Nigeria’s ex-SGF, Aminu Saleh dies at 87


A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and elder statesman, Aminu Saleh, died on Wednesday at the age of 87.
Saleh, who served as the SGF under the Sani Abacha military government, died at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, in Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi state, Wednesday morning after a protracted illness and had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
Aminu Saleh, born in 1933 in Azare, Katagum LG, Bauchi State, attended his elementary school in Azare between 1941 and 1944. He attended Bauchi middle school (1944-49), clerical training college Zaria, (1950-51).
He attended the Institute of Administration, Zaria, and earned a diploma in accounting 1957.
He was on an evening university degree course in University of Lagos 1963-67 and attended post graduate course in management in University of Wisconsin in USA.
He is survived by one wife, 13 children and grandchildren. Among the children are Kabiru Saleh, his eldest son and the immediate past deputy Governor of Bauchi state; and Sagir Saleh.
The immediate past Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has described the death of the elder statesman as a great loss to the country considering his wealth of experience.
Yuguda, while reacting to the news of the death of the former SGF, described the death as a monumental loss not only to his immediate and extended families, Katagum Emirate and Bauchi State, but the entire country, considering the late Saleh’s contributions to the socio-political and economic development of the country over the years.
In the statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ishola Adeyemi, the ex-governor recalled that he enjoyed fatherly advice from the late Saleh during his eight years tenure as the Governor of the State.
He added that the ex-SGF was always frank and straight forward on matters that bordered on good governance and leadership.
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