tsiga of the Bayero University, Kano would deliver the anniversary lecture on Saturday.