- Gombe state on Thursday, May 20, lost one of its monarchs, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad Kwairanga II,
- Alhaji Kwairanga II, the traditional ruler of Funakaye died after a mild illness at the age of 68
- The late monarch was installed as the Emir of Funakaye back in May 2010
His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Kwairanga Abubakar II, the Emir of Funakaye in Gombe state has passed away, Daily Trust reports.
According to the report, Kwairanga II, died early Thursday morning, May 20 at the age of 68 after complaining of mild illness to his doctor.
The monarch's death was confirmed in a statement issued by the Funakaye Local Government Area and the Emirate Council, saying the late emir died suddenly.
Palace sources speaking to the news publication revealed that the late emir was in the state capital throughout on Wednesday, May 19.
He was buried after funeral prayers took place by 2:00 pm at the emir’s palace in Bajoga, headquarters of Funakaye LGA.
Back in May 2010, Kwairanga was installed as the emir following the death of his father, late Muhammadu Kwairanga Abubakar, who was the first Emir of Funakaye.
Gombe state governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in reaction to the traditional ruler's demise described his death as a great loss, to the emirate council, state, and country at large.
Yahaya who made the remark in a condolence message issued by Ismaila Uba Misilli, director-general, Press Affairs said the late emir was a humble and dedicated ruler who lived a life of service to his people.
He added that Abubakarleft behind a legacy of honour and dignity.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Aishatu Ahmadu Bello, the second daughter of the late premier of northern Nigeria and Sardauna of Sokoto, has died at the age of 75.
The deceased was a widow to the late Marafan Sokoto, Ahmad Danbaba. According to the report, the deceased's son, Hassan Danbaba, confirmed the death to the newspaper, saying she died at a Dubai hospital after a brief illness.
Danbaba said arrangements are being made to fly her remains from Dubai for burial in Sokoto.