Katsina — Former Director General of the defunct National Security Organization (NSO) Ambassador Lawal Rafindadi died yesterday at the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital in Kano. He was 73 and had been ill for some time.
Alhaji Abdurrahman Nakano Rafindadi, a family member, told newsmen that the former NSO boss was in intensive care at the hospital for about two months for heart-related problems.
The late Rafindadi, popularly called Lawal Na Kongo by his friends, left behind one wife, Hajiya Halima and five children, among them a medical doctor at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Abdulkadir Rafindadi and daughter, Hajiya Rakiya.
Rafindadi served for many years in Nigeria's diplomatic service as an embassy staff in the former Congo Brazzaville and was later Nigeria's ambassador to Germany. During General Muhammadu Buhari's regime in 1984-85,
he was the powerful director general of the defunct NSO, now split into State Security Service [SSS], National Intelligence Agency [NIA] and Defence Intelligence Agency [DIA].
Until his death, Amba-ssador Rafindadi was the chairman, Katsina State Shari'a Commission and chairman of the state council of Ulamas.
He was buried at Dan Marne graveyard in Katsina metropolis at about 4:30 pm yesterday. His uncle Mohammed Sunusi Zayyan described the late Rafindadi as hardworking, disciplined and an upright person who always showed concern about people's spiritual and material well being.
Katsina State governor Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema, who spoke through his special assistant on media Alhaji Abdulaziz Lawal Danyari, described Rafindadi's death as a great loss not only to Katsina but to the country at large. Governor Shema prayed Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest and reward him with Jannatul-firdausi.
His eldest brother, Alhaji Malami Rafin-dadi said the family lost a strong pillar but according to him, they took solace in the fact that the deceased lived a fruitful life.