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Nigeria mourns as ex-vice-presidential candidate dies in isolation centre

- Nigeria has lost one of its experience politicians to an undisclosed illness

- Family members of the late Junaid Mohammed have started planning his funeral arrangements

- A presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad has reacted to Junaid's sudden death

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A Nigerian politician, Junaid Mohammed, who served as the vice-presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2019 elections is dead.

The Cable reported that Mohammed, a lawmaker in the second republic, died on Thursday Thursday night, February 18 at an isolation centre.

Nigeria mourns as ex-vice-presidential candidate dies in isolation centre

The actual cause of Junaid Mohammed’s death was not disclosed. Photo: @akunnachux
Source: Twitter

A family member who confirmed the incident to the publication however disclosed that the politician was not positive for COVID-19.

Vanguard newspaper reported that the son of the late politician, Suleiman said his father died at the age of 73 after a brief illness that lasted for three days.

Junaid, a trenchant critic of the Buhari government, was a Soviet-trained medical doctor.

Former comptroller-general of customs dies in Abuja hospital

A presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad who reacted to the news of the death prayed for God to grant the late politician rest.

He said:

''Just saw it on Facebook that Dr. Junaid Mohammed has passed away. Oh Allah, people are dying in numbers these days, when our time comes, may Allah accept us, forgive our shortcomings and comfort our family and friends. Allah ya jikan Dr. Junaid Mohammed, Ya bawa iyalan sa hakuri.''

Meanwhile, Abdullahi Dikko, the immediate past comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is dead.

The Punch reported that the former customs boss died after an undisclosed protracted illness.

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Dikko, an indigene from Katsina state, served as comptroller-general of the customs service from 2009 to 2015.

The Nation stated that Dikko's death was confirmed by a member of the Association of the Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), who does not want to be named.

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In health news, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Nigeria.

NAFDAC's director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, made the announcement on Thursday, February 18, President Buhari's new media aide, Bashir Ahmad stated on Twitter.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.

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