Renowned politician, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, has died at the age of 74 after a brief illness in Kano.

One of Tofa’s daughters, who had debunked the rumors of his death when it trended on social media three days ago, confirmed his demise on Monday morning.

Until his death, Tofa was known for speaking up for the country and suggesting ideas through which some of the crisis affecting Nigeria could be tackled.

Sources said his funeral will hold today at his Gandu residence in Kano metropolis.

Born on June 20, 1947, the late politician had his primary education at Shahuci Junior Primary, Kano and later City Senior Primary School in Kano.

Mr Tofa attended Provincial College, Kano from 1962 to 1966. After completing his studies at the Provincial school, he worked for Royal Exchange Insurance company from 1967 to 1968.

From 1970 to 1973, he attended City of London College for advanced studies.

Mr Tofa ventured into politics in 1976 and became a councillor at Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council. In 1977, he was elected a member into the Constituent Assembly.

During the Second Republic, Mr Tofa was at various times the secretary of the Kano branch of NPN and later became the party’s national financial secretary.

During the botched Third Republic, he was part of the Liberal Movement which metamorphosed to Liberal Convention when it was not registered as a political party. He joined the NRC in 1990.

Although winner was not officially declared, Mr Tofa was presumably defeated in the 1993 presidential election by SDP candidate Moshood Abiola.

NAN