In a statement by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, Kalu said: “Alhaji Mandara lived a good life worthy of emulation.
“He was a devoted Muslim who dedicated his life to the upliftment of all and sundry in the society.
“He was noted for selfless and patriotic efforts in ensuring a just society.
“He was a successful businessman, philanthropist and politician, who provided opportunities for people at all levels.
“He was a detribalized Nigerian, who built friendship across the length and breadth of the country.”
Kalu further stated that the vacuum left behind by Mandara’s death would be difficult to fill but “we should take solace in the fact that he contributed immensely to the growth and development of the nation in his lifetime.”
Kalu commiserated with the Borno State Government, the Borno Emirate Council and the Mandara family and prayed to God to grant the late elder statesman a blissful rest.