Tuesday, July 1, 2014 3:42 pm
By Femi Adi
Kaduna – Lamido Dikko ,younger brother to former Nigerian Minister of Transport during the Second Republic, Umaru Dikko confirmed his elder brother died in his London residence early this morning after protracted illness.
He will be buried Wednesday.The ex- minister who until his death was the Chairman PDP Disciplinary Committee, died at the age of 78.
Lamido Dikko spoke at the family’s home on Coronation Crescent, Ungwar Sarki , Kaduna.
He said the older Dikko had battled with stroke until he finally gave up the ghost this morning at his London Residence.
Lamido lamented that the death of the septuagenarian has left a vacuum not only in the family but also in Northern Nigeria and the entire country at large.
“My elder brother was a true patriot and principled person and that is why we and many politicians in the north revered him as true father and leader”.He said arrangement is being made to convey the corpse from London to Kaduna tomorrow.
“So, we are expecting his corpse to arrive Kaduna Wednesday for burial immediately.”
He left behind two wives,eleven children and many grand children .
The late Umaru Dikko was born in 1936 at Wamba, Nasarawa State . The Zaria indigene was a politician and one time special adviser to President Shehu Shagari.
He later became Minister for Transportation between 1979 and 1983 and was reputed to be the most powerful man in government, offering ‘import licences’ to party loyalists. He was also linked with a political group with base in Kaduna, known as the Kaduna Mafia.
He joined active politics in 1967, when he was appointed a commissioner in the then North Central State of Nigeria ,now Kaduna State.
He played prominent roles as transport minister and head of the presidential task force on rice during the nation’s Second Republic.
After a military coup on December 31, 1983 that led to the overthrew of the government of Shagari. Dikko , Dikko fled into exile in London.
The military government, after kidnapping him through some foreign agents, attempted to crate him back home to face charges, but the kidnapping was foiled by British intelligence.
The aborted kidnap strained relations between Nigeria and Britain.
In death, Dikko will now be crated back to Nigeria for burial.