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Makarfi mourns late emir of Zazzau

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Ahmed Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna state, has mourned the late emir of Zazzau (Zaria), who died on Sunday at the 44, Army Referral Hospital, Kaduna.
In a statement on Sunday in Kaduna, Makarfi described the late emir as a colossus whose death has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill.
The statement signed by Mukhtar Sirajo, spokesman of the former governor, said the late Idris was a man of peace who made so much sacrifices for the peace of his people and everybody.
Makarfi recalled that as governor of Kaduna state between 199 to 2007, he benefitted immensely from the wise and fatherly counsel of the late emir, especially, at those times that his administration was trying to navigate through turbulent waters.
“I have received with shock and sadness, but also with total submission to the will of Allah, news of the death of our father, His Highness Alhaji Shehu Idris, Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Chiefs, earlier today.
“The late Emir of Zazzau was no doubt, a colossus the loss of whom has certainly created a vacuum, not only in Kaduna State, but the entire country, that will be difficult to fill.
“Not only was he a man and leader that was at peace with himself as he was with all that he interacted with, he lived peace and exuded it.
“To him, no sacrifice was too much make for the peace of his people and all” Makarfi said.
He said further that “During my time as Governor of Kaduna State between 1999 and 2007, I benefitted immensely from his wise and fatherly counsel, especially at those times that we were trying to navigate through turbulent waters.
“His contributions to deliberations at the Security Council meetings, at which he was almost always present and punctual, were always incisive, laden with wisdom and a genuine desire for peaceful coexistence amongst the people of the state”.
The statement added that “In the late Alhaji Shehu Idris, Nigeria, nay humanity has lost a pillar, from the life and times of whom we should draw invaluable lessons in decency, respect for all, sacrifice and humility despite privileged background.”
The former governor prayed to the “Almighty Allah to forgive and grant him Jannatul Firdaus.”
He also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the late emir, the Zazzau Emirate Council, Kaduna State Council of Chiefs and the government and people of Kaduna state.
“I also pray to Allah (SWT) to grant us all, the fortitude to bear this loss”, Makarfi added.

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