By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was among thousands of sympathisers who attended the funeral prayer for the late Emir of Funakaye, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Kwairanga Abubakar II at the Emir’s palace in Bajoga, Funakaye Local Government Area.
A statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) Government House Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli, said that also attendance at the rites were the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, Mais of Kaltungo and Tangle, Emir of Sheleng in Adamawa state and those of Akko, Nafada, Dukku, Yamaltu and Gona.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya who led top Government functionaries to the funeral prayer for the deceased’s royal father, including the Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Commissioners and Special Advisers, described the late monarch as a man of peace whose contribution to the growth and development of the State will be greatly missed.
The Governor had earlier in a statement, equally described the death of the first class traditional ruler as a great loss, not only to the royal family or Funakaye Emirate but the entire state and the country at large.
He stated that the late Emir was a humble and dedicated ruler who lived a life of service to his people, the state and the nation and left behind, a legacy of honour and dignity worthy of emulation by all.
Governor Yahaya noted that the late Emir Muhammadu Kwairanga II worked tirelessly with other royal fathers in the state and offered counsels and fatherly guidance for the peace, unity, growth and development of the state in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
He recalled that his interactions with the late monarch always left him with an impression of a humble leader who cared for his subjects as well as the unity and progress of the state.
The Governor therefore, extended his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Gombe State, to the royal family, people of Funakaye Emirate, the Chairman and members of Gombe state Council of Emirs and Chiefs as well as the the Bubayero dynasty over the great loss, praying Almighty Allah to grant the late royal father Aljannat Firdaus.
The late monarch who ascended as the Emir of Funakaye in May, 2010 died in the early hours of today, at the age of 68. As announced by the Funakaye Local Government and the Emirate Councils, the funeral prayers will take place today, (Thursday) 20th May, 2021 by 2:00 pm at the Emir’s palace in Bajoga, Funakaye Local Government Area, Gombe