The President and founder, Vision Africa International and Co-chair Interfaith Dialogue for Peace, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has reacted to the death of Bashir Othman Tofa, a Presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in the annulled Nigeria’s June 12 1993 presidential election, organised by the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida.
In a statement he personally endorsed and issued to newsmen on Tuesday, the Methodist Bishop, said as the death of the politician went viral, the living are reminded that this world is not their permanent home.
The Global Peace Award Winner 2013, stated that the lesson derivable from the deaths of Bashir Tofa and late Moshood Abiola, is that people should endeavour not to treat politics as a do or die affair.
Bishop, Dr. Onuoha noted that the death of Tofa demands politicians to note that Nigeria brought out two Presidential candidates and were not worried about their religious affiliations, stressing that if Nigerians reflect on this, politics along religious and ethnic lines, which is the order of the day would be relegated to the background.
The cleric used the opportunity to commiserate with the family of Bashir Othman Tofa, his family, friends, as well as others affected by his demise while praying that Nigerians reflect on the death of the astute politician.
Tofa died on Monday morning at the age of 74 and a funeral prayer for the former Presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention in the aborted 1993 third republic, was held at his residence in Kano State on Monday.