President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has mourn the passing away of emeritus Professor of Community Medicine Umar Shehu describing his death as a big blow to Nigeria.
The Professor died on Monday at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, after a long illness.
The Professor was one of the pioneer medical doctors from Northern Nigeria.
He was Born on December 8, 1930, in Maiduguri, Borno State, the Professor of community medicine was 92 when he passed away on Monday in the Borno state capital.
The burial of the professor witnessed the Presence of the Vice President Kashim Shettima along side with the Borno state deputy governor Umar Usman Kadafur.
Other dignitaries who attended the burial were The immediate past President of the senate Ahmad Lawan, The chief whip of the senate Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkareem Lawan among others.
President Tinubu in a statement said Professor Shehu’s death had closed a big chapter of illustrious service to Nigeria as a whole.
“The renowned Professor of Medicine has always served Nigeria meritoriously and bestowed on all Nigerians a sense of pride with his indelible breakthroughs and innovative approaches to the administration of health and medical education around the world.
“Nigeria was indeed blessed to have him as both a patriotic son and as a worthy global representative in his fields of endeavour,” Tinubu stated.
Similarly the Northern governors under the umbrella of the Northern state Governors Forum (NSGF) has also describe the passing away of Professor Umaru Shehu, as a National shock.
The chairman of the Northern state Governors forum(NGSF) and Governor of Gombe state Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, in a condolence message, described the late Professor Umaru Shehu, as a true erudite scholar whose passing away leaves a huge void in the realms of knowledge and in Nigeria.
“Professor Emeritus Umaru Shehu was not just a name but a repository of wisdom, a beacon of knowledge, and an embodiment of dedication to his people and country.
“His illustrious career in several universities, including the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, the University of Maiduguri, as well as his role as a co-founder of the Borno Elders Forum and the Kanem Borno Historical and Cultural Foundation have left an indelible mark on our society.
“A towering figure in academia, Professor Shehu’s contributions as the President of the Nigerian Academy of Science and his distinguished position as Professor Emeritus of Community Health at the University of Maiduguri have indeed enriched our nation’s intellectual heritage. His global recognition as the Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal was proof of his exceptional capabilities,” Yahaya said