Crowds that besieged the Emir of Zazzau’s palace for his funeral on Sunday in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, no Sunday led the Federal Government delegation that include the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, to the burial of the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
Idris, who was the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Chiefs and the Chancellor of the University of Abuja, died at the age of 84 on Sunday.
He was laid to rest in the ‘Emir’s Palace’ in the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, as well as the state government, had earlier confirmed the death of the monarch.
Idris, who was the 18th Fulani Emir of Zazzau, was appointed on February 15, 1975 and spent 45 years on the throne.
The late monarch was buried beside past emirs of the Zazzau Emirate Council.
The funeral prayers was led by the Chief Imam of Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu a about 5.35pm in accordance with Islamic rites.
Also in attendance were the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru El-Rufa’i, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani and other top state government dignitaries.
Earlier, El-Rufai’s, on his Facebook handle, had tweeted, “It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of the father of our state, His Highness Emir of Zazzau, Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR….
“I have inform President Muhammdu Buhari, GCFR, of the great loss and offered our condolences. The Chief of Staff to PMB, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari will lead a Federal Government delegation to Zaria to condole with the family of High Highness, Zazzau Emirate Council and the people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State.”
Meanwhile, Buhari has also expressed shock over the deaths of the Emir.
Shehu, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari mourns Emir of Zazzau,’ quoted Buhari as saying, “With the passing of Alhaji Shehu Idris, Nigeria has lost one of its longest reigning traditional monarchs whose contributions to the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians cannot be forgotten for years to come.”
Also commenting on the death of the emir, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in a statement by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, said, “During his long reign, the departed emir applied his wisdom and prestige to enhance peace and transformational development in Zazzau Emirate.”
In the same vein, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria mourned the emir’s death.
The ACF in a statement by its National Publicity, Emmanuel, said, “He ruled his emirate through a period of rapid political, economic, social changes and but never lost his focus on his primary responsibility – the maintenance of peace and progress in his Emirate.”
On its part, the Kaduna CAN through its Chairman, Rev. John Hayab,
said, “The late Emir left us at a very important time of rebuilding and restoration of peace, love and friendship in our dear state.”
Also, the University of Abuja on Sunday in statement by its Head, Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, said, “During his years of service as our chancellor, he worked incredibly hard to draw federal and private supports to the university. His total support and contributions, quality advice and superior leadership as our chancellor of many years will remain indelible.”
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Similarly, the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said the passing of Idris marked the end of an era in Zazzau Emirate and the North.
In a condolence message on Sunday by his Media Office, Tinubu, said, “A detribalised Nigerian, he was committed to Nigeria’s unity and progress. He was close to many Northern leaders as he was close to Southern leaders.
“I have lost a friend and a father. He would be deeply missed by all those who came in contact with him.”
Also, a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, in a statement by his media aide, Mallam Muktar Sirajo, said “During my time as Governor of Kaduna State between 1999 and 2007, I benefitted immensely from his wise and fatherly counsel, especially at those times that we were trying to navigate through turbulent waters.”
The PUNCH reported.
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