By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has paid a condolence visit to the ancient city of Zaria where he commiserated with the royal family, the emirate as well as people of Kaduna State over the demise of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, CFR who died on Sunday at the age of 84.
This was made known in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli.
It said the Governor was accompanied by former Governor of Gombe State and Senator representing Gombe Central, Distinguished Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje and Senator representing Gombe North, Sen. Saidu Ahmed Alkali.
The Gombe delegation was received by the representative of Kaduna State Governor and Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Balarabe Abbas, the Waziri of Zazzau, Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim among other council and royal family members.
Governor Yahaya had earlier in a condolence message released to the press, described the late Emir as an iconic figure, legendary monarch and embodiment of humility, known for championing the course of peace, unity and mutual understanding.
He said, “We have indeed lost one of our finest and highly revered royal fathers in Nigeria; a patriot, statesman and selfless royal father.
“Throughout his 45 years of reign as Emir of Zazzau, his royal highness was known for preaching peace and championing the course of unity and harmony, not only among the diverse people of his domain or Kaduna State but the nation at large”.
Governor Yahaya said the late 18th Emir of Zazzau left behind huge vacuum and indelible footprints, calling on the members of the royal family to sustain the legacies of honour, dignity and selfless service left by the respected monarch.
The Governor, on behalf of the Government and people of Gombe State, extended his heartfelt condolences to his Kaduna state counterpart, Malam Nasir Ahmed Ahmed el-Rufai and through him, the Zazzau Emirate as well as the government and people of the state over the monumental loss, praying Almighty Allah to grant the deceased monarch Aljannat Firdaus.
The Waziri of Zazzau, Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim who responded on behalf of the Emirate, thanked the Government and people of Gombe state for identifying with them at their moment of grief, describing the historical ties between Gombe and Zazzau as a long standing ones.