President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the passing of the first Professor of Veterinary Medicine in Northern Nigeria, Professor Shehu Bida.
The president in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu extended his condolences to the deceased family and the people of Niger State.
Buhari described Bida’s passing as a great loss to the nation, adding that his outstanding contributions to the development of science will be long remembered.
The late Bida was one of Nigeria’s leading scholars in the field of sciences, and a former chairman of Bida Local Government Area, Niger State.
President Buhari in his condolence message hoped that Bida’s peers in the academic community will build on the legacy of the late professor.
Bida’s pioneering role, the president said, will arouse the interest of many Nigerians in the field of veterinary medicine.
He also added that the impactful research publications and Bida’s tenacity for knowledge-sharing will help in grooming many quality experts in the field at home and beyond.
The president prayed that the Almighty Allah forgives the shortcomings of the deceased and grant his family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.
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