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BREAKING: Elder statesman, Dr Datti Ahmed, is dead [PHOTO]

An elder statesman and President-General of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN), Dr Datti Ibrahim Ahmed, is dead.

POLITICS NIGERIA learnt that the renowned medical doctor, politician and Islamic cleric died in the early hours of Thursday in Kano State. He was 83.

In 2013, he declined to serve on the committee constituted by President Goodluck Jonathan to dialogue with members of the Boko Haram over what he described as lack of sincerity on the part of government.

Late Ahmed is survived by one wife and 10 children. He has since been buried, according to Islamic rites.

Reacting via its known Facebook page, SCSN asked God to forgive the deceased’s shortcomings: “Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi Rajihun the death of Dr Ibrahim Datti Ahmed was just announced until is death he was the President Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN). may Allah forgive is shortcomings and make Aljannah firdaus his final abode. Allahumagfirlahu Allahumathabithu.”

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