- The northern region of Nigeria has lost another prominent person
- The wife of a former governor of Kano, Hajiya Halima Gaya, has been reported dead
- President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, have commiserated with the bereaved family
The wife of Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya, a former governor of Kano state (1992-1993), Hajiya Halima Gaya, on Friday, May 22, passed on to the great beyond.
The news of Haliya's death brought pain to the entire state, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan.
In a statement through Garba Shehu, a presidential media, President Buhari referred to the late governor's wife as a woman "who dedicated herself to promoting education’’.
On his part, Lawan commiserated with the people and government of the state over the great loss of the icon who stood behind Senator Gaya in her lifetime.
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The Senate boss said: “I express my heartfelt condolences to the Gaya family and share their grief over the death of a beloved wife and loving mother.
“May Almighty Allah console the entire family, give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and accept the soul of the departed.”
He passed on in the early hours of Sunday, May 3, at the age of 71. His younger brother, Abdulkarim Ahmad Asha, the Dan Jekan Kaura Namoda, said the emir had battled diabetes and hypertension for a long time.
“He spent like four days in his palace responding to treatment when the illnesses struck again. Later he was taken to Yariman Bakura Specialists Hospital where he died after three days of admission,” he said.
Before he was appointed as emir in 2004, he worked as director of finance and treasurer in many local government areas of the state including Kaura Namoda, Gusau and Maru.
“He is survived by three wives and 11 children among his children is Sanusi Muhammad Asha of the Nigerian Army currently serving in Maiduguri, Borno state.
“Preparation for his funeral rite is underway and he will be buried in his home town of Kaura Namoda according to Islamic rite,” Abdulkarim added.