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FCT Minister pays tribute to the late Isa Dara, leads entourage to Bwari

27th Jan, 2020 | By By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has paid glowing tribute to the late former Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Hon. Isa Dara, who died on Monday, January 20, 2020, describing him as an elder statesman, peacemaker and gentleman. The Minister led an entourage of prominent FCT citizens to Bwari on a condolence visit to the family of the late politician as well as the Etsu Bwari in his palace on Tuesday last week.

The Minister said the late Dara was a friend and colleague who always advocated for peace in Bwari Area Council. He said it is to the credit of the deceased that Bwari Area Council is today peaceful and not witnessing the imposition of a curfew. The Minister specifically recalled the role that the late Dara played when crisis erupted in the Council a couple of years ago, saying that the deceased was the lone voice that always sought peace and dialogue which eventually helped calm the situation.

Malam Bello also recalled his time working with the former Chairman who served under his Administration as a Special Adviser, noting that the late Dara was very active during the 2016 electioneering campaigns in FCT. The Minister, while praying that God Almighty grants the family and the entire people of Bwari Area Council the fortitude to bear the loss, also used the opportunity to sue for peace and understanding amongst people of the Council. He said countries and communities are built only in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.

Welcoming the Minister to the palace, the Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Dr. Shekwogaza Gabaya, lamented that the Council had lost two prominent sons in Isa Dara and Peter Yohanna, the latter also a former Chairman of the Council and who passed on about a month ago. The Chairman recalled a recent meeting he had in the Council where the late politicians assured him of their full support towards his success, regretting that their passing away had left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill. He said the entire residents of Bwari Area Council are deeply saddened by their deaths.

The Esu Bwari ,HRH Ibrahim Yaro, who also described the late Chairmen as great politicians, equally prayed for the repose of their souls. In his remarks, a former member representing AMAC/Bwari constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo also described the late Dara as a man of peace who was well loved by his people. He called on people of the Area Council to always remain peaceful. Other dignitaries who were on the Minister's entourage included the Chairman, ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in FCT, Hon. Abdulmalik Usman, FCT APC Women Leader, Mrs. HailMary Aipoh, former Senior Special Assistants to the FCT Minister, amongst others.

It would be recalled that the late Dara was Chairman of Bwari Area Council between 2004 and 2010, serving two terms as Area Council Chairman. His last appointment was as Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Community Relations between 2016 and 2019.

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