President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed great sadness over the demise of the first professor of veterinary medicine in Northern Nigeria and a former chairman of Bida local government in Niger state, Prof Shehu Bida.
This was disclosed in the president’s consolidation message released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in Abuja on Friday.
President Buhari commiserated with the family of Bida, the Government and people of Niger State, the Etsu Nupe and the academic community on the death of one of Nigeria’s leading scholars in the field of sciences.
According to him, Prof Bida's pioneering role in sparking the interest of many Nigerians in the field of veterinary medicine, impactful research publications and tenacity for knowledge-sharing, helped in grooming many quality experts in the field at home and beyond.
He further stated that the professor’s outstanding contribution to since will never be forgotten and hopes his peers in the academic community will build on his legacy.
Buhari prayed that almighty Allah will forgive the shortcomings of the deceased and grant his family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.