The governors of the 19 Northern States have mourned the death of Emeritus Professor Umaru Shehu, Northern Nigeria’s first Professor of Community Health who died Monday at the age of 97.
Chairman of Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, in a condolence message, described the late Umaru Shehu, who was Nigeria’s first emeritus professor as a true luminary and erudite scholar whose demise leaves a huge void in the realms of knowledge and leadership in Nigeria.
Inuwa wrote; “Professor Emeritus Umaru Shehu was not just a name but a repository of wisdom, a beacon of knowledge, and an embodiment of dedication to his people and country.”
Shehu, who died at the age of 97, was the founder of the Kanem Borno Historical and Cultural Foundation and a co-founder of the Borno Elders Forum.
He was Professor Emeritus, Community Health, University of Maiduguri and former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science.