- The Kaduna state government has declared three-day mourning in honour of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris
- The third day of the mourning will be a public holiday when public offices will not open
- Emir Idris died on Sunday, September 20, at the age of 84
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Following the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on Sunday, September 20, the Kaduna state government has declared three days mourning for the late monarch.
The Guardian reported that this was disclosed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai's media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, in a statement released on Monday, September 21.
According to the media aide, public offices in the northern state will open as normal on Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22 but there will be a public holiday on Wednesday, September 23.
Adekeye added that flags will fly at half-mast during the mourning period.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the emir died on Sunday at the age of 84. His death was confirmed by the Kaduna state commissioner for home affairs and internal security, Samuel Aruwan.
The monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36.
The remains of the monarch have been laid to rest at his palace in Zaria beside some past emirs of the emirate.
The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of Zazzau Emirate, Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace attended by thousands of people.
Among those in attendance were Governor El-Rufai, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, and other top government functionaries.
Also, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari led the federal government delegation, consisted of aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, and others.
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Meanwhile, President Buhari has expressed shock over the death of the Emir of Zazzau.
According to a statement by Shehu, the president has sent his condolences to the people of Kaduna state over the demise of the emir.
Buhari was reported to have described the death of the monarch as a loss to Nigeria. He said the late emir during his lifetime contributed to the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
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