Abubakar Hashidu, former Governor of Gombe State, has died.
He was aged 74.
Mr Hashidu passed on Friday morning at his home in Gombe after battling Alzheimers disease for some years.
His death was confirmed by an announcement from his family: “With total submission to the will of Allah, we announce the death of former Governor of Gombe State Alhaji Abubakar Habu Hashidu. May Allah forgive hs soul and grant him jahhan.”
He was governor of Gombe state from May 1999 to May 2003 on the platform of then All Peoples Party (APP).
Mr Hashidu was also a Minister of Water Resources as well as a Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development during the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida.
He was also a member of the Vision 2010 committee set up by late head of state, Sani Abacha.
Mr Hashidu will be buried by 5pm Friday evening according to Muslim rites.