One of the founders of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Commodore Dan Suleiman, has died.

Suleiman, the former military governor of Plateau state and a member of General Murtala Mohammed’s Supreme Military Council, died on Wednesday at the age of 81.

Suleiman served as a federal commissioner for special duties in the government of General Yakubu Gowon and was considered to have been instrumental in founding the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

NADECO Secretary General Ayo Opadokun revealed Suleiman’s death in a press release on Wednesday.

Opadokun said that the current Middle Belt Forum (MBF) Chairman, Dr. Bitrus Porgu, informed him of Suleiman’s death.

Opadokun, in the statement, described the late Suleiman as “consistently courageous, nationalistic, genuinely patriotic, whose life and times were rich with good purpose and service to God and humanity.”

The statement further read: “The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) wishes to formally announce the painful and unexpected death of one of our Founders and Titans, Commodore Dan Suleiman.↳

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“Dan was a dependable, kind and diligent leader whose void will be difficult to fill. Where will we find another Dan Suleiman?

“After the overthrow of the government of General Gowon by General Murtala Mohammed, Dan Suleiman was once again appointed Federal Commissioner of Health.