Former Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Shehu Musa, dies at 73

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Former Secretary to the Government of the Federal Government of Nigeria Shehu Musa has died at the age of 73, the local press reported Thursday, quoting his family members. Musa, who held the traditional title of ‘Makaman Nupe’, died in a London hospital Wednesday of ”age-related” illness. He held a number of prominent public portfolios in his lifetime, perhaps most prominent of all as the Chairman of the National Population Commission between 1988 and 1992, and the resident commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in his home state of Niger in northern Nigeria. After his early education in Bida, Niger state, he went to Zaria Secondary School (now Barewa college) between 1949 and 1954 and the University of Minnesota in United States (1962-1963), before beginning his successful career in the public service. He was bestowed with several awards, including the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic. Musa’s body is expected to be flown into the country Thursday for burial in his home town Friday.

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