By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has described the deathÂ of a former Director-General of the defunct National SecurityÂ Organisation (NSO), Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, as another monumental loss
of one of the nation’s patriots and politicians.In a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy,Â Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola saidÂ Shinkafiâ€™s death is one that has once again dealt a devastating blow
to the nation, especially the political terrain.
He said the late politician served the country in many capacities andÂ gave his best while in active service.Â He stated that as the pioneer of the nation’s indigenous securityÂ service, he presided over a solid service and gave it a track recordÂ as the intelligence service under him was one of the most vibrant
branches of the police force then.
He said: “Death diminishes. Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi was a NigerianÂ patriot. He served Nigeria fervently with all he had from conventionalÂ police to the security intelligence arm and finally as a politician of
â€œHe was a politician of high repute and immense clout. His politicalÂ horizon spread across the country.
“Though a conservative, he did not shy away from grouping with theÂ progressive camp in 1999 when he teamed up with Chief Olu Falae on theÂ joint ticket of Alliance for Democracy.Â He was a good officer, a
listening politician and intelligence officer of a first class hue.
“He will certainly be missed as a politician of high caliber, whoseÂ wealth of experience is still highly valued and needed. I join hisÂ numerous admirers to wish him a good repose as I commit his relations
to the hands of Allah (SWT) for succour and fortitude.”