- The death of a first-class emir, the Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, has caused sadness in the north
- The late traditional monarch passed away at the age of 63 on Monday, April 27
- El-Kanemi's death was announced by Babakura Abba Jato, Borno state commissioner for home affairs, information and culture
The death of His Highness, the Shehu of Bama, Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, a first-class emir in Borno has been announced by the state government.
According to Daily Trust, the traditional ruler passed away at a hospital in Maiduguri, the state capital in the afternoon on Monday, April 27.
His death was announced by Babakura Abba Jato, Borno state commissioner for home affairs, information and culture during a media briefing on the prevention and control of COVID-19.
The commissioner further said the deceased who was the seventh Shehu of old Dikwa Emirate was known to have been battling with protracted illness before his death.
Jato added that funeral arrangements will be announced by the Shehu's palace to members of the public.
He also noted that the Borno state government stand with the royal family and Bama people in this period of mourning.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Dr. Sa'ad Usman, the emir of Jere community in Kaduna, has passed away, plunging the whole state and the country into mourning.
The emir, who was the husband of Senator Esther Nenadi Usman - a former finance minister, died on Tuesday night, March 31.
A younger brother of the deceased traditional ruler announced the passing away of the monarch on Wednesday, April 1.
In a related development, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has advised Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state to impose a total lockdown of the state to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
The monarch in a letter to the governor dated April 16, warned that Edo state was at risk of the continued spread of the pandemic.
He called for strict enforcement of a stay-at-home order, observance of the social distancing, and other health and safety protocols advice given by health experts.
Similarly, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has confirmed the mass deaths reported in Kano state but maintained that they were not from COVID-19 as alleged in some quarters.
The monarch said in a statement released on Sunday, April 26, that he was informed by the state’s Ministry of Health that the mass deaths were not as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Channels TV reports.
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