The Emir of Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, Salihu Tanko, is dead.
His demise comes barely three days after abducted staff and students of Government Science College Kagara were freed by bandits.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, said Tanko passed away in Minna after a protracted illness.
According to Matane, during his lifetime, the monarch reached across ethnic, cultural, and religious divides to promote peace and unity not only in his domain but the State as a whole.
The SSG stated, “the contributions of late Malam Salihu Tanko to the development of Kagara Emirate, the entire State and indeed Nigeria are unparalleled. His life on earth was very eventful and his achievements in all spheres of life left indelible marks on the people of his domain and Nigerians.
”On behalf of the Government and people of Niger State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe, family of late Malam Salihu Tanko, and the people of Kagara Emirate.”
Matane prayed that the Almighty Allah (SWT) would forgive the shortcomings of the departed, remember his good works, grant his soul eternal rest as well as give his family and the people of the Emirate the much-needed strength and comfort to bear the loss.
Meanwhile, the SSG further announced that the Janazah Prayer is scheduled to hold in Kagara, headquarters of Rafi Local Government Council by 4:00 pm.