Vice President Kashim Shettina Leads Dignitaries, Including Senate President Ahmed Lawan, to the Funeral of the Late Borno SSG
Dignitaries from the political and traditional spheres gathered to pay their respects to the late Secretary to the Borno State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa. Vice President Kashim Shettina, accompanied by Senate President Ahmed Lawan and other National Assembly members, joined Governors Babagana Zulum and Mai Mala Buni of Borno and Yobe states, respectively, for the funeral prayers held on Sunday at the residence of the deceased in Maiduguri.
The solemn ceremony, led by Chief Imam of Borno, Imam Laisu Ahmed, saw the final resting place of Shuwa at Gwange cemetery. Traditional rulers, led by the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Elkanemi, also paid their respects.
Former Governors Maina Ma’aji Lawan and Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, and Senator-elect Kaka Shehu Lawan were among the other notable personalities in attendance.
Expressing his shock over the untimely demise, Vice President Shettina described the late SSG as one of the last remaining icons, leaving behind a profound legacy.
“We lost a colossus; he was the last of the titans and an icon with a huge institutional memory of how the system works. We are surely going to miss his wise counsel and intellect. No one is indispensable in life, but he was almost irreplaceable,” Shettima said.
In response, Governor Zulum expressed his deep sorrow over the passing of Shuwa, emphasizing that it is a significant loss not only to the people of Borno but also to his family and the entire nation of Nigeria.
“The death of Usman Jidda Shuwa is a great loss to all of us in Borno. For the past couple of years, he has served the state diligently, and his wealth of experience will be missed by all of us,” Zulum said.
At 65, Shuwa passed away, leaving behind a legacy of two wives, children, and numerous relatives.
Having served as the Secretary to the Borno State Government (SSG) from 2015 to 2019 during Governor Kashim Shettima’s tenure and from 2019 to 2023 under Governor Zulum, Shuwa contributed significantly to the state’s governance and administration.