The Deputy Governor Of Borno State, Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha passed away.
Confirming his death, the State Government, through the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, said Mustapha died in his sleep Saturday morning in
Yola, Adamawa State.
According to Shuwa, the late deputy governor was at Yola to represent Borno Government at the convocation ceremony of Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology, Yola.
He was also scheduled to follow up on his earlier visit to Yola, in connection with the welfare of Borno State citizens internally displaced as a
result of the Boko Haram insurgency.
His remains would be brought to Maiduguri for funeral at the Government House, Maiduguri at
4pm on Saturday.
The statement added that Governor Kashim Shettima, expresses his heartfelt condolence to the family of the Deputy Governor and the entire
people of Borno State for the irreparable loss.
The governor also appealed for prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
Though the cause of Mustapha’s death is yet to be made known, however, TheStreetReporters.com gathered that he might have died of heart attack.
TheStreetReporters.com recalls that the late Borno Deputy Governor had, while reaffirming his loyalty to Governor Kashim Shettima recently, declared that he will rise or fall with hiis boss and will never contemplate going against him for whatever reason.
Mustapha had told journalists in Abuja that he has since made a decision that Shettima will be the last person he will work with because he doesn’t see himself contesting as running mate or working under any other person order than his current boss.
“I have worked with His Excellency, Governor Kashim Shettima in the last three years and I can tell you that he is the best boss any deputy Governor can have in Nigeria.
“I will rise or fall with him, I will stand by him through every step of the way, no matter what. Insha Allah he will be the last Governor I will serve as deputy because I don’t see myself being a running mate to anyone at all”, Mustapha had said before his sudden death.