The Northern Governors Forum (NGF), has said late Sheikh Ahmad Lemu, has fostered religious tolerance, cooperation and peaceful coexistence among people of diverse backgrounds, in Nigeria.
The Forum Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, described the demised of the renowned Minna-based Islamic Scholar as a great loss to the nation.
Lalong stated this in a condolence message, signed by the Director of Press to the Governor, Dr. Makut Macham, Friday in Jos.
The forum joined in sympathizing with the family of Late Sheikh Ahmed Lemu who died at the age of 91, stating that: “Late Sheikh Ahmed Lemu was a renowned Islamic Scholar, intellectual; Author and Educationist who impacted the nation in many ways and mentored various persons that are making huge impact in the country.
“The deceased apart from serving as the first Grand Khadi of Niger State, also made his mark as a moderate who fostered religious tolerance, cooperation and peaceful coexistence among people of diverse backgrounds,” the Forum said.
The governors said Lemu’s mediation efforts also assisted in reconciliation and peace building particularly when he was appointed as the Chairman of a Presidential Committee on Post-Election Violence in 2011.
“His deep involvement in Islamic humanitarian activities as well as advocacy for the rights of women was also praised because he contributed to the improvement recorded in carrying more women along in the development of Nigeria, particularly the northern region,” the Forum added.
They prayed God to forgive his sins and grant him eternal rest, alluding that the nation will miss his good works and selfless service.