Second republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, is dead

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A second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, is dead.

Mohammed, who was a Soviet-trained medical doctor,  died last night in his residence in Kano.

His brother, Dr. Ahmed Salik, a former lecturer with the Bayero University Kano confirmed his death on last night

 

He was one of the founding members of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) in 1976 under the leadership of the late Aminu Kano.

He also served as the national deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the north-west.

Despite hailing from the Northern part of the country, Mohammed was an inveterate critic of the Buhari administration.

In one of his recent interviews before his death, he had accused Buhari of not basing appointments on merit.

The former lawmaker was responding to a comment by Matthew Kukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto. Kukah had accused Buhari of nepotism.

Mohammed agreed with the bishop’s comment, stating that the president had favoured certain sections of the country over others.

“I have to admit that the core issue he raised about nepotism is real, and of course marginalisation of some certain sections of the country is real, and that nepotism is in favour of people that are close to Buhari, particularly his friends, cronies, relations and in-laws. Over 99 percent of the appointments Buhari made were not based on merit,” he had said.

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