Abuja — The National Conference, scheduled to resume on August 11 for the final adoption of the conference report, has lost another delegate in the person of Professor Muhammad Nur Alkali.
Alkali was until his death one of the six delegates representing the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA) at the 2014 National Conference in Abuja.
He died in his residence in Maiduguri on Friday night, August 1, aged 68.
A Professor of History and two-term Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri (1985 - 1992), the late Alkali was Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) and Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee under the administration of Late General Sani Abacha.
He was also a member of the Committee on Insecurity in the North East (The Boko Haram Committee).
He was buried on Saturday in Maiduguri, according to the Muslim rites.
Meanwhile, the Conference Assistant Secretary (Media and Communications), James Akpandem, who broke the news of his demise to journalists, said, "The secretariat of the National Conference on Saturday morning received with great grief the sad news of the demise of Professor Muhammad Nur Alkali".
He said the Conference Chairman, Hon. Justice Idris Kutigi, feels deeply distressed by this sad development and on behalf of the Conference Secretariat and Delegates, had expressed his deep condolences to the family of the late Professor, and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, the platform which Alkali represented at the Conference.