Another CONFAB delegate yesterday kicked the bucket. Muhammad Nur Alkali, a former professor and a prominent Islamic voice was one of six delegates representing the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA) at the National conference.
According to the statement released by the confab’s secretariat and signed by Akpandem James, Mr. Alkali died in his home in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on the night of Friday, August 1, 2014. He was 68.
The deceased delegate was a professor of history at the University of Maiduguri where he also served two terms as the vice chancellor, from 1985 to 1992. In addition to his teaching and administrative career at the University of Maiduguri, Mr. Alkali worked as the director general of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, near Jos, the capital of Plateau State. He was also the chairman of a presidential advisory committee appointed by the late Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha. More recently, he was a member of a committee on insecurity in the northeast, exploring ways of addressing the growing atmosphere of sectarian terrorism that has made much of Nigeria’s northeast a zone of violence and instability.
Mr. Alkali was buried today in Maiduguri in accordance with Islamic practices.
Other delegates at the National Conference who have died were Hamma Misau, a lawyer who represented retired police officers, from Bauchi State, Mohammed Jumare, who represented Kaduna State, and Dora Akunyili, a former minister who represented Anambra State
Mr. Alkali’s death brings to four the number of delegates who have died since the conference was inaugurated earlier this year.