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Buhari mourns ex-Dep Senate President Ibrahim Mantu

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with family of former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, joining Plateau State Government and indigenes in mourning the passing of the renowned politician.

The president, in a condolence message by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, commiserated with leaders and members of the National Aseembly, friends and political associates of the deceased.

according to Mr Buhari, the senator dedicated most of his life to service of his people.

According to him, Mantu’s legacy of reconciliation and promotion of peaceful co-existence will always be remembered, especially in bringing more harmony in his state and the country at large.

He prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the late Mantu was born in Chanso village, Gindiri District, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau on Feb. 16, 1947.

He attended the Gindiri Demonstration Primary School from 1955 – 1961 and obtained the First School Leaving Certificate.

He worked with the Public Works Department (PWD) Jos, as a Stores Requisition Clerk from 1962 – 1963 before proceeding to the Gindiri Teachers College in 1964.

On leaving Gindiri in 1967, he joined the Nigerian Tobacco Company, Zaria in 1968 as a Quality Checker.

He moved to BEAM, a division of UAC Nigeria as a Kalamazoo Specialist Salesman in 1971.

Mr Mantu holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Political Science from the Washington International University.

He was awarded Honourary Doctorate Degrees of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, University of Jos, Madonna University, Okija and University of Applied Sciences and Management Port Novo, Benin Republic.

Mr Mantu joined politics in 1978 and was elected Deputy State Chairman of NPN in Plateau in 1980.

He was a founding member of the Liberal Convention.

Mr Mantu’s contested for the National Chairmanship of the N.R.C. in 1990 but lost.

In 1993, Mr Mantu was the Director General of National Republican Convention Presidential Campaign Organisation.

In 1998, he was elected the National Publicity Secretary of the defunct UNCP and was later elected senator on the platform of the same party.

This election was truncated by General Abdusalam Abubakar’s regime. In 1999, Ma

On inauguration in 1999, Mantu was appointed Chairman Senate Committee on Information, the position he held till August 10, 2001, when he was elected Deputy President of the Senate.

He was appointed Chairman, Joint National Assembly Constitution Review Committee from 2001 to 2003 and 2003 to 2007 respectively.

He was Chairman of Policy Analysis and Research Project, PARP, which metamorphosed into National Institute for Legislative Studies, NILS, and although a legislator, Mr Mantu handled many executive assignments.

Until his death, he was a member of the Board of Trustees, BOT, and National Executive Committee, NEC, of the PDP.


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