- Alhaji Muhammad Goni, a former governor of Borno state, is dead
- Goni reportedly died on Wednesday, April 29, after a brief illness
- The deceased served as the governor of Borno state from 1979–1983 in the Nigerian Second Republic
The former governor of Borno state, Alhaji Muhammad Goni, is dead, Daily Trust reports.
According to the newspaper, the former governor died on Wednesday, April 29, after a brief illness.
Legit.ng gathers that Goni was a retired civil servant who served as the governor of Borno state from 1979–1983 in the Nigerian Second Republic.
The later ex-governor was born in 1942 in Kareto, Mobbar local government area, Borno state.
He attended Maiduguri Middle School (1953–55), Borno Provincial Secondary School (1956–61), Provincial Secondary School, Kano (1962–63) and the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1964–87), where he gained a BA (Administration), specialising in international affairs.
Legit.ng notes that Goni's death came a few days after the death of His Highness, the Shehu of Bama, Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, a first-class emir in Borno was announced by the state government.
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 would be disclosed 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.
In another related development, Legit.ng reported that Dr Sa'ad Usman, the emir of Jere community in Kaduna, had 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.
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