- Prominent Nigerians continue to pay their last respect to the late Emir of Zazzau
- A first-class monarch in Kaduna state, the late Emir Shehu Idris died at the age of 84 on Sunday, September 20
- Nigeria's former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, led a delegation the palace of the later emir of Tuesday, September 22
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Earlier today, former Nigerian president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan led a delegation to Kaduna state to pay his respect to the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died at the age of 84 on Sunday, September 20.
Dr Jonathan was accompanied on the visit by the former vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, Senator Jeremiah Useni and former Adamawa state governor, Boni Haruna.
Paying tributes to the late emir, Dr Jonathan wrote on Twitter:
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“Today, we were in Zaria to pay a condolence visit to the government of Kaduna state, the Zazzau Emirate and the family of the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
“The late monarch who was on the throne for almost half a century left enviable footprints in peace-building, and as a renowned custodian of his people's custom and culture. May Allah grant him Jannatul Firdaus.”
On his part, Governor Matawalle said:
“The late Emir of Zazzau has lived a patriotic life believing in the spirit of oneness, it is my hope that the younger generation will emulate his revered life example.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari expressed shock over the death of the Emir.
President Buhari described the death of the monarch as a loss to Nigeria, adding that the late emir during his lifetime contributed to the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
The president further stated that the traditional ruler used his reign to serve his people with dedication since he ascended the throne in 1975.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government has declared three days mourning for the late monarch.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai's media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, in a statement released on Monday, September 21 informed residents that public offices in Kaduna state will open as normal on Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22 but there will be a public holiday on Wednesday, September 23.
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