A former member of the House of Representatives in the second republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed is dead.

He died at the age of 71 on Thursday evening at his residence in Kano after a protracted illness.

His demise was confined by his brother, Dr. Ahmed Salik.

In a condolence message on Friday, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje who expressed shock at his death described his death as a “fallen wall”

“It is with deepest sense of submission to Allah, that I am relaying the condolences of the government and people of Kano state, to the families, friends, political associates and even to Nigerian democracy, over the death of our own, Dr Junaidu Muhammad. Who passed away when Nigeria needed him the most,” said Governor Ganduje.

“The death is not only shocking and near unbearable to Nigerian democracy, the downtrodden, Kano state, his immediate families, but also, a great loss that can take decades before any other person can come closer to Dr Junaidu’s doggedness, genuine sacrifice and belief in social justice,” laments the governor.

Governor Ganduje said, the deceased represented his constituency very well when he was a member of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic.

“One of the then federal legislators who didn’t mince words in taking the demands of his people to the federal legislature. Very firm and eloquent while raising issues related to his constituency and his party,” he reminded.

Adding that, “Junaidu proved his mettle very well, when he was actively involved during the second republic. A firebrand as he was, he was a true hero for the masses. Who believes in the welfare of the poor people.”

His death, according to the governor, creates a vacuum that is felt in all parts of the body.

Adding that, “Dr Junaidu Muhammad was a very serious Democrat and a nationalist, who believed in one Nigeria. His patriotism was without any spot of doubt. That was why he excelled amongst his contemporaries.”

He prayed for the repose soul of the deceased, “May Almighty Allah forgive all his shortcomings and reward him with Jannatul Fiddaus,” he concludes.

The late Junaid Mohammed was the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the last election.