Dogara Condoles with the People of Sokoto State over Hamzat Ahmadu’s Death
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has commiserated with the government and people of Sokoto state and the Sultanate Council over the demise of Alhaji Hamzat Ahmadu.
Dogara described Ahmadu’s death as a big loss not only to Sokoto state but Nigeria as a whole, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan.
The Speaker noted that the late Ahmadu made valuable contributions to the development of Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives under different administrations, for which he will be remembered in years to come. He said Alhaji Ahmadu was a consummate statesman and an accompolished diplomat who dedicated his life and time to the service of his country and people. The Speaker prayed that God grant his soul eternal rest, and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Ambassador Ahmadu joined the Nigerian Secretariat Kaduna, Provincial Office Kano and Northern Nigerian Legislature Kaduna before he proceeded to the United Kingdom for further studies. He rejoined the Colonial Administrative Service at the end of his studies in 1958 and served as Private Secretary to the premier of Northern Nigerian Foreign Service. He presented his credentials and was accepted as Ambassador Extraordinary & plenipotentiary to the United States of America on July 20, 1987.
Ambassador Ahmadu had played a major role in formulating, managing and implementing Nigeria’s foreign policy. He served as Permanent Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service (1986-1987); Director-General of African Affairs (1984-1985); Director-General of Protocol (1981-1982); Director, Asia Division (1965-1966); and Director of Africa, Consular and Treaties Division (1964-1966). After his retirement, Ambassador Ahmadu was appointed the first Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra State, and was on the board of many companies. He was married with children.