- Kaduna state is mourning the demise of one of its prominent traditional rulers
- Family members have narrated how the Emir of Lere, Garba Muhammad died
- The late traditional ruler is a retired military officer
The Emir of Lere in Kaduna state, Alhaji Garba Muhammad, has died at the age of 77.
The monarch who was a military governor of Sokoto state during the General Babangida regime reportedly died on Saturday morning, April 10, in Kaduna.
Family members of the late traditional ruler told Premium Times that he died after a brief illness.
A nephew of the emir, Hassan Mohammed said.
“He is my uncle. We missed him this Sarturday morning. It is indeed a loss for us and the whole family.
The monarch's death was also confirmed by the Daily Nigerian newspaper.
The traditional ruler ascended the throne as 13th Emir of Lere in January 2011. He was also a former president of the Kaduna chamber of commerce, industry, mines, and agriculture.
Until his elevation to the throne, the new emir was the Madakin Lere.
Born on April 15, 1944 in his hometown Lere, the late emir, attended Lere and Soba Primary Schools between 1951 and 1958 before proceeding to the Barewa College Zaria from 1959 to 1963.
He was at the Ahmadu Bello University between 1965 and 1966 and also attended the California Polytechnic in the United States.
Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and other leaders of the region have disclosed that the region will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the presidency.
Vanguard reported that the groups made the statement on Friday, April 9, after a two-day summit at the Arewa House Kaduna.
The organisations that attended the summit include the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and others.
In another report, Professor Ango Abdullahi, the chairman Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), has declared that the north would not vote along ethnicity and faith lines in choosing leaders in 2023.
The Nation reports that he said the northerners had learnt their lesson at a great cost.
Legit.ng gathered that Abdullahi stated no northerner should assume he is guaranteed the support and votes of northerners simply because he is one of them.