Former senator, Kanti Bello, dies at 72

Mahmud Kanti Bello

Former Senate Majority Whip, Mahmud Kanti Bello, has died on Tuesday at the age of 72.

Kabir Faskari, a younger brother to former Katsina State Deputy Governor, Abdullahi Faskari, confirmed the death in a statement.

“I am directed to inform everybody that we lost Senator Kanti Bello early hours of this mourning (Tuesday) at Abuja. Burial arrangement will be announced later,” Faskari said.

Bello represented Katsina North Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

He was elected on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANP) in 2003 and re-elected four years later as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He dumped the PDP and joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) before the 2015 elections but was unsuccessful in his bid to secure the party’s ticket to return to the Senate.

The pioneer managing director of Katsina Steel Rolling Mill was Senate majority whip during his second term.

Born in January 1945, Bello obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State.

He recently claimed that he regretted bringing President Muhammadu Buhari into party politics.

According to him, the first two years of the Buhari administration was a waste.

The deceased had served as General Manager of Katsina Steel Rolling Mills for over 10 years and contested for the governorship of Katsina State in 1993 under the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP).

He will be buried on Tuesday afternoon in Katsina according to Islamic rites.

Funeral prayer will be held for him at the National Mosque, Abuja by 2pm.