Breaking: Tragedy in northern Nigeria as prominent first class emir dies

Breaking: Tragedy in northern Nigeria as prominent first class emir dies

- The people of Kagara in the Rafi local government area of Niger state are mourning the death of their emir

- The Niger state government has reacted to the demise of Emir Salihu Tanko

- Governor Abubakar Bello disclosed why the late emir will be missed

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An emerging report indicates that the Emir of Kagara in Niger state, Alhaji Salihu Tanko, is dead.

The death of the emir was confirmed by a former senator, Shehu Sani, via his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, March 2.

Breaking: Tragedy in northern Nigeria as prominent first class emir dies
Governor Sani Bello said he is shocked by the death of the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Salihu Tanko Photo: @MP_Muye
Source: Twitter

Sani said:

"I received the sad news of the death of the Emir of Kagara, Niger State, Alhaji Salihu Tanko. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. Inna lillahi wainna Illayhir rajiun.”

Vanguard reported that Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state described the death of the monarch as a colossal loss to the Kagara Emirate and the North Central state in general.

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The governor in a statement by his chief press secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, said:

"We have lost a First Class Emir, a member of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, an Octogenarian and an Elder Statesman whose wise counsel has been of immense value to this administration and those before it in the state.”

He said the late emir was known as a humble, patient, and peace-loving person who brought immense unity and progress to the Kagara Emirate.

The governor stated the late monarch would be missed and also prayed to God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest

Salih Tanko was appointed as the 16th Chief of Tegina in 1971.

On January 1, 1982, he was appointed as the second chief of Kagara with a second-Class status to succeed Alh Ahmadu Attahiru who held the position until his death in November 1981.

On November 1, 1991, Alh Salihu Tanko was promoted to the rank of a first-class Emir by the military governor of Niger state, Col Lawan Gwadabe.

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Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.


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