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Breaking: Northern Nigeria mourns as top elderstatesman Lawal Kaita dies

Breaking: Northern Nigeria mourns as top elderstatesman Lawal Kaita dies

Alhaji Lawal Kaita, an elderstatesman in the northern part of Nigeria and former Governor of old Kaduna state, has died.

Kaita, a blood relation of the late former President Umar Musa Yar'Adua and member of royal family of Nagogo, traditional rulers of the Emirate of Katsina, died in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, in the evening of Tuesday, January 2, aged 86. gathers that a source disclosed that the former governor would be buried in Katsina state on Wednesday, January 3.

According to another source, the deceased’s family members are expected to arrive to make burial arrangements.

The death of Lawal Kaita has been confirmed by Senator Shehu Sani, who represents a federal district in Kaduna state.

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“Alhaji Lawal Kaita. My heartfelt condolences to the family of our former governor. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amin,” he said

Before his death, Kaita was plagued with health challenges and was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina for a while. reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other Nigerians in mourning the late Kaita, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The president described Kaita as a complete gentleman who served his people and the nation with total commitment and devotion.

Through his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the president extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family, the government and the people of Katsina and Kaduna states over the incident.

The late Kait joined the Kaduna state civil service and became the secretary to the state water board between 1973 and 1975. He became the commissioner for economic planning between 1975 and 1976 and later deputy permanent secretary of the works ministry of Kaduna state between 1976 and 1977.

He was later appointed a member of the constituent Assembly of Nigeria between 1977 and 1978 and became special assistant to President Shehu Shagari in 1980 after he was narrowly defeated by Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa in the election for Governor of Kaduna state in 1979.

With Kaita allegedly playing a role, the NPN was able to impeach Musa in June 1981.

Kaita contested the emirship of Katsina in 1982 after the death of Emir Usman Nagogo before becoming the governor in Kaduna state in the 1983 election. He was in office till the military coup in December that year.

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When General Shehu Musa Yar'Adua was jailed in 1995 by the Sani Abacha government, Kaita became leader of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) which later became a major force within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He also held various positions in the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. earlier reported how President Muhammadu Buhari sent condolence message to family and friends of late Emir of Katagum Alhaji Kabir Umar.

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said the Nigerian leader was deeply saddened by the monarch's demise and wishes his people well.

He said the emire would be remembered for his 'his humility, dignity and profound contributions to national development' among other things.

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